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  1. Explaining the Federal Discount Rate

    The federal discount rate is the rate at which eligible banks or other depository institutions can borrow funds from a Federal ...
  2. What is an Account Balance?

    An account balance represents the total amount of money in a financial account at any given moment.
  3. I've come into a large amount of money. Should I invest it or pay off my mortgage?

    There is no simple answer to this question as it depends on a number of key factors, namely the aspects or criteria of your ...
  4. What is a subprime mortgage?

    A subprime mortgage is a type of loan granted to individuals with poor credit histories (often below 600), who, as a result ...
  5. Tax Deductions on Mortgage Interest

    If you're a homeowner, this is one item you want to understand and use on your return.
  6. Target Stock: Analyzing 4 Key Customers (TGT)

    Discover Target Corp's four largest customers and how the retail giant focuses on diversity and inclusion to aid in economic ...
  7. How to Write Better Investment Commentary

    If you're providing any type of expertise to clients in writing, it pays to make it high quality. Here's how to do that. ...
  8. Using a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

    A dependent care flexible spending account can help you care for loved ones who need your help.
  9. Who Should Get an Interest-Only Mortgage?

    In the right circumstances, interest-only loans can save you money and help accomplish financial goals; in the wrong circumstances ...
  10. Should I pay my mortgage with my credit card to earn credit card rewards?

    Paying a large, recurring bill with a credit card certainly sounds like a smart way to maximize the points, cash back or ...
  11. When Is Grad School Worth It?

    How to figure whether the payback you get from going to grad school – earnings, lifestyle, career opportunities – is worth ...
  12. Prepare Your Finances to Handle Natural Disasters

    The Fort McMurray, Canada, fire is a reminder to take these easy steps to protect your financial interests from natural disasters. ...
  13. Ways to Destroy Your Net Worth

    Many people fall victim to these mistakes, and they can drastically affect a person's net worth in a negative way.
  14. Top 10 Home Business Tax Tips

    If you work for yourself, make sure you are getting the most for your tax dollars.
  15. The 5 Dumbest Financial Moves You Can Make

    Learn how these dumb financial mistakes can ruin your long-term financial future, and how making wise financial decisions ...
  16. TD Asset Management Announces Changes to Money Market Lineup (TD)

    Learn how TD Asset Management plans to adjust its money fund lineup to address SEC regulatory changes that were adopted in ...
  17. Is This JPMorgan Prime Money Market Fund Worth It? (VMVXX)

    Read an overview of the JPMorgan Prime Money Market Fund, and learn about its risk-adjusted performance to determine if the ...
  18. The 10 Most Expensive ZIP Codes in Miami

    Miami-Dade County, to be precise. It's home to Miami Beach (Fisher Island), the sixth-most-expensive ZIP code in the U.S. ...
  19. Is the SunTrust Money Market Account Worth It? (STI)

    Discover the SunTrust Signature Money Market Savings Account, and identify the type of investor who should consider this ...
  20. 4 Reasons Small Businesses Fail to Grow

    Owning a small business can be financially rewarding, but there are certain obstacles that may make building sustainable ...
  21. Mortgage Fraud: Understanding and Avoiding It

    There are many different ways to be victimized through home ownership - learn how to identify and avoid these crimes.
  22. Sector Spotlight: Election 2016

    Health care finds itself in the spotlight again this election cycle, bringing uncertainty about three key issues for health ...
  23. 3 Online Mortgage Providers to Stay Away From (NSM, BAC)

    Learn why Nationstar Mortgage, Provident Funding and Bank of America are companies to stay away from when shopping for an ...
  24. A Credit Card That Uses Fingerprint Scanners?

    Apple Pay already uses fingerprints; cards will come. Incorporating biometrics in the credit card payment process is the ...
  25. Surprising Ways a Mortgage Affects a Credit Score

    It takes a good credit score to get favorable mortgage rates. Then, how you pay a mortgage will shape your score – just having ...
  26. Option ARMs: American Dream Or Mortgage Nightmare?

    Option adjustable rate mortgages could make or break your home-buying experience.
  27. How to Push Back Against a Debt Collector

    Debt collectors can be professional or nasty beyond belief. Here's how to fight back – and what your rights and obligations ...
  28. The 10 Most Expensive ZIP Codes in Los Angeles

    The top 10 most expensive ZIP codes in Los Angeles have median home prices ranging from about $3.1 to $5.1 million. What ...
  29. Shopping for a mortgage in 2016? Use this tool first.

    As home-buying technology has progressed, the process of finding the best mortgages rates for 2016 can all be done online.
  30. Trends in Capital Flows: Global Equities

    Review trends in global equity mutual fund flows between 2013 and 2015, and discover what those trends say about broader ...
  31. Ireland Economics: 3 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Discover how recent political changes in Ireland could compromise years of balance sheet improvements and economic growth, ...
  32. Estate Planning: 16 Things Prince (and You) Should Have Done

    The must-do list Prince and his advisors should have completed to avoid leaving his family without a will and an estate plan.
  33. Huntington Mortgage vs. Lending Tree: Comparing Online Mortgage Providers (HBAN, ...

    Understand the benefits of using an online mortgage company, and compare the benefits of applying online with Huntington ...
  34. How Did Puerto Rico End Up With So Much Debt ?

    Learn how heavy bond issuance, economic decline, oppressive social spending and a declining population combined to bring ...
  35. Mortgage Deals: Zillow vs. Lending Tree (Z, TREE)

    Find out how the online lending marketplaces at Zillow and Lending Tree match borrowers and lenders, and which provides the ...
  36. Nationstar Mortgage vs. Quicken Loans: Comparing Online Mortgage Providers (NSM)

    Explore the advantage of refinancing your mortgage with an online lender, and compare two leading companies in online mortgage ...
  37. Walmart Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (WMT)

    Find out which suppliers generate large portions of their revenues from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and why their relationships ...
  38. Apple Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (AAPL)

    Learn about the top five customers of Apple Inc., whose strategic success also extends to the traditionally resistant market ...
  39. Amazon Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (AMZN)

    Find out how Amazon.com became an e-commerce giant catering to customers' needs through innovation, technology and help from ...
  40. How Does Fly Work and Make Money?

    Learn about the online travel website Fly.com and how the company makes money through partners and advertisers. Consider ...
  41. Cheaper Hearing Aids at Last?

    PSAPs have emerged as a cheaper alternative to standard hearing aids, but are they a viable option? Some industry professionals ...
  42. Netflix Stock: Analyzing 3 Key Customers (NFLX)

    Find out how Netflix became a dominant Internet television network worldwide and continues evolving with help from its three ...
  43. Calculating Debt-To-Income Ratio (DTI)

    The debt-to-income ratio measures the percentage of a person’s debt when compared to his overall income.
  44. Helping Clients Weigh College Financial Aid Offers

    Now's the time for reviewing financial aid offers, which can often be confusing. Here are a few tips to help clients make ...
  45. Home Depot Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (HD)

    Take a look at a handful of key companies stocking the shelves at your local Home Depot location, including lawn and garden ...
  46. The Difference Between Compounding Interest and Simple Interest

    Interest is the cost a borrower pays to use someone else’s money. Interest can be either simple or compounded.
  47. 10 Ways To Improve Your Credit Report

    A good credit rating can make your life simpler in almost every way. Here's how to build up yours – and repair it if times ...
  48. How Linked Benefit Insurance Policies Work

    Linked benefit policies can be a viable alternative to traditional long-term care insurance. Here's how they work.
  49. Amazon Stock Declines Ahead of Earnings (AMZN)

    Investors have gotten gun-shy about what Amazon, given its high spending history, might reveal in its earnings report Thursday.
  50. Exxon Stock Up Ahead of Earnings, Hikes Dividend (XOM)

    A downgrade in credit rating Tuesday by Standard & Poor's wasn't enough to keep investors from buying shares of Exxon Mobil, ...
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