Credit, Loans & Mortgages

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  1. 5 Reasons Why Debt Is Your Enemy

    Having debt can cost you both financially and mentally and can affect your retirement.
  2. Best Credit Cards for 2017

    If you have good credit, card companies are competing for your business. Here are some of this year's best deals and credit ...
  3. Cash Advance

    Credit card issuers and banks allow clients to withdraw an amount of cash immediately, a cash advance, but these typically ...
  4. 8 Things to Consider Before Buying a Two-Family House

    Renters can help cover the mortgage payments, but property location, price and privacy are just a few of the things to consider.
  5. Student Loan Debt: The Baby Elephant in the Room

    Rising student debt, default rates and an increasing demand for college grads add to economic woes.
  6. 5 Ways Rental Properties Jumpstart Your Finances

    Rental properties can help pay your mortgage, provide tax benefits and create retirement income.
  7. Shopping for Mortgage Rates

    A step-by-step guide to finding and locking in the best rate for a mortgage.
  8. Homebuyers’ 4 Biggest Worries

    What are the top four things homebuyers worry most about? Money, money, money, money.
  9. Where Americans With the Best and Worst Credit Scores Live

    Mississippi and Georgia have a high percentage of people with poor credit scores, while North Dakota has the lowest
  10. 15 Gentrifying Neighborhoods in New York City

    As with many metropolitan areas across the U.S., New York City has a number of gentrifying neighborhoods.
  11. Fed Hike Is A Costly One For Credit Card Borrowers (CITI, BOA)

    Banks have responded to the Federal Reserve's decision to increase interest rates by hiking their prime rates.
  12. Deutsche Shakes Up Management, Sells Bad Loans (DB)

    The Germany mega-bank is doing all it can to see profits after nearly a decade of losing billions.
  13. 5 Financial Steps You Need to Take Before Divorce

    These are five financial steps that need to be taken before a divorce.
  14. Annaly Pays Whopping 11% Dividend (NLY)

    A huge dividend yield for the biggest mortgage REIT is coming to shareholders.
  15. How Your Student Loan Servicer Can Help You

    Work with your student loan servicer to determine the best way to pay off your student loans.
  16. How Poor Credit Hurts You as an Investor

    Bad credit can hurt you as an investor and potential homeowner, but you can make things right.
  17. Where Does the Fed Go From Here?

    After Wednesday's rate hike, what can we expect from the FOMC for the rest of the year and in the long run?
  18. 'My Student Loans Will Be Forgiven by the Government' Really?

    Candidate Trump suggested reforms, but will student loans be forgiven by the federal government across-the-board?
  19. The Financial Risks of Buying "Too Much Car"

    Buyers are financing more than ever for new cars - and paying double the interest for used ones.
  20. The 5 Dumbest Financial Decisions to Make

    Have you made any of these financial mistakes? Here's what not to do.
  21. 6 Ways Advisors Help Clients Manage Consumer Debt

    Here are six practical ways advisors can help clients manage their debt.
  22. 5 Landscaping Tips that Won’t Break the Bank

    Are you considering selling your home this summer? Then you should get your landscape in shape. Here are five secrets to ...
  23. Homeowners Association Fee - HOA Fee

    An amount of money that must be paid monthly by owners of certain types of residential property to an organization that assists ...
  24. Balloon Loan

    A balloon loan is a type of loan which does not fully amortize over its term. Since it is not fully amortized, a balloon ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. Subprime Loan

    A type of loan that is offered at a rate above prime to individuals who do not qualify for prime rate loans. Quite often, ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. Understanding the Mortgage Payment Structure

    We explain the calculation and payment process as well as the amortization schedule of home loans.
  29. How to Outsmart Private Mortgage Insurance

    It's possible to use a second mortgage to avoid this fee, but is it in your best interest?
  30. Why Do Most of My Mortgage Payments Start Out as Interest?

    When you make a mortgage payment, the amount paid is a combination of an interest charge and principal repayment. Over the ...
  31. What’s Up with Mortgage Applications

    Mortgage applications have been up and down in recent weeks, despite some slight declines in mortgage rates.
  32. Is it Time to Get a HELOC?

    With home values rising, more Americans are taking advantage of their increasing equity by taking out home equity lines of ...
  33. Promissory Note

    A financial instrument that contains a written promise by one party to pay another party a definite sum of money either on ...
  34. Origination Fee

    An up-front fee charged by a lender for processing a new loan application, used as compensation for putting the loan in place. ...
  35. Origination Points

    A type of fee borrowers pay to lenders or loan officers to compensate them for the role they play in evaluating, processing ...
  36. Points

    1. A 1% change in the face value of a bond or a debenture. 2. In futures contracts, a price change of one one-hundredth, ...
  37. Right Of Rescission

    A right under federal law set forth by the Truth in Lending Act that gives a borrower the right to cancel a home equity loan ...
  38. Cities Where Americans Are Best and Worst at Managing Money

    A new study demonstrates that geography may play a part in how well Americans are managing their finances.
  39. 4 Signs You're In Financial Trouble

    These four situations that should set off alarm bells.
  40. HSBC Sells Mortgage Business to Cerdit Suisse (HSBC, CS)

    The Hong Kong juggernaut is giving up on residential loans, hoping corporate finance will be a more lucrative business.
  41. What Is a Lawsuit Settlement Loan?

    A lawsuit settlement loan is a cash advance for an impending settlement or judgment. There can be pricey strings attached.
  42. The Best Family Neighborhoods in Chicago

    Which are the best family neighborhoods in Chicago? Here are five to explore.
  43. Loan

    The act of giving money, property or other material goods to a another party in exchange for future repayment of the principal ...
  44. Lender

    Someone who makes funds available to another with the expectation that the funds will be repaid, plus any interest and/or ...
  45. Interest Expense

    The cost incurred by an entity for borrowed funds. Interest expense is a non-operating expense shown on the income statement. ...
  46. Collateralized Mortgage Obligation - CMO

    A type of mortgage-backed security in which principal repayments are organized according to their maturities and into different ...
  47. Assessed Value

    Assessed value is the dollar value assigned to a property for purposes of measuring applicable taxes.
  48. Credit Score: Hard Vs. Soft Inquiry

    There are two types of credit inquiries, but only one can lower your credit score. Learn the difference and act accordingly.
  49. Debt Instrument

    A paper or electronic obligation that enables the issuing party to raise funds by promising to repay a lender in accordance ...
  50. Down Payment

    A type of payment made in cash during the onset of the purchase of an expensive good/service. The payment typically represents ...
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