My Mom Died and I Have to Pay Her Student Loans?!

Students

My Mom Died and I Have to Pay Her Student Loans?!

My Mom Died and I Have to Pay Her Student Loans?!

Dealing with the death of a parent is sad and complicated enough without having to deal with bills from a student loan servicer. But as Axton Betz-Hamilton helped her widowed father deal with the death of her mom Pamela, she found herself lost in red tape trying to beat back bills from FedLoan that just... Read More

How Do I Compare Mortgage Rates?

Mortgages

How Do I Compare Mortgage Rates?

How Do I Compare Mortgage Rates?

Hoping to get a mortgage or refinance your current one? If you want to compare mortgage rates, a mortgage table can come in handy by letting you see at a glance the mortgage rates available from various lenders. Before you do, though, here are a few tips for using a mortgage table to compare mortgage... Read More

Is Your State Still Struggling With Foreclosures?

Mortgages

Is Your State Still Struggling With Foreclosures?

Is Your State Still Struggling With Foreclosures?

The housing crisis flooded the real estate market with foreclosures, and while the number of foreclosed homes on the market has declined significantly in the last year, some states are moving through the backlog faster than others. Foreclosure processes vary among states, one of the biggest differences being whether or not foreclosures require court action.... Read More

5 Common Credit Card Myths

Credit Cards

5 Common Credit Card Myths

5 Common Credit Card Myths

Credit cards can be a little mysterious. Each issuer provides cardholders with pages of terms and conditions, and they can be difficult to understand. Fortunately, credit cards — and how they affect your credit — don’t have to be a complete mystery. Let’s discuss — and dispel — five common credit card myths. 1. Canceling... Read More

Sending Money Abroad? New Rules Should Help

Personal Finance

Sending Money Abroad? New Rules Should Help

Sending Money Abroad? New Rules Should Help

If you send money abroad, you know the process can be confusing and expensive. But rules announced recently by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should make the process simpler and easier to understand. Because there are so many factors involved (senders have to account for exchange rates, taxes and fees — sometimes on both ends... Read More

25 Birthday Freebies That Are Worth It

Personal Finance

25 Birthday Freebies That Are Worth It

25 Birthday Freebies That Are Worth It

Growing up, I thought my birthday was cursed. Something always seemed to go wrong. One year I had a bowling party. The bowling alley gave me a bowling pin, which I promptly dropped on my toe. Another year I had a skating party. Being rather shy, I was mortified when the skating rink (and my... Read More

The Future of Mobile Banking: Starbucks or Google?

Personal Finance

The Future of Mobile Banking: Starbucks or Google?

The Future of Mobile Banking: Starbucks or Google?

Spanish bank Banco Sabadell announced last month that it was the first financial institution in the world to release a banking app for Google Glass. Months earlier, a Ukrainian bank demoed its Glass app. Analysts are predicting that here in the States, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Fidelity are all toying with the idea.... Read More

Credit.com in the News 11.2.13

Personal Finance

Credit.com in the News 11.2.13

Credit.com in the News 11.2.13

A Credit.com story this week touched on the idea that Millennials are more protective of their social media activities than their identities. However, identity theft has serious consequences for consumers and their finances, as many media outlets have highlighted in recent stories, citing Credit.com’s experts. Adam Levin, Credit.com chairman and co-founder, spoke to reporters about... Read More

Should I Co-Sign My College Freshman’s Lease?

Personal Finance

Should I Co-Sign My College Freshman’s Lease?

Should I Co-Sign My College Freshman’s Lease?

This week’s question concerns something we know we shouldn’t do, but often do anyway. Namely, stick our financial necks out for those we love. I have a question. I have a new college freshman and he is already signing up for an apartment for next year. He is asking me to co-sign the lease as... Read More

The Most Credit-Challenged States

Credit Score

The Most Credit-Challenged States

The Most Credit-Challenged States

There are many ways to characterize challenges in the world credit. Low credit scores are certainly strong indicators, but access to new credit and payment histories will also show whether consumers are creditworthy. When looking at average credit scores of states across the country, there wasn’t much difference between the state with the highest score... Read More

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