Personal Finance FAQs

  1. What qualifies as "goods" in cost of goods sold (COGS)?

  2. What is the minimum amount of money that I can invest in a mutual fund?

  3. How long will it take for a bond to reach its face value?

  4. What are some examples of how cash flows can be manipulated or distorted?

  5. What's the lowest year-over-year inflation rate in the history of the U.S.?

  6. How do balance transfers affect my credit score?

  7. What is a collateral assignment of life insurance?

  8. Can I purchase mutual funds for my IRA?

  9. When is a balance transfer a good idea for paying off debt?

  10. How do I calculate cost of goods sold (COGS) using the first in, first out (FIFO) ...

  11. What are the tax implications of a life insurance policy loan?

  12. How can I find good investments among lower rated bonds?

  13. What causes a bond's price to rise?

  14. What causes negative inflation or deflation?

  15. What is the difference between EE and I Bonds?

  16. What is the difference between inflation and deflation?

  17. Does inflation favor lenders or borrowers?

  18. How does interest work on a cash advance from my credit card?

  19. How can inflation be good for the economy?

  20. Does a cash advance hurt my credit score?

  21. What are examples of cost of goods sold (COGS) for businesses that sell through eBay ...

  22. What are some examples of industries that cannot claim cost of goods sold (COGS)?

  23. How are savings bonds taxed?

  24. What methods can the government use to control inflation?

  25. What causes inflation, and does anyone gain from it?

  26. What's the difference between a grace period and a deferment?

  27. What's the difference between a balance transfer and a cash advance?

  28. What's the difference between hyperinflation and inflation?

  29. How can I borrow money from my life insurance policy?

  30. What's the difference between a grace period and a run out period?

  31. What are the pros and cons of life insurance policy loans?

  32. What's the difference between a grace period and a moratorium period?

  33. How does the grace period work on my Flexible Spending Account (FSA)?

  34. What's the difference between retained earnings and revenue?

  35. What’s the difference between federal and private student loans?

  36. What’s the difference between the two federal student loan programs (FFEL and Direct)?

  37. What are the advantages of applying for a private student loan with a creditworthy ...

  38. What's the difference between a credit rating agency and a credit bureau?

  39. Will a debt settlement program affect my credit score?

  40. What's the difference between credit reports and investigative consumer reports?

  41. What are the main categories of debt?

  42. What's the difference between debt consolidation and debt management or debt settlement?

  43. What transactions cannot be made using prepaid credit cards?

  44. How do Social Security benefits for widows or widowers work?

  45. What are some examples of credit report errors that I can dispute?

  46. Do I still owe debt collectors for a debt that's past the statute of limitations ...

  47. Does every inquiry affect a credit score?

  48. What are the advantages of using a home-equity debt consolidation loan?

  49. How do debt relief options affect my credit score?

  50. What are the main differences between Social Security Benefits & Social Security ...

  51. How often can I file bankruptcy?

  52. Why are EMV cards more secure than traditional debit and credit cards?

  53. How will debt settlement affect my credit score?

  54. How do I check the balance on my prepaid credit card?

  55. What are the differences between payday loans and cash advances?

  56. What's the difference between a financial advisor and a financial planner?

  57. What special powers does the government have to collect student loans?

  58. What is the difference between an in-store and an online payday loan?

  59. How do I find a good personal bankruptcy lawyer?

  60. What are some examples of a good time to take out a payday loan?

  61. What are the differences between revolving credit and a line of credit?

  62. What are the differences between balance-to-limit ratio and debt-to-income ratio?

  63. What is the difference between certified and non-certified private student loans?

  64. What's the difference between debt consolidation and debt settlement?

  65. Are credit card rewards considered taxable income by the IRS?

  66. Why is APR used to compare long-term loans?

  67. How do I determine whether a debt consolidation loan is a good debt relief option?

  68. How do secured credit cards help me build my credit score?

  69. What's the difference between a credit rating and a credit score?

  70. What is the difference between a loan and a line of credit?

  71. Can I use a prepaid credit card to pay bills or to transfer money to other accounts?

  72. What is the difference between secured and unsecured debts?

  73. What are some tips for getting the most out of my credit card rewards program?

  74. What's the difference between credit score and credit history?

  75. What are some examples of a debt management plan (DMP)?

  76. How can I consolidate my unsecured debt?

  77. What are some examples of good situations in which to use revolving credit?

  78. What are the best ways to plan for retirement?

  79. What’s the difference between overdraft protection and overdraft settings?

  80. How do I file a proof of claim against someone who has filed bankruptcy?

  81. What is the difference between overdraft and cash credit?

  82. What are Social Security Credits for and how can I earn them?

  83. What are the drawbacks to debt consolidation?

  84. What are my rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)?

  85. Which debts are covered under consumer protection laws?

  86. What are the differences between a home equity line of credit (HELOC) and a home ...

  87. What are some signs that I need debt / credit counseling?

  88. What legal action can I take against a debt collector?

  89. How does refinancing my mortgage affect my FICO score?

  90. What are some good alternatives to taking out a line of credit?

  91. How do Social Security survivor benefits work?

  92. What's more important to lenders, my credit score or my credit report?

  93. Is a home equity loan a good way to pay off my credit card debt?

  94. What are some examples of debts that I can consolidate?

  95. How do Pay As You Go pension plans work?

  96. What are some examples of sneaky credit card charges to watch out for?

  97. What are the most common sources of funds given in a financial aid award letter?

  98. How will bankruptcy affect my ability to get credit in the future?

  99. Does shopping for the best interest rate affect my credit score?

  100. What are some examples of a good time to take out a home equity line of credit (HELOC)?

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