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  1. 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.
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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. ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. Time to  Accept Credit Card Offers Again?

    Time to Accept Credit Card Offers Again?

    How much you could get and whether to respond
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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, ...
  17. 5 Little Money White Lies That Can Leave You in the Red

    5 Little Money White Lies That Can Leave You in the Red

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

    Use Paying Rent to Boost Your Credit Score

    Now, rent payments can work for you – not just against you – to affect your credit rating
  19. 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
  20. How Gen Y Can Avoid Working Forever

    How Gen Y Can Avoid Working Forever

    Despite tough odds, Gen Y has time to build a strong future with more control over their lives than earlier generations. ...
  21. 7 Things You’re Overpaying for on Vacation

    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.
  22. 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
  23. 5 Ways to Know You Are Spending Too Much Money

    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.
  24. Credit vs. Debit Cards: Which is Better?

    Credit vs. Debit Cards: Which is Better?

    Be strategic about the card you choose
  25. 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 ...
  26. What to Do if You Don't Have a College Fund for Your Child

    What to Do if You Don't Have a College Fund for Your Child

    Learn how your credit, equity in your home, credit card habits, and other resources can all impact your child's ability to ...
  27. Understanding FHA Home Loans

    Understanding FHA Home Loans

    Don't be overwhelmed when filling out these forms. Find out what you need to do here.
  28. Why College Graduates Are Settling for Minimum Wage Jobs

    Why College Graduates Are Settling for Minimum Wage Jobs

    Going to college means you’re going to land a high-paying job and make lot of money, right? That is not the case in today’s ...
  29. Are We Setting Ourselves Up For Another Financial Crisis?

    Are We Setting Ourselves Up For Another Financial Crisis?

    “More money has been lost because of four words than at the point of a gun. Those words are, ‘This time is different.’”
  30. What $175,000 Will Buy in the Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater Real Estate Market

    What $175,000 Will Buy in the Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater Real Estate Market

    Prices for Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. area homes are up 13.3% from the same month last year, but the median price ...
  31. 10 Money Scams Aimed At Senior Citizens

    10 Money Scams Aimed At Senior Citizens

    The older people get, the more vulnerable they become to fraud. Here are 10 scams to watch out for -- with FBI tips on how ...
  32. 3 Dumb Ways to Borrow Money

    3 Dumb Ways to Borrow Money

    Money — everyone needs it, but not everyone has it. Many people who find themselves in a financial bind aren’t left with ...
  33. Tying the (Financial) Knot: 5 Must-Ask Questions for Couples

    Tying the (Financial) Knot: 5 Must-Ask Questions for Couples

    In her latest personal finance post, Jessie Szymanski takes a closer look at a major cause of conflict in American marriages. ...
  34. The Pros And Cons Of The Mortgage Interest Deduction

    The Pros And Cons Of The Mortgage Interest Deduction

    Perhaps the most highly-debated “benefit” to owning a home is the mortgage interest deduction.
  35. What $200,000 Will Buy In The Atlanta Real Estate Market

    What $200,000 Will Buy In The Atlanta Real Estate Market

    Atlanta housing prices are up from last year, but they're still lower than the national median. And there's lots of inventory ...
  36. How To 'Spring Clean' Your Credit Cards

    How To 'Spring Clean' Your Credit Cards

    It’s a good idea to compare credit cards and ditch ones that don't stack up. While you are busy preparing for spring cleaning ...
  37. What $300,000 Will Buy In The Riverside/San Bernardino Real Estate Market

    What $300,000 Will Buy In The Riverside/San Bernardino Real Estate Market

    The median list price for the San Bernardino/Riverside, Calif. market is $292,800, up 24.6% from the same month last year, ...
  38. Why The IRS Blocked Refund Anticipation Loans

    Why The IRS Blocked Refund Anticipation Loans

    Refund Anticipation Loans provided tax preparers with a substantial stream of income for several decades. But high fees and ...
  39. Can Paying Off Your Mortgage Early Hurt Your Net Worth?

    Can Paying Off Your Mortgage Early Hurt Your Net Worth?

    Saving your money and making double or even triple payments on a mortgage may sound productive, but it could hurt your overall ...
  40. What $200,000 Will Buy In The Chicago Real Estate Market

    What $200,000 Will Buy In The Chicago Real Estate Market

    Here's a look at what about $200,000 will get you today in various regions within Chicago's real estate market.
  41. Five Steps To Retire Debt-Free

    Five Steps To Retire Debt-Free

    Retiring without debt is a worthwhile goal, but a difficult one to achieve. If you're up to the challenge, follow these steps ...
  42. Fixed Or Variable-Rate Mortgage: Which Is Better Right Now?

    Fixed Or Variable-Rate Mortgage: Which Is Better Right Now?

    Find out the benefits of fixed- and variable-rate mortgages, and learn which option is best for you.
  43. How Your Credit Score And Credit Report Are Examined By Lenders

    How Your Credit Score And Credit Report Are Examined By Lenders

    Knowing the difference between a credit score and credit report can help you make the right financial decision when it comes ...
  44. Americans Are Borrowing More To Buy Cars - But Should They Be?

    Americans Are Borrowing More To Buy Cars - But Should They Be?

    As the economy slowly heals, credit has become easier to obtain and interest rates have gone down. But does that mean it's ...
  45. Reverse Mortgages 101

    Reverse Mortgages 101

    Just because you can apply for a reverse mortgage doesn’t mean you should. Get a general idea of how these work, as well ...
  46. Obama Announces Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Help

    Obama Announces Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Help

    On Friday, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Miami-Dade’s Coral Reef Senior High School ...
  47. Is Homeownership A Smart Investment Again?

    Is Homeownership A Smart Investment Again?

    Homeownership remains cheaper than renting across the nation. However, these findings speak broadly to the national market, ...
  48. How To Handle A Windfall

    How To Handle A Windfall

    It can be tempting to spend a windfall on toys, trips, and other things that you "deserve," but doing so will leave you in ...
  49. Reconciliation

    Reconciliation

    Investopedia explains: Reconciliation is an accounting process in which two sets of records are compared to make sure that ...
  50. Inside National Payment Systems

    Inside National Payment Systems

    Investopedia explains: The global interconnection of U.S. payment systems makes commerical and financial transfers possible. ...
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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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