U.S. Ranks Only 12th in Well-Being Survey

Personal Finance

U.S. Ranks Only 12th in Well-Being Survey

U.S. Ranks Only 12th in Well-Being Survey

Here’s another reason you might feel a slight unease, or restlessness – a topic I am exploring in depth right now. People who live in the U.S. enjoy a standard of well-being that is below that of countries including Panama, Canada, Denmark and Brazil, according to a survey published Tuesday by Gallup and Healthways, which provides wellness services… Read More

Watch Out for This Social Security Scam

Identity Theft

Watch Out for This Social Security Scam

Watch Out for This Social Security Scam

The Better Business Bureau issued a warning Monday highlighting an email scam designed to trick recipients into divulging personal information, including names, addresses and Social Security numbers. The scheme involves an email from an account impersonating the Social Security Administration, Service Canada or an organization claiming to represent a government agency. The email says you… Read More

CFPB Sues Corinthian Colleges for Predatory Lending

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CFPB Sues Corinthian Colleges for Predatory Lending

CFPB Sues Corinthian Colleges for Predatory Lending

One of the nation’s largest for-profit schools engaged in a lengthy series of deceptive acts to entice poor students to enroll and take out pricey student loans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleged Tuesday, saying the school had a “pervasive culture…that allowed employees to routinely deceive and illegally harass” student borrowers. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which… Read More

The 10 Cities With America’s Worst Drivers

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The 10 Cities With America’s Worst Drivers

The 10 Cities With America’s Worst Drivers

Driving in cities on the East Coast doesn’t sound too appealing, based on the latest edition of the Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report. Of the 200 most populated cities in the country, 9 of the 10 places where it’s least safe to drive are located in eastern states. Three of them are in Massachusetts. The… Read More

Can I Actually Rent-to-Own a Home?

Mortgages

Can I Actually Rent-to-Own a Home?

Can I Actually Rent-to-Own a Home?

In today’s economy, there are many people who would like to become homeowners but lack the means to do so. For them, a rent-to-own arrangement can appear to be an attractive option. But how do these arrangements work and what are the potential shortcomings? Though there are variations, the basic lease-with-option-to-buy arrangement works like this:… Read More

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

Identity Theft

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

If you’re one of the millions of folks who used a payment card at a Home Depot store this past spring or summer your identity may be at risk. I asked Chris Camejo, director of assessment services at NTT Com Security, to outline the go-forward ramifications of the Home Depot breach for the victims and future Home Depot customers… Read More

Could Your HOA Wreck Your Credit?

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Could Your HOA Wreck Your Credit?

Could Your HOA Wreck Your Credit?

If you live in a community within a homeowners’ association, you probably have to pay association dues. They can run anywhere from less than $100 a year to more than $1,000 a month, depending on the community. What happens if you don’t pay? Will it ruin your credit rating? It certainly can, as some of… Read More

Help! I Have $460K of Student Loan Debt

Students

Help! I Have $460K of Student Loan Debt

Help! I Have $460K of Student Loan Debt

All dentists have one thing in common: They received an extremely expensive education. For most people, that means taking out student loans, so by the time you’ve graduated and gone on to make a living taking care of people’s teeth, you probably have a six-figure debt load. Saddled with $465,000 of student loans to repay,… Read More

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