Credit, Loans & Mortgages

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  1. The Best Ways to Eliminate Student Loans

    You went to college and got the degree. Now it’s a matter of paying off that debt. Here's how.
  2. Real Estate Loans Are Part of Your Larger Financial Plan

    It is important to treat mortgage decisions based on an understanding of the benefits and risks.
  3. What is the difference between overdraft and cash credit?

    The primary differences between overdraft and cash credit lie in how they are secured and whether the money is lent out of ...
  4. Understanding the Time Value of Money

    Find out why time really is money by learning to calculate present and future value.
  5. Buying a House? Here Are 6 Things You Need to Do

    Here are six things you need to do when preparing to purchase a home.
  6. How a Divorce Could Impact Your Credit Score

    How does divorce affect your credit score? It depends.
  7. Student Loan Forgiveness

    Under certain circumstances, federally backed student loans — such as Direct Subsidized Loans and Federal Perkins Loans — ...
  8. Reverse Mortgage

    A type of mortgage in which a homeowner can borrow money against the value of his or her home. No repayment of the mortgage ...
  9. 7 Budget-Friendly Ways to Remodel a Bathroom

    A complete bathroom remodel can cost $18,500 and up, but you can bring the price down substantially with these DIY ideas ...
  10. 5 Ways the Interest Rate Hike Could Affect You

    From mortgages to student loans, the Federal Reserve interest rate hike may affect you in ways you don’t expect.
  11. Buying a Foreclosed Home

    Finding and buying foreclosed homes is a lot easier than it used to be. But there's still a lot to navigate.
  12. Which is better, a fixed or variable rate loan?

    Interest on variable interest rate loans vary as market interest rates change. Interest on fixed interest rate loans will ...
  13. Options for When You Can No Longer Afford Your Car

    If you have more car than you can afford, here are four ways to deal with this "debt on wheels."
  14. The 8 Best U.S. Cities for Millennials

    For Millennials who want a tech- and start-up-friendly locale, these urban centers fill the bill, but they may need roommates ...
  15. 5 Reasons Not to Borrow From Your Retirement Plan

    Your retirement plan should never be the first place to turn for a loan. Here's why.
  16. Credit vs. Debit Cards: Which Is Better?

    Be strategic about the card you choose.
  17. Credit Repair: How to Improve Your Credit Score

    There is no quick fix for a bad credit score, but there are several strategies you can take to improve your credit rating ...
  18. Luxury Homes in 2017: A Buyer's Market

    Now – while the buyer's market lasts and before interest rates rise again – may be the ideal time to buy a luxury home.
  19. Chase Sapphire Card Perks Costing the Company Millions (JPM)

    The catch: You need to get a mortgage. The previous Chase Sapphire Reserve offer cost JPM $200-$300 million.
  20. The Complete Guide to Buying a Used Car

    Everything you need to know to buy a reliable used car for a good price.
  21. 3 Mortgage Hacks to Help Pay Off Your Student Debt

    Fannie Mae’s new program of easier cash-out mortgage refinances can lower student debt. Here’s how it all works.
  22. What is the difference between compounding interest and simple interest?

    Simple interest is calculated by multiplying the principal amount by the interest rate and the number of periods in a loan. ...
  23. The Fall of the Market in the Fall of 2008

    How did America's strong economy tumble so quickly? Find out here.
  24. Sometimes It Pays to Borrow from Your 401(k)

    401(k) loans have been demonized, but they're often the most beneficial source of cash.
  25. Principal

    Most often the amount borrowed on a loan, or put into an investment, but also the face value of a bond, the owner of a private ...
  26. Pros and Cons of Buying a House on a Main Road

    Although you might assume that most people would want to avoid buying a house on a main road, there are actually pros to ...
  27. 3 Tips for Getting a Mortgage After a Divorce

    Take care of these three things first before purchasing a new home after a divorce.
  28. Reform of Freddie & Fannie: Trouble Ahead

    The U.S. Treasury is mulling a plan to remove its $258 billion backstop for the GSE mortgage giants, which could roil the ...
  29. 6 Things Surviving Spouses Should Know About a VA Mortgage

    Surviving spouses are often eligible for the same VA mortgage benefits as the deceased veteran. But not everybody qualifies. ...
  30. Credit Union

    A credit union is a member-owned financial co-operative. These institutions are created and operated by members and profits ...
  31. How Long Should It Take to Save for a Down Payment?

    As housing prices and the cost of living rise, it can take longer to sock away the means to make a big purchase.
  32. Why Credit Karma Is Free and How It Makes Money

    Credit scores originally were built for lenders, but Credit Karma makes the system work for consumers, too – while making ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. Credit Card Default Rate Hits 4-Year High

    The default rate on bank credit cards has risen for the fifth consecutive year.
  35. These Changes Are Coming to Credit Scores

    New credit scoring guidelines at VantageScore that incorporate trended data may impact your credit score in a big way.
  36. To Lend or Not to Lend: That Is the Question

    When lending money to a family member, set up an agreement to protect your money and relationship.
  37. Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite vs. Platinum vs. Sapphire Reserve

    The brand-new U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite credit card targets Platinum and Sapphire Reserve. Which is best?
  38. The Nation’s Healthiest and Unhealthiest Housing Markets

    Nobody can dispute that the housing market has come back, but the recovery has been uneven. Here are the healthiest and unhealthiest ...
  39. What Americans Didn’t Learn from the Last Financial Crisis

    Americans may finally feel better about the economy, but too many are unprepared for the possibility of another financial ...
  40. 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 ...
  41. When to Consider Paying Off Your Mortgage

    Consider four scenarios where it could make sense to pay off your mortgage early.
  42. 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 ...
  43. How to Create a Plan to Deal with College Debt

    The worst thing to do with college debt is to ignore it. The best way to start tackling it is with a clear roadmap to financial ...
  44. What to Consider When You Finance a Home

    These are the many factors that need to be considered when obtaining financing for a home.
  45. Top 10 Cities for Early Retirees

    If you are looking to take an early retirement, find a place where it's easiest to significantly reduce your cost of living. ...
  46. 5 Things You Need to Be Pre-Approved For a Mortgage

    Before you can get serious about buying a home, you need to get pre-approval for a mortgage. Learn what you need to speed ...
  47. Who Pays Mortgage Recording Tax in NYC?

    When you buy in New York City, you even have to pay a tax to record your mortgage. Here's how much.
  48. 5 Biggest Credit Card Data Hacks in History

    InterContinental Hotels Groups has disclosed that credit card systems at 1,200 of its hotels were successfully hacked by ...
  49. Do You Really Have Student Loan Forgiveness?

    Do you really have student loan forgiveness? A recent lawsuit has called the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program’s guidelines ...
  50. Bloated Budget? How to Trim the Fat

    Blood, sweat and tears should belong in the gym, but your money deserves some training time too.
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