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Credit Counseling: How it Works

Compound interest is a powerful tool for building wealth. It’s also a devastating tool for destroying wealth. It all depends on how you use it. Investors use it to magnify their return over time. A 25-year-old, who starts investing with a $5,000 ...

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Ask the Debtonator: Obama Student Loan Forgiveness

The Debtonator has joined the staff at and will monitor a question-and-answer forum dedicated to specific areas of debt. A few questions already trickled in and, not surprisingly, the subject was student loans, specifically loan forgiveness. ...

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For-Profit Student Loan Debt and School Closure

Corinthian Colleges Announces Closure For profit students with high student loan debt should review their school's record before enrolling in another semester. This month, large for-profit Corinthian Colleges announced that it is filing for bankruptcy. ...

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Taking out Student Loans

It’s no secret the cost of education is rapidly increasing, far faster than even the pace of inflation. The College Board shows the average cost of undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2013–2014 school year was $30,094 at private institutions. ...

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IRS Gives Parents a Break When Adult Kids Return Home

The Millennial generation is moving back home in record numbers, and their parents are getting some sympathy from, of all people, the IRS. The much-despised agency has a soft spot in its tax code for parents whose nests are no longer empty. More than ...

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California Couple Learns Financial Lessons the Hard Way

The phone rang at Michael Hufnagel's desk nearly every day for three years. Hufnagel is an accountant for a production company in California and phone calls are part of doing business, but he knew the calls weren't about the business, so he let the phone ...

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Five Tax Tips for Beginners Filing on Their Own

Whether you’ve landed your first part-time job in high school or made your first career move after college, odds are that you haven’t taken a class on how to file your taxes. It’s something everyone is not only expected, but required to do; however, ...

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Avoiding the Financial Sting of Cupid’s Arrow on Valentine’s Day

For most men, the goal of Valentine's Day has not changed since the holiday was more or less invented by the Romans a few thousand years ago. The Romans called it "Lupercalia," and it was a pagan fertility festival celebrated from Feb. 13-15. Historians ...

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Now Frugal Man Needs a Budget as Retirement Approaches

I stumbled upon one of those online calculators the other day. It's the one that shows you how well you’re budgeting money for retirement savings, and it returned some distressing news. After 37 years in the workforce, I am 33 percent of the way toward ...

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High Cost of Keeping up with the Joneses

There is a family that is famous all over America for maintaining the appearance of wealth for the benefit of others. You know them as the Joneses. They have the big house, a boss car and a 108-inch flat-screen television they flaunt at backyard parties ...

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