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  1. Home-Equity Loans: A How-To Guide

    Looking for a home-equity loan? The rules are the same as for any other purchase: First, educate yourself, then shop for ...
  2. 5 Ways to Pay Down Your Mortgage - Without Going Broke

    Following these tips can help you reduce the length of your mortgage and save you thousands of dollars.
  3. Difference Between Restructuring and Refinancing

    Refinancing and restructuring are very different debt reorganization processes to improve finances and avoid bankruptcy. ...
  4. 2 Ways to Refinance Your Home-Equity Loan

    Should you do a cash-out refinance or get a new home-equity loan? Also check with your lender about turning your adjustable-rate ...
  5. Career Advice: Investment Banking Vs. Commercial Banking

    Read an in-depth review of the differences between a career in investment banking and a career in commercial banking, including ...
  6. Socially Responsible Lending Goes Mainstream

    The solid rates of return that socially responsible lending has posted has caught the attention of institutional investors. ...
  7. Why You May Not Need an Emergency Fund

    Emergency funds are considered mandatory by most financial-planning experts, but they can be expensive to hold and ultimately ...
  8. Home-Equity Choice: Loan or Line of Credit?

    Before using your home as loan collateral, consider both your financing needs and your appetite for uncertainty.
  9. Yes, You Can Buy a Home with a Reverse Mortgage

    A special type of FHA-insured reverse mortgage called the HECM for Purchase lets seniors use a reverse mortgage to buy a ...
  10. A Beginner's Guide to Getting Student Loans

    Follow these 5 steps and you'll be well on your way to knowing which loans to go after – and which college really offers ...
  11. Small Business: Minimize Your Credit Card Fees

    Accepting credit cards is a must these days, but small business owners can take steps to minimize profit-eating credit card ...
  12. How to Avoid Outliving Your Reverse Mortgage

    Running out of proceeds sooner than you expected to is one of the major risks of taking out a reverse mortgage.
  13. How to Choose a Reverse Mortgage Payment Plan

    Lump sum? Tenure? Term? Line of credit? Here’s a look at how each payment plan works, along with the pros and cons.
  14. Eyeing a 401(k) Loan? There Are Better Options

    A 401(k) loan may sound good but it's not worth the risk. Here are other options that allow you to leave your retirement ...
  15. The Pitfalls of PLUS College Loans

    Here's how parents can avoid the pitfalls of PLUS Loans when it comes to funding their children's college education.
  16. How Sending Money on Gmail Works

    Learn how sending money via Gmail works, and understand how Google makes money from offering this service despite it being ...
  17. 5 Steps To Getting a Home-Equity Loan/Credit Line

    Want to use your residence as collateral for some financing? Our handy how-to guide to getting a home-equity loan or line ...
  18. Find the Right Reverse Mortgage Counseling Agency

    How to hook up with a counselor who can help you make the right decision about this trickiest of financing vehicles.
  19. 5 Prerequisites For Buying a House

    Don't find the perfect house only to discover that you don't meet mortgage qualifications. Know the prerequisites for buying ...
  20. Does a Lost or Stolen Credit Card Hurt Your Credit Score?

    Learn the ways in which a lost or stolen credit card can hurt your credit, and understand the steps you can take to protect ...
  21. Getting a College Student to Love ... Investing?

    College students have a big advantage over many other investors: time. Here's how to get them interested in investing.
  22. 401(k) Loans: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Borrowing from your 401(k) is ready cash from the best possible lender: you. Here's the upside and downside to using the ...
  23. 7 Renovation Projects That Improve Your Property Value

    These renovation projects will increase your property value and get you the highest returns on investment
  24. Refinancing vs. a Home-Equity Loan: How to Decide

    If you want to pay off debt, make home improvements or just get a better interest rate, you need to know exactly what these ...
  25. Before you Buy That Home: Find a Great Realtor

    Most people think of a good realtor as a successful salesperson, but we should not assume than that's what makes a great ...
  26. Millennials Guide: How to Pick the Right Mortgage

    Here’s help in finding the perfect, affordable loan for that home you have been dreaming about.
  27. Home-Equity Loan vs. HELOC: Which Is Better?

    Knowing the difference between a home-equity loan and a HELOC is important. Here's how to tell which is a better fit for ...
  28. Who Are Wells Fargo’s Main Competitors?

    Explore information on the main competitors of Wells Fargo, the other three of the "big four" U.S. banks of Citigroup, JPMorgan ...
  29. The Origins of the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

    Learn why heavy bond issuance, economic decline, oppressive social spending and a declining population combined to bring ...
  30. Mortgage Broker vs. Direct Lenders: Which is Best?

    There are key differences between mortgage brokers and direct lenders. Here's how to choose which is best for you.
  31. A Quick Guide to How FAFSA Loans Work

    If you’re headed to college and want to know how to apply for financial aid, this is where you need to start.
  32. How Regulations Protect Reverse Mortgage Borrowers

    They're complex animals, which is why there are government guidelines in place to protect borrowers.
  33. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Home

    Learn about home ownership and some of the pitfalls a potential homebuyer faces. Understand five specific mistakes all homebuyers ...
  34. Debit or Credit Card: Which to Use for Car Rentals

    Before you rent your next car, think twice about purchasing the added insurance if you're using a credit card.
  35. 5 Surprising Things That Will Hurt Your Credit Score

    Here are five ways that you can damage your credit score without even knowing it.
  36. Will my credit score suffer from debt consolidation or refinancing?

    Learn how different debt relief options – consolidation, settlement, credit counseling and bankruptcy – could affect your ...
  37. Can I file for bankruptcy more than once?

    Learn about some of the limitations placed on debtors who are considering filing multiple bankruptcies, particularly if the ...
  38. Student loans, federal and private: what's the difference?

    Learn about the differences between federal and private student loans, and discover the types of federal funding available ...
  39. Does consumer protection cover my debts?

    Discover what type of consumer debts are protected through a variety of federal regulations, and learn how protections change ...
  40. What Does It Cost To Raise a Child in America?

    Having a family can be an expensive proposition, but couples who know the numbers can strategize to lower the costs.
  41. What Happens in a Default?

    Borrowers are in default when they don’t honor a debt, whether their failure is intentional or not.
  42. When do I need a letter of credit?

    Learn more about the function of a letter of credit for both the buyer and the seller, and get some examples showing when ...
  43. Millennials Guide: Buying Your First House

    Millennial homebuyers need to research a lot of things, such as how much to pay, down payments, PMI, FHA loans and special ...
  44. Understanding Home-Equity Loan Rates

    Shopping is the most important part of getting a home-equity loan. You're going to have to live with the terms for a long ...
  45. The 7 Best Ways to Get Out of Debt

    Obtain information on how to put together and execute a plan to get out of debt, including the various steps and methods ...
  46. 5 Signs a Reverse Mortgage Is a Bad Idea

    Here are the key situations when you should probably pass on this type of home loan.
  47. Can my IRA be garnished for child support?

    Find out about the different federal and state protections for IRA funds, and when your IRA savings can be garnished to satisfy ...
  48. 5 Signs a Reverse Mortgage Is a Good Idea

    If these five criteria describe your situation, a reverse mortgage might be a good idea for you.
  49. Can creditors garnish my IRA?

    Find out how your IRA can be garnished by creditors, including how federal and state regulations differ and what exemptions ...
  50. Don't Get Burned by High Credit Card Rates

    The average card charges 11.8%, and some rates top 20%. Experts warn that credit card interest may remain steep.
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