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  1. Did We Reach a Ceiling to Fuel Growth by Borrowing?

    Find out how years of low interest rates and high borrowing have left the world economy with anemic growth and unprecedented ...
  2. 4 Reasons Small Businesses Fail to Grow

    Owning a small business can be financially rewarding, but there are certain obstacles that may make building sustainable ...
  3. Mortgage Fraud: Understanding and Avoiding It

    There are many different ways to be victimized through home ownership - learn how to identify and avoid these crimes.
  4. 3 Online Mortgage Providers to Stay Away From (NSM, BAC)

    Learn why Nationstar Mortgage, Provident Funding and Bank of America are companies to stay away from when shopping for an ...
  5. A Credit Card That Uses Fingerprint Scanners?

    Apple Pay already uses fingerprints; cards will come. Incorporating biometrics in the credit card payment process is the ...
  6. Surprising Ways a Mortgage Affects a Credit Score

    It takes a good credit score to get favorable mortgage rates. Then, how you pay a mortgage will shape your score – just having ...
  7. 6 Tips to Get Approved For a Mortgage

    You can change your bank's answer to a loan request from 'No' to 'Yes'. Find out how.
  8. Option ARMs: American Dream Or Mortgage Nightmare?

    Option adjustable rate mortgages could make or break your home-buying experience.
  9. How to Push Back Against a Debt Collector

    Debt collectors can be professional or nasty beyond belief. Here's how to fight back – and what your rights and obligations ...
  10. Shopping for a mortgage in 2016? Use this tool first.

    As home-buying technology has progressed, the process of finding the best mortgages rates for 2016 can all be done online.
  11. Trends in Capital Flows: Global Equities

    Review trends in global equity mutual fund flows between 2013 and 2015, and discover what those trends say about broader ...
  12. Ireland Economics: 3 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Discover how recent political changes in Ireland could compromise years of balance sheet improvements and economic growth, ...
  13. Estate Planning: 16 Things Prince (and You) Should Have Done

    The must-do list Prince and his advisors should have completed to avoid leaving his family without a will and an estate plan.
  14. Huntington Mortgage vs. Lending Tree: Comparing Online Mortgage Providers (HBAN, ...

    Understand the benefits of using an online mortgage company, and compare the benefits of applying online with Huntington ...
  15. How Did Puerto Rico End Up With So Much Debt ?

    Learn how heavy bond issuance, economic decline, oppressive social spending and a declining population combined to bring ...
  16. Mortgage Deals: Zillow vs. Lending Tree (Z, TREE)

    Find out how the online lending marketplaces at Zillow and Lending Tree match borrowers and lenders, and which provides the ...
  17. Nationstar Mortgage vs. Quicken Loans: Comparing Online Mortgage Providers (NSM)

    Explore the advantage of refinancing your mortgage with an online lender, and compare two leading companies in online mortgage ...
  18. Calculating Debt-To-Income Ratio (DTI)

    The debt-to-income ratio measures the percentage of a person’s debt when compared to his overall income.
  19. Helping Clients Weigh College Financial Aid Offers

    Now's the time for reviewing financial aid offers, which can often be confusing. Here are a few tips to help clients make ...
  20. The Difference Between Compounding Interest and Simple Interest

    Interest is the cost a borrower pays to use someone else’s money. Interest can be either simple or compounded.
  21. 10 Ways To Improve Your Credit Report

    A good credit rating can make your life simpler in almost every way. Here's how to build up yours – and repair it if times ...
  22. Exxon Stock Up Ahead of Earnings, Hikes Dividend (XOM)

    A downgrade in credit rating Tuesday by Standard & Poor's wasn't enough to keep investors from buying shares of Exxon Mobil, ...
  23. 5 Reasons Not to Use Your Home Equity Line of Credit

    Find out why taking a loan from a home equity line of credit may be a bad idea, and why you should consider alternatives.
  24. Trends in Capital Flows: U.S. Equities

    Analyze asset flow data for U.S. equity mutual funds and ETFs from 2014 and 2015 to identify changes in demand, investor ...
  25. Mortgage Refinance: Brick-and-Mortar vs. Online Lender

    Understand why refinancing your mortgage might benefit you, and compare using an online lender to working with a brick-and-mortar ...
  26. Should You Buy Or Build a Home?

    You're ready for a new house. Should you buy it or build it? Here's how to think through the pros and cons, whether it's ...
  27. When a 401(k) Hardship Withdrawal Makes Sense

    If you've exhausted all other avenues, there are ways to withdraw funds before age 59½ – sometimes without the 10% penalty ...
  28. Who Are Ally Financial's Main Competitors? (ALLY)

    Find out which companies are Ally Financials biggest competitors and how it stacks up against them with its auto-lending ...
  29. The Booby-trapped World of Parental College Loans

    Private parent loans can help families pay for college. But the repayment timeline associated with the loans can hurt parents’ ...
  30. iShares U.S. Construction vs. SPDR Homebuilders: Comparing Homebuilder ETFs (ITB, ...

    Learn why the U.S. housing sector may soon take off in 2016, and discover how to easily gain exposure to the sector, through ...
  31. The 3 Best Mortgage Lenders for Refinancing

    Understand the refinancing process and why it is often beneficial, and identify several lenders that offers the best refinancing ...
  32. 3 Companies with Low Mortgage Refinance Rates

    Learn why a mortgage refinance might save you thousands of dollars in interest payments, and identify three companies offering ...
  33. Interest-Only Mortgage Case Study: Exploring Sweden's Potential New Rules

    Explore Sweden's overheating housing market while learning about the most recently proposed solution and the effect it may ...
  34. The 3 Biggest Mortgage Lenders (NSM, WFC)

    Learn about the top mortgage lenders of 2016, trends impacting the mortgage lending markets, new product options and consumers' ...
  35. Would You Save with an Interest-Only Mortgage?

    Sophisticated borrowers might want to consider one of these loans to keep their initial payments low, but they need to fully ...
  36. Now You Can Trade P2P Loans with Folio Investing

    A drawback of investing in peer-to-peer (P2P) loans was that you were stuck with them for the entire term. Now you can trade ...
  37. Mortgage Application: Comparing Brick & Mortar vs. Online

    Learn the differences between applying for a mortgage from a brick-and-mortar lender and an online lender. Find out about ...
  38. How to Get Rid of Private Mortgage Insurance

    Private mortgage insurance benefits the lender (the sole beneficiary of PMI), but it can add a sizable chunk to your monthly ...
  39. What is the 1003 mortgage application form?

    Learn about the 1003 mortgage application form, what information it requires and why this form is the industry standard for ...
  40. Does 2016 Spell the End of a Global Debt Cycle?

    Examine the growth of global debt from 2010 to 2015. Emerging market debt has grown significantly, while advanced economy ...
  41. The $1M Question: What to Do With a Windfall?

    If you're on the receiving end of a $1M windfall, what would you do with it? Here's what a survey found; the results may ...
  42. Contrasting Non-Recourse And Recourse Loans

    The difference between a recourse and non-recourse loan involves how aggressively a lender can pursue a borrower who defaults ...
  43. Don’t Fail Student Loan Debt 101

    Don't be a statistic! According to a recent study, six in 10 Millennials don’t know what they owe or what to do with student ...
  44. Can the U.S. Consumer Continue to Hold Up the World?

    Seven years into the recovery, a key driver of economic growth continues to demonstrate a frustrating conundrum: Consumer ...
  45. Move Over, Yuppie. Here Comes the Yuccie

    If you're not a “yuccie” (“young urban creative”) yourself, it's time you learned who they are. Think artisanal - but not ...
  46. What Lenders Look at on Your Credit Report

    What do lenders consider when they look at your credit report? It’s a simple question with a complicated answer.
  47. Rent vs. Buy: It’s Different for Expensive Property

    For multi-million dollar homes, renting often nets out as costing less than the expenses/other financials of buying a comparable ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 5 Ways to Budget Home Remodeling Costs

    A bit of preparation and research on home remodeling can help you avoid unpleasant surprises and anticipate the real costs ...
  50. Mom, What’s This 401(k) Thing?

    We are well aware of the advice we give to young people just starting out in the work force: "Start saving for retirement." ...
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