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  1. Best Ways to Get Free Credit Scores in 2016

    You've probably seen spammy ads offering the opportunity to check your credit score for "free." Well, not all credit score ...
  2. Should You Pay All Cash For Your Next Home?

    If you can afford to buy a home for all cash, is that the best way to invest your money? Here are the pros and cons.
  3. 5 Things Debt Collectors Can't Do to You

    You may owe money, but you still have rights. There's a long list of things debt collectors are banned from doing to you. ...
  4. Retirees: Make More Money as a Peer-to-Peer Lender

    With interest rates keeping traditional investment returns low, peer-to-peer lending offers retirees a chance for higher ...
  5. Top 5 Companies Owned by American Express (JBLU, FLWS)

    Read about the most important subsidiaries of American Express Company, including two banks, an insurance company and a fraud ...
  6. Top 4 Companies Owned by JPMorgan (JPM)

    Read about JPMorgan Chase & Company's main operating subsidiaries, including its retail and investment banking operations ...
  7. Why Credit Karma is Free & How it Makes Money

    Credit scores originally were built for lenders, but Credit Karma makes the system work for consumers, too – and makes money ...
  8. Use Your Credit Card to Improve Your Credit Score

    Responsible credit card use can provide a convenient boost to your credit score.
  9. Reduce Debt Without Spending Unnecessarily

    Here are three steps to reduce debt in a cost-effective manner.
  10. Mortgage Protection Life Insurance Is Unnecessary

    Mortgage protection life insurance is a type of life insurance most people don’t need.
  11. 3 Big Financial Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

    Here's how to avoid these three big and costly financial mistakes in 2016.
  12. Is It Better To Pay Off Debt Or Invest?

    There’s no clear answer to the question of what’s more important – paying off debt or investing.
  13. Should You Tap Into Savings To Pay Off Debt?

    People who cash out retirement accounts to pay off debt are kneecapping their savings efforts.
  14. 5 ATM Scams That Can Break The Bank

    Don't get scorched by ATM thieves who want to burn a hole in your wallet.
  15. Home-Equity Loans: What You Need To Know

    We shed light on why consumers decide to use this form of debt and whether it is a good alternative.
  16. 10 Reasons To Use Your Credit Card

    Charging purchases is not always a no-no. In fact, there are some very sound reasons for choosing this option.
  17. Should You Buy A House At Auction?

    The traditional real estate market isn't the only place to conduct your home search. Auctions also bring many buying opportunities. ...
  18. Is An FHA Mortgage Still A Bargain?

    Borrowers initially flocked to FHA loans due to their low down payments and accessibility for people with low credit scores. ...
  19. 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.
  20. Credit Card Debt’s Up: 6 Ways to Eliminate Yours

    If you're part of the new higher credit card debt trend, here's how to get out from under – now.
  21. How do you use the FNMA selling guide?

    Learn about Fannie Mae Selling Guide and find out details about how its parts provide support to the business relationship ...
  22. How Real Estate Agents Get Paid

    Most real estate agents are paid a percentage of the property’s selling price, which is called a commission.
  23. 5 Effective Home Gardening Tips to Increase Home Value

    Learn more ways to add value to your home with these gardening tips.
  24. How Visa Counts On Your Free-Spending Ways

    In a world where people lived within their means, Visa and its competitors would not exist.
  25. Student Debt Passes $1 Trillion: Is College Worth the Investment?

    As tuition rises faster than any other U.S. commodity in the past few decades, students explore alternative education options ...
  26. How can I borrow money from my life insurance policy?

    Capitalize on the cash value of your whole life insurance policy and learn the details of how to borrow money from your life ...
  27. The Cost Of Reckless Financial Behavior

    Here are some everyday financial risks that you might be taking, and might want to reconsider.
  28. Top Tips For Buying Your First Home

    There are three stages to buying a house.
  29. Debt Counseling: 4 Signs You Need Help

    Stop stressing about debt and bills and avoiding phone calls from debt collectors. Get help from a debt and credit counselor ...
  30. The Top 5 Positions in Ken Fisher's Portfolio (AMZN, LQD)

    Pay attention to whether Amazon.com, Inc. remains the top holding of Fisher Asset Management despite a 27% share price drop ...
  31. What's an IOU?

    An IOU is an informal document that acknowledges a debt.
  32. M&T Bank: How its Legal Settlement Impacts its Lending Habits (MTB)

    Get an overview of the recent lawsuit and settlement between Fair Housing Justice Center and M&T Bank, and see how it may ...
  33. How To Get Out Of Paying Your Student Loans

    There are two ways to earn student loan forgiveness: work in public service, or make payments though an income-contingent ...
  34. What is an Amortization Schedule?

    An amortization schedule is a table that shows the amounts of principal and interest that comprise each loan payment.
  35. Five Things To Know About Quitclaim Deeds

    General warranty deeds provide the buyer with the most protection; quitclaim deeds provide the least.
  36. Wells Fargo's 3 Key Financial Ratios (WFC)

    Look at some of most important financial ratios for with Wells Fargo & Co. and understand why they are so important for analyzing ...
  37. Marriage-Killing Money Issues

    Money issues hamper many marriages.
  38. How Mortgages Affect Credit Scores

    A mortgage is the pinnacle of consumer credit. Paying a credit card a little late won’t impact your credit score much, but ...
  39. How Credit Card Interest Works

    Credit cards are an important part of life, so all card holders should understand their interest.
  40. 5 Worst Money Mistakes You Can Make In College

    Financial errors are nearly as common as all-night study sessions in the lives of many college students, but it can take ...
  41. This New Mortgage Only Requires 3% Down

    A new low-down-payment mortgage offering has attractive features, but be sure to check out all the options and get the whole ...
  42. How To Afford A Second Home

    Buying a second home, even if it’s relatively affordable, takes careful budgeting and planning. Here's how to do it.
  43. When Paying Off Debt With Your 401(k) Makes Sense

    It can be tempting to use funds from a 401(k) plan to pay debts. But first, it’s important to make sure it’s worth it.
  44. How To Break Your Bad Financial Habits

    It’s a familiar problem in many households: spending more money than you earn.
  45. How To Confront A Debt Collector

    If a debt collector is hassling you, you have the right to fight back.
  46. Getting A Loan Without a Parent's Signature

    When you know what lenders are looking for, it’s quite possible to obtain a loan without your parents’ signature.
  47. Credit Scores: Hard Vs Soft Inquiries

    Creditors and even prospective employers want to know how well you handle your money. They use soft and hard credit inquiries ...
  48. Why Is the Market Punishing American Express?

    American Express shares lost over 40% of their value in 2015. We examine some of the factors contributing to this fall.
  49. Before You Visit Your Tax Preparer: Do This

    The earlier you start preparing your tax records and documents, the more likely you are to have a smooth tax return experience ...
  50. Take Charge of Your Personal Finances This Year

    Take charge of your personal finances to reach financial independence. Find out how with these 5 financial life-altering ...
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    YouTube's Partner Program helps users earn money through their channels. Find out how.
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    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
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    Cyber Monday is becoming more popular than Black Friday. Here's why.
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