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Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Point Since 2006

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Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Point Since 2006

Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Point Since 2006

The housing market has been undergoing significant improvements in the past year, and that trend is reflected in a variety of ameliorating real estate statistics, including the still-growing number of home sales. The number of pending home sales seen through the end of May increased 6.7 percent from April and 12.1 percent on an annual basis, bringing the current level seen nationwide to… Read More

47,000 Teachers-in-Training Exposed in Data Breach

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47,000 Teachers-in-Training Exposed in Data Breach

47,000 Teachers-in-Training Exposed in Data Breach

Data breaches seem to be happening with greater frequency all the time, and businesses and government organizations appear to be effected with considerable regularity. The most recent such massive incident exposed more than 47,000 people who participated in a program that prepares people in Florida for teaching positions. The Florida Department of Education recently revealed that it suffered… Read More

Lenders Still Struggling to Comply With CARD Act

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Lenders Still Struggling to Comply With CARD Act

Lenders Still Struggling to Comply With CARD Act

The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act has been in place for some time now, but there have been many regulatory changes made since it was first put into effect. Those issues, plus others, have a number of major financial institutions saying they’re still struggling to remain in compliance with the consumer protection law’s rules. At a… Read More

More Women Worry About Student Loan Debt Than Men

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More Women Worry About Student Loan Debt Than Men

More Women Worry About Student Loan Debt Than Men

Millions of Americans are struggling with massive student loan bills averaging tens of thousands of dollars, and this student loan debt can be burdensome regardless of their age or sex. However, it seems that women are far more worried about these balances than men despite the fact that their situations are more or less comparable…. Read More

Construction Constraints Could Slow Housing Growth

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Construction Constraints Could Slow Housing Growth

Construction Constraints Could Slow Housing Growth

The housing market has been making significant strides for more than a year, but now worries about a constrained availability of property could lead to fewer transactions. The still-limited inventory of existing homes for sale across the country has proven a major driver of price increases in the last year, but buyer frustration could continue… Read More

Coming Soon: The Next Generation of Credit Cards

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Coming Soon: The Next Generation of Credit Cards

Coming Soon: The Next Generation of Credit Cards

In recent years, a number of new credit card technologies have come to light in the U.S., and several were called the wave of the future. However, it seems that those containing built-in microchips — known as EMV cards — will be the first to catch on en masse with plastic issuers. EMV cards are already used… Read More

The Best Car Rental Agency in America

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The Best Car Rental Agency in America

The Best Car Rental Agency in America

When Americans go on vacation, many do so while looking for the best possible values on their accommodations and needs. Depending on their needs, that can also include the cost of car rental. The good news for those families who are planning to make a summer getaway in the next few months is that there… Read More

6 Million Exposed in Facebook Data Breach

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6 Million Exposed in Facebook Data Breach

6 Million Exposed in Facebook Data Breach

Many major companies suffer data breaches over the course of the year, but now one of the most recognizable names on the Web has revealed that it too was victimized by an incident that took nearly a year to recognize. Facebook recently revealed that it suffered a data breach for a period of several months or more that… Read More

Will Cosigning Hurt My Credit?

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Will Cosigning Hurt My Credit?

Will Cosigning Hurt My Credit?

If you’ve ever been asked by a friend or family member to cosign on a loan, you might have wondered whether it could hurt your credit. This is a very important question to ask, and it’s a decision you have to weigh carefully, as the effect of cosigning a loan can vary with each situation…. Read More

Small Businesses Prefer Checks, Cash Over Credit Cards

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Small Businesses Prefer Checks, Cash Over Credit Cards

Small Businesses Prefer Checks, Cash Over Credit Cards

Relying upon credit or debit cards regularly in their everyday lives is something numerous Americans have learned to do in recent years, and it may therefore come as a bit of a shock when some smaller businesses do not accept this payment method. However, the disconnect between consumer sentiment about this refusal and the way businesses see it is particularly… Read More

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