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Picking the Best Checking Account for Your Student
Today, Aug 20

Picking the Best Checking Account for Your Student

It’s August again, which means very shortly, millions of prospective college students are about to become actual college students. For a large swath of the incoming Class of 2019, this transition means they’ll be on their own for the first time, and doing all the things people on their own do. Renting their own place,

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When High-Net-Worth Borrowers Say ‘Show Me the Money,’ Banks Respond Enthusiastically

When High-Net-Worth Borrowers Say ‘Show Me the Money,’ Banks Respond Enthusiastically

“Show me the money” is the increasing demand of high-net-worth borrowers who want a jumbo mortgage to finance a home purchase — and banks are responding enthusiastically to this wealth management strategy. In the second quarter of 2014, the number of loans from $1 million to $10 million to buy single-family residences topped more than

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Best Student Credit Cards for College Spending 2014

Best Student Credit Cards for College Spending 2014

A young college student such as yourself is constantly swamped with expenses here and there. Make the smarter financial move by  picking up the right student credit card, which will allow you to rack up rewards — and enjoy some perks — while you’re at it. When you should consider a student credit card: You

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Why Student Credit Cards Offer Life-Long Value
Yesterday, Aug 19

Why Student Credit Cards Offer Life-Long Value

The price of college tuition — along with the cost of student life in college communities — continue their relentless climb upward. Average tuition and fees for the 2013–2014 school year was $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,203 for out-of-state residents attending public institutions, according to the College

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Cheer Up America, Global Unrest Can Lower the Cost of Your Next Mortgage

Cheer Up America, Global Unrest Can Lower the Cost of Your Next Mortgage

If you’re at all a follower or observer of international headlines, you’ll agree that that global unrest is increasing: – The pall of a Russian invasion is hanging over Ukraine. – The Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, better known as ISIS, is sweeping across Syria and northern Iraq, posing a higher threat to global

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Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard and Capital One Platinum Credit Card Compared
Aug 18

Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard and Capital One Platinum Credit Card Compared

Don’t let fair credit — credit score range of 550 to 640 — stop you from finding a credit card that will best serve your financial setup. (Got better credit? Consider other these credit cards.) Two popular choices are the Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard and the Capital One® Platinum Credit Card. I break down the distinct

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Excess Withdrawal Fee Comparison at Top 10 U.S. Banks: Summer 2014

Excess Withdrawal Fee Comparison at Top 10 U.S. Banks: Summer 2014

Savings accounts differ from checking accounts in several ways. Besides being able to earn interest, savings accounts can also charge an excess withdrawal fee — a fee nonexistent in the realm of checking accounts. Designed to keep money in the bank to build interest, savings accounts are a great place to park your money. But constant withdrawals from a savings

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New Fannie Mae Short Sale Guidelines Double Waiting Time, Potentially Slowing Housing Recovery
Aug 16

New Fannie Mae Short Sale Guidelines Double Waiting Time, Potentially Slowing Housing Recovery

Just when it appeared that national lending guidelines were beginning to loosen, making it easier for people to purchase homes, the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) has announced that it is doubling the waiting time, from two years to four years, before past short sellers can jump back into the market. The new rule

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Controlling Big Banks and Their Risky Business Will Cost You
Aug 15

Controlling Big Banks and Their Risky Business Will Cost You

Because of the Volcker Rule, your everyday banking is probably going to cost you more. There are likely to be higher fees of all kinds to be paid and bigger commissions collected for investment trading. Some fees will pay specifically for compliance activities, but even fees for routine banking services could go up. More importantly,

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Changes Travel Benefits, Cuts Points: Is It Worth Keeping?

Chase Sapphire Preferred Changes Travel Benefits, Cuts Points: Is It Worth Keeping?

The Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card has been heralded as one of the best travel credit cards around. But, changes are coming — some good, some bad. Is it time to start looking for a new travel card? In an official announcement, Chase posted a list of upcoming changes to the card. Here are the major focal

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