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  1. Can student loans be used to pay rent?

    In most cases, loans can be used for housing costs, but students should still plan to have some cash on hand.
  2. How Installment Loans Work

    Everything you need to know before taking out an installment loan.
  3. Federal student loan rates: who sets them, why they vary

    Federal student loan rates are set by Congress, not by banks. Learn more about who gets what rate, and how often they get ...
  4. Paying Down Debt Early

    For those with a strong aversion to having debt, here is an approach that can enable individuals to pay down debt more quickly ...
  5. Why More Millennials Need Credit Cards

    Here's why more Millennials should have credit cards – even though a majority don’t.
  6. VBMFX: Overview of World's Largest Bond Mutual Fund

    VBMFX: Find out top positions in the world's largest bond fund, the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund.
  7. Should Retirees Still Have Mortgages?

    Identify the pros and cons of keeping a mortgage into retirement, and understand in which situations it is beneficial not ...
  8. It Pays to Be a ‘HENRY’

    Why? Because being a “High Earner Not Rich Yet” may help you buy the house of your dreams with a lower down payment.
  9. 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.
  10. Is House Price or Interest Rate More Important?

    Deciding which factor is more important can make a difference in monthly payments, ability to move and Homowner's Association ...
  11. Can I take my 401(k) to buy a house?

    It is possible to use your retirement accounts to buy a house, but it's usually better that you don't.
  12. 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

    By avoiding these six pitfalls when purchasing a home, you will be in a much better position to make an educated choice before ...
  13. 3 Big Financial Mistakes to Avoid in Your 30s

    Want to have continued control of your finances as you get older? Start by making sure to avoid these three financial mistakes ...
  14. Credit Card Debt: America’s Biggest Struggle?

    Dealing with credit card debt is a huge struggle for many American families. Here are some tips to get you started.
  15. Debt Consolidation Made Easy

    Five steps to consolidate and pay off your debt.
  16. Digging Out Of Personal Debt

    Good intentions can put consumers in even more personal debt.
  17. Dawn Of The Zombie Debt

    Are old debts coming back to haunt you? We'll show you how to keep these zombies from eating you alive.
  18. Don't Be Like NBA Legend Antoine Walker

    Using an NBA legend as an example, this is why finding a financial advisor who is trustworthy and right for your unique needs ...
  19. Are all bank accounts insured by the FDIC?

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is an independent agency of the U.S. government that protects you against ...
  20. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Home

    Understand five specific mistakes to avoid when buying a new home.
  21. How to Decide to Pay Down Debt vs. Invest

    You find yourself sitting on some cash—do you invest or pay down debt? The answer is different for everyone, so be sure to ...
  22. 8 Essential Four-Letter Words for Financial Health

    By embracing these four-letter words, you can take the steps necessary to improve your financial health.
  23. Funding College: How to Perform a Sanity Check

    Summer is an ideal time for high school seniors and their parents to take a sanity check and make sure the chosen collegiate ...
  24. How Interest Rates Work On Car Loans

    Three big facts to know – and some numbers to crunch to get the best deal.
  25. How does your checking account affect your credit score?

    Learn how your checking account is related to your credit score, as well as what types of banking activities do and do not ...
  26. Can a debt collector contact me about a debt that's no longer on my credit report?

    Learn about the circumstances that allow a debt collector to contact a consumer about a past-due debt that is not on a credit ...
  27. Debt Forgiveness: Escape Your Student Loans

    There are income-based plans and forgiveness for public-service employees. The latest wrinkle: loan forgiveness because the ...
  28. How to Avoid the Hijacking of Your Credit Cards

    Arm yourself with these strategies on how to safely use your credit and debit cards, and protect yourself from fraud and ...
  29. What Makes An M&A Deal Work?

    Do you know why companies merge? Here we'll take a look at three successful company acquisitions and why they succeeded. ...
  30. It's All Related: Interest, Mortgages, the Economy

    The article looks into the relationship between the economy, interest rates and mortgage rates.
  31. How the Federal Reserve Affects Your Mortgage

    The Federal Reserve can impact the cost of funds for banks and consequently for mortgage borrowers when maintaining economic ...
  32. The Hidden Costs Of Home Ownership

    Mortgage lenders don't factor the extra costs into your loan amount. Make sure you save for the "little" things.
  33. Cash Advances: the Good and the Bad

    Understand who benefits most from cash advances – and when it might make sense to get one.
  34. Yes, You Can Make Money on Your Home Equity

    While it is not without risk, it is possible to use the equity in your home, especially if the mortgage is paid off, to invest ...
  35. The Best Alternatives to Payday Loans

    If you are short on cash a week or more before your next paycheck, you may consider taking out a so-called payday loan. There ...
  36. 10 Best States to Own a Big House

    On top of the low property taxes and average housing costs, these states all tend to have great natural beauty and land worth ...
  37. Calculating Iran's Possible Credit Rating

    Iran's central bank deputy governor says the country could be in line to receive a credit rating. IMF economic data show ...
  38. Simple Ways to Invest in Real Estate

    Owning property isn't always easy, but there are plenty of perks. Here are some ways to invest in real estate.
  39. Declare Your Own Financial Independence Day

    Financial independence is not easy, but it is there for the taking with hard work and careful planning.
  40. 3 Easy Ways to Value Real Estate Investments

    Investing in income-generating real estate involves market data and a degree of subjectivity.
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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?
  43. The 5 Dumbest Financial Moves You Can Make

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

    Pay cash only for a home? Here are the pros and cons.
  45. 5 Things Debt Collectors Can't Do to You

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

    Ten Commandments to follow for a secure economic future.
  47. 4 Signs You're Headed For Financial Trouble

    Financial Trouble? Beware of these signs and follow these tips.
  48. 10 Tips to Topple Student Loan Debt

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

    Paying these rates can impact your disposable income and your investment returns.
  50. 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.
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    YouTube's Partner Program helps users earn money through their channels. Find out how.
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