Mortgage Rates Are The Lowest They’ve Been All Year

Mortgages

Mortgage Rates Are The Lowest They’ve Been All Year

Mortgage Rates Are The Lowest They’ve Been All Year

Mortgage rates hit to their lowest point of the year this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage falling to 4.1% from 4.12% last week, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey. This time last year, those rates exceeded 4.5%, but they haven’t spiked above 4.2% since May. A weekly report from the Mortgage… Read More

When Going Out to Eat Gets You Hacked

Identity Theft

When Going Out to Eat Gets You Hacked

When Going Out to Eat Gets You Hacked

Going out to eat can have a significant impact on your finances, not only because it can suck the life out of your budget, but also because restaurants are popular data-breach targets. Patrons may have their payment information compromised in a couple of ways: There’s the smash-and-grab style of hackers, who infiltrate point-of-sale systems and… Read More

The $47 Cellphone Bill Nightmare

Managing Debt

The $47 Cellphone Bill Nightmare

The $47 Cellphone Bill Nightmare

There are countless stories — some of which Credit.com has told — about how a small unpaid bill can make a mess of your credit standing. While there are some big balances that sometimes go to collections before you know about them, like medical bills, there are also seemingly insignificant amounts that cause more trouble than… Read More

The UPS Hack: What You Need to Know

Identity Theft

The UPS Hack: What You Need to Know

The UPS Hack: What You Need to Know

The UPS Store announced Wednesday that 51 of its locations experienced a security breach that may have compromised customers’ personal information, including credit and debit card data. There are 4,470 UPS franchised locations throughout the U.S., so the breach affected roughly 1% of stores. A list of the stores (the 51 locations are in 24 states)… Read More

Could Taking Vacation Get You Fired?

Personal Finance

Could Taking Vacation Get You Fired?

Could Taking Vacation Get You Fired?

A fifth of Americans working at least 35 hours a week think using vacation time makes them look replaceable, therefore putting them at risk of losing their jobs, a new survey found. The concerns could have a foundation in reality — after all, there’s no federal law guaranteeing people the vacation they’ve earned, and unless… Read More

Could Your Student Loans Be Making You Sick?

Students

Could Your Student Loans Be Making You Sick?

Could Your Student Loans Be Making You Sick?

College graduates are generally considered better off than those without degrees, but there’s a considerable gap in well-being between graduates without debt and graduates who borrowed more than $50,000 to finance their undergraduate education. Based on new research from Gallup, Purdue University and the Lumina Foundation, student loan debtors aren’t in great shape. How Debt… Read More

How to Prepare to Be a Stay-at-Home Parent

Personal Finance

How to Prepare to Be a Stay-at-Home Parent

How to Prepare to Be a Stay-at-Home Parent

Whether you’re becoming a mom or dad for the first time or already parents to three kids, transitioning to a lifestyle with one full-time earner and a stay-at-home parent requires some serious adjustments. Not only do you change your approach to finances, you have to be prepared for the shift in family dynamics. Having a… Read More

The Most Dependable Cars

Auto Loans

The Most Dependable Cars

The Most Dependable Cars

Paying for maintenance is inevitable for car owners, but future trips to the auto repair shop aren’t often top-of-mind for consumers browsing the dealership lots. Ideally, shoppers have done research on and have some experience with manufacturers and models to help inform a vehicle-purchase decision, but it’s difficult to predict how reliable a car will… Read More

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