Credit, Loans & Mortgages

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  1. How do mortgage lenders check and verify bank statements?

    August 23, 2016
    Find out how mortgage companies verify your bank statements for mortgage approval. The lender sends a form to your bank requesting ...
  2. Are direct consolidation loans subsidized?

    August 22, 2016
    Direct Consolidation Loans are not subsidized. Students borrow Direct Subsidized Loans to pay tuition, room and board at ...
  3. Are student loans forgiven after death?

    August 22, 2016
    Federal student loans are forgiven when the borrower dies once proof of death is submitted. No money will be owed and the ...
  4. Will ‘Installment Loans’ Be the New Payday Loans?

    August 22, 2016
    Payday lenders are leaning toward installment loans as a result of proposed federal regulations. But is this what's best ...
  5. Can student loans hurt your credit?

    August 22, 2016
    Paying student loans on time helps build credit; failure to do so, hurts it.
  6. How the American Eagle Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards (AEO)

    August 22, 2016
    Understand how the American Eagle Credit Card works and what its rewards and benefits are, and compare the card to those ...
  7. Title Loans vs. Payday Loans: Which Are Better?

    August 22, 2016
    Both title loans and payday loans carry risks that outweigh the benefits.
  8. How Credit Card Companies Determine Credit Limit (EXPN)

    August 22, 2016
    Learn how credit card companies are able to determine credit limit and tips for having the highest credit limit when applying ...
  9. How do construction loans work?

    August 22, 2016
    Construction loans are obtained either by the prospective home owner or the actual builder. There are two types of construction ...
  10. Do mortgage lenders use FICO 8? (EFX, TRU)

    August 21, 2016
    As more lenders employ the FICO 8 credit-scoring system, borrowers should be aware of how this may affect them..
  11. Zero Interest Loans: Why You Should Beware

    August 20, 2016
    Zero-interest loans are not always the no-loss deal they seem to be.
  12. When is mortgage insurance tax deductible?

    August 20, 2016
    Homeowners who took out or refinanced a mortgage after Jan. 1, 2007, may qualify for the PMI deduction, depending on their ...
  13. How the Toys "R" Us Credit Card Works: Benefits and Rewards

    August 19, 2016
    Here's how to apply, along with the benefits, rewards and fine point details of the Toys "R" Us credit card.
  14. How the Lane Bryant Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards (ANSA)

    August 18, 2016
    As with most cards, those who use it the most receive the most rewards, but be aware that carrying a balance incurs some ...
  15. How do mortgage lenders verify employment?

    August 18, 2016
    Discover how mortgage lenders confirm your current employment situation, even if self-employed, and learn what types of information ...
  16. Teachers: Your Student Loan Forgiveness Blueprint

    August 18, 2016
    If you are a teacher and have student loans to repay, you may qualify for a loan forgiveness program.
  17. Why doesn't Credit Karma offer FICO scores?

    August 18, 2016
    Credit Karma offers a popular way to track credit scores for free. While it does not offer FICO scores, the information it ...
  18. How the Kohl's Credit Card Works: Benefits and Rewards (KSS)

    August 18, 2016
    Find out how the Kohl's charge card works and how shoppers can generate bigger savings throughout the year as a Kohl's cardholder.
  19. How the Southwest Credit Card Works: Benefits and Rewards (LUV)

    August 18, 2016
    Learn how the Southwest Airlines rewards credit card options work, what travel rewards are offered and for whom the card ...
  20. 3 Best Credit Cards for Traveling to the UK (COF, BCS)

    August 18, 2016
    Discover three of the best credit cards to use while traveling to the United Kingdom, based on security and rewards programs.
  21. How long should you hold on to credit card statements?

    August 17, 2016
    Holding on to credit card statements can be helpful when they contain personal purchases, tax-deductible items, or products ...
  22. How long does it take a check to clear?

    August 17, 2016
    It usually takes two days for a check to clear, but in some cases it may take longer. Discover how banks treat large deposits ...
  23. How the Nordstrom Credit Card Works: Benefits and Rewards (JWN)

    August 17, 2016
    Learn about the Nordstrom credit or debit card, complete with who should use it, what the rewards are and details about the ...
  24. Who regulates mortgage lenders?

    August 17, 2016
    The Federal Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) dictate most of the regulations mortgage ...
  25. When Is Mortgage Insurance Typically Required?

    August 17, 2016
    Learn about the situations in which borrowers may be required to buy private mortgage insurance, and discover who this insurance ...
  26. The Best Identity Theft Protection May Be Free

    August 17, 2016
    With personal data breaches now a part of our daily lives, here are a few ways to truly protect your identity on your own.
  27. 5 Debit Cards That Still Offer Rewards (JPM, TD)

    August 17, 2016
    There are still debit card rewards available for those individuals who prefer using debit cards as opposed to regular credit ...
  28. How the Gap Credit Card Works: Benefits & Rewards (GPS)

    August 17, 2016
    The Gap credit card offers numerous perks and rewards for frequent customers, but there are some downsides and caveats of ...
  29. Is An Ivy League Degree Worth It?

    August 17, 2016
    In 600 B.C. Aesop determined that a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush. Warren Buffett claims that this axiom can ...
  30. Not Every Qualified Borrower Gets a Mortgage: Here’s Why

    August 16, 2016
    A good credit score and steady source of income may not be enough for qualified borrowers of color to receive a conventional ...
  31. 7 Ways To Get Through Grad School Debt-Free

    August 16, 2016
    As if figuring out what to take in school isn't hard enough, you also have to find a way to pay for it.
  32. What’s Behind Moody’s Downgrade of Noble Group

    August 16, 2016
    Moody's credit downgrade of Noble Group leaves a wide gap relative to Fitch ratings.
  33. How to Create a Plan to Deal with College Debt

    August 16, 2016
    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 ...
  34. Benefits and Rewards of the GameStop Credit Card (GME, BBY)

    August 16, 2016
    Similar to other credit-card reward programs, the GameStop card is most lucrative to frequent customers who pay off their ...
  35. Fico 5 vs. Fico 8: What Are the Differences

    August 14, 2016
    Find out why you have more than one FICO credit score.
  36. 3 Best Credit Cards for Shopping at Amazon in 2016 (AMZN)

    August 14, 2016
    Find out how Amazon.com shoppers can earn maximum cash back on their purchases with Amazon-focused cash-back rewards credit ...
  37. 3 Prepaid Debit Cards With No Monthly Fee (AXP, WMT)

    August 13, 2016
    These prepaid debit cards with no monthly fees offer a substantial savings advantage.
  38. Home Equity Loan Delinquencies Are Rising (BAC, JPM)

    August 12, 2016
    More borrowers are starting to default on their home equity loans and banks are starting to feel the strain.
  39. ESG for EMD

    August 12, 2016
    Learn more about investors increasingly considering ESG factors alongside traditional financial risks, especially in developed ...
  40. Who Actually Owns Student Loan Debt?

    August 12, 2016
    Find out how the U.S. federal government effectively nationalized the American student loan market with a small section of ...
  41. Should You Increase Your Credit Card Limit?

    August 11, 2016
    Should you ask for a credit limit increase? The answer is yes, and there are several good reasons why.
  42. Credit Card or Cash?

    August 11, 2016
    Credit cards are convenient to use, but not always the best choice. Here are 5 times you shouldn't pay with a credit card ...
  43. IRS Allows Mortgage Deduction for Unwed Couples

    August 11, 2016
    Single taxpayers who co-own one or more of their homes with another person can now each claim a deduction for the mortgage ...
  44. Student Loan Debt: Which States & Schools Cost Most/Least

    August 11, 2016
    Student loan debt affects 43 million Americans. A new report from LendEDU breaks down the most significant borrower trends ...
  45. How the Banana Republic Credit Card Works (GPS)

    August 10, 2016
    For consumers who pay off their balances every month, the perks offered by the Banana Republic credit card may be worth your ...
  46. Credit Card Use Jumps Among Low-Scoring Consumers

    August 10, 2016
    Credit Cards issued to consumers with low credit scores have soared since 2009 even as cards issued to high-scoring consumers ...
  47. U.S. Corporate Debt at 10-Year High

    August 10, 2016
    More debt is being assumed by companies with dubious credit ratings, raising the specter of defaults.
  48. How Negative Interest Rates Affect Mortgages

    August 10, 2016
    Negative interest rates are wrecking havoc on conventional mortgage lending in Europe.
  49. How Banks Are Dealing With Low Interest Rates (WFC, JPM)

    August 9, 2016
    A surge in mortgages may help banks offset thin profit margins in the prolonged low-interest-rate environment.
  50. How to Build a Credit Report for Your Adult Child

    August 9, 2016
    They may not be true adults yet, but you can start building a credit history for your young adult children now.
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