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  1. How Visa Counts On Your Free-Spending Ways

    How Visa Counts On Your Free-Spending Ways

    The credit card transaction business is so profitable, Visa Inc. doesn't even bother lending money. Here's how they make ...
  2. Using Home Equity Loans For Debt Consolidation

    Using Home Equity Loans For Debt Consolidation

    A home equity loan or line of credit is a convenient way to consolidate debts, cut your interest rate and gain a tax deduction. ...
  3. Millennials: Prevent a Bad Credit Score

    Millennials: Prevent a Bad Credit Score

    Here are five ways to help prevent getting a bad credit score that could affect future loan, credit card or mortgage approvals.
  4. Credit Report Alert!

    Credit Report Alert!

    Chances are your credit report has mistakes – which could cost you hundreds a year in mortgage, car loan or credit card interest. ...
  5. How To Shop For Mortgage Rates

    How To Shop For Mortgage Rates

    Take these 5 steps to getting the lowest possible rate for your mortgage. Small percentage differences can mean big savings ...
  6. What Lenders Look At On Your Credit Report

    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.
  7. Car Payments: 'Til Death Do Us Part

    Car Payments: 'Til Death Do Us Part

    Your car breaks down... You head to the dealership, ready to replace it with something more reliable. But the dealership ...
  8. What are the different types of private mortgage insurance (PMI)?

    What are the different types of private mortgage insurance (PMI)?

    Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is an insurance policy that protects lenders from the risk of default and foreclosure, and ...
  9. What's the difference between private mortgage insurance (PMI) and mortgage insurance ...

    What's the difference between private mortgage insurance (PMI) and mortgage insurance ...

    Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is an insurance policy used in conventional loans that protects lenders from the risk of ...
  10. How can I avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI)?

    How can I avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI)?

    Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is an insurance policy that protects lenders from the risk of default and foreclosure, and ...
  11. Applying For Credit Cards Affects Your Credit Score

    Applying For Credit Cards Affects Your Credit Score

    if you follow these simple rules, you should be able to refresh your plastic without causing a big hit to your score.
  12. 8 Reasons Not To Sell Your Home Without An Agent

    8 Reasons Not To Sell Your Home Without An Agent

    Is saving the seller's side of the agent's commission worth the trouble of selling your home without one? Why it could cost ...
  13. What's a better way to borrow money: overdraft or credit cards?

    What's a better way to borrow money: overdraft or credit cards?

    Overdraft and credit cards will allow you to spend more money than you have, but whichever option you choose, be sure to ...
  14. What are the pros and cons of overdraft protection?

    What are the pros and cons of overdraft protection?

    If you sign up for overdraft protection and link your checking account to your savings account, a credit card or an overdraft ...
  15. Should You Pay All Cash For Your Next Home?

    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.
  16. Seven Steps to Become Financially Independent

    Seven Steps to Become Financially Independent

    With Independence Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to finally set the goal of financial independence for ...
  17. Is An FHA Mortgage Still A Bargain?

    Is An FHA Mortgage Still A Bargain?

    If you're putting down less than 20%, the FHA's mortgage insurance premium could cost you more than private mortgage insurance ...
  18. How to Avoid Being the Victim of Auto Loan Rip-Offs

    How to Avoid Being the Victim of Auto Loan Rip-Offs

    It’s not easy being a car buyer. Unless you have the privilege of paying cash for a vehicle, you’re probably going to have ...
  19. Refinancing And Debt-Consolidation Checklist

    Refinancing And Debt-Consolidation Checklist

    On the surface, refinancing a mortgage to consolidate other debts is a tempting option. However, there are potential drawbacks ...
  20. 5 Credit Card Traps That Will Ruin Your Summer Trip

    5 Credit Card Traps That Will Ruin Your Summer Trip

    Summer vacations can be rejuvenating and refreshing, but also costly if you aren’t careful with how you use your credit card.
  21. 10 Surefire Signs You’ll Ruin Your Financial Life and Die With Debt

    10 Surefire Signs You’ll Ruin Your Financial Life and Die With Debt

    For many Americans, debt is a way of life. Loans allow most Americans to pay for their cars, education, and houses. But how ...
  22. Should You Buy Or Build A Home?

    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 ...
  23. Make Money Off Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses

    Make Money Off Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses

    It's easy to benefit from credit card sign-up bonuses, but you have to know what you're getting into.
  24. How To Get Rid Of Private Mortgage Insurance

    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 ...
  25. 5 Ways To Get Maximum Student Financial Aid

    5 Ways To Get Maximum Student Financial Aid

    Getting the best possible package for a college fund depends on minimizing assets and maximizing the energy you use to find ...
  26. Five Creative Ways To Pay For College

    Five Creative Ways To Pay For College

    If your financial aid package isn't helping as much as you need, there are other ways to fund your education.
  27. Five Credit Card Perks That Will Cure Many Headaches During Your Summer Trips

    Five Credit Card Perks That Will Cure Many Headaches During Your Summer Trips

    It is a time when credit cards will become more than just convenient payment methods.
  28. Best Apps For Buying A Home

    Best Apps For Buying A Home

    If you are in the market for a new home, technology can help make your search a little easier. Mobile apps allow you to ...
  29. 10 Unfamiliar Ways to Help Pay Down Medical Bills

    10 Unfamiliar Ways to Help Pay Down Medical Bills

    Paying your medical bills can seem frightening, given the high cost. Don’t let unpaid medical bills ruin your credit.
  30. What You Need To Know About EMV Credit Cards

    What You Need To Know About EMV Credit Cards

    Finally, the U.S. is beginning to move to EMV credit cards. Here's how they'll keep us safer and what they won't fix.
  31. Learn About These 6 Dumb Money Pitfalls For Married Couples

    Learn About These 6 Dumb Money Pitfalls For Married Couples

    From tax implications to knowing your partner's credit score, watch out for these six money pitfalls.
  32. Home Improvements That Really Pay Off

    Home Improvements That Really Pay Off

    Before you invest the cash from your home equity loan in a sunroom or a high-end master suite, take heed: The renovations ...
  33. Seniors: Before You Co-sign That Student Loan

    Seniors: Before You Co-sign That Student Loan

    If that loan isn't paid back, you could be on the line for the whole amount, plus penalties. Ask the 115,000 retirees whose ...
  34. Why You Don’t Need Mortgage Protection Life Insurance

    Why You Don’t Need Mortgage Protection Life Insurance

    Mortgage protection life insurance sounds great in concept - a guarantee that your mortgage will be paid off if you die unexpectedly. ...
  35. Four Reasons to Check Your Credit Card Accounts Online

    Four Reasons to Check Your Credit Card Accounts Online

    Credit cards do offer some protection against fraud, but it pays to be vigilant. And there are other benefits to your bottom ...
  36. 6 Critical Moves That Will Save You Time and Money Before Hunting for a Mortgage

    6 Critical Moves That Will Save You Time and Money Before Hunting for a Mortgage

    There are many important aspects to consider and research before the process of selecting a home even begins.
  37. Mortgage Amortization Strategies

    Mortgage Amortization Strategies

    Should you get a 30-year mortgage? A 15-year one? Ways to decide which mortgage is the best fit.
  38. When a 401(k) Hardship Withdrawal Makes Sense

    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 ...
  39. Simple Steps for Rebuilding Your Credit

    Simple Steps for Rebuilding Your Credit

    Trying to repair your credit? Your first instincts may not be correct. Review your best options for raising a bad credit ...
  40. Time to  Accept Credit Card Offers Again?

    Time to Accept Credit Card Offers Again?

    How much you could get and whether to respond
  41. Debt Forgiveness: How to Get Out of Paying Your Student Loans

    Debt Forgiveness: How to Get Out of Paying Your Student Loans

    Though many individuals eagerly await the possibility of student loan forgiveness, strict stipulations and changing laws ...
  42. Crass (But Effective) Ways to Build a College Fund

    Crass (But Effective) Ways to Build a College Fund

    Learn from non-profit fundraisers: Encourage friends and family to give your kid college cash, not toys – and say thank you, ...
  43. 5 Little Money White Lies That Can Leave You in the Red

    The lies you tell yourself can cost you plenty. Beware.
  44. Use Paying Rent to Boost Your Credit Score

    Now, rent payments can work for you – not just against you – to affect your credit rating
  45. 5 Articles to Refresh Your Financial Literacy

    5 Articles to Refresh Your Financial Literacy

    Being smart about things financial can make the difference between a shaky future and a comfortable one
  46. 7 Things You’re Overpaying for on Vacation

    If you’re looking for summer costs that can be reduced, here are seven to start with.
  47. 6 Credit Card Rules for New College Grads

    6 Credit Card Rules for New College Grads

    Used well, your credit card can build a credit history that gets you jobs, apartments and a lower car-loan rate
  48. 5 Ways to Know You Are Spending Too Much Money

    Five signs it’s time to put on the brakes, stop spending too much money, and start saving.
  49. Credit vs. Debit Cards: Which is Better?

    Credit vs. Debit Cards: Which is Better?

    Be strategic about the card you choose
  50. The Home Appraisal: Your Key to a Successful Refinance

    The Home Appraisal: Your Key to a Successful Refinance

    When you refinance your mortgage, everything hinges on the appraisal. Here's what appraisers look at, how to make your home ...
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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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