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  1. What measures should a company take if its times interest earned ratio is too high?

    Find out why and when a company's times interest earned ratio can be considered too high and what measures can be taken to ...
  2. What level of default rate is typical for the credit services industry?

    Learn how default rates affect businesses in the credit services industry, and what rates are considered normal for a company ...
  3. What is the most typical holding in an SPV?

    Learn why property-based investments are the most common kind of holding within a Special Purpose Vehicle, or SPV, and how ...
  4. How Two Harbors' Derivatives Work?

    Mortgage REITs, like Two Harbors , have cut their dividend payments as interest rate trends have eaten into profitability ...
  5. How Chimera Investment Bear The Brunt Of REITst?

    Following the financial crisis, REITs that specialized in investing in mortgage-backed securities produced huge gains for ...
  6. How has the shift to e-commerce affected the profitability of companies in credit ...

    Learn how the shift to e-commerce has benefited credit services companies by making it easier for consumers to use credit, ...
  7. Which is The Best Bank for Your Buck, BAC or MS?

    One things stands out between these financial services giants when it comes to investing in them.
  8. Reverse Mortgages: How To Find A Good One

    Finding a reverse mortgage generally means using a lender that specializes in them. Here's how to find a reputable one.
  9. How Are Interest Rates Affecting Annaly Cap Mgmt?

    Annaly Capital Management reported a net loss of $658 million thanks to the mortgage REIT's strategy of hedging its exposure ...
  10. Mortgage Faceoff: Bank of America Vs. Wells Fargo

    Which bank offers the better mortgage deal? Here's how they compare on two popular types of mortgage.
  11. What Will It Cost To Study Abroad in Florence?

    The career payoffs for study abroad can be huge, but can you afford it? Here's a rundown of what you'll need to budget for ...
  12. Why do some institutions (like American Express) allow you to go above your revolving ...

    Learn why institutions such as American Express and Visa allow exceeding revolving credit limits, and consider when this ...
  13. Does cash-on-delivery aid produce better results than a loan?

    Learn of the arguments about the efficacy of cash on delivery, or COD, aid to poor areas, as set forth by its proponents ...
  14. Does A Junk Rating Reflect Russia's Fundamentals?

    Moody’s, like other credit rating agencies, has downgraded Russia’s sovereign debt rating to non-investment grade, but does ...
  15. How To Become a Mortgage-Backed Securities Analyst

    Specializing in structured or derivative credit products like mortgage-backed securities requires education and prior experience ...
  16. What factors are taken into account to quantify credit risk?

    Learn how probability of default, or PD; loss given default, or LGD; and exposure at default, or EAD, are used to help quantify ...
  17. Does identity theft or credit card fraud also occur with cash-on-delivery?

    Understand the process of cash on delivery (COD) as well as where identity theft and fraud may occur and some techniques ...
  18. Which Are The Best Credit Cards To Take To China?

    Credit cards are now much more widely accepted in China – and one issuer leads the pack, due to its deal with China UnionPay, ...
  19. 3 Major Risks For Annaly’s Investors

    Thanks to its double-digit dividend yield, Annaly Capital Management has long been a favorite among income-seeking investors. ...
  20. Ready To Invest In Financial Leverage Funds?

    Whenever you invest in a leveraged financial fund or are thinking about doing so, it's important to know the risks that could ...
  21. Why do credit card companies calculate revenue splits in terms of basis points?

    Discover how revenue splitting works and how credit card companies are able to utilize basis points in revenue splits to ...
  22. Key Home Upgrades That Make Or Break The Deal

    When making a home purchase, pay attention to key features of the home that either should meet a certain standard or should ...
  23. 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 ...
  24. Chase Sapphire Preferred vs. Amex Platinum

    Chase Sapphire Preferred has many rewards and is much cheaper. Is American Express Platinum worth its premium price? That ...
  25. Find The Right Discount Rate Amid Post-2007 Risks

    OIS discounting has become part of standard valuation techniques, in a market in which there is more uncertainty and less ...
  26. What is the underwriter's job in a real estate transaction?

    Find out why the underwriter may be the most important person in your real estate transaction, and learn what information ...
  27. Why do high profiting sales mitigate credit risk?

    Learn more about credit risk in loaning to individuals and businesses. Understand how credit risk is determined and the impact ...
  28. What is the most effective way to write a successful budget?

    Learn the best way to create a successful budget. Learn how to cut unneeded expenses without impacting what you need for ...
  29. What is the use of having revolving credit if your credit score suffers for using ...

    Is revolving credit right for you? The benefits greatly outweigh the risk when used responsibly, but it also has the ability ...
  30. How to Challenge & Win A Credit Card Dispute

    Found an error on your credit card statement? Five strategies to persuade the card issuer to fix it in your favor.
  31. Review: Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard

    If you're looking for a rewards card and you have an average credit score, this one's worth investigating.
  32. Avoid Credit Card Rewards Devaluation At All Cost!

    If you don't know how to redeem your rewards points, we'll show you the easiest way to avoid rewards devaluation this year. ...
  33. When is an underwriting fee too high on a commercial loan?

    Learn about underwriting fees and when they're too high. If the underwriting fee exceeds 2% of the total loan size, the fee ...
  34. Why do bankers incur risk when underwriting?

    Learn why investment banks take on risk when underwriting. Explore examples of investment banks that have underwritten assets ...
  35. Eyeing a Loan? Consider Skipping the Banks

    Peer-to-peer lending platforms, such as Lending Tree, Lending Club and Prosper, offer borrowers newfound leverage. Here's ...
  36. Funding A Startup When Bank Loans Aren't Possible

    There are alternative ways to fund your business start-up when it is not possible to secure a bank loan, but consider the ...
  37. Which Credit Cards Are Best In Europe?

    These cards avoid the main credit issues facing U.S. travelers to Europe – foreign transaction fees that make purchases more ...
  38. What country spends the most on education?

    Learn about the amounts that various developed nations spend on educating their young people compared to education spending ...
  39. What's a Commercial Bank?

    A commercial bank is a type of financial institution that accepts deposits, offers checking account services, makes business, ...
  40. Getting A Mortgage In Your 50s

    The financial considerations are different when you take out a mortgage in your 50s. Here's what you need to review as you ...
  41. Mortgage Guide For Thirty-Somethings

    Five things to consider before you sign on the dotted line for a mortgage.
  42. Review: Discover Credit Cards

    Discover it cards still offer generous rewards and no annual fee. But how generous depends on which card you end up with, ...
  43. How is venture capital different from other kinds of equity financing?

    Learn how venture capital equity financing differs from other funding options and what companies need to be aware of prior ...
  44. Review: Old Navy Credit Cards Costs & Benefits

    If Old Navy is your favorite store, here's the lowdown on its two credit cards. Interest rates are high, but rewards are ...
  45. Review: Banana Republic Cards' Costs & Benefits

    You get rewards for buying at any store in the Gap chain. Does that make one of the Banana Republic store cards worth adding ...
  46. How To Pick The Right Lender When Refinancing A Mortgage

    Refinancing your mortgage has never been easier with the range of lenders and access to information that are available to ...
  47. Will Alex Tsipras Change The European Economy?

    A debt default and a Euro exit by Greece's leaders would likely cause more harm to Greece's economy than to the EU, of which ...
  48. Visa vs. MasterCard: Is There a Difference?

    Visa and MasterCard are two of the most widely used credit card brands. But are the differences between the two significant ...
  49. What's the difference between a letter of credit and a bank guarantee?

    Learn how letters of credit and bank guarantees differ, how they are used by banks and companies, and how buyers apply to ...
  50. Looking To Clear Up Your Credit Report?

    If you look at your credit report you might see any number of various items that are harmful to your credit score, but you ...
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