Credit, Loans & Mortgages

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  1. Financial Inclusion

    The pursuit of making financial services accessible at affordable costs to all individuals and businesses, irrespective of ...
  2. Retirement Savings: Is Your Home an Investment?

    Does it make sense for those nearing retirement, or who already retired, to pay off their mortgage?
  3. Reverse Mortgages: Has Their Time Arrived?

    The perception of reverse mortgages is changing. They can be an integral part of a carefully crafted retirement plan.
  4. Moody’s Enjoys Strong Quarter, Zacks Says (MCO)

    With a strong presence in credit ratings, Zacks anticipates Moody’s third-quarter performance will surpass initial expectations.
  5. Why You Should Be Wary About Most Student Debt Advice

    Falling victim to bad student debt advice can drain your wallet. Take a look at the most common ploys you want to steer clear ...
  6. Getting A Mortgage When Building Your Own Home

    It's much harder to get a loan when you're building a home, not moving into one. Here's where to look and what to expect.
  7. Credit Report vs. Credit Score: What You Need to Know

    Here's the difference between a credit report and credit score, and which is more important.
  8. Self Employed? 5 Steps to Scoring a Mortgage

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  9. Getting A Mortgage For Non U.S. Citizens

    Many banks and mortgage companies offer conventional and FHA home loans to non-U.S. citizens, if they can verify their work ...
  10. Top Tips to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

    It's hard to completely prevent thieves from committing fraud in your name, but there are ways to make it much more difficult ...
  11. Getting A Mortgage in Your 20s

    You're probably moving a lot and still paying off your student loans. Is it crazy to get a mortgage in your 20s? Here's how ...
  12. How Does A Reverse Mortgage Work?

    The basics of getting a reverse mortgage, with detailed information on how to qualify and what to watch out for.
  13. 15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgages: A Comparison

    Many buyers default to the 30-year mortgage simply because it's the norm. Before you sign, consider all the arguments for ...
  14. Is House Price or Interest Rate More Important?

    Deciding which factor is more important can make a difference in monthly payments, ability to move and Homowner's Association ...
  15. Getting a Home Equity Loan with Bad Credit

    If your credit history is less than stellar and you need cash, you may be able to get financing – but it will come at a price.
  16. CDOs and the Mortgage Market

    These structured products contribute to keeping borrowing rates low.
  17. How The Federal Reserve Affects Mortgage Rates

    The Federal Reserve can impact the cost of funds for banks and consequently for mortgage borrowers when maintaining economic ...
  18. Managing Personal Finances: Your Annual Self-Check

    Taking a step back and assessing your personal finances each year can show how well you're doing with saving and what's needed ...
  19. The Pros And Cons Of A 15-Year Mortgage

    The shorter term, and higher monthly payment, are only part of the picture.
  20. JPMorgan Chase Levels to Watch After Earnings (JPM, BAC)

    JPMorgan has rallied into a test of the 2015 bull market high ahead of earnings, but a breakout may have to wait until a ...
  21. Too Much Debt For a Mortgage?

    Just because a lender is willing to offer you a loan doesn't mean you should take it.
  22. Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using A Mortgage Broker

    Mortgage brokers may be able to find you the loan of your dreams, but you should consider the potential downsides before ...
  23. How to Make Your Car Less of an Expense

    The cost of a car can be a sinkhole for your money. Here are a few ways to save money when you're buying your next car.
  24. Subprime Auto Delinquency Rates on the Rise (NICK, CPSS)

    Fitch Ratings reports that delinquency rates for auto loans are nearing 2008 crisis level. What's driving the surge of default? ...
  25. Jumbo Mortgage Limits: How Much Can You Borrow?

    If you want to buy a home that costs close to half a million or more, you likely need to know what the jumbo mortgage limits ...
  26. 5 Important Pieces of Debt Advice for the Unemployed

    When you're unemployed and barely making ends meet, smart debt advice can help you stay on top of your payments and protect ...
  27. Why MasterCard May Ask You for a Selfie (MA)

    To stamp out online fraud, MasterCard plans to ask cardholders to use a selfie or fingerprint scan to verify their online ...
  28. Jumbo Loan

    A mortgage with a loan amount exceeding the conforming loan limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and, ...
  29. Can’t Make Mortgage Payments? These Programs Could Help

    If you can't make your mortgage payments, there are a number of programs designed to help you get back on your financial ...
  30. Easiest and Hardest Cities for Getting a Mortgage

    Since the housing market crash of 2007, tight credit has made it harder to finance a home. Here are the 5 easiest and hardest ...
  31. 5 Ways to Get Maximum Student Financial Aid

    Getting the best possible package for a college fund depends on minimizing assets and maximizing the energy you use to find ...
  32. You Can Now File the FAFSA Starting Oct. 1

    New rules to simplify the FAFSA application process let you apply for college financial aid three months earlier and use ...
  33. How to Make Credit Card Rewards Worth It

    Credit card rewards may make the price of a premium card worth it, but only if you spend enough. Be sure to do the math before ...
  34. When Are Mortgage Lenders Better Than Banks?

    Individuals seeking a mortgage loan should consider factors or circumstances that may make a mortgage lender a better choice ...
  35. Incomes Rising Faster Than Home Prices, Inflation Next?

    Home prices have been rising at a faster clip than incomes, a trend caused in part by the Great Recession, which has led ...
  36. 5 Best Credit Cards for Groceries (AXP, BAC)

    These five credit cards with cash-back reward programs offer consumers a great way to capitalize on everyday purchases such ...
  37. A Wealth Building Strategy You Never Hear About

    While 30-year loans dominate the mortgage market, the 15-year loan holds far more power to diminish your debt and ultimately ...
  38. Need a Microloan? Try a Nonprofit Microfinance Lender

    Microfinancing is aiding U.S. small businesses by providing loans as low as $500, known as a microloans, to people who would ...
  39. 3 Reasons Why Mobile Homes Are Gaining Popularity

    Mobile homes are becoming increasingly popular because they are relatively inexpensive, can be built quickly and have made ...
  40. 4 Common Banking Habits of Millennials

    Here’s how the banking habits of millennials differ substantially from those of previous generations.
  41. What Is the True Cost of Owning a Home?

    Buying a home is part of the American dream. But what happens when you add up all the costs associated with buying a home?
  42. Why Retirees Are Carrying More Debt Than Ever

    As people reach retirement they are carrying more debt than ever before. Why and what to watch for.
  43. First-Time Homebuyer's Guide

    Buying a home for the first time can seem daunting. Learn the buying process & what to watch out for in order to be a ...
  44. Analysts See LendingTree Stalling (TREE)

    Analysts are growing increasingly cautious over LendingTree Inc.’s future.
  45. 6 Things Foreign Buyers of U.S. Real Estate Need to Know

    Rising home prices and a strong dollar are making it tough for foreign buyers of U.S. real estate to pay cash. What to expect ...
  46. The Benefits of a Mortgage in Low Rate Environment

    The idea of simply paying off the mortgage has become an antiquated way of thinking due to the current low interest rate ...
  47. How Much Cheaper are Bitcoin Fees than Credit Card Fees?

    Bitcoin transaction fees are starting to rise as the network gets backlogged due to more usage, but are still much lower ...
  48. Is It Bad to Have a Lien on Your House?

    Liens attach to an asset, not an individual, and are intended to protect creditors. And they can be removed.
  49. How to Protect Against Private Student Loan Servicers

    The CFPB’s recent student loan settlement with Wells Fargo highlights how important it is to know how to protect against ...
  50. How Many Mortgage Lenders Should You Apply To? (FICO)

    Applying to multiple mortgage lenders can get you a better deal, but it comes with a few drawbacks.
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