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  1. Declare Your Own Financial Independence Day

    Financial independence is not easy, but it is there for the taking with hard work and careful planning.
  2. 3 Easy Ways to Value Real Estate Investments

    Investing in income-generating real estate involves market data and a degree of subjectivity.
  3. Find the Best Homeowners Insurance

    Don't wait for the next Hurricane Sandy or massive oil sands fire to find out if your homeowners insurance really protects ...
  4. Which Is Better: A 30-Year or a 15-Year Mortgage?

    Most homebuyers compare the monthly payments between mortgages, but what about these other points?
  5. The 5 Dumbest Financial Moves You Can Make

    Have you made any of these financial mistakes? Here's what not to do.
  6. Should You Pay All Cash For Your Next Home?

    Pay cash only for a home? Here are the pros and cons.
  7. 5 Things Debt Collectors Can't Do to You

    You may owe money, but you still have rights. Know what's illegal.
  8. The Ten Commandments of Personal Finance

    Ten Commandments to follow for a secure economic future.
  9. 4 Signs You're Headed For Financial Trouble

    Financial Trouble? Beware of these signs and follow these tips.
  10. 10 Tips to Topple Student Loan Debt

    How to manage those burdensome payments as you embark on adult life.
  11. Understanding Credit Card Interest

    Paying these rates can impact your disposable income and your investment returns.
  12. How High Is a 'Good' Credit Score?

    How high of a credit score do you need to get a home mortgage or buy a car? Read on for some actual numbers.
  13. Who is Ruling the Jumbo Mortgage Market?

    The jumbo mortgage market appears to be booming this year, despite the few economic hurdles everyone's battling. Here's who ...
  14. Don’t Delay Retirement for Your Child’s College

    Sparing your child a mountain of student loans is admirable, although it might not make sense to delay your retirement in ...
  15. If C&I Credits Are Worsening, Are U.S. Banks Still Solid? (BAC, XLF)

    Learn about trends in commercial and industrial loan portfolios at big banks and why increases in nonperforming loans might ...
  16. Why Citi Says Lower Gas Prices Aren't Helping the World (C)

    Learn why lower prices of oil have done little to increase U.S. consumer spending, drive corporate earnings or increase global ...
  17. Reverse Mortgage Pitfalls

    Before tapping your home equity through a reverse mortgage, find out what could go wrong.
  18. How Many Credit Cards Should You Carry?

    If you have ever wondered whether you should carry one, two or more cards, read on and we'll tell you.
  19. How Banks Set Interest Rates on Your Loans

    Many factors go into how banks set interest rates for loans. Use this information to negotiate the best possible rate when ...
  20. How to Break Your Bad Financial Habits

    For individuals and families to hold their own and build equity for retirement, they need to commit to responsible spending ...
  21. Five Rules to Improve Your Financial Health

    Learn five broad personal finance rules that can help get you on track to achieving specific financial goals.
  22. How to Lend Money to Family and Not Regret It

    It’s hard to refuse a family member’s request for a loan, but be sure to go into such arrangements with your eyes open.
  23. Vanderbilt Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know

    Learn about the business of Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. Discover which mortgage products the company offers and ...
  24. 4 Ways to Reduce Mortgage Fees (BAC)

    Learn several ways to save on mortgage fees, such as increasing your down payment amount, shopping between lenders, not paying ...
  25. Chase vs. Wells Fargo: Which Is Best for High-Net-Worth Accounts? (JPM, WFC)

    Compare private banking services offered by Chase and Wells Fargo to high-net-worth individuals, and decide which bank provides ...
  26. Google Is Banning Bad Ads (GOOG)

    Explore the reasons behind Google's ban on payday loan ads, the cost in lost revenues to Google, and the search engine's ...
  27. Job Market for Recent College Grads Looks Brighter

    Understand the challenges recent college graduates have faced in the job market and learn why the picture was brightening ...
  28. Why Student Loans Are Now 20% of Graduates' Salaries

    Learn why college debts absorb 18 to 20% of salaries due to higher college costs, mismatched wages, disproportionate federal ...
  29. Does marrying someone with bad credit affect my credit score?

    Married couples generally maintain two separate credit records and histories. However, if you decide to take out a loan with ...
  30. When did the real estate bubble burst?

    Collapsing home prices from subprime mortgage defaults and risky investments on mortgage-backed securities burst the housing ...
  31. Are U.S. Banks Becoming Aggressive on Lending Again?

    Discover why banks are increasing their credit portfolios to include more credit cards and how this may impact your ability ...
  32. How Interest Rates Affect the Housing Market

    Understand how rate changes can affect home prices and learn how you can keep up.
  33. Why High Levels of Household Borrowing Is Not Concerning

    Discover how global debt levels have risen beyond the 2008 financial crisis levels and learn how the current interest rate ...
  34. Buying a Home? Avoid the ‘Debt Domino’ Effect

    If you’ve recently purchased or refinanced a new home and you're taking on additional debt, chances are you’ve fallen victim ...
  35. Why Investors Should Care About Compound Interest

    Learn about compounding interest and how it impacts savings decisions, debt management, investment strategies and retirement ...
  36. The Top 5 Fannie Mae Shareholders (FNMA)

    Find about the individuals, funds and companies that are top shareholders of Fannie Mae stock. Learn about their profiles ...
  37. BofA vs. Citi: Which Is Better for High-Net-Worth Accounts? (C, BAC)

    Compare and contrast the Citigold program from Citigroup and Bank of America's Preferred Rewards, and determine which program ...
  38. Understanding Wholesale Banking

    Wholesale banking refers to banking services for merchant banks and other financial institutions.
  39. Retirement Planning: Why You Should Help Your Children Build Credit

    Learn why parents should help their children build good credit at a young age and teach them how to use debt responsibly ...
  40. U.S. Consumer Spending Weak Despite Low Gas Prices (M)

    Find out why American consumers are spending less and saving more, and why that might actually be a good thing for the whole ...
  41. When is a Down Payment Used?

    A down payment is an initial cash payment on an expensive good.
  42. Japan's Nonperforming Loans Cap Future Growth

    Discover why Japan is lying about its banking sector, and how protecting underperforming Japanese businesses is stunting ...
  43. 3 Best Reward Credit Cards Without Annual Fees (C, BAC)

    Discover some of the top rewards credit cards on the market that have no annual fee, and learn how much you can potentially ...
  44. Zillow, Realtor, Redfin: Which Is the Best Real Estate Website? (Z, NWS)

    Compare the features and usability of the Zillow, Realtor.com and Redfin real estate websites for buying or selling a home ...
  45. What is a Cashier’s Check?

    A cashier’s check is a check written on a financial institution’s funds.
  46. Why the Wealth Effect Is Decelerating

    Discover why the Dallas Fed believes the wealth effect shrunk after the Great Recession, and why the wealth effect might ...
  47. Why Black Students Leave College with More Debt

    A recent study revealed that black students end up with more student debt than white students, even with similar financial ...
  48. 4 Unexpected Things That Lower Your Credit

    It's important to maintain a good credit score. Discover what could be lowering it, without your knowledge.
  49. 4 Alternatives to a Traditional Mortgage

    If you can't qualify for or don't want a traditional mortgage, one of these options might be right for you.
  50. Understanding Mortgage Impound Accounts

    Home buyers with low down payments may get stuck with higher mortgage payments. Find out what you get for the extra money. ...
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