Thanksgiving is about so much more than food and football. It’s a time to reflect and show gratitude. As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday this week, we’d like to share a special message of thanks.
We’re thankful for our amazing team who live our mission and their dedication and compassion is inspiring. Our business partners, clients, and field agents are a key component to our company’s success. We appreciate the strong relationships we’ve built with them over the years. We acknowledge and give thanks for their collaboration and hard work.
On behalf of all of us at United Field Chase, we thank you all and wish you a very happy Thanksgiving holiday from our Family to Yours!
The wheel of "It's your turn to host Thanksgiving" was spun and the arrow stopped on you. Check out this list and you will be smiling all day; with no stress, no worries, just holiday spirit, laughter among loved ones and plenty of delicious food.
3 Weeks Ahead
2 Weeks Ahead
If you're buying a frozen turkey, get it now (if you have the freezer space). If going the fresh route, place your order with a local butcher or turkey producer. Allow 3/4 pound per person for a whole turkey and 1/2 a pound per person for a turkey breast. Don't buy turkeys larger than 15 pounds. The bigger they are, the older they are. As we all know, when we get old, we get touch and mean!
1 Week Ahead
Thaw the turkey if frozen. Make sure there's room for it to thaw in the refrigerator. Use a large pan to catch any juices that might escape as it thaws. Allow 1 day of thaw time for every 4 pounds of bird. For example, a 12-pound bird will need 3 days to thaw.
5 Days Ahead
Get the family involved in planning "use it up meals" to clear space in the refrigerator for the next few nights.
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Step-by-Step Guide to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Day
Want to know your credit score? Just ask Alexa.
The credit reporting agency Experian announced on Monday that users can now ask Amazon's voice-activated assistant to answer credit-related questions. With the new Experian skill, Alexa can tell users about their credit score and utilization, offer advice and -- for those who have access to Experian's credit lock product -- check whether their credit is locked, or lock it.
To take advantage of the new product, customers first need to enable Alexa's Experian skill. Then, they have to enter their Experian username and password, plus a personal key created when users enter their information in order to link up their account. Users will have to repeat their pin after five minutes of inactivity.
The new service might ring some alarm bells in light of the Equifax security breach, which exposed the personal information of up to 145.5 million people.
But Jeremy Wasser, Experian's Chief Product Architect, noted that "security is a priority for Experian."
"Creating the personal key adds an additional layer of security for voice services similar to other financial skills in the Alexa ecosystem," said Wasser. "Data between Experian and Alexa are protected via strong encryption methods that meet or exceed multiple industry and federal standards and guidelines."
"We also remind users that the information may be private and one may want to limit those within earshot when using the skill," he added.
An Amazon spokesperson explained that "when customers choose to use a skill that requires account linking, like the Experian skill, account credentials and information stay with the skill developer and are linked to an Alexa user using an access token."
John Shier, a senior security expert at Sophos, said that he is not aware of any Alexa vulnerabilities, but that accessing sensitive information through a new device potentially increases risk of a hack.
"All software contains vulnerabilities," he said. "Introducing yet another device can introduce new vulnerabilities into your environment."
The move is designed to appeal to Millennials, Experian explained in a statement.
"Having Experian data available for members via Alexa makes credit information accessible and approachable to America's largest generation," Experian said, adding that it found that 61% of Millennials check their credit report less than four times a year.
Guy Abramo, president of consumer business at Experian, added that the new feature could help make checking credit a part of people's daily routine. "Consumers use Alexa daily to check the weather, manage bank accounts, play music and more," he said.
"It's natural to incorporate another important element -- credit services -- into what has become a popular, personal assistant device."
CNNMoney (New York)
Be your own advocate! As a patient, it is important to do your own research, ask questions about the recommended course of medical action and then work in conjunction with your doctors and specialists to develop the best plan of action for yourself. The same holds true for your financial well-being and financial security. You must be your own advocate!
In September, over 140 million people were affected by a security breach at Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies. It is essential for your own financial future protection to always be cognizant and diligent of anything or anyone that could adversely affect your ability to support the standard of living you have dreamed and hoped for. It is the age-old belief that it won’t be my personal information affected by the security breach. However, because of the large numbers of people affected, it is imperative for everyone to be diligent, be their own advocate and take the correct steps to protect themselves as best they can.
To advocate for your personal financial security moving forward, we have outlined a few easy strategies to follow:
1. Check Your Credit
You can apply for a free credit report. There are currently 3 credit reporting agencies, Equifax, TransUnion and Experian (which was formerly known as TRW.) These agencies are actually for-profit companies owned by their shareholders and not government entities or funded by the government as many people may think. Although they are generally regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), they are still independent companies and therefore it is important to verify information from all three institutions.
2. Credit Freeze
Consider placing a credit freeze on your account to ensure your information has not been recently compromised by fraudulent activity. If you have no reason to borrow money in the near future, it may be worth spending the small fee to freeze your account and thoroughly examine any transactions in question.
3. Monitor Money and Credit Card Statements
Life gets busy for all of us! But, you need to take the time and review your bank statements as well as your credit card reports more often than once a month. If you remember to analyze your personal financial information on a frequent basis, you are more apt to respond to fraudulent behavior in a more timely manner, thus reducing the amount of time required to remedy any unfortunate situations. Or, if you prefer, there are companies (like LifeLock or Identify Force to name a couple) who will do the monitoring (fee-based) and alert you regarding any suspicious behavior.
Be your own advocate! If a doctor prescribed a new medication, you should take the time to research the side effects and benefits as well as confirm that your new medication does not negatively interact with prescription drugs you are currently taking. The same theory applies to financial security and the future well-being of your assets and personal information. If you allocate the time to do the research and follow the strategies outlined above, you will greatly increase the potential for a worry-free financial future.
Verizon Now Officially Owns Yahoo
Verizon announced today that its acquisition of Yahoo has finally completed. This comes after Verizon announced that it was buying Yahoo in July 2016. The company then attempted to go back and lower its price, or even get out of the deal, due to the various security hacks that Yahoo had made public. But now, Verizon is the proud owner of about 50 brands, thanks to Yahoo. Verizon is combining Yahoo and AOL into a new company called OATH, which will house many different publications and brands, including Yahoo Sports, The Huffington Post, Engadget, TechCrunch, Tumblr, Flickr and more. Combined, these brands and publications engage with over a billion people around the world.
Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer has also decided to resign from her role at Yahoo following the acquisition. This is likely due to the number of hacks that were made public after Verizon announced the acquisition last year. In Verizon’s press release, the company announced that Mayer had chosen to resign and that it wishes her well in her future endeavors. There’s no word on where Mayer may appear next, but it’ll likely be another tech company, after all, she has been an executive at many of the bigger names in Silicon Valley, including Google, and HP.
Verizon bought AOL and then Yahoo so it could use the ad services from both companies for its Go90 service. Verizon offers up Go90 for free, but it’s ad-supported. And Verizon also wants to compete with Google, who is still king in the ad space. Surprisingly, AOL and Yahoo were Google’s only true competitors, as they did hold a decent market share, although pretty small comparatively. Of course, the amount of content that both companies have under their umbrella is definitely good for Verizon, especially with Go90 and their future streaming TV service, which the company has said that it wants to use exclusive content to differentiate its service from other services on the market. And since it is already a pretty competitive market – with Sling TV, PlayStation VUE, and YouTube TV – that’s a pretty good idea. Although many would love to get a true cable TV package without a cable box.
-Article by androidheadlines.com
Mother's Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers.
What Do People Do?
Many people send cards or gifts to their mother or mother figure or make a special effort to visit her. Common Mother's Day gifts are flowers, chocolate, candy, clothing, jewelry and treats, such as a beauty treatment or trip to a spa. Some families organize an outing for all of their members or hold a special meal at home or in a restaurant. In the days and weeks before Mother's Day, many schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their mothers.
The origins of Mother's Day are attributed to different people. Many believe that two women, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis were important in establishing the tradition of Mother's Day in the United States. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers.
Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother's Day to be celebrated each year to encourage pacifism and disarmament amongst women. It continued to be held in Boston for about ten years under her sponsorship, but died out after that.
In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother's Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. Ann Jarvis had organized "Mother's Day Work Clubs" to improve health and cleanliness in the area where she lived. Anna Jarvis launched a quest for Mother's Day to be more widely recognized. Her campaign was later financially supported by John Wanamaker, a clothing merchant from Philadelphia.
In 1908, she was instrumental in arranging a service in the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which was attended by 407 children and their mothers. The church has now become the International Mother's Day Shrine. It is a tribute to all mothers and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Mother's Day has become a day that focuses on generally recognizing mothers' and mother figures' roles. Mother's Day has also become an increasingly important event for businesses in recent years. This is particularly true of restaurants and businesses manufacturing and selling cards and gift items.
To all the Mothers out there, thank you for all that you do!
Happy Mother's Day!
Hint: If you are in the market in getting your mom something thoughtful, check out our pick for 35+ Super Thoughtful Mother's Day Gift Ideas!
At the United office we wanted to see who could "Twin" the best. Here were some of our top matches.
...and the winner is...
Congratulations United team for a great turnout! Thank you to all who participated!
United Field Chase field service company is attending the only annual meeting in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to educating individuals responsible for risk mitigation and regulatory compliance. The 2017 MAC Conference will lead the field in addressing and combating acquiring risk.
The 2017 MAC Conference runs from March 21st to March 23rd in Las Vegas, NV.
The annual Merchant Acquirers’ Committee (MAC) Conference is exclusively dedicated to educating individuals responsible for risk mitigation and regulatory compliance. Attendees will hear professionals discuss ways to manage and mitigate portfolio risk by leveraging the proper technology, techniques, and industry shared best practices. Delegates will look through the eyes of experts into the future of fraud and risk trends in the payments industry. MAC leads the industry in addressing and combating acquiring risk. Although the focus is risk management, the MAC conference attendees include CEOs, marketing executives, and many other senior leaders. Risk has become everyone’s business in today’s regulatory times.
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Experts from Equifax, Fiserv and J.D. Power all agree: Technology is going to be the catalyst to keeping the financing cog in the automotive retail machine humming in 2017 at least near the level dealerships, finance companies and other service and product providers enjoyed this past year.
Equifax auto finance leader Lou Loquasto said technology discussions simply can’t be missed whether it was back in November during Used Car Week or when the American Financial Service Association and the National Automobile Dealers Association gather for their annual events in New Orleans later this month.
“Anybody that went to (Used Car Week) or is going to NADA or AFSA — I’ve been going to these conferences for 20 years — they can see how much innovation is going on,” Loquasto told SubPrime Auto Finance News before 2016 closed. “I think because margins are going to continue to be tough to get to the levels post-recession, growth isn’t going to be where it was. So I think 2017 is going to be the year of innovation in our industry.
“When we talk about innovation in our industry, it’s not just about technology. It’s data and analytics, too,” he continued. “In 2017, I think you’re going to see more innovation coming out of our industry because you’re going to have to if you want to keep good margins and continue to grow.”
While most dealerships and finance companies aren’t strangers to technology, the advancements these constituencies have made in the past 15 years evidently still lags consumers’ expectations. According to the Expectations & Experiences quarterly consumer research from Fiserv, the company learned that 53 percent of borrowers had negative feelings about the financing process, including 33 percent who said it made them anxious.
In a phone conversation last month with SubPrime Auto Finance News, Fiserv’s Scott Hendriks added that within the contingent that had negative feelings, 78 percent of those respondents said there needed to be greater efficiencies in the finance process.
“It’s still a very dealer-driven model, going back into the F&I office to determine what rates and programs are available. What’s my payment going to be on a lease or what’s going to be my rate on a retail deal? I think that part of it is still very much in dealer control. I think consumers are looking to have more transparency and take that process online,” said Hendriks, who is director of product management at Fiserv Lending Solutions.
Since joining Fiserv in 2002, Hendriks has been very involved in the development of the company’s auto loan origination system product.
“I think what we’re going to see over the next period of time is that evolution where that very dealer-driven model we have today for finance is going to go the way of the sales process, which is more to a consumer model where they’re able to determine those things up front and arrange financing online. So it is when they go to the dealership a one-stop delivery. It meets the borrower’s expectation of their time as well as their experience,” he said.
“Technology is really at the forefront of how that’s going to happen. Lenders need to have technology assets that allow them give the customer that experience and be able to engage with them online at the point of decision on the purchase as opposed to waiting until they go to the dealership,” Hendriks went on to say.
More of the same sentiment came from the 2016 U.S. Consumer Financing Satisfaction Study produced by J.D. Power. The firm made its assertions in light of expectations of new-vehicle sales to plateau this year, prompting Jim Houston, senior director of auto finance at J.D. Power to say, the marketplace “is making for a very competitive auto lending market, which means dealers and lenders in many ways need to get back to the basics to satisfy customers.
“Lenders need to move beyond a transactional relationship and create a customer-centric culture that helps them build a relationship with their customers. The lenders — and dealers — that are able to do that are the ones most likely to excel,” Houston added.
The J.D. Power study highlighted what analysts called five fundamental “musts” that a dealer or finance should keep in mind as means to improving customer satisfaction.
That collection included:
— Understanding the Deal: In the luxury brand segment, overall satisfaction is 49 points higher (on a 1,000-point scale) among customers whose dealer or finance manager explained account features, services, or benefits of their financing than among those whose dealer or finance manager did not (880 versus 831, respectively).
— Reference Guide: A finance company welcome package that answers basic loan servicing questions (such as how to make payments and how to sign up for automatic payments) can reduce the number of contacts the customer needs to make. Specifically, among luxury brand customers who say they “completely” understand all of the servicing information, problem incidence drops to 8 percent, compared with the overall luxury problem incidence of 10 percent.
— Accessible Self-Help Tools: When email customer service is available, satisfaction improves by 42 points among customers of luxury brand vehicles and 61 points among customers of mass market brand vehicles. When online bill pay is available, satisfaction improves by 53 points in the luxury segment and by 86 points in the mass market segment.
—One and Done: Satisfaction declines significantly when a customer has to contact their finance company more than once to resolve a problem. Overall satisfaction among luxury brand customers resolving a problem with one call is 875 points but declines to 821 among those whose resolution requires two calls.
—Satisfaction Equals Loyalty: Highly satisfied luxury and mass market brand customers (overall satisfaction scores above 900) can have a significant effect on dealers and lenders, as they are nearly twice as likely to return to a particular dealership and are more than twice as likely to lease or purchase the same brand again as those who are less satisfied (scores range between 801 and 900).
“In the seemingly complicated environment of vehicle financing, it’s the sometimes-overlooked customer handling steps that can bring clarity to the customer and give dealers and lenders a unique competitive advantage,” Houston said.
“Working together on the steps that clearly affect satisfaction levels can enable dealers and lenders to turn first-time customers into repeat customers,” he added.
-Article By Nick Zulovich
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