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  1. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Home-Equity Loan

    A home-equity loan is a consumer loan secured by a second mortgage, allowing home owners to borrow against their equity in ...
  2. Real Estate

    When Did the Real Estate Bubble Burst?

    Collapsing home prices from subprime mortgage defaults and risky investments on mortgage-backed securities burst the housing ...
  3. Retirement Savings

    Will I have to pay taxes on my 401(k) plan if I quit my job?

    Quitting your job does not trigger a taxable event for your 401(k) funds unless you elect to cash out your account and take ...
  4. Markets & Economy

    How is the cost of living index calculated?

    Discover how calculations for cost of living indexes are made based on the average prices of common goods and services between ...
  5. Retirement Savings

    The difference between a 401(k) and a Roth IRA?

    A 401(k) and a Roth IRA differ primarily on tax treatment, investment options, employer involvement, and limitations on contributions ...
  6. Retirement Savings

    Do I need an employer to set up a 401(k) plan?

    Happily, no. Even individuals can invest in their own personal 401(k) retirement plans.
  7. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Annual Percentage Rate - APR

    An APR is the annual rate charged for borrowing, expressed as a single percentage number that represents the actual yearly ...
  8. Banking

    What is the difference between a state and a federally chartered credit union?

    Federal chartered credit unions are regulated by the NCUA, while state chartered unions are regulated by their state's division ...
  9. International / Global

    European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)

    The European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) combined the European Union member states into a comprehensive economic system. ...
  10. Markets & Economy

    What's the Difference Between a Market Economy and a Command Economy?

    Set by supply and demand, a market economy operates through a price system; in a command economy, governments control the ...
  11. Politics & Money

    What's the difference between monetary policy and fiscal policy?

    Discover the distinctions between these two tools designed to influence national economies.
  12. Markets & Economy

    What's the difference between a long and short position in the market?

    Long positions in a stock portfolio refers to stocks that have been bought and are owned, whereas short positions are those ...
  13. Insurance

    Homeowner's Insurance Guide: A Beginner's Overview

    Everything new homeowners need to know about homeowner's insurance to protect their residence.
  14. Investing Strategy

    The difference between market order and limit order

    Market orders execute a trade to buy or sell immediately at the best available price. A limit order only trades when the ...
  15. International / Global

    What's the difference between an IBAN and a SWIFT code?

    Learn about IBAN and SWIFT codes, the differences between them, and how to utilize both to successfully complete any international ...
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