Credit, Loans & Mortgages

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  1. Bank Identification Number - BIN

    July 6, 2016
    The first four to six digits of a credit card. The bank identification number identifies the institution issuing the card. ...
  2. Unsecured Loan

    July 6, 2016
    A loan that is issued and supported only by the borrower's creditworthiness, rather than by a type of collateral. An unsecured ...
  3. Signature Loan

    July 6, 2016
    A type of personal loan offered by banks and other finance companies that uses only the borrower's signature and promise ...
  4. Export Credit Agency - ECA

    July 6, 2016
    A financial institution or agency that provides trade financing to domestic companies for their international acitivites. ...
  5. Credit Limit

    July 6, 2016
    The amount of credit that a financial institution extends to a client. Credit limit also refers to the maximum amount a credit ...
  6. Prepayment Penalty

    July 6, 2016
    A clause in a mortgage contract that says if the mortgage is prepaid within a certain time period, a penalty will be assessed. ...
  7. Purchase-Money Mortgage

    July 6, 2016
    A mortgage issued to the borrower by the seller of the home as part of the purchase transaction. This is usually done in ...
  8. Emergency Fund

    July 6, 2016
    An account that is used to set aside funds to be used in an emergency, such as the loss of a job, an illness or a major expense. ...
  9. Debt Instrument

    July 6, 2016
    A paper or electronic obligation that enables the issuing party to raise funds by promising to repay a lender in accordance ...
  10. Covenant

    July 6, 2016
    A promise in an indenture, or any other formal debt agreement, that certain activities will or will not be carried out. Covenants ...
  11. How A Cash Advance Works

    July 6, 2016
    Understand who benefits most from cash advances – and when it might make sense to get one.
  12. How to Use Home Equity for an Immediate Income Play

    July 6, 2016
    While it is not without risk, it is possible to use the equity in your home, especially if the mortgage is paid off, to invest ...
  13. The Best Alternatives to Payday Loans

    July 5, 2016
    If you are short on cash a week or more before your next paycheck, you may consider taking out a so-called payday loan. There ...
  14. MasterCard Stock Trades Ex-Dividend Wednesday (MA)

    July 5, 2016
    MasterCard will send its dividend payment on August 9 to shareholders of record as of July 8.
  15. Top 10 States to Own a Big House (Tax-Wise)

    July 5, 2016
    On top of the low property taxes and average housing costs, these states all tend to have great natural beauty and land worth ...
  16. Calculating Iran's Possible Credit Rating

    July 5, 2016
    Iran's central bank deputy governor says the country could be in line to receive a credit rating. IMF economic data show ...
  17. A Guide to Buying a House in the U.S.

    July 1, 2016
    A complete guide to buying a house in the U.S.
  18. Comparison of a 30-Year vs. a 15-Year Mortgage

    July 1, 2016
    Most homebuyers compare the monthly payments between mortgages, but what about these other points?
  19. The Top Three U.S. Cities For Beer Lovers

    June 30, 2016
    Location matters a lot when buying a home but beer lovers they may want to consider residing in three beer friendly American ...
  20. Moody’s Cuts Singapore Banking Outlook to Negative

    June 30, 2016
    Moody’s Investors Services cut the outlook for Singapore’s Banking industry to negative citing high exposure to energy-related ...
  21. The 5 Dumbest Financial Decisions to Make

    June 30, 2016
    Have you made any of these financial mistakes? Here's what not to do.
  22. 5 Things Debt Collectors Are Forbidden To Do

    June 30, 2016
    You may owe money, but you still have rights. Know what's illegal.
  23. 4 Signs You're In Financial Trouble

    June 30, 2016
    Financial Trouble? Beware of these signs and follow these tips.
  24. 10 Tips for Managing Your Student Loan Debt

    June 29, 2016
    How to manage those burdensome payments as you embark on adult life.
  25. Understanding Credit Card Interest

    June 29, 2016
    Paying these rates can impact your disposable income and your investment returns.
  26. What Is a Good Credit Score?

    June 29, 2016
    How high of a credit score do you need to get a home mortgage or buy a car? Read on for some actual numbers.
  27. Two Financials To Sell Short At Resistance (JPM, MA)

    June 29, 2016
    The financial sector got clobbered after the Brexit referendum and should offer profitable short sales when the latest relief ...
  28. Who Rules the Jumbo Mortgage Lending Market?

    June 29, 2016
    The jumbo mortgage market appears to be booming this year, despite the few economic hurdles everyone's battling. Here's who ...
  29. Why Delaying Retirement for Your Child’s College Is a Bad Idea

    June 28, 2016
    Sparing your child a mountain of student loans is admirable, although it might not make sense to delay your retirement in ...
  30. The Emerging Market Opportunity in a Yield Drought

    June 27, 2016
    Learn why investors face the choice of either accepting lower income or increasing risk in their bond portfolios in the search ...
  31. If C&I Credits Are Worsening, Are U.S. Banks Still Solid? (BAC, XLF)

    June 27, 2016
    Learn about trends in commercial and industrial loan portfolios at big banks and why increases in nonperforming loans might ...
  32. Microsoft Enters the Mobile Payments Business (MSFT)

    June 27, 2016
    Microsoft has relaunched its mobile wallet which allows Windows 10 Mobile Users Tap-To-Pay feature.
  33. The 10 Most Expensive Zip Codes in California

    June 24, 2016
    California has some of the priciest ZIP codes in the U.S. And these are the priciest in California.
  34. Reverse Mortgage Pitfalls

    June 24, 2016
    Before tapping your home equity through a reverse mortgage, find out what could go wrong.
  35. How Many Credit Cards Should You Carry?

    June 23, 2016
    If you have ever wondered whether you should carry one, two or more cards, read on and we'll tell you.
  36. Equity Residential Trades Ex-Dividend Thursday (EQR)

    June 23, 2016
    Equity Residential will send its dividend payment on July 8 to shareholders of record as of June 27
  37. Invesco Mortgage Stock Trades Ex-Dividend Thursday (IVR)

    June 23, 2016
    Invesco Mortgage will send its dividend payment on July 26 to shareholders of record as of June 27.
  38. New York Mortgage Trust Trades Ex-Dividend (NYMT)

    June 23, 2016
    New York Mortgage will send its dividend payment on July 25 to shareholders of record as of June 27.
  39. How Banks Set Interest Rates on Your Loans

    June 22, 2016
    Many factors go into how banks set interest rates for loans. Use this information to negotiate the best possible rate when ...
  40. An Insight Into American Personal Loan Habits (DFS)

    June 22, 2016
    A survey commissioned by Discover Personal Loans reveals interesting information about American financial habits.
  41. How to Break Your Bad Financial Habits

    June 22, 2016
    For individuals and families to hold their own and build equity for retirement, they need to commit to responsible spending ...
  42. Total Systems Services Trades Ex-Dividend Tuesday (TSS)

    June 21, 2016
    Total Systems will send its dividend payment on July 1 to shareholders of record as of June 23.
  43. Credit Report

    June 20, 2016
    A detailed report of an individual's credit history prepared by a credit bureau and used by a lender in determining a loan ...
  44. FICO Score

    June 20, 2016
    A type of credit score that makes up a substantial portion of the credit report that lenders use to assess an applicant's ...
  45. Insolvency

    June 20, 2016
    When an individual or organization can no longer meet its financial obligations with its lender or lenders as debts become ...
  46. Non-Recourse Finance

    June 20, 2016
    A loan where the lending bank is only entitled to repayment from the profits of the project the loan is funding, not from ...
  47. Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS)

    June 20, 2016
    A type of mortgage-backed security that is secured by the loan on a commercial property. A CMBS can provide liquidity to ...
  48. Origination Fee

    June 20, 2016
    An up-front fee charged by a lender for processing a new loan application, used as compensation for putting the loan in place. ...
  49. Purchase APR

    June 20, 2016
    The annual percentage rate that applies to outstanding balances on purchases made using a credit card. The purchase APR is ...
  50. Closed-End Credit

    June 20, 2016
    A loan or extension of credit in which the proceeds are dispersed in full when the loan closes and must be repaid, including ...
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