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  1. Why You Absolutely Need an Emergency Fund

    What is an emergency fund, and why is it often the first component of sound financial planning?
  2. Are You Living Too Close to the Edge?

    If a missed paycheck would make your finances cave in, here's how to get back on track.
  3. Why Too Many Credit Cards Can Hurt Your Credit Score

    Find out why having too many credit card accounts can adversely impact your credit score if the cards are not managed properly.
  4. How the Sam's Credit Card Works: Benefits and Rewards (WMT)

    Sam's Club offers store-only and MasterCard credit cards with several membership and rewards program options.
  5. How the Sears Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards (SHLD)

    Sears offers three different types of credit cards with various rewards and benefits programs. Included are rewards and benefits ...
  6. Improve Your Chances to Get Approved for a Credit Card (BAC, DFS)

    Little or no credit doesn’t mean you’re stuck paying with cash. There are credit options for those just starting to establish ...
  7. Is your salary on your credit report?

    Your salary is not on your credit report, as of 2016. It has been at least 20 years since credit reports included salaries.
  8. Professors: Stop Drowning in Student Loans

    Students aren't the only ones dealing with loans. Professors who borrowed money to get to where they are should consider ...
  9. How the PayPal Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards (PYPL)

    Find out how the PayPal Extras MasterCard works for you, and how you can earn maximum rewards on gas and restaurant purchases ...
  10. Credit Karma Doesn't Hurt Your Credit Score, and Here's Why

    Credit Karma is a popular option for checking credit histories for free, and it doesn't hurt your credit score.
  11. How to find mortgage lenders that use VantageScore?

    Understand the difference between VantageScore and FICO, and learn how to locate a mortgage lender that uses VantageScore ...
  12. How many mortgage payments can I miss before foreclosure?

    The status of your lender and the condition of your local housing market are some of the factors that determine how many ...
  13. Promote Financial Success in Your 20s and 30s

    Financial planning doesn't have to wait until your older. Students and adults in their 20s and 30s can get on the path to ...
  14. 3 Best Credit Cards for Balance Transfers in 2016

    Find out which credit cards offer the best balance transfer opportunities in 2016, including the longest introductory periods ...
  15. When to Consider Paying Off Your Mortgage

    Consider four scenarios where it could make sense to pay off your mortgage early.
  16. 3 Best Credit Cards for College Students in 2016

    Find out which credit cards are best suited to college students, based on criteria such as annual percentage rate, rewards ...
  17. How the Macy's Credit Card Works: Benefits and Rewards (M)

    Learn about the different Macy's Credit Cards available to consumers, with a summary of the rewards and benefits, who should ...
  18. CFPB Targets Discriminatory Lending Practices

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is sending mystery shoppers into banks to uncover discriminatory lending practices.
  19. How to Get a Credit Card Without a Social Security Number (SSN) (COF, BAC)

    Learn the methods by which a borrower can get approved for a credit card, even if the borrower lacks a valid Social Security ...
  20. Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers: How It Works

    Huge student loan debt may be keeping people from entering the teaching profession. Find out how teachers can get their student ...
  21. 5 Best Credit Cards for Buying Groceries in 2016

    Learn how to increase your grocery savings each year using grocery rewards credit cards, and find out which rewards credit ...
  22. How the J. C. Penney Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards (JCP)

    The JCPenney credit card has some nice perks, especially for frequent buyers, but it carries a relatively high interest rate. ...
  23. The 3 Best Credit Cards for Traveling to Australia (BCS, COF)

    Almost any card will get you there, but these three offer the best value for your buck.
  24. When is mortgage insurance tax deductible on rental property?

    Discover when mortgage insurance premiums are allowed to be deducted on your taxes for rental properties and see an example ...
  25. How the Lowes Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards (LOW)

    Understand how the Lowe's credit card works, which customers benefit the most, its terms and conditions, and what alternatives ...
  26. 6 Steps to Getting a Car Loan With Bad Credit

    Having bad credit does not mean you can't get a car loan. Follow these steps to improve your chances of getting a loan with ...
  27. Cross-Collateral Loan: How Does It Work?

    Cross-collateralization in lending is not unusual, but it can have a huge impact on your finances. Here's what you need to ...
  28. Beware of Guaranteed Payday Loan Websites

    Payday lenders generally should be approached with caution; but online payday loan websites are better avoided altogether. ...
  29. How the Shell Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards (RDS.A)

    Learn the three different payment options available from Shell, including how to apply, the benefits of each, who should ...
  30. 3 Reasons Credit Cards with Chips Are Safer (MA, V)

    Discover the three ways chip-embedded cards are safer that those with magnetic stripes and how the integration of PIN codes ...
  31. How do mortgage lenders check and verify bank statements?

    Find out how mortgage companies verify your bank statements for mortgage approval. The lender sends a form to your bank requesting ...
  32. Are direct consolidation loans subsidized?

    Direct Consolidation Loans are not subsidized. Students borrow Direct Subsidized Loans to pay tuition, room and board at ...
  33. Are student loans forgiven after death?

    Federal student loans are forgiven when the borrower dies once proof of death is submitted. No money will be owed and the ...
  34. Will ‘Installment Loans’ Be the New Payday Loans?

    Payday lenders are leaning toward installment loans as a result of proposed federal regulations. But is this what's best ...
  35. Can student loans hurt your credit?

    Paying student loans on time helps build credit; failure to do so, hurts it.
  36. How the American Eagle Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards (AEO)

    Understand how the American Eagle Credit Card works and what its rewards and benefits are, and compare the card to those ...
  37. Title Loans vs. Payday Loans: Which Are Better?

    Both title loans and payday loans carry risks that outweigh the benefits.
  38. How Credit Card Companies Determine Credit Limit (EXPN)

    Learn how credit card companies are able to determine credit limit and tips for having the highest credit limit when applying ...
  39. How do construction loans work?

    Construction loans are obtained either by the prospective home owner or the actual builder. There are two types of construction ...
  40. Do mortgage lenders use FICO 8? (EFX, TRU)

    As more lenders employ the FICO 8 credit-scoring system, borrowers should be aware of how this may affect them..
  41. Zero Interest Loans: Why You Should Beware

    Zero-interest loans are not always the no-loss deal they seem to be.
  42. When is mortgage insurance tax deductible?

    Homeowners who took out or refinanced a mortgage after Jan. 1, 2007, may qualify for the PMI deduction, depending on their ...
  43. How the Toys "R" Us Credit Card Works: Benefits and Rewards

    Here's how to apply, along with the benefits, rewards and fine point details of the Toys "R" Us credit card.
  44. How the Lane Bryant Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards (ANSA)

    As with most cards, those who use it the most receive the most rewards, but be aware that carrying a balance incurs some ...
  45. How do mortgage lenders verify employment?

    Discover how mortgage lenders confirm your current employment situation, even if self-employed, and learn what types of information ...
  46. Teachers: Your Student Loan Forgiveness Blueprint

    If you are a teacher and have student loans to repay, you may qualify for a loan forgiveness program.
  47. Why doesn't Credit Karma offer FICO scores?

    Credit Karma offers a popular way to track credit scores for free. While it does not offer FICO scores, the information it ...
  48. How the Kohl's Credit Card Works: Benefits and Rewards (KSS)

    Find out how the Kohl's charge card works and how shoppers can generate bigger savings throughout the year as a Kohl's cardholder.
  49. How the Southwest Credit Card Works: Benefits and Rewards (LUV)

    Learn how the Southwest Airlines rewards credit card options work, what travel rewards are offered and for whom the card ...
  50. 3 Best Credit Cards for Traveling to the UK (COF, BCS)

    Discover three of the best credit cards to use while traveling to the United Kingdom, based on security and rewards programs.
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