5 Reasons Why You Can’t Ignore Your Credit

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5 Reasons Why You Can’t Ignore Your Credit

5 Reasons Why You Can’t Ignore Your Credit

“Living debt free” is a nice slogan, and beyond that it’s something we should all aspire to. Unfortunately, some people couple this concept with living credit free. That is a far different story. For most people credit still represents something that happens to us, rather than something we can build, nurture, manage and protect like… Read More

5 Money Talks to Have Before You Get Married

Personal Finance

5 Money Talks to Have Before You Get Married

5 Money Talks to Have Before You Get Married

You finally found your soul mate — someone who is sympathetic, nurturing, loving and caring. You’re ready to tie the knot. But before you say, “I do,” can you honestly say, “We did?” No, I’m not talking about that. I am talking about the talk. Not the one about sex and family but rather the… Read More

5 Ways Student Loans Hurt Middle-Class Kids

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5 Ways Student Loans Hurt Middle-Class Kids

5 Ways Student Loans Hurt Middle-Class Kids

Student loans are supposed to help middle-class kids pay for a college education, but these days they can do more harm than good. It’s high time we did something about that. If you imagine a world where the federal government and private lenders actually partner with students, instead of treating them as a profit center,… Read More

Should You Pay Off Your Ex’s Credit Cards?

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Should You Pay Off Your Ex’s Credit Cards?

Should You Pay Off Your Ex’s Credit Cards?

When the Love Boat morphs into the Titanic and you are flailing in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the banks are not rescuers, they’re sharks.  In other words, divorces can get messy — sometimes really messy — and it should come as no surprise that money is often at the root of the… Read More

Student Loan Debt: How Much is Too Much?

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Student Loan Debt: How Much is Too Much?

Student Loan Debt: How Much is Too Much?

Some call it the Student Loan Bubble — I call it crazy. And what better time to discuss student debt insanity than now, as countless soon-to-be graduates prepare to slip on their caps and gowns? An estimated 1.8 million students are graduating this year, many with degrees that perhaps aren’t worth a damn when it comes… Read More

4 Big Problems With Social Security Numbers

Identity Theft

4 Big Problems With Social Security Numbers

4 Big Problems With Social Security Numbers

A Social Security number is like a skeleton key — able to unlock a kingdom of untold riches for identity thieves. It is the central piece of data needed to hijack our credit, steal our health insurance, use us as human shields and generally wreak havoc in our lives. And every day, two branches of… Read More

5 Things Every Graduation Speaker Should Say

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5 Things Every Graduation Speaker Should Say

5 Things Every Graduation Speaker Should Say

Yes my friends, it’s that time of year again. No, not allergy season — graduation. That seminal moment in our lives when, in ceremonies of varying degrees of pomp and circumstance, our elders pass on the wisdom of the ages to those of us who are evolving from the shelter of the ivory tower to… Read More

The Gun Score: An Idea So Crazy It Couldn’t Work

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The Gun Score: An Idea So Crazy It Couldn’t Work

The Gun Score: An Idea So Crazy It Couldn’t Work

A sufficiently large minority of the U.S. Senate demonstrated their Orwellian allegiance to the gun lobby last week — or their fear of it — by blocking several commonsense measures that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers while imposing a ban on both assault-style rifles and high-capacity gun magazines. The knee-jerk “no” votes… Read More

The Government Agency That Should Fine Itself

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The Government Agency That Should Fine Itself

The Government Agency That Should Fine Itself

This just in from the “It Couldn’t Possibly Get Any Worse” Department: The first wave of checks from the bungled foreclosure abuse settlement landed in mailboxes around the country this week, but when people tried to cash them, a number of them bounced. I don’t know about you, but if someone who worked for me… Read More

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