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  1. How bankruptcy affects your credit score and what are the main strategies someone can follow in order to improve credit score after bankruptcy

    Bankruptcy And Your Credit Score

    Use these 7 strategies to start improving your credit score from the huge hit it takes after a bankruptcy.
  2. Student Loan Reality Check

    With college students back in classes for the fall semester, their parents can only hope that they are making the best use ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. What are the requirements to apply for a reverse mortgage loan?

    For homeowners of a certain age who wish to stay in their homes but are finding it costly, a reverse mortgage could be the ...
  5. What’s the difference between a mortgage lender and a mortgage servicer?

    Buying a home is an exciting and confusing process. Once the loan is secured, it's important to know who gets the payment: ...
  6. The Top Ways to Fund Your New Business

    Crowdfunding is no magic bullet for funding a business. However, P2P lending companies have made applying for a personal ...
  7. If you're risk-adverse, you might want to avoid investing in Fannie Mae. But if you're up for it, high risk could translate to high reward.

    Should You Invest In Fannie Mae Stock?

    If you're risk-adverse, you might want to avoid investing in Fannie Mae. But if you're up for it, high risk could translate ...
  8. What is the difference between a state and a federally chartered credit union?

    Learn how federal chartered credit unions are regulated by the NCUA, while state chartered unions are regulated by their ...
  9. Is it legal to invest my student loan money?

    Take a risk investing student loans and encounter a legal and moral gray area as well as possible financial challenges along ...
  10. What is the difference between an interest rate and an annual percentage rate (APR)?

    Comparing the annual percentage rate (APR) on competing loans help you understand the true cost of the loans and make a wise ...
  11. What are the different types of reverse mortgages?

    Discover the three different types of reverse mortgages available to homeowners aged 62 and older and the key similarities ...
  12. Are good faith estimates (GFEs) accurate?

    Learn how federal guidelines regarding good faith estimates protect consumers under the revised 2010 version of the Real ...
  13. How do I fix an error on my credit report?

    Take control over your credit report by disputing false claims, accounts and information to the three major credit reporting ...
  14. When did the real estate bubble burst?

    Collapsing home prices from subprime mortgage defaults and risky investments on mortgage-backed securities burst the housing ...
  15. Bank of America isn't America's central bank, but given its size and spread, you could be forgiven this misapprehension.

    How Bank of America Holds 1/8 of All U.S. Deposits

    Bank of America isn't America's central bank, but given its size and spread, you could be forgiven this misapprehension.
  16. What is an FHA streamline loan?

    Refinance your high interest rate mortgage with an FHA streamline; the process is quick and easy and can work for most existing ...
  17. If there's any bank that's too big to fail, JPMorgan Chase & Co. may very well be the best example. Just look at its return on equity.

    JPMorgan Chase: Too Big (And Profitable) To Fail

    If there's any bank that's too big to fail, JPMorgan Chase & Co. may very well be the best example. Just look at its return ...
  18. What alternatives are there to a reverse mortgage?

    Unlock the money tied up in your home with alternatives to a reverse mortgage, such as downsizing, selling your home or refinancing.
  19. What real estate documents need to be recorded?

    Learn how recording documents on real estate transactions, such as deeds, mortgages, easements and taxes, help ensure proper ...
  20. How can I make equity investments in real estate?

    Invest in real estate equity through buying and selling real property or through other more liquid investments like real ...
  21. What is the difference between a fixed annual percentage rate (APR) and a variable ...

    Fixed ARP and variable APR loans operate differently but serve the same purpose: to collect interest from a borrower so the ...
  22. How does WFC make money? They lend it out at a higher rate than they borrow it at. Simple, right? But the real story is how proficient they are at it.

    How Wells Fargo Became The Biggest Bank In America

    How does WFC make money? They lend it out at a higher rate than they borrow it at. Simple, right? But the real story is how ...
  23. The Pros And Cons Of Refinancing A Mortgage Loan

    Current refinance rates are at all-time lows; as such, refinancing a mortgage is more attractive than ever before.
  24. How To Refinance When You Are Self-Employed

    Refinancing is complicated, uncertain, nerve-wracking, time-consuming and expensive - here are tips on how to do it when ...
  25. Considering a Fannie Mae mortgage loan? Here's what you should know, from size limits and rates, to required documents.

    What You Need To Know About Fannie Mae Mortgages

    Considering a Fannie Mae mortgage loan? Here's what you should know, from size limits and rates, to required documents.
  26. Entrepreneur Vs. Small Business Owner, Defined

    An entrepreneur is different from a small business owner, and requires a different temperament.
  27. 5 Ways Your Partner Can Ruin Your Credit

    Financial disagreement is one of the top reasons couples split, and often after one person has ruined the other's finances. ...
  28. The four main credit card networks all have distinct strengths and drawbacks. Be sure you understand their unique traits before making a selection.

    Comparing Credit Card Companies

    The four main credit card networks all have distinct strengths and drawbacks. Be sure you understand their unique traits ...
  29. Best strategies for obtaining private student loans.

    How To Score A Private Student Loan

    Think of private student loans as a last resort to pay for college – they cost more than other types. Here's how to find ...
  30. What you should and shouldn’t pay with your credit card, why is sometimes better to pay things with a credit card.

    Credit Card Or Cash?

    Credit cards are convenient to use, but not always the best choice. Here are 5 times you shouldn't pay with a credit card ...
  31. Fed's Discount Rate

    Fed's Discount Rate

    The Federal discount rate is the amount of interest a central bank charges private banks for short-term loans.
  32. Insurance Tips For Homeowners

    Use these simple ideas to save money and get better coverage for your house.
  33. Most people should only consider mortgage protection life insurance as a last resort.

    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. ...
  34. Health Insurance Tips For College Students

    Why buy for health insurance when your parents' policy can cover you? Read on to avoid paying twice.
  35. Credit Card Arbitrage: Free Money Or Dangerous Gamble?

    Credit card arbitrage is a way to make some money, but it's a major gamble with devastating risks.
  36. To Invest Or To Reduce Debt, That's The Question

    Find out how you can make use of that excess cash and improve your financial situation.
  37. While the upcoming retirement of Fannie Mae’s HomePath program is sad news for those wanting a foreclosed home, check out programs at FHA and Freddie Mac.

    Financing Options For Buyers Of Foreclosed Homes

    While the upcoming retirement of Fannie Mae’s HomePath program is sad news for those wanting a foreclosed home, check out ...
  38. 7 Tips To Bounce Back From A Credit Score Disaster

    Find out how to repair bad credit in seven simple steps.
  39. 5 Risky Mortgages To Avoid

    There are plenty of ways to end up with a bad mortgage. The risks of these five should make every homebuyer think twice before ...
  40. 8 Steps To An Organized Financial Life

    Check out these eight easy steps that can help you take the confusion out of your personal finances
  41. 4 Steps To Attaining A Mortgage

    It starts with knowing your choices as well as your price range. We show you how to get there.
  42. You Can't Live On Love

    If your head is in the clouds, check out this down-to-earth financial advice for couples.
  43. Consumer Protection Laws You Need To Know

    Knowing these which consumer protection law can help you in particular situations can save you time, money and stress.
  44. 7 Tips For Closing A Credit Card

    Closing a credit card can help improve your credit score by freeing up your available credit or getting out of a high interest ...
  45. 9 Ways To Go Bankrupt

    It may seem obvious, anyone who continuously spends more than they are making will be facing bankruptcy in no time. But there ...
  46. Top 6 Mindless Money Wasters

    If you'd like to save more money, first you'll need to conquer the first step: coming up with the cash.
  47. ARMed And Dangerous

    In a climate of rising interest rates, having an adjustable-rate mortgage can be risky.
  48. Credit Scams To Watch Out For

    More than 30 million people were victims of fraud in 2007. Will you be next?
  49. The Income Property: Your Late-In-Life Retirement Plan

    You're nearing retirement age and you don't have the nest egg you need. Here's how an income property can help you make up ...
  50. Statistics show the odds are stacked against the Millennial generation: they will retire later than their parents – or not at all.

    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. ...
  51. The Beginner's Guide To Homeowners' Insurance

    Discover everything new homeowners need to know before they sign on the dotted line.
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  3. How To Monetize Your YouTube Channel

    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.
  5. Is Cyber Monday The New Black Friday?

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