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  1. 3 Reasons Millennials Are Not Interested in Mortgages

    Tougher lending standards make borrowing to buy homes harder for millennials.
  2. How is the minimum payment on a credit card calculated?

    Even when minimum payments are low, consumers should still aim to pay off credit card balances every month.
  3. Why 'No Credit-Check Loans' Are So Risky

    Consumers with weak finances often rush to "no credit-check" loans, but this debt poses significant financial dangers for ...
  4. Can Direct Consolidation Loans be deferred?

    Student loans bundled into direct consolidation loans may be deferred under certain circumstances.
  5. What Is the Best Age to Get Life Insurance?

    Learn about the optimal time for purchasing personal life insurance and why delaying the buying decision may have costly ...
  6. How Reverse Mortgages Work

    Looking into a reverse mortgage may be a good option for accessing the equity in your home if you are retired.
  7. The 5 Biggest Factors That Affect Your Credit

    Credit companies rely on these factors to determine whether to lend to you and at what rate.
  8. Should You Rent or Buy a Home?

    Owning a home is part of the American dream, but it is a major financial undertaking with considerable pros and cons.
  9. Retirement Savings Tips For 35- To 44-Year-Olds

    Learn how the "sandwich generation" can save for retirement while taking care of their kids and parents.
  10. Student Loan Forgiveness: How Does It Work?

    With student loan debt at an all-time high, more graduates are considering loan forgiveness programs.
  11. Are student loans amortized?

    Student loans typically get paid back over time on a fixed payment, or amortized, schedule.
  12. Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage?

    Answering these five questions will help you determine whether or not to pay off your mortgage.
  13. How to Raise Your Credit Score Quickly

    Here are the best tips for raising your credit score quickly.
  14. Are student loans dischargeable after bankruptcy?

    In limited cases of bankruptcy, the courts may discharge a filer's partial or full student loan debt.
  15. The Economics Behind a Trump Property

    Learn how Donald Trump actually makes most of his current revenue, not just from owned real estate but through branding using ...
  16. 8 Financial Tips For Young Adults

    You don't need an MBA to learn how to save money and invest in your future.
  17. Good Credit? Try This Credit Card Alternative

    Personal loans are a credit card alternative to try if you've got great credit and you want to lock in a lower interest rate ...
  18. 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.
  19. How Installment Loans Work

    Everything you need to know before taking out an installment loan.
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. Why More Millennials Need Credit Cards

    Here's why more Millennials should have credit cards – even though a majority don’t.
  23. 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.
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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.
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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.
  32. Debt Consolidation Made Easy

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

    Good intentions can put consumers in even more personal debt.
  34. 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.
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Home

    Understand five specific mistakes to avoid when buying a new home.
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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.
  40. 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 ...
  41. How Interest Rates Work On Car Loans

    Three big facts to know – and some numbers to crunch to get the best deal.
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. Debt Forgiveness: Escape Your Student Loans

    There are income-based plans and forgiveness for public-service employees. The latest wrinkle: loan forgiveness because the ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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. ...
  47. It's All Related: Interest, Mortgages, the Economy

    The article looks into the relationship between the economy, interest rates and mortgage rates.
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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.
  50. Cash Advances: the Good and the Bad

    Understand who benefits most from cash advances – and when it might make sense to get one.
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