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  1. Student Loan Forgiveness: How Does It Work?

    With student loan debt at an all-time high, more graduates are considering loan forgiveness programs.
  2. Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage?

    Answering these five questions will help you determine whether or not to pay off your mortgage.
  3. Are student loans dischargeable after bankruptcy?

    In limited cases of bankruptcy, the courts may discharge a filer's partial or full student loan debt.
  4. The Economics Behind a Trump Property

    Learn how Donald Trump actually makes most of his current revenue, not just from owned real estate but through branding using ...
  5. Sovereign Downgrades of More Markets Expected

    S&P and Fitch have warned that more downgrades are ahead for governments in both emerging and developed markets.
  6. Student-Loan Grace Periods: You Could Owe Interest

    Just because your student loan has a grace period doesn't mean you don't owe interest for that period.
  7. Good Credit? Try This Credit Card Alternative

    Personal loans are a credit card alternative to try if you've got great credit and you want to lock in a lower interest rate ...
  8. Iran Prepares to Tap Eurobond Market

    Iran has approached banks to prepare for a return to international capital markets for the first time since 2002.
  9. Can student loans be used to pay rent?

    In most cases, loans can be used for housing costs, but students should still plan to have some cash on hand.
  10. How Installment Loans Work

    Everything you need to know before taking out an installment loan.
  11. Who sets interest rates for federal student loans?

    Federal student loan rates are set by Congress, not by banks. Learn more about who gets what rate, and how often they get ...
  12. MasterCard Weighs Entering The China Market (MA)

    China is expected to be the world's largest market for credit card processors by 2020.
  13. Paying Down Debt Early

    For those with a strong aversion to having debt, here is an approach that can enable individuals to pay down debt more quickly ...
  14. Why More Millennials Need Credit Cards

    Here's why more Millennials should have credit cards – even though a majority don’t.
  15. VBMFX: Overview of World's Largest Bond Mutual Fund

    VBMFX: Find out top positions in the world's largest bond fund, the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund.
  16. It Pays to Be a ‘HENRY’

    Why? Because being a “High Earner Not Rich Yet” may help you buy the house of your dreams with a lower down payment.
  17. Visa Earnings Coming Up: What to Expect? (V, COST)

    Visa shares rose almost 1% higher Wednesday in anticipation of solid third-quarter earnings results Thursday.
  18. 4 Unexpected Things That Lower Your Credit

    It's important to maintain a good credit score. Discover what could be lowering it without your knowledge.
  19. 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

    By avoiding these six pitfalls when purchasing a home, you will be in a much better position to make an educated choice before ...
  20. American Express Earnings on Tap: What to Expect? (AXP, COST)

    The company appears to have put the worst behind it, but what will drive growth in the quarters and years ahead?
  21. What to Expect in Morgan Stanley Earnings (MS, MSFT)

    Morgan Stanley has made moves to fix its main business segments like corporate bond revenue, but declines in both the trading ...
  22. China’s Housing Market Slowed Down in June

    33 out of 55 Chinese cities with price increases posted slower growth in the month, compared with May, leading to a contraction ...
  23. Wal-Mart Bans Visa In Some Canadian Stores (WMT,V)

    Wal-Mart bans Visa in some Canadian stores as the two giants battle over processing fees
  24. Credit Card Debt: America’s Biggest Struggle?

    Dealing with credit card debt is a huge struggle for many American families. Here are some tips to get you started.
  25. Digging Out Of Personal Debt

    Good intentions can put consumers in even more personal debt.
  26. Dawn Of The Zombie Debt

    Are old debts coming back to haunt you? We'll show you how to keep these zombies from eating you alive.
  27. Trended Credit Data Could Increase Interest Rates for Borrowers (FNMA, EFX)

    Mortgage lenders will soon be required to use trended credit data to qualify borrowers. As a result, many borrowers could ...
  28. 8 Essential Four-Letter Words for Financial Health

    By embracing these four-letter words, you can take the steps necessary to improve your financial health.
  29. Dropping Mortgage Rates and the Next Refi Boom (Z)

    Mortgage rates have been dropping more than expected, creating a possibility for another refinance boom if rates drop further.
  30. Royal Dutch Shell Rating Downgraded (RDS.A, RDS.B)

    S&P downgraded Shell's credit rating to 'A' as market conditions remain difficult.
  31. Funding College: How to Perform a Sanity Check

    Summer is an ideal time for high school seniors and their parents to take a sanity check and make sure the chosen collegiate ...
  32. How Interest Rates Work On Car Loans

    Three big facts to know – and some numbers to crunch to get the best deal.
  33. OCC Warns Auto Loan Market Speeding Toward Trouble

    Auto loan lenders may face trouble with the OCC warning of delinquencies and defaults.
  34. Using 529 Plans to Save for College

    Paying for college is no easy feat. Here is a lowdown on 529 plans, the educational savings plans that help families set ...
  35. Is Shell’s Credit Rating at Risk? (RDS.A, RDS.B)

    Shell says its $30 billion asset disposal program could be delayed because of Brexit, potentially putting the company's credit ...
  36. How does your checking account affect your credit score?

    Learn how your checking account is related to your credit score, as well as what types of banking activities do and do not ...
  37. Can a debt collector contact me about a debt that's no longer on my credit report?

    Learn about the circumstances that allow a debt collector to contact a consumer about a past-due debt that is not on a credit ...
  38. What to Know about Alternative Finance Platforms

    From crowdfunding to P2P lending, this rundown tells you what you should know about some of the more popular types of online ...
  39. Debt Forgiveness: Escape Your Student Loans

    There are income-based plans and forgiveness for public-service employees. The latest wrinkle: loan forgiveness because the ...
  40. How to Use Your Credit and Debit Card Safely

    Arm yourself with these strategies on how to safely use your credit and debit cards, and protect yourself from fraud and ...
  41. What Makes An M&A Deal Work?

    Do you know why companies merge? Here we'll take a look at three successful company acquisitions and why they succeeded. ...
  42. 9 States With the Highest Tax Burdens

    Which state you live in can mean thousands of dollars saved or lost in taxes each year. Here's a list of states to avoid ...
  43. It's All Related: Interest, Mortgages, the Economy

    The article looks into the relationship between the economy, interest rates and mortgage rates.
  44. S&P Downgrades Australia’s Sovereign Debt Outlook

    S&P revised Australia's sovereign rating outlook from stable to negative citing budget deficit and uncertain political ...
  45. New Alternatives to Payday Loans

    Some companies are offering employees easy ways to access their paychecks early. Staffers gain – payday lenders lose out. ...
  46. Deferred Interest

    The amount of interest that is added to the principal balance of a loan when the contractual terms of that loan allow for ...
  47. Weighted Average Life - WAL

    The average number of years for which each dollar of unpaid principal on a loan or mortgage remains outstanding. Once calculated, ...
  48. Murabaha

    An Islamic financing structure, where an intermediary buys a property with free and clear title to it. The intermediary and ...
  49. Bad Credit

    A qualification of an individual's credit history that indicates that a borrower carries a higher credit risk. A low credit ...
  50. Mortgage Originator

    An institution or individual that works with a borrower to complete a mortgage transaction. A mortgage originator can be ...
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    Here are five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.
  2. Differences Between Private Foundations And Public Charities

    Here's a look at the differences between these types of charitable organizations.
  3. How To Monetize Your YouTube Channel

    YouTube's Partner Program helps users earn money through their channels. Find out how.
  4. The World's Most Valuable Private Companies

    In spite of the rewards going public can bring, some companies prefer to remain private, and they are very successful in this.
  5. Is Cyber Monday The New Black Friday?

    Cyber Monday is becoming more popular than Black Friday. Here's why.
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