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  1. How Mortgage Refinancing Affects Your Net Worth

    How Mortgage Refinancing Affects Your Net Worth

    Find out how to determine whether refinancing will put you ahead or even more behind.
  2. Choose Your Monthly Mortgage Payments

    Choose Your Monthly Mortgage Payments

    Exotic mortgages allow you to decide how much to pay. Find out how much they really cost.
  3. 8 Tips To Help You Control Holiday Spending

    8 Tips To Help You Control Holiday Spending

    These tips will have you singing "Joy to the World" well into the New Year.
  4. What Is The New 'FICO Score 9' And Its Benefits?

    What Is The New 'FICO Score 9' And Its Benefits?

    A change in how some credit scores are calculated might soon make it easier for some homebuyers and homeowners to get a mortgage. ...
  5. What $1 Million Buys You in America's Best Retirement Destinations

    What $1 Million Buys You in America's Best Retirement Destinations

    Shopping for your dream retirement home in Bellingham, Brevard, Charleston and Tucson
  6. Are Your Bank Deposits Insured?

    Are Your Bank Deposits Insured?

    Learn how the FDIC is helping to keep your money in your pockets.
  7. Should You Close Your Credit Card?

    Should You Close Your Credit Card?

    Find out the consequences before deciding to end your credit agreement.
  8. The Role of Commercial Banks in the Economy

    The Role of Commercial Banks in the Economy

    We interact with commercial banks daily to carry out simple financial tasks. That said, the function and creation of a commercial ...
  9. Bankruptcy Protection For Your Accounts

    Bankruptcy Protection For Your Accounts

    Will the plan assets you've worked hard for be safe if you experience a personal financial crisis?
  10. Credit Card Savings

    Credit Card Savings

    How to save money on credit cards by choosing the right type for your needs and lifestyle.
  11. The Basics Of Financial Responsibility

    The Basics Of Financial Responsibility

    Just being able to make your credit card payment doesn't cut it. Find out what does.
  12. An Introduction To Student Loans And The FAFSA

    An Introduction To Student Loans And The FAFSA

    Learn how to fill out the FAFSA form so that it is easier for you to fund your education.
  13. Top Tips For First-Time Home Buyers

    Top Tips For First-Time Home Buyers

    Follow this step-by-step guide to make your homeownership dreams a reality.
  14. How To Compare Home Insurance Companies

    How To Compare Home Insurance Companies

    There's a ton of information out there. Here's how to organize it and find the best company and best rates when you insure ...
  15. Laid Off? You Can Still Retire

    Laid Off? You Can Still Retire

    Joblessness is temporary, but neglecting your retirement savings has permanent consequences.
  16. Calculating The Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

    Calculating The Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

    The amount of money you save by paying your mortgage off quickly will far exceed any benefit from the mortgage interest tax ...
  17. Playing Hardball When Selling Your Home

    Playing Hardball When Selling Your Home

    Using these strategies will help you get more cash when selling your house.
  18. Estate Planning: 16 Things To Do Before You Die

    Estate Planning: 16 Things To Do Before You Die

    Find out what you need to prepare to avoid serious estate planning mistakes.
  19. 4 Tips For Using Credit Cards Overseas

    4 Tips For Using Credit Cards Overseas

    Overseas travel can be both confusing and expensive, so here are some ways to minimize the cost of spending abroad.
  20. How Google's Self-Driving Car Will Change Everything

    How Google's Self-Driving Car Will Change Everything

    Self-driving vehicles are coming fast, and they’re going to radically change what it’s like to get from point A to point ...
  21. The Unique Advantages Of VA Mortgages

    The Unique Advantages Of VA Mortgages

    Find out how being a veteran can save you money on your mortgage.
  22. The Evolution Of Banking

    The Evolution Of Banking

    Banks are a part of ancient history. Find out how this system of money management developed into what we know today.
  23. Home Loans For Disaster Recovery

    Home Loans For Disaster Recovery

    There are numerous government programs available for people who need financial help recovering from a household disaster. ...
  24. Attention Home Buyers! Why You Need A Lawyer

    Attention Home Buyers! Why You Need A Lawyer

    Property transactions are complex and subject to specific state/local rules. A professional can simplify the process.
  25. Identity Theft: How Much Should You Worry?

    Identity Theft: How Much Should You Worry?

    Identity fraud cost $18 billion last year. But are enough Americans victimized – with big enough losses – that it's worth ...
  26. Should You Get a Gas Credit Card?

    Should You Get a Gas Credit Card?

    Many credit cards now reward you for your gasoline purchases. But some are more generous than others.
  27. Credit, Debit And Charge: Sizing Up The Cards In Your Wallet

    Credit, Debit And Charge: Sizing Up The Cards In Your Wallet

    Not all plastic is equal! Learn the difference between the three kinds, and how each can affect your finances.
  28. Getting A Car Title Loan

    Getting A Car Title Loan

    This loan-of-last-resort uses your car as collateral and features very high interest rates and fees. Be extremely wary of ...
  29. Just What Factors Into The Value Of Your Used Car?

    Just What Factors Into The Value Of Your Used Car?

    Just what should you pay for that used car? And how much should you get for your beater? With these web sites, those are ...
  30. Signs You Need To Look For A Better Credit Card

    Signs You Need To Look For A Better Credit Card

    High interest rates, hefty annual fees and poor customer service are among the indications that you have a bad credit card. ...
  31. Strategies For Debt Consolidation Loans

    Strategies For Debt Consolidation Loans

    A debt consolidation loan may help if your income doesn't quite cover your credit card and loan payments. Here's how to avoid ...
  32. What Is Sallie Mae And How Does It Work?

    What Is Sallie Mae And How Does It Work?

    Sallie Mae is the only game in town for some would-be college students seeking loans, so it's not surprising that it's got ...
  33. How To Cash In On Credit Cards

    How To Cash In On Credit Cards

    How can an investor cash in on rising credit card use? There isn't an ETF yet, so let's look at the companies themselves.
  34. A Smart Approach to Student Credit Cards

    A Smart Approach to Student Credit Cards

    Student credit cards are a compelling alternative for young borrowers. But be sure to look at annual fees and long-term interest ...
  35. 5 Tips For Recession House Hunters

    5 Tips For Recession House Hunters

    Follow these five tips to get a leg up on rival bargain hunters.
  36. Why It’s So Hard to Get Small Mortgage Loans

    Why It’s So Hard to Get Small Mortgage Loans

    Finding a lender to provide a mortgage loan for less than $50,000: It's a challenge faced by a surprising number of people, ...
  37. Top Reasons To Apply For An FHA Loan

    Top Reasons To Apply For An FHA Loan

    When is it a good idea to apply for a Federal Housing Administration loan?
  38. Measuring The Benefits Of Home Ownership

    Measuring The Benefits Of Home Ownership

    Price appreciation is the biggest factor, but it's not the only thing to consider.
  39. Start Building Solid Credit At A Young Age

    Start Building Solid Credit At A Young Age

    These days, credit scores can affect everything from loan terms to your job search. That's why you should establish a credit ...
  40. Mortgages: Fixed-Rate Versus Adjustable-Rate

    Mortgages: Fixed-Rate Versus Adjustable-Rate

    Both of these have advantages and disadvantages depending on your financial needs and prospects.
  41. The Truth About Real Estate Prices

    The Truth About Real Estate Prices

    Historical housing price data suggests ongoing increases in housing prices, but these numbers don't tell the whole truth. ...
  42. How Banks Set Interest Rates On Your Loans

    How Banks Set Interest Rates On Your Loans

    On the face of it, figuring out how a bank makes money is a pretty straightforward affair. A bank earns a spread on the money ...
  43. Top Student Loan Providers

    Top Student Loan Providers

    Many banks and institutions offer student loans, but some offer better deals than others. Read this list of top student loan ...
  44. Time To Consolidate Your Student Loans?

    Time To Consolidate Your Student Loans?

    Use these strategies to decide whether consolidating your student loans makes sense for you – and what to do next if it does.
  45. Credit Cards For People With Bad Credit

    Credit Cards For People With Bad Credit

    Yes, you can get a credit card and start repairing your credit history. But brace yourself for low credit limits, sky-high ...
  46. 5 Things You Shouldn't Do During A Recession

    5 Things You Shouldn't Do During A Recession

    These tips can help you avoid financial risk, and are especially important during an economic slowdown.
  47. FICO Credit Score Changes – Will Yours Go Up?

    FICO Credit Score Changes – Will Yours Go Up?

    Your FICO score could rise due to a new way of scoring some debts – which could make you eligible for a lower interest rate ...
  48. Mortgage Rates To Rise, But When And By How Much?

    Mortgage Rates To Rise, But When And By How Much?

    Mortgage rates have been at historical lows since 2008 following the financial crisis. They're expected to rise, but when ...
  49. Secured Credit Cards

    Secured Credit Cards

    They're not just for people with a poor credit score. Secured cards also help students and internationals with no U.S. credit ...
  50. A Day Without Spending, A Lifetime's Worth Of Lessons

    A Day Without Spending, A Lifetime's Worth Of Lessons

    Financial guru Suze Orman once challenged her fans to go a day without spending any money. Here are the lessons learned from ...
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  1. 5 Ways To Make Your Home Remodels Pay Off

    Here are five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.
  2. Differences Between Private Foundations And Public Charities

    Here's a look at the differences between these types of charitable organizations.
  3. How To Monetize Your YouTube Channel

    YouTube's Partner Program helps users earn money through their channels. Find out how.
  4. The World's Most Valuable Private Companies

    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
  5. Is Cyber Monday The New Black Friday?

    Cyber Monday is becoming more popular than Black Friday. Here's why.
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