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10 Reasons Not to Take Out a Reverse Mortgage
Dec 12

10 Reasons Not to Take Out a Reverse Mortgage

They say, home is where your heart is, well for millions of older Americans it’s also where their money is. According to the National Lenders Association (NRMLA), collective home equity for seniors 62 and older is $3.73 trillion, up 22 percent since spring 2012. And this year, as they have for the last four years,

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What to Consider Before Buying a New Home and Renting Out Your Old Home
Dec 11

What to Consider Before Buying a New Home and Renting Out Your Old Home

You’ve decided to move out of your home. For whatever reason, it’s time to move and you’ve laid out a plan as to what will happen next. The traditional move is to sell your old home and move into a new home. Depending on what your financial situation is, sometimes that home is a larger

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9 Annoying Bank Policies That Make No Sense

9 Annoying Bank Policies That Make No Sense

Sticking your money under the mattress is one way to keep it safe but if you’re like most people, you probably prefer to stash it in the bank. Unfortunately, that can open the door to some unnecessary headaches when you’re trying to manage your cash. While banks are governed by federal regulations, they have some

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How to Cope With Your Future Spouse’s Overwhelming Student Loan Debt
Dec 10

How to Cope With Your Future Spouse’s Overwhelming Student Loan Debt

One of the toughest transitions that many couples face after tying the knot is figuring out how to merge their money. That means working out a budget, setting some goals and deciding on a plan for tackling your debt. When one of you is staring down six figures in student loans, it can loom like

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5 Dumb Banking Moves Recent Grads Shouldn’t Be Making
Dec 08

5 Dumb Banking Moves Recent Grads Shouldn’t Be Making

Making it through college and earning your degree is a huge accomplishment and once you’re out in the real world, it’s time to put some of what you’ve learned to good use. Keeping your bank account straight is one of the most basic skills you should have picked up on, even if you weren’t a

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Mint vs. Quicken: Which One Should You Use in 2015?

Mint vs. Quicken: Which One Should You Use in 2015?

With 2015 just weeks away, it’s time to start wrapping up your finances for the year and looking ahead to the next. That means reviewing your spending, checking the kind of progress you’ve made on paying down debt and seeing where you’re at with your investments. Tracking down all of your receipts and account statements

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Top 5 Money-Saving Tax Breaks for Grads
Dec 06

Top 5 Money-Saving Tax Breaks for Grads

April 15th is still a few months off but as we get closer to the end of 2014, it’s time to start looking ahead the next tax season. For recent grads who are filing on their own for the first time, that means getting acquainted with the different credits and deductions they qualify for. Credits

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How You Can Benefit from the New Repayment Options for Your Student Loans
Dec 05

How You Can Benefit from the New Repayment Options for Your Student Loans

Despite a slight decline in default rates, student loan debt woes continue to plague millions of borrowers, particularly those who took on private loans to foot the bill for their education. A report issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in October found that complaints about private lenders increased by 38 percent over the previous year,

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5 Reasons 20-Somethings Should Use Credit Cards

5 Reasons 20-Somethings Should Use Credit Cards

Millennials are a bit of a mystery when it comes to how they handle their finances. They’re hyper-aware of how important is it to get a head start on saving for retirement but at the same time, they’re shelling out big wads of cash on vacations and other experience-driven purchases. The way 20-somethings approach credit

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Conquer Your Fears and Learn How to Deal With Bad Credit
Dec 04

Conquer Your Fears and Learn How to Deal With Bad Credit

How to deal with bad credit isn’t as easy as it used to be. Not so long ago, when you tried to avoid bill collectors, you just let the phone ring or you ripped it off the wall if the calls became too frequent. Today, those avoidance tactics won’t do you much good because your

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