The Newest All-in-One Mobile Wallet

Personal Finance

The Newest All-in-One Mobile Wallet

The Newest All-in-One Mobile Wallet

It sounds almost like a magic trick: Make a purchase through a magnetic field. But that’s exactly what Loop does. It’s a new mobile payment gadget, available now in fob form and in April as an iPhone case. The Loop Fob and Loop ChargeCase generate magnetic fields like magnetic stripe credit cards do when swiped.... Read More

The Hard & Easy Ways to Pay for College

Students

The Hard & Easy Ways to Pay for College

The Hard & Easy Ways to Pay for College

You’ve dreamed of the day your child would go off to college. What you didn’t dream of was the cost. For that, you had nightmares. There are two ways to make college affordable; the hard way and the easy way.  The easy way is to start saving the day your child is born. The hard... Read More

The 4-Letter Word That Can Ruin Your Credit

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The 4-Letter Word That Can Ruin Your Credit

The 4-Letter Word That Can Ruin Your Credit

Four-letter words can ruin a lot of things in life – a nice family dinner, a job interview, your relationship with your mother. But there’s one four-letter word that can wreak such havoc on your life that you won’t be able to live in the place you want, drive the car you prefer or even... Read More

Banks See Huge Jump in ATM Fraud

Identity Theft

Banks See Huge Jump in ATM Fraud

Banks See Huge Jump in ATM Fraud

Debit card skimming is on the rise, and much of it originates from a trusted source: bank-owned ATMs. Data from the FICO Card Alert Service shows a 48% increase in ATM fraud as a result of skimming from 2012 to 2013 (ATM fraud meaning the thief used the stolen PIN and card information to fraudulently... Read More

Consumer Watchdog Files Suit Against For-Profit College

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Consumer Watchdog Files Suit Against For-Profit College

Consumer Watchdog Files Suit Against For-Profit College

Many people have seen an ad for ITT Tech at some point — they’re little features of graduates talking about the opportunities their degrees afforded them, and video of the happy graduates playing with their kids and smiling with their families accompany the anecdotes used to sell an ITT education. Smiles may be scarce at... Read More

The Etiquette of Homebuying

Mortgages

The Etiquette of Homebuying

The Etiquette of Homebuying

Homebuying isn’t all house tours, contracts and closing costs. People and personalities are at the heart of a process that can elicit both fun and frustration. Emotions can run high. Sellers often love the homes they’re leaving. Buyers love the idea of getting a great deal. The etiquette surrounding homebuying is rooted in common sense.... Read More

Is the World Finally Ready for Mobile Payments?

Personal Finance

Is the World Finally Ready for Mobile Payments?

Is the World Finally Ready for Mobile Payments?

Last year was a turning point for mobile payments, according to the 2013 MasterCard Mobile Payments Study. It’s the second year MasterCard conducted the study, which tracks social media conversations to gauge consumer and merchant sentiment toward technological advances in digital transactions. Based on the insight gained from observing 13 million conversations on Facebook, Twitter,... Read More

How to Get a Mortgage Despite a Debt Judgment

Mortgages

How to Get a Mortgage Despite a Debt Judgment

How to Get a Mortgage Despite a Debt Judgment

A judgment is a painful court order to pay a debt, and can arise from a lawsuit, a divorce, business dispute or an array of other possibilities. Judgments are public record. They will appear on your personal credit report and can wreak havoc on your credit scores. They can also hurt your ability to get a... Read More

4 Tips for Secure Online Transactions

Identity Theft

4 Tips for Secure Online Transactions

4 Tips for Secure Online Transactions

Millions of Americans fall victim to identity theft every year. The effects can be widespread — hurting credit scores, homebuying potential and even job opportunities. Data shows that an identity theft occurs every three seconds and in 2012 identity fraud activity equaled more than $21 billion in losses. But there are some ways you can... Read More

5 Ways Credit Can Make or Break You

Credit Score

5 Ways Credit Can Make or Break You

5 Ways Credit Can Make or Break You

Even if you’re not planning to take out any loans or open credit cards in the next several months, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to improve your credit score. There are a few reasons for this. First, if your credit score isn’t great, you should definitely be working toward a higher... Read More

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