The Surprising Reasons You Could Lose Out on Student Loans

Students

The Surprising Reasons You Could Lose Out on Student Loans

The Surprising Reasons You Could Lose Out on Student Loans

Here’s something you won’t hear often – or ever: “Student loans are a privilege.” (I Googled it: Six results.) Considering loans make it possible for millions of people to get a college education, they’re something to be thankful for. Yes, college can be ridiculously expensive, loans often don’t cover all the costs and unaffordable debt is a… Read More

Sen. Rubio Proposes New Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

Students

Sen. Rubio Proposes New Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

Sen. Rubio Proposes New Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

There’s a new bill in the Senate aimed at making student loan payments more affordable. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) introduced the Dynamic Student Loan Repayment Act on July 16, which proposes an automatic income-based adjustment to monthly payments for loans exceeding $10,000. The effort follows last month’s unsuccessful attempt by… Read More

Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

Identity Theft

Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

Flight MH17 Victims Targeted By Scammers

Amid reports of looters raiding the crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine, the Dutch Banking Association announced it is taking steps to prevent misuse of the passengers’ credit and debit cards. Of the 298 people who died in the crash, 193 were Dutch. The site of the crash has apparently… Read More

Evicted Funeral Home Left Dead Bodies Behind

Mortgages

Evicted Funeral Home Left Dead Bodies Behind

Evicted Funeral Home Left Dead Bodies Behind

At the start of the foreclosure crisis, struggling consumers got into the trend of trashing their houses. People poured paint on the carpet, let their animals defecate indoors and punched holes in the walls as a sort of retaliation for the banks taking their homes away. In Fort Worth, Texas, a recently evicted business left… Read More

Debt Collectors Harass Debt-Free Woman for Years

Managing Debt

Debt Collectors Harass Debt-Free Woman for Years

Debt Collectors Harass Debt-Free Woman for Years

It’s amazing Frances Marshall hasn’t disconnected her phone service yet. The North Carolina woman says she has received harassing debt-collection calls incessantly for the past two years, even though she says she has no outstanding debts, reports FOX8 in High Point, N.C. The collectors have threatened her, saying she’ll be subject to prosecution and jail time… Read More

America’s Favorite Banks

Personal Finance

America’s Favorite Banks

America’s Favorite Banks

Americans’ satisfaction with their banking services has improved significantly during the past few years, but banks are struggling to meet the needs of young people, minorities and the affluent. Midsize banks are having a particularly difficult time pleasing these consumer groups, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Retail Banking Satisfaction Study. The disconnect stems from poor… Read More

America’s Favorite Budget Hotels

Personal Finance

America’s Favorite Budget Hotels

America’s Favorite Budget Hotels

Traveling and frugality are often at odds with each other. As much as you want to get away, planning a trip can quickly become stressful as you search for affordable options. Everyone wants to save money, but few people want to stay in a dumpy motel. It’s difficult to determine a hotel’s quality based on… Read More

The 2.9% Mortgage Rate: How to Get It

Mortgages

The 2.9% Mortgage Rate: How to Get It

The 2.9% Mortgage Rate: How to Get It

A 2.9% mortgage rate sound great, but is it too good to be true? Anyone looking for a home loan knows they want to get the best interest rate possible, but getting a great deal has a lot more to it than comparing rates at face value. The current rate for a 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage is… Read More

3 Ways Student Loan Scammers Seduce You

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3 Ways Student Loan Scammers Seduce You

3 Ways Student Loan Scammers Seduce You

Millions of Americans dream of the day they’ll be free from student loan debt, but for so many, it feels like that day will never come. Even with President Barack Obama’s recent executive order capping student loan payments at 10% of monthly income, former college students across the nation struggle to afford their loan bills, and… Read More

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