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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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' ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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.
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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." ...
  22. VBMFX: Top 5 Holdings Analysis

    Find out which securities hold the top five positions in the world's largest bond fund, the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index ...
  23. Buying a Home: Cash Vs. Mortgage

    If you have the funds, should you buy your home with all cash? Here's how to decide which option – cash or mortgage – makes ...
  24. How to Up Your Chances of Getting Student Aid

    Getting the best possible package for a college fund depends on minimizing assets and maximizing the energy you use to find ...
  25. How to Get the Most out of Your HELOC

    A home equity line of credit allows you to leverage your home for different reasons. Here are three ways to get the most ...
  26. Are Low-Down-Payment Mortgages Better than Paying PMI?

    When you can’t put down at least 20% on a mortgage, you usually have to have private mortgage insurance (PMI). But what about ...
  27. Are credit card rewards considered taxable income by the IRS?

    Learn about when the Internal Revenue Service considers the financial value of gifts received from credit card reward programs ...
  28. What's the difference between short sales and foreclosures?

    Understand the difference between a short sale and a foreclosure; both result in the loss of a home, either through a sale ...
  29. Reverse Mortgages: How They Can Cushion Retirement

    Reverse mortgages can add some wiggle room to your retirement budget. Here's the lowdown on how to use them — and how not ...
  30. 4 Ways to Get a Degree Without Taking on Debt

    Although taking out student loans has become the norm in recent times, it is possible to get a degree without the burden ...
  31. Up-to-Six-Figure Loans a Business Can Get – Fast

    The banking industry has invested a lot of money into shortening loan approval times from a few weeks to a few minutes, but ...
  32. How Falling Oil Prices Effect Prosperity Bancshares Inc. (PB)

    Discover how Prosperity Bancshares is closely tied to the local economy that it serves, and how falling oil prices affect ...
  33. Employee Benefit to Covet: Help with Student Loans

    One of the newer employee benefits, especially helpful to Millennials and Gen Xers, provides for employer paydown on student ...
  34. Reverse Mortgages: Right for Clients? Not Often

    Reverse mortgages are a legitimate vehicle for folks age 62 and up to tap into the equity in their homes for other uses. ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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.
  37. 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. ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. Top 4 Companies Owned by JPMorgan (JPM)

    Read about JPMorgan Chase & Company's main operating subsidiaries, including its retail and investment banking operations ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. Use Your Credit Card to Improve Your Credit Score

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

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

    Mortgage protection life insurance is a type of life insurance most people don’t need.
  45. 3 Big Financial Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

    Here's how to avoid these three big and costly financial mistakes in 2016.
  46. 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.
  47. Should You Tap Into Savings To Pay Off Debt?

    People who cash out retirement accounts to pay off debt are kneecapping their savings efforts.
  48. 5 ATM Scams That Can Break The Bank

    Don't get scorched by ATM thieves who want to burn a hole in your wallet.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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