5 Easy Ways to Stop Wasting Money

Personal Finance

5 Easy Ways to Stop Wasting Money

5 Easy Ways to Stop Wasting Money

Sometimes it can seem like money is disappearing right before your eyes. This is not magic — this is because the world is full of tricks, traps and opportunities to waste your hard-earned money. To start saving and stop wasting, consider cutting back on these five avoidable expenses. 1. Avoid Bank & Credit Card Fees Sometimes you need… Read More

How to Plan for Your Child’s College Costs

Students

How to Plan for Your Child’s College Costs

How to Plan for Your Child’s College Costs

Raising children is expensive, especially if you plan (or hope!) to pay for their college education. We all know the best way to put yourself in a position to help your child with higher education costs is to save early and often, but it is also important to know how to save for your child’s… Read More

Think You Can’t Afford to Buy a Home? Think Again

Mortgages

Think You Can’t Afford to Buy a Home? Think Again

Think You Can’t Afford to Buy a Home? Think Again

Did you have a bad credit event in recent years? Do you have less than two years in the same career field? Is your monthly income less than three times your proposed payment? Fear not, when your financial picture doesn’t fit neatly into the box, you may still qualify with some lenders. Here’s how. When… Read More

Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

Identity Theft

Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees that America’s schools are in need of serious reform. And it’s an obvious leap to think technology is the fast lane to improvement. “Ed-tech” is where some of America’s thorniest issues collide, however. Big Brother. Marketing to kids. Privacy. Boondoggles. Attention deficit disorder. Teacher accountability. As a… Read More

The Most Car-Hungry States in America

Auto Loans

The Most Car-Hungry States in America

The Most Car-Hungry States in America

People in Wyoming really like cars. Or trucks. Or whatever it is they’re getting when they take out auto loans. Because even though Wyoming is the least populated state (including the District of Columbia), its residents take out the most auto loans in the country, proportionate to its population. In the third quarter, consumers took… Read More

We Need a New Way to Evaluate Student Lenders

Students

We Need a New Way to Evaluate Student Lenders

We Need a New Way to Evaluate Student Lenders

Are private education lenders getting a bad rap? After reading the Wall Street Journal’s recent profile on Rohit Chopra, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s student-loan ombudsman, one gets the distinct impression that this might be the case. Apparently, this subset of the financial services industry takes exception to being called out by him for dragging… Read More

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