Credit & Loans

  1. Understanding Loan-to-Value Ratio

    Loan-to-value ratio (LVR) is a tool used to evaluate the risk in a collateralized loan, usually a mortgage loan.
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  3. Terrible Credit Score? Try These Credit Cards

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  4. Is Now the Right Time to Buy a House?

    Thinking of buying a home? Consider these factors first.
  5. Is An MIT Education Worth the Tuition?

    An education from MIT may look pricey on the surface, but the earning potential of graduates means it's usually a very solid ...
  6. JPMorgan vs. Goldman Sachs: A Tale of Two Stocks

    The performance of JPMorgan and Goldman has been impressive, but one has a slight edge.
  7. Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard

    Should you pay the annual fee (waived the first year) for this rewards travel card? See how it compares.
  8. What is a combined loan to value ratio?

    Learn what combined loan to value is, why it is important and how lenders use it, along with other ratios, to assess the ...
  9. What are the primary disadvantages of using mezzanine financing?

    Learn how certain companies can use mezzanine financing as capital for rapid growth, and discover the caveats that might ...
  10. Is PayPal's Credit Card Worth Getting?

    You can use PayPal with credit cards from many issuers. But now you can also use a PayPal card – and apply the rewards directly ...
  11. What are the pros and cons of a simple-interest mortgage?

    Learn the difference between a simple interest mortgage and a standard mortgage, along with their relative advantages and ...
  12. Why These Are 2015's 10-Best Financial Stocks

    If you're going to invest in the financial stocks, these names need to be on your radar.
  13. What are the Five C's of Credit?

    The five C’s of credit are what banks and other lenders evaluate about a potential borrower when making a lending decision. ...
  14. Venezuela Teeters On Edge As Oil Revenues Shrink

    Low oil prices have drastically revised the economic status quo -- dealing a destabilizing blow to oil-exporters like Venezuela ...
  15. Surprising Ways A Mortgage Affects A Credit Score

    It takes a good credit score to get favorable mortgage rates. Then, how you pay a mortgage will shape your score – just having ...
  16. 4 Signs You're Headed For Financial Trouble

    Here are some warnings that you could be in over your head financially – and how to fix the situation before it's too late.
  17. BillGuard Vs. Mint Vs. SigFig Vs. Personal Capital

    Which of these financial apps deserves a place on your mobile? That depends on your needs and how sophisticated you want ...
  18. What is industry etiquette for number of days payable outstanding (DPO)?

    Read about what constitutes an allowable threshold for days payable outstanding, and why creditors and debtors often have ...
  19. How can I invest in credit card companies?

    Learn about the different ways to invest in credit card company stock as well as the advantages and drawbacks of each investment ...
  20. How are mezzanine loans structured?

    Discover what a mezzanine loan is and how it is structured, along with reasons why companies consider this alternate form ...
  21. How do interest rates coordinate savings and investment in the economy?

    See how the rate of interest in an economy helps coordinate between savings, lending and investment. See how this changes ...
  22. Strategic Bathroom Enhancements With Huge Returns

    Even modest investments to improve a small bathroom can yield considerable rewards.
  23. 5 Things You Need For A Good Credit Score

    How good a credit score you have depends on 5 factors. What they are and what it takes to better your credit rating if it's ...
  24. Can American Capital Agency Maintain Its Dividend?

    Dividend investors know that real estate investment trusts with REITs that invest in mortgage-backed securities produce double-digit ...
  25. Use Your Credit Card To Boost Your Credit Score

    Misusing credit cards can blow your credit – but using them well can boost your score. How to grow a history, fix bad credit, ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. How Two Harbors' Derivatives Work?

    Mortgage REITs, like Two Harbors , have cut their dividend payments as interest rate trends have eaten into profitability ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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, ...
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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.
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. How To Become a Mortgage-Backed Securities Analyst

    Specializing in structured or derivative credit products like mortgage-backed securities requires education and prior experience ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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, ...
  44. 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. ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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 ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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 ...
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