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  1. Credit Card Review: Citi Simplicity

    Understand how the Citi Simplicity credit card works, what its pros and cons are, and which kinds of consumers would be happiest ...
  2. Credit Card Review: Platinum American Express

    Take a closer look at the gold standard of luxury travel rewards credit cards, the American Express Platinum, and find out ...
  3. Credit Card Review: Discover it Miles

    Understand what makes a credit card valuable and possible drawbacks; learn about the Discover it Miles card and how it may ...
  4. Credit Card Review: Chase Sapphire Preferred

    Learn why the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is ideal for users who travel a lot and like to eat at restaurants, and discover ...
  5. How does investment banking differ from commercial banking?

    Discover how investment banking differs from commercial banking, the responsibilities of each and how the two can be combined ...
  6. Why do commercial banks borrow from the Federal Reserve?

    Learn how commercial banks borrow from the Federal Reserve to meet minimum reserve requirements, and discover the pros and ...
  7. Credit Card Review: Chase Slate

    Take a closer look at one of the most popular balance-transfer credit cards on the market: the Chase Slate card with a 0% ...
  8. Credit Card Review: BankAmericard

    Examine an overview of the credit card lineup offered through Bank of America, each of which is a different version of the ...
  9. Understanding Your FICO Score

    Lenders use the FICO score to assess a loan applicant’s credit risk.
  10. Don't Get Trapped in a Zombie Foreclosure

    Understand how foreclosures work and you can avoid the disastrous consequences of having a zombie foreclosure.
  11. Why U.S. Consumers Aren’t Spending

    Despite continued improvement in the labor market and lower gasoline prices, consumers' activity remains soft: retail sales ...
  12. How does a bank determine what my discretionary income is when making a loan decision?

    Learn how banks determine your discretionary income, and discover why it is important to know your discretionary income even ...
  13. How the Fed Affects Reverse Mortgages

    An in depth look at how the Federal Reserve affects reverse mortgages.
  14. When Is the Best Time for You to Buy a House?

    Making what is likely to be the single most expensive purchase of your lifetime shouldn’t be done on a whim.
  15. Where Are Real Estate Stocks Heading?

    We summarize five economic reports that investors should monitor monthly to keep them informed of where real estate and its ...
  16. Top 3 Safest Peer-to-Peer Lending Websites

    Add safety and reputation to your checklist when you consider borrowing from an online lender.
  17. Why Cash Will Never Be Obsolete

    As long as the banking system remains strong and so many Americans remain unbanked, the United States will not have a cashless ...
  18. Should You Borrow From a P2P Site?

    It's a hot trend, but is it safe? Here's how to tell.
  19. What Does Consolidation Mean?

    The term consolidation has multiple meanings depending on its context.
  20. Protect Yourself Against Reverse Mortgage Scams

    You could lose not only money, but also your home, if you fall for these schemes.
  21. Find a Reverse Mortgage Lender You Can Trust

    Reverse mortgages are a notorious lending market. Follow these steps and the chances are good you’ll find a trustworthy, ...
  22. What role does a correspondent bank play in an international transaction?

    Understand what a correspondent bank is and how it operates to facilitate currency exchange and financial transactions between ...
  23. What are the typical repayment terms for a syndicated loan?

    Learn more about syndicated loans and how they are structured, specifically including the typical repayment terms for a syndicated ...
  24. Do You Qualify for a Reverse Mortgage?

    See whether you meet the age qualifications and other requirements for getting a reverse mortgage.
  25. A P2P Mortgage: Is This Loan Right For You?

    Read all about the the pros and cons of this trend in of peer-to-peer lending.
  26. Reverse Mortgages and Your Taxes

    It pays to know the tax benefits from getting a reverse mortgage. Two major considerations: Are the proceeds taxable and ...
  27. What is considered a reasonable interest rate for a syndicated loan?

    Discover how syndicated loans work, why they are beneficial for businesses, and what is considered a reasonable interest ...
  28. What is the formula for calculating the receivables turnover ratio?

    Find out how to calculate the accounts receivable turnover ratio for a business, which should highlight how efficiently the ...
  29. What Does It Cost to Study Abroad in Paris?

    Housing will be your biggest budget challenge as a student in Paris, but the city offers lots of ways for students to save ...
  30. Under what circumstances might a syndicated loan be arranged?

    Learn about the types of syndicated loans, why some lenders choose to establish or join a syndicate, and why some borrowers ...
  31. Should You Use Credit Cards To Fund Your Business?

    We give you 4 reasons to consider using a credit card instead of a business loan to fund your business, and how to be smart ...
  32. Explaining Debt Service

    Debt service is a measure of a person or entity’s use of cash to pay interest and principal on debt obligations.
  33. Personal Loans vs. Car Loans

    How to tell whether a personal loan or a car loan is better for you.
  34. Can You Afford a Black Centurion Amex Card?

    It’s not just this cool card’s hefty initiation and annual fees, but also the amount you have to spend each year that should ...
  35. What is the difference between accrued revenue and accrued interest?

    Find out about the difference between accrued revenue and accrued interest and how both of these concepts are used by businesses ...
  36. What Goldman Sachs’s Online Lending Means For Banking

    Recently Goldman Sachs has announced its entry into the online lending space. Most commonly known as an investment bank, ...
  37. Why Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Might Be In Trouble

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are under increased scrutiny as debates continue about conservatorship, share price, and profit ...
  38. Top Credit Cards with 2% Cash Back

    Some of our favorite things: credit cards that give you cash back. But which one's the best deal for you? Here's why not ...
  39. How do I calculate how much home equity I have?

    Find out how to calculate the home equity in your home, your home equity percentage and the loan-to-value, or LTV, based ...
  40. How does the amount of the principal fluctuate depending on inflation?

    Read about the impact of inflation on your principal balances, and learn why inflation harms lenders and bondholders at the ...
  41. Smart Ways to Use a Mortgage Calculator

    When you're buying a home, it's essential to do due diligence about the true costs. Mortgage calculators will show you if ...
  42. How to Live Mortgage Free in a Tiny House

    Downsizing to a much smaller home – no more than 500 square feet – on your own or rented land can be a smart way to offload ...
  43. What's a Maturity Date?

    Maturity date is the final date when any remaining principal and any unpaid interest are due on a debt.
  44. Calculating Interest Expense

    Interest expense is the cost of borrowing money.
  45. What is each party's role in a reverse repurchase agreement?

    Learn about the role of each party in a reverse repurchase agreement transaction, and find out why it's different if the ...
  46. What risks does the dealer (lender) in a reverse repurchase agreement take on?

    Read about the lender risks of participating in reverse repurchase agreements or for dealers who use the Fed's overnight ...
  47. What is the difference between "closed end credit" and a "line of credit?"

    Find out about the difference between closed-end credit and lines of credit, and how both closed- and open-end credit is ...
  48. In what instances does a business use closed end credit?

    Find out how businesses use closed-end credit to finance large purchases such as vehicles, equipment and property, including ...
  49. What Does a Financial Intermediary Do?

    A financial intermediary is an institution that acts as a go-between in a financial transaction.
  50. Explaining Credit Ratings

    A credit rating is a third-party assessment about the creditworthiness of an individual or entity.
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