Credit card contracts and other loan agreements: Keep for as long as the account is active, in case you have a dispute with your lender over the terms of your contract.
Documentation of your purchase or sale of stocks, bonds and other investments: Retain these while you own the investment and then seven years after that.
To avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, be sure to shred any document that contains a Social Security number, bank account number or other personal information (especially financial information), before tossing. Click here for additional information on protecting yourself from identity theft.
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