Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (6/24/11)

Personal Finance

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (6/24/11)

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (6/24/11)

This week we have some good advice, market news and examples of how to get more for your money. If you’re a consumer who uses car insurance, or looking for a reverse loan —or really anyone who uses a credit card, these stories could benefit you. As always, if you enjoy any of our favorite… Read More

‘Shadow Inventory’ of Unsold Homes Begins to Abate

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‘Shadow Inventory’ of Unsold Homes Begins to Abate

‘Shadow Inventory’ of Unsold Homes Begins to Abate

Overall, 1.7 million homes were counted among the shadow inventory in April, down from 1.9 million in the same month last year, according to new statistics from the real estate tracking firm CoreLogic. That level accounts for a five-month supply of homes as they sell at the current rate. “The shadow inventory has declined by… Read More

Cutting Your Wedding Guest List to Cut Costs

Personal Finance

Cutting Your Wedding Guest List to Cut Costs

Cutting Your Wedding Guest List to Cut Costs

When brides-to-be imagine their wedding, who’s there is often a big part of it. A grand affair? An intimate evening? A just big-enough-but-not-too-big event? Most of us fall into the final category, looking to compile a modest guest list for what will likely be the best party we ever throw. But hitting the perfect medium… Read More

Senate Hears Obama’s Internet Privacy Ideas

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Senate Hears Obama’s Internet Privacy Ideas

Senate Hears Obama’s Internet Privacy Ideas

Concerned about your safety online? The Obama administration has introduced a new set of rules aimed at boosting Internet security. The proposal got its first public hearing Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where a privacy-minded Congressman and administration bureaucrats argued for the proposal. No one at the hearing raised concerns, levied by some cybersecurity… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Facebook Security Measures, Government Layoffs Hinder Recovery

Identity Theft

Financial News Roundup: Facebook Security Measures, Government Layoffs Hinder Recovery

Financial News Roundup: Facebook Security Measures, Government Layoffs Hinder Recovery

Today’s top news headlines feature advice about protecting consumers’ privacy on Facebook and reasons government layoffs may inhibit economic recovery in small cities. Plus, find out why a strong credit score may help Americans save money. Credit Score May Facilitate Financial Success CNN Money Experts encourage Americans with excellent credit scores – those above 750… Read More

Keeping Banks Honest: Protect Yourself During Foreclosure

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Keeping Banks Honest: Protect Yourself During Foreclosure

Keeping Banks Honest: Protect Yourself During Foreclosure

For many people, the American dream of homeownership has turned into a nightmare. Nearly 1.3 million households were in foreclosure at the end of 2010, according to a federal report, and another 350,000 homes slid into foreclosure in just the last four months of the year. Are you worried your house might be next? Maybe… Read More

Rent-to-Own Stores: Beware of Costly Traps

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Rent-to-Own Stores: Beware of Costly Traps

Rent-to-Own Stores: Beware of Costly Traps

While rent-to-own stores offer low, flexible payments, the convenience comes at a big price. Consumer Reports recently investigated rent-to-own merchants from Rent-A-Center to Aaron’s and calculated that consumers could end up paying exorbitant interest rates as high as 311%.  For example, they found a $612 Toshiba laptop being offered for $38.99 per week for 48… Read More

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