Still Paying Off Holiday Debt? How to Make a Plan

Managing Debt

Still Paying Off Holiday Debt? How to Make a Plan

Still Paying Off Holiday Debt? How to Make a Plan

Outstanding credit card debt increased by $29.2 billion from November to December 2014, reflecting the typical spending frenzy that comes during the holiday season (for comparison, it jumped only $8.2 billion from October to November, according to Federal Reserve data). Of course, a surge in credit card debt is something that can last long after the… Read More

‘Free Cruise’ Robocalls Get FTC Crackdown

Personal Finance

‘Free Cruise’ Robocalls Get FTC Crackdown

‘Free Cruise’ Robocalls Get FTC Crackdown

A massive telemarketing robocalling campaign called millions of consumers every day with sales pitches for cruises disguised as political surveys, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday. The total number of calls involved in the campaign was “over a billion,” an agency spokesman said. The FTC and 10 state attorneys general allege that a network of… Read More

5 Reasons You Can’t Get a Mortgage

Mortgages

5 Reasons You Can’t Get a Mortgage

5 Reasons You Can’t Get a Mortgage

Are you gearing up to refinance or buy a home this year? These five things may stop your mortgage dead in its tracks. Here’s what you need to know to prevent your loan application from being denied. 1. Your Credit Score Is Not What You Think It Is This scenario is all too common. A consumer… Read More

5 Credit Card Tips for Traveling Abroad

Credit Cards

5 Credit Card Tips for Traveling Abroad

5 Credit Card Tips for Traveling Abroad

When you’re planning a trip to another country, talking with someone who has recently visited your destination can be one of the best ways to gather intel on what to bring — and what to leave at home. It only stands to reason that when it comes to paying for purchases overseas, it helps to talk… Read More

The College Cost Blame Game Has a New Twist

Students

The College Cost Blame Game Has a New Twist

The College Cost Blame Game Has a New Twist

A new narrative is beginning to take shape on the higher education front. At a recent meeting of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, its chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and the chancellors of the University System of Maryland and Vanderbilt University talked about the financial toll that regulatory compliance is… Read More

5 Ways to Boost Your Retirement Savings

Personal Finance

5 Ways to Boost Your Retirement Savings

5 Ways to Boost Your Retirement Savings

Even if you haven’t yet entered the working world, you can probably assume you will want to retire and some point. While most Americans have similar goals for a debt-free, affordable post-working life, you might not realize how much work (outside the office) it takes to get there. You probably are not saving enough, or… Read More

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