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  1. Before You Visit Your Tax Preparer: Do This

    The earlier you start preparing your tax records and documents, the more likely you are to have a smooth tax return experience ...
  2. Take Charge of Your Personal Finances This Year

    Take charge of your personal finances to reach financial independence. Find out how with these 5 financial life-altering ...
  3. Shopping for a mortgage in 2016? Use this tool first.

    As home-buying technology has progressed, the process of finding the best mortgages rates for 2016 can all be done online.
  4. How the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Works

    By cracking down on unfair or deceptive financial service practices, CFPB aims to give consumers more control over their ...
  5. 3 Financials Stocks Near Their 52-Week Lows Worth Buying (AXP, DFS)

    Identify several financial sector stocks trading near their 52-week lows that might be worth buying.
  6. 7 Things To Know About FHA Home Loans

    Federally qualified lenders issue FHA loans, and the Federal Housing Administration insures them.
  7. What is the average credit score for new homebuyers? (ELLI)

    Learn the average FICO score of approved and denied home loan applications, and find out how your credit score measures up ...
  8. 5 Things Debt Collectors Are Forbidden To Do

    Debt collectors are known for being rude and intimidating, but that doesn’t mean you have to tolerate illegal behavior.
  9. 4 Signs You’re In Financial Trouble

    Almost everyone at some point carries a credit card balance or misses a payment. But how do you know when those lapses have ...
  10. What's Ahead for U.S. Commercial Banks (WFC, JPM)

    U.S. commercial banks should benefit from higher interest rates, but anxiety about worldwide economic growth has generated ...
  11. Bank of America's 4 Most Profitable Lines of Business (BAC)

    Discover how each of Bank of America's primary lines of business impact the company's bottom line and learn about the factors ...
  12. Top 5 Positions in David Dreman's Portfolio (ASB, WTFC)

    Explore David Dreman's top five holdings, and learn about Dreman's investment philosophy. Discover how the portfolio reflects ...
  13. European Banks: Growth in 2016?

    Understand the potential growth drivers of the European banking sector and whether 2016 will be a year of growth or continued ...
  14. The Credit Battle of the Sexes: Game On!

    A recent study says men have slightly better credit scores than women. Why is that, and how might it be changed?
  15. 2016’s FinTech Disruptors: How Can you Benefit?

    The booming FinTech industry can offer us financial benefits through payments innovation, P2P lending, creative budgeting, ...
  16. How Student Debt Imperils Retirement Savings

    Student loan debt is out of control. Here is how it can impact saving for retirement.
  17. How Tech Startup SoFi Plans to Disrupt the Banking Industry

    SoFi is the leader of a FinTech revolution for a digital, 21st century "bankless world." Specializing in student loan refinancing, ...
  18. The Worst Things That Can Happen If You Don’t Pay Your Student Loans

    You may not get U.S. marshals knocking at your door, but why tempt fate? If you fall behind on payments, you have options. ...
  19. HUD vs. FHA Loans: What’s the Difference?

    Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably to refer to "government loans" for would-be home buyers. But here's the distinction.
  20. 5 Ways an Open House Can Actually Hurt Your Home Sale

    Open houses have long been a way to get exposure for a home that's up for sale. But it turns out it may be more trouble than ...
  21. How Millennials are Changing The Global Economy

    Millennials, "the unluckiest generation", that came out during the Great Recession, facing student debt burdens, anemic wage ...
  22. Now's a Terrific Time to Buy (or Refinance) a Home

    If you are looking to make a purchase or do a refi, you will benefit from continuing low interest rates – that could dip ...
  23. Leverage: Increasing Your Real Estate Net Worth

    Leverage is the use of financial instruments or borrowed capital to increase an investment’s potential return.
  24. To Maximize Financial Aid, File an Early FAFSA

    By submitting the FAFSA as soon as possible, you may have a better shot at getting state- and college-sponsored financial ...
  25. Check Your Credit Report

    Make sure there are no errors holding you back from obtaining a loan.
  26. Credits For First-Time Homebuyers

    Tax credits, grants, and other options can help first-time homebuyers afford their purchase. They just need to know where ...
  27. The 5 Biggest Factors That Affect Your Credit

    With possible scores ranging from 300 to 850, credit scores reveal someone’s history for paying bills and being responsible.
  28. Should You Buy a Home With Cash Or a Mortgage?

    The obvious problems with carrying debt compel many to consider buying a home with cash instead of taking on a mortgage. ...
  29. Mortgages: How Much Can You Afford?

    The cost of a home is the single largest expense most people ever face. Prior to taking on such an enormous debt, it’s best ...
  30. Is Relying On Home Equity For Retirement Smart?

    Nearly half of Americans between 50- and 70-years-old have said they will rely on home equity to fund their retirement. Is ...
  31. Are Car Title Loans Ever a Good Idea?

    Most people knowledgeable about finance consider title loans predatory. What would constitute a good-quality short-term loan? ...
  32. 5 ATM Scams That Can Break The Bank

    Here are five common ways ATM users get ripped off.
  33. Top 10 States for Switching to Solar

    Investing in solar for your home can make good financial sense if you live in a state that’s friendly to this renewable energy.
  34. Three Ways To Make Money Off Your Hobby

    Starting a business from your hobby has never been easier. Here are three ways to make money off your hobby.
  35. Presidential Candidates Respond to Student Debt Crisis

    The next President will have to deal with the student loan debt crisis or risk a stagnant economy for years to come.
  36. 5 Reasons the HELOC Market is Expected to Heat up in 2016

    HELOCs dried up after the housing meltdown, but thanks to an improving economy, job market and rising home values they are ...
  37. Is an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) safe?

    Learn why an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) can be a safe option as long as the borrower is familiar with the underlying ...
  38. When Are You Too Old for a Mortgage?

    The answer to that question is a personal one, as long as your finances qualify you for a home loan. Here are the factors ...
  39. What to Expect From TransUnion's Earnings (TRU)

    TransUnion is not the only company to have struggled after recently launching an IPO. But few have had the level of stability ...
  40. Additional Streams of Income for Seniors

    Find out how a reverse mortgage can work in your favor during retirement.
  41. Understanding The Mortgage Payment Structure

    While a mortgage’s size and term set the baseline, the interest, taxes and insurance all influence the amount of the monthly ...
  42. The Home Appraisal: Key To A Successful Refinance

    An appraisal is a professional’s assessment of a home’s value that ensures banks don’t lend more money than a property is ...
  43. Ins And Outs Of Seller-Financed Real Estate Deals

    Seller financing works like this: Instead of a buyer receiving a loan from a bank, the person selling the house lends the ...
  44. How to Run a One-Person Business

    Learn how to get a successful one-person business up and running with a business plan, financing, time-management tricks ...
  45. What Your Credit Score Means for Your Love Life

    Wondering if your significant other wants to commit and is reliable? The Fed might have the answer.
  46. Best Stocks to Buy for Around $1 (NXTD, MBII)

    Watch for strong technical indicators and other positive information when considering the purchase of any stock trading in ...
  47. New Rules May Make It Easier to Get a Mortgage

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have come to terms with lenders on how to solve mortgage disputes. This could be good news for ...
  48. The 5 Things You Never Knew About Auto Loan Rates

    Buying a new car is an important decision, and if you're a savvy auto buyer, you know that getting a good deal involves more ...
  49. Don't Be the Victim of Auto Loan Rip-Offs

    Subprime auto loans – and 60-day delinquencies – are up. These 4 signs of predatory auto loans can tip you off before you're ...
  50. Best Mortgage Companies Friendly to Retirees

    If you’re no longer in the workforce and need a loan to buy a home, which companies are the most welcoming? Plus, good news ...
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