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Thinking about getting your first credit card? Or, maybe you have a child headed off to college? Here are some tips to make your first credit experience a step toward a strong financial future.

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Millions of freshmen are about to embark on what may be the most exciting experience in their lives so far. Along with making new friends and picking classes, many of these students will also need a crash course in financial responsibility. Here are five tips to help budding scholars make smart decisions about money.

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As online shopping and electronic payment have become more commonplace, so has the number of identity thefts. According to a 2013 study completed by Forrester Research, 14.9 million US adults have been victim of identity theft in the 12 months prior to the completion of the study.

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As your wealth grows and portfolio management becomes increasingly complex, having someone assist you in preserving what you have built or assisting you in meeting retirement goals is important. Choosing a wealth management firm is an important decision that will not only affect you, but those who depend on you as well. Below is a list of six must-have traits for a financial advisor:

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Girard Partners, acquired by Univest earlier in 2014, is a wealth management firm dedicated to providing objective, unbiased advice, holistic planning and high-touch proactive service. Each month, one of Girard’s advisors will provide recent economic insights. For July’s recap, we welcome, Tim Chubb.

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After growing my wealth management business for 15 years, Univest acquired my firm, Girard Partners, in early 2014 executing upon its plan to grow its wealth management business and diversify its revenue and earnings sources.

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Summer is in full swing and thunderstorms can wreck some havoc. And, before we know it, winter will be here with snow and freezing rain that is tough on tree branches. So,if a tree does come down on your property, who is responsible for the cost of cleaning-up and repairing any damage caused by them? Here is a general summary of what your homeowners insurance may or may not cover.

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Have you ever rented a vehicle and found yourself being asked by the car rental agent, “Would you like to purchase our physical damage insurance?” If you’re like most people, you ask how much their insurance will cost and then upon hearing the daily insurance fee, you decide against it and hope for the best. This could be a mistake.

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In the state of Pennsylvania, two tort options are offered to personal auto policyholders – full tort and limited tort. Policyholders are required to choose one of the two tort options; however, they may not fully understand the difference between them. Since the premium for full tort is much higher, it is important to understand exactly what you are getting with the two options.

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Earlier this year, we launched a new program called Connecting with Community, an initiative that provides organized volunteer opportunities for our employees. Community is one of our core values and we continually strive to get involved and give back to the communities we serve. We have challenged our employees with a goal of volunteering 17,000 hours in 2014 and this new program is a great way to help us reach that goal while benefiting local organizations throughout our market area.

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Summer is in full-swing, and if yours is like mine, it is flying by! As social media manager here at Univest, I am, of course, a fan of all things digital – my iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, Pintrest – the list goes on. But I also see the value and necessity in unplugging and taking a vacation from all of your devices and social media networks. By putting down our tablets, smart phones and laptops we can free up lots of time that can be spent living in the moment.

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In today's complex world with so many demands on your time, it's critical to know where to focus your sales efforts. Calling prospects, emailing, “snail mail” and social media are pulling you in many different directions. So, what is the best use of your time? And, are you being productive or merely active?

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