Credit, Loans & Mortgages

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  1. Principal

    Most often the amount borrowed on a loan, or put into an investment, but also the face value of a bond, the owner of a private ...
  2. Pros and Cons of Buying a House on a Main Road

    Although you might assume that most people would want to avoid buying a house on a main road, there are actually pros to ...
  3. 3 Tips for Getting a Mortgage After a Divorce

    Take care of these three things first before purchasing a new home after a divorce.
  4. Reform of Freddie & Fannie: Trouble Ahead

    The U.S. Treasury is mulling a plan to remove its $258 billion backstop for the GSE mortgage giants, which could roil the ...
  5. 6 Things Surviving Spouses Should Know About a VA Mortgage

    Surviving spouses are often eligible for the same VA mortgage benefits as the deceased veteran. But not everybody qualifies. ...
  6. Credit Union

    A credit union is a member-owned financial co-operative. These institutions are created and operated by members and profits ...
  7. How Long Should It Take to Save for a Down Payment?

    As housing prices and the cost of living rise, it can take longer to sock away the means to make a big purchase.
  8. Why Credit Karma Is Free and How It Makes Money

    Credit scores originally were built for lenders, but Credit Karma makes the system work for consumers, too – while making ...
  9. You Can Now File the FAFSA Starting Oct. 1

    New rules to simplify the FAFSA application process let you apply for college financial aid three months earlier and use ...
  10. Credit Card Default Rate Hits 4-Year High

    The default rate on bank credit cards has risen for the fifth consecutive year.
  11. Credit Score Calculations Will Leverage Past Behavior with Trended Data.

    New credit scoring guidelines at VantageScore that incorporate trended data may impact your credit score in a big way.
  12. To Lend or Not to Lend: That Is the Question

    When lending money to a family member, set up an agreement to protect your money and relationship.
  13. Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite vs. Platinum vs. Sapphire Reserve

    The brand-new U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite credit card targets Platinum and Sapphire Reserve. Which is best?
  14. The Nation’s Healthiest and Unhealthiest Housing Markets

    Nobody can dispute that the housing market has come back, but the recovery has been uneven. Here are the healthiest and unhealthiest ...
  15. What Americans Didn’t Learn from the Last Financial Crisis

    Americans may finally feel better about the economy, but too many are unprepared for the possibility of another financial ...
  16. When to Consider Paying Off Your Mortgage

    Consider four scenarios where it could make sense to pay off your mortgage early.
  17. How to Create a Plan to Deal with College Debt

    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 ...
  18. What to Consider When You Finance a Home

    These are the many factors that need to be considered when obtaining financing for a home.
  19. Top 10 Cities for Early Retirees

    If you are looking to take an early retirement, find a place where it's easiest to significantly reduce your cost of living. ...
  20. Who Pays Mortgage Recording Tax in NYC?

    When you buy in New York City, you even have to pay a tax to record your mortgage. Here's how much.
  21. Do You Really Have Student Loan Forgiveness?

    Do you really have student loan forgiveness? A recent lawsuit has called the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program’s guidelines ...
  22. Bloated Budget? How to Trim the Fat

    Blood, sweat and tears should belong in the gym, but your money deserves some training time too.
  23. Millennials: Prevent a Bad Credit Score

    Here are five ways to help prevent getting a bad credit score that could affect future loan, credit card or mortgage approvals.
  24. 5 Surprising Things That Will Hurt Your Credit Score

    Here are five ways that you can damage your credit score without even knowing it.
  25. How to Build Excellent Credit and Improve Your Credit Score

    There are several things you can do to protect and improve your credit score.
  26. Goldman Sachs's Profitable Punishment for the 2008 Crisis

    Goldman Sachs is doing penance for its role in the 2008 foreclosure crisis, but it's also profiting. Homeowners and taxpayers ...
  27. Handling Negative Home Equity During a Divorce

    An underwater mortgage can add to the already stressful situation of a divorce.
  28. Why the Feds Sued the Biggest Student Loan Lender

    Navient, the student loan servicing giant, may say it serves its customers, but a lawsuit claims its practices have harmed ...
  29. JPMorgan to Sell $6.9 Bn Student Loan Asset to Navient (NAVI, JPM)

    Student loan servicing company Navient Corp has agreed by JPMorgan's $6.9 billion portfolio of student loans.
  30. Amex vs. Chase vs. Citi: Who Has the Best Rewards Points?

    Credit card rewards points aren't all created equal; some yield better benefits. How American Express, Citi, and Chase stack ...
  31. Banks May Be Behind the Drop in Car Sales

    March saw a significant drop in car sales in the United States. Automotive analysts are blaming banks.
  32. Top 7 Most Common Financial Mistakes

    Choose fortune over disaster by avoiding these money traps.
  33. How to Compare College Financial-Aid Offer Letters

    Yes, you got a college financial-aid offer, but how good is it really? How to understand the fine print.
  34. What Is the True Cost of Owning a Home?

    Buying a home is part of the American dream. But what happens when you add up all the costs associated with buying a home?
  35. 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

    By avoiding these six pitfalls when purchasing a home, you will be in a much better position to make an educated choice before ...
  36. 4 Common Credit Card Misconceptions

    Many Americans think these credit card "rules" are true. Read on to find out the facts.
  37. Requests to Waive Credit Card Fees or Negotiate Better Terms Often Successful

    Getting credit card fees waived may be easier than you might think, according to a new survey from CreditCards.com.
  38. Sometimes Paying Down Debt Isn't a Good Idea

    If instinct tells you to pay off debt, make sure you evaluate all the details first.
  39. What's the difference between a bank guarantee and a letter of credit?

    Letters of credit ensure that a transaction proceeds as planned, while bank guarantees reduce the loss if the transaction ...
  40. Best Cities for First-Time Homebuyers in 2017

    With three cities in the top 10, Texas is the place for struggling first-time homebuyers.
  41. Financial Stocks Tumble on Weak Jobs Report (GS, MS)

    Regional banks, investment banks and insurance companies are all taking a hit.
  42. Fintech Under Trump: What Regulatory Changes Mean for You

    Will Trump’s administration try to repeal Dodd-Frank, or simply change financial regulations?
  43. Don't Cash out Your 401(k) to Pay off Your Mortgage

    Cashing out your 401(k) to pay off your fixed-rate mortgage doesn't make financial sense.
  44. A Hint to Buffett's Airline Bet: Credit Cards (BRK-A, BRK-B)

    Warren Buffett never explained why he changed course on airlines, but the answer might be in your wallet.
  45. Best U.S. Cities for Working in Finance Jobs

    What are the best U.S. cities for finance workers to live in? Here’s a list of 15, some of which will most likely surprise ...
  46. World's Most Expensive (and Cheapest) Cities

    The latest study points out that expensive does not always mean livable and cheap may subject you to other kinds of costs.
  47. The Top 5 Thieves Stalking Your Investments

    Here's how to spot financial thieves and what you can do to protect your investments from them.
  48. The Best Family Neighborhoods in New York City

    Which are the best family neighborhoods in New York City? Here are five – one for each borough – with good schools and amenities, ...
  49. Prudential Can Pursue Suit Against Wells Fargo, Says Judge (PRU, WFC)

    Prudential was given the green light from a Manhattan district court to pursue a case that could be worth billions.
  50. Identity Theft: How to Avoid it

    Don't be a victim of this disturbing crime. Get insight into how perpetrators commit this form of fraud.
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