Caution on Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

    Confusion Clouds Future of Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

    Here’s a warning for anyone who must borrow money for college. There’s an assault under way on the most cost-effective and popular student-loan repayment programs. Lines are being drawn and people are choosing sides. The ability for borrowers to ...

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    Interest Rates Increasing on Credit Cards

    American consumers owe a record $1.023-trillion in revolving credit - mostly through credit-card debt - and with interest rates expected to rise in 2018, financial experts predict the problem will escalate unless consumers take a more aggressive approach in ...

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    Payday Loan Alternative a Good (Or Risky) Thing?

    If you’re one of the millions of Americans for whom payday can’t come soon enough, technology is catching up with your dreams. Uber, McDonald’s and Outback Steakhouse are among a growing number of employers that are offering workers an on-demand ...

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    Practical Suggestion for Tax Refund: Pay off Credit Card Debt!

    Most Americans will face a nice little dilemma in 2018. Thanks to tax cuts, we are going to take home more of our paycheck. But what should we do with that extra cash? If you use credit cards, finding the answer is a lot easier than executing it, so ...

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    What To Do About Equifax Data Breach?

    The recent data breach at Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting bureaus, has created an uncomfortable situation for the more than 145 million American consumers whose personal information has been exposed. What do I do to limit damage from the ...

    Poor Credit Report

    CFPB’s Deal with Credit Bureaus Could Raise 12 Million Scores

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which prides itself on being the watchdog for U.S. consumers, has been snarling at America’s three major credit bureaus for a while and finally decided to take a bite out of their bottom lines this year. The CFPB ...

    Debt Collector Threats

    Running Scared: Debt Collectors Who Threaten Consumers

    Debt collectors frequently use threats to extract payment from the more than 70 million consumers who fall behind on their bills, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports in a new study of collection industry practices. The federal agency reported ...

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    College Graduates Should Budget (And Save!) Right Away

    When Ryan Dwyer received his undergraduate history degree from the University of South Florida in 2016, he felt a sense of accomplishment. His hard work had paid off with society’s definition of the ticket to a brighter future. But the degree has simply ...

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    FINRA Study Says (Some) Americans’ Financial Health Improving

    American consumers say they are having an easier time paying bills and are feeling much less stress over their financial situation than they were in 2009… unless they happen to be a Millennial, a woman, Hispanic, African-American, or less-than-college ...

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    Interest Rates Probably Not Budging in 2016

    During Alan Greenspan’s nearly 20-year reign as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, commentators used to look at the heft of the briefcase he carried to meetings to guess whether interest rates were about to rise or fall: thin case, no change; fat case, brace ...

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