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  • Despite not saving, millennials want to retire at 61

    Despite not saving, millennials want to retire at 61

    Friday, August 17 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-08-17 12:10:00 GMT
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    How would you like to retire early? Millennials identified the perfect retirement age as 61

    How would you like to retire early? Millennials identified the perfect retirement age as 61

  • 4 out of 5 Americans lie for money

    4 out of 5 Americans lie for money

    Thursday, August 16 2018 9:25 AM EDT2018-08-16 13:25:39 GMT
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    Have you ever lied for financial gain? The odds are strong that you've done it at least once, and a new survey says you're among company

    Have you ever lied for financial gain? The odds are strong that you've done it at least once, and a new survey says you're among company

  • Car leasing 101

    Car leasing 101

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 7:51 AM EDT2018-08-15 11:51:33 GMT
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    So, you are in the market for a new vehicle, huh? You've got some important decisions to make. But perhaps your most important decision, at least from a financial standpoint, is how you will pay for the vehicle

    So, you are in the market for a new vehicle, huh? You've got some important decisions to make. But perhaps your most important decision, at least from a financial standpoint, is how you will pay for the vehicle

  • Trump changing use of credit scores in home loans

    Trump changing use of credit scores in home loans

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 8:16 AM EDT2018-08-14 12:16:58 GMT
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    Are you having trouble getting a home loan because you have no suitable credit history? That may soon change

    Are you having trouble getting a home loan because you have no suitable credit history? That may soon change

  • Top 3 mortgage rejection reasons

    Top 3 mortgage rejection reasons

    Monday, August 13 2018 8:14 AM EDT2018-08-13 12:14:19 GMT
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    Have you been denied a mortgage loan recently? Rejections usually don't come down to a single reason, because lenders look at your overall financial status. However, some factors increase your risk of rejection...

    Have you been denied a mortgage loan recently? Rejections usually don't come down to a single reason, because lenders look at your overall financial status. However, some factors increase your risk of rejection...

  • Nearly half of millennials feel held back by credit score

    Nearly half of millennials feel held back by credit score

    Friday, August 10 2018 9:29 AM EDT2018-08-10 13:29:13 GMT
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    Is a bad credit score dragging you down? Almost half of millennials feel that way, according to a new survey

    Is a bad credit score dragging you down? Almost half of millennials feel that way, according to a new survey

  • All about the 4% retirement rule

    All about the 4% retirement rule

    Thursday, August 9 2018 9:44 AM EDT2018-08-09 13:44:43 GMT
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    Are you familiar with the 4% rule and how it relates to retirement? Let's find out.

    Are you familiar with the 4% rule and how it relates to retirement? Let's find out.

  • When the government can keep your tax refunds and disability checks

    When the government can keep your tax refunds and disability checks

    Wednesday, August 8 2018 9:05 AM EDT2018-08-08 13:05:31 GMT
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    The term "administrative offset" brings to mind meaningless governmental jargon. It is governmental jargon – but if you are affected, it's not meaningless at all

    The term "administrative offset" brings to mind meaningless governmental jargon. It is governmental jargon – but if you are affected, it's not meaningless at all

  • Six tips on credit card fraud prevention in the digital age

    Six tips on credit card fraud prevention in the digital age

    Tuesday, August 7 2018 9:25 AM EDT2018-08-07 13:25:23 GMT
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    While technology provides a safety net of sorts, consumers still need to be proactive about managing their transactions and statements

    While technology provides a safety net of sorts, consumers still need to be proactive about managing their transactions and statements

  • What do I do when my debt is sold?

    What do I do when my debt is sold?

    Monday, August 6 2018 9:19 AM EDT2018-08-06 13:19:33 GMT
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    Just like assets can be sold, so can debts. But things relating to the servicing of your loan such as due dates and payment arrangements may change

    Just like assets can be sold, so can debts. But things relating to the servicing of your loan such as due dates and payment arrangements may change

  • How to get your child a Social Security number

    How to get your child a Social Security number

    Friday, August 3 2018 9:16 AM EDT2018-08-03 13:16:42 GMT
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    Don't let a Social Security number slip through the cracks

    Don't let a Social Security number slip through the cracks

  • All about real estate disclosures

    All about real estate disclosures

    Thursday, August 2 2018 9:08 AM EDT2018-08-02 13:08:40 GMT
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    You want to know exactly what you are getting when you make any large purchase, especially when you are buying a home. That's why a real estate disclosure statement is a fundamental part of any real estate transaction.

    You want to know exactly what you are getting when you make any large purchase, especially when you are buying a home. That's why a real estate disclosure statement is a fundamental part of any real estate transaction.

  • The easy way to save thousands on your mortgage

    The easy way to save thousands on your mortgage

    Wednesday, August 1 2018 8:16 AM EDT2018-08-01 12:16:50 GMT
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    You probably comparison-shop for most of your purchases, especially the high-dollar ones. Consider doing the same when it comes to your mortgage.

    You probably comparison-shop for most of your purchases, especially the high-dollar ones. Consider doing the same when it comes to your mortgage.

  • 5 spending habits that won't rebuild your credit

    5 spending habits that won't rebuild your credit

    Tuesday, July 31 2018 8:30 AM EDT2018-07-31 12:30:18 GMT
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    When your credit score is down, it takes great effort to rebuild it

    When your credit score is down, it takes great effort to rebuild it

  • Millennials have more home buying regrets

    Millennials have more home buying regrets

    Monday, July 30 2018 8:12 AM EDT2018-07-30 12:12:53 GMT
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    Perhaps millennials are expecting too much out of homeownership, ignoring the old axiom "The secret to happiness is low expectations."

    Perhaps millennials are expecting too much out of homeownership, ignoring the old axiom "The secret to happiness is low expectations."

  • 5 things to know before getting a credit card

    5 things to know before getting a credit card

    Friday, July 27 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-07-27 13:14:16 GMT
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    If you don't use your card wisely, it's easy to get into unpleasant credit situations that can have long-lasting effects

    If you don't use your card wisely, it's easy to get into unpleasant credit situations that can have long-lasting effects

  • 3 routes to steady retirement income

    3 routes to steady retirement income

    Thursday, July 26 2018 8:12 AM EDT2018-07-26 12:12:52 GMT
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    If you are one of the fortunate few who have a defined benefit retirement plan, you have more predictability in your retirement income than most

    If you are one of the fortunate few who have a defined benefit retirement plan, you have more predictability in your retirement income than most

  • There's no correlation between interest rates and home sales

    There's no correlation between interest rates and home sales

    Wednesday, July 25 2018 8:26 AM EDT2018-07-25 12:26:22 GMT
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    The relationship is almost zero between mortgage rates and home sales

    The relationship is almost zero between mortgage rates and home sales

  • How much does your dream home cost?

    How much does your dream home cost?

    Tuesday, July 24 2018 8:29 AM EDT2018-07-24 12:29:07 GMT
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    What does your dream home look like, and how much does it cost? Whether it's a cottage on a secluded beach, a stately mansion on a hill, or something in-between, your dream home probably won't come cheap

    What does your dream home look like, and how much does it cost? Whether it's a cottage on a secluded beach, a stately mansion on a hill, or something in-between, your dream home probably won't come cheap

  • Get your money as soon as you earn it

    Get your money as soon as you earn it

    Monday, July 23 2018 8:22 AM EDT2018-07-23 12:22:44 GMT
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    You're in a cash-flow crunch again. What do you do?

    You're in a cash-flow crunch again. What do you do?

  • Keep your data off the dark web

    Keep your data off the dark web

    Friday, July 20 2018 7:52 AM EDT2018-07-20 11:52:18 GMT
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    Is your credit card information floating around the dark web, waiting to be sold to an enterprising criminal?

    Is your credit card information floating around the dark web, waiting to be sold to an enterprising criminal?

  • 7 taxes retirees must consider

    7 taxes retirees must consider

    Thursday, July 19 2018 8:20 AM EDT2018-07-19 12:20:23 GMT
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    You're responsible for your own taxes and will be facing new taxes and rules on your retirement income sources like these

    You're responsible for your own taxes and will be facing new taxes and rules on your retirement income sources like these

  • Can an identity thief change your home address?

    Can an identity thief change your home address?

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 8:00 AM EDT2018-07-18 12:00:15 GMT
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    Identity thieves can potentially redirect your mail by filling out a change of address form in your name

    Identity thieves can potentially redirect your mail by filling out a change of address form in your name

  • Americans still not saving... But don't care!

    Americans still not saving... But don't care!

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 9:08 AM EDT2018-07-17 13:08:25 GMT
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    Do you have enough cash to handle an unexpected emergency expense? According to a new survey, a significant number of Americans don't have an emergency savings fund and don't see the lack of one as a problem.

    Do you have enough cash to handle an unexpected emergency expense? According to a new survey, a significant number of Americans don't have an emergency savings fund and don't see the lack of one as a problem.

  • How to turn low unemployment into a raise

    How to turn low unemployment into a raise

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:26 AM EDT2018-07-16 12:26:16 GMT
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    According to economic theory, low unemployment will lead to rising wages as employers compete for the small pool of qualified workers

    According to economic theory, low unemployment will lead to rising wages as employers compete for the small pool of qualified workers

  • Americans' financial regrets

    Americans' financial regrets

    Friday, July 13 2018 9:04 AM EDT2018-07-13 13:04:14 GMT
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    Financial regrets can have longer-lasting consequences and, according to a recent survey, 76% of Americans have some form of financial regret

    Financial regrets can have longer-lasting consequences and, according to a recent survey, 76% of Americans have some form of financial regret

  • Don't let a credit dispute blow your mortgage

    Don't let a credit dispute blow your mortgage

    Thursday, July 12 2018 8:26 AM EDT2018-07-12 12:26:54 GMT
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    "Always check your credit report for errors, and dispute any errors as soon as possible." We normally give this advice, but there are a few exceptions to this rule – including when you are preparing to apply for a mortgage

    "Always check your credit report for errors, and dispute any errors as soon as possible." We normally give this advice, but there are a few exceptions to this rule – including when you are preparing to apply for a mortgage

  • 7 questions to ask yourself to choose where to retire

    7 questions to ask yourself to choose where to retire

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 8:26 AM EDT2018-07-11 12:26:33 GMT
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    Do you plan to relocate when you retire? If so, where would you like to go?

    Do you plan to relocate when you retire? If so, where would you like to go?

  • Less than 1 in 3 parents teach their kids about credit scores

    Less than 1 in 3 parents teach their kids about credit scores

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 8:27 AM EDT2018-07-10 12:27:10 GMT
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    Your kids are growing up fast. Soon, it will be time to have ... the talk. No, not that one. We're referring to the talk about responsible use of credit.

    Your kids are growing up fast. Soon, it will be time to have ... the talk. No, not that one. We're referring to the talk about responsible use of credit.

  • 1 In 3 use credit cards simply for rewards

    1 In 3 use credit cards simply for rewards

    Monday, July 9 2018 8:24 AM EDT2018-07-09 12:24:08 GMT
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    Do you consider a rewards program as an integral part of your credit card choice? According to a new study by finder.com, close to one-third of Americans use credit cards just to get the associated rewards.

    Do you consider a rewards program as an integral part of your credit card choice? According to a new study by finder.com, close to one-third of Americans use credit cards just to get the associated rewards.

  • Renters' top 8 biggest concerns about buying a home

    Renters' top 8 biggest concerns about buying a home

    Friday, July 6 2018 8:24 AM EDT2018-07-06 12:24:40 GMT
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    Homeownership remains a goal for most Americans. However, a recent report shows eight concerns renters have regarding that goal

    Homeownership remains a goal for most Americans. However, a recent report shows eight concerns renters have regarding that goal

  • Summer jobs and income taxes

    Summer jobs and income taxes

    Thursday, July 5 2018 9:29 AM EDT2018-07-05 13:29:05 GMT
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    Welcome, students, to income taxes and how they affect the working world that you have joined

    Welcome, students, to income taxes and how they affect the working world that you have joined

  • Not paying credit cards – a timeline to avoid

    Not paying credit cards – a timeline to avoid

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 7:52 AM EDT2018-07-03 11:52:00 GMT
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    Here's what happens when you start missing credit card payments

    Here's what happens when you start missing credit card payments

  • Raise your credit score, and pay less for insurance

    Raise your credit score, and pay less for insurance

    Monday, July 2 2018 7:25 AM EDT2018-07-02 11:25:54 GMT
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    A poor credit score makes your financial life difficult in a number of ways

    A poor credit score makes your financial life difficult in a number of ways

  • Most Americans don't have a financial plan, but should

    Most Americans don't have a financial plan, but should

    Friday, June 29 2018 8:04 AM EDT2018-06-29 12:04:03 GMT
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    Do you have a financial plan? A real, written plan with goals, targets, and timelines, not just "I plan to stay out of debt this year"? If you have no such plan, you have plenty of company

    Do you have a financial plan? A real, written plan with goals, targets, and timelines, not just "I plan to stay out of debt this year"? If you have no such plan, you have plenty of company

  • More taxes on online purchases

    More taxes on online purchases

    Thursday, June 28 2018 8:04 AM EDT2018-06-28 12:04:17 GMT
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    Americans will soon be paying up to $33 billion more each year for online purchases

    Americans will soon be paying up to $33 billion more each year for online purchases

  • Your low credit score could cost you $21,000

    Your low credit score could cost you $21,000

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 8:16 AM EDT2018-06-26 12:16:00 GMT
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    How much does your credit score affect your mortgage rates? A recent study by Zillow reveals some shocking information

    How much does your credit score affect your mortgage rates? A recent study by Zillow reveals some shocking information

  • Fill your IRA with low-cost index funds

    Fill your IRA with low-cost index funds

    Monday, June 25 2018 8:09 AM EDT2018-06-25 12:09:13 GMT
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    Does your IRA or 401(k) contain mostly actively managed funds or index funds? Do you know the difference between those two funds? Do you even know what's in your IRA or 401(k) at all?

    Does your IRA or 401(k) contain mostly actively managed funds or index funds? Do you know the difference between those two funds? Do you even know what's in your IRA or 401(k) at all?

  • Seniors and affordable transportation

    Seniors and affordable transportation

    Friday, June 22 2018 9:29 AM EDT2018-06-22 13:29:20 GMT
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    Affordable transportation is often a concern for senior citizens

    Affordable transportation is often a concern for senior citizens

  • Most of us don't know our credit card APR

    Most of us don't know our credit card APR

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:45 AM EDT2018-06-21 11:45:11 GMT
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    Are you getting the best deal on your credit cards? If you regularly carry a balance, a new survey from CreditCards.com suggests there's almost a 50/50 chance you don't know how good your deal is

    Are you getting the best deal on your credit cards? If you regularly carry a balance, a new survey from CreditCards.com suggests there's almost a 50/50 chance you don't know how good your deal is

  • First-time homebuyers setting records

    First-time homebuyers setting records

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 7:10 AM EDT2018-06-20 11:10:26 GMT
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    Prospective first-time homebuyers are facing stiff challenges as they enter today's housing market – including finding an affordable home

    Prospective first-time homebuyers are facing stiff challenges as they enter today's housing market – including finding an affordable home

  • Why check your credit report and credit score? Why wouldn't you?

    Why check your credit report and credit score? Why wouldn't you?

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 7:18 AM EDT2018-06-19 11:18:44 GMT
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    Your credit report and credit score act as warning signs for your financial health. Ignore them at your own risk.

    Your credit report and credit score act as warning signs for your financial health. Ignore them at your own risk.

  • 5 ways to have your student loans forgiven

    5 ways to have your student loans forgiven

    Monday, June 18 2018 7:03 AM EDT2018-06-18 11:03:15 GMT
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    Does your student loan situation look hopeless? Don't give up hope yet.

    Does your student loan situation look hopeless? Don't give up hope yet.

  • Income share agreements

    Income share agreements

    Friday, June 15 2018 12:10 PM EDT2018-06-15 16:10:16 GMT
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    While the job market has improved for recent graduates, many are struggling with excessive debt

    While the job market has improved for recent graduates, many are struggling with excessive debt

  • Home prices outpace pay increases

    Home prices outpace pay increases

    Thursday, June 14 2018 7:37 AM EDT2018-06-14 11:37:19 GMT
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    Affordable housing? What affordable housing?

    Affordable housing? What affordable housing?

  • Best buys for Father's Day

    Best buys for Father's Day

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 8:27 AM EDT2018-06-13 12:27:38 GMT
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    Father's Day is coming up on June 17th. What can you get Dad to celebrate his special day without loading up the credit cards?

    Father's Day is coming up on June 17th. What can you get Dad to celebrate his special day without loading up the credit cards?

  • 4 out of 5 young borrowers blame student loan debt for not owning a home

    4 out of 5 young borrowers blame student loan debt for not owning a home

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 10:00 AM EDT2018-06-12 14:00:49 GMT
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    A student loan can be your best friend or your worst nightmare

    A student loan can be your best friend or your worst nightmare

  • Your unpaid student loan could cost you your tax refund

    Your unpaid student loan could cost you your tax refund

    Monday, June 11 2018 8:00 AM EDT2018-06-11 12:00:14 GMT
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    If you've lost a tax refund to an offset, you aren't alone

    If you've lost a tax refund to an offset, you aren't alone

  • Student loan interest rates rise

    Student loan interest rates rise

    Friday, June 8 2018 7:40 AM EDT2018-06-08 11:40:41 GMT
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    Are you planning to take out student loans soon? Be prepared to pay more for the privilege

    Are you planning to take out student loans soon? Be prepared to pay more for the privilege

  • 5 worst mistakes of online borrowing

    5 worst mistakes of online borrowing

    Thursday, June 7 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-06-07 12:10:43 GMT
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    Although countless Americans have been helped by the ability to borrow money without leaving home, others have hurt themselves by being ill prepared for the process.

    Although countless Americans have been helped by the ability to borrow money without leaving home, others have hurt themselves by being ill prepared for the process.

  • How much do you know about retirement?

    How much do you know about retirement?

    Wednesday, June 6 2018 8:21 AM EDT2018-06-06 12:21:39 GMT
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    It takes solid planning and fiscal discipline during your working years to enjoy a financially comfortable retirement. But how can you properly plan if you don't really understand how to manage your money?

    It takes solid planning and fiscal discipline during your working years to enjoy a financially comfortable retirement. But how can you properly plan if you don't really understand how to manage your money?

  • 3 tips before applying for a rewards credit card

    3 tips before applying for a rewards credit card

    Friday, June 1 2018 8:14 AM EDT2018-06-01 12:14:16 GMT
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    Unless you are just starting out and have no credit history, or are attempting to rebuild poor credit, you should be able to qualify for a rewards credit card

    Unless you are just starting out and have no credit history, or are attempting to rebuild poor credit, you should be able to qualify for a rewards credit card

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