Romney, It’s an Inauguration, not a Coronation

Personal Finance

Romney, It’s an Inauguration, not a Coronation

Romney, It’s an Inauguration, not a Coronation

Can’t you just feel the temperature rising? Feel the rush of adrenalin as the political gladiators enter the arena and begin to slash each other to pieces. Doesn’t it feel a bit like Spartacus, but with suits replacing loincloths? (Think blood-stained Starz Sparacus, not the more refined Kirk Douglas one.) The GOP presidential primary campaign… Read More

Debt Reduction, On Auto-Pilot

Managing Debt

Debt Reduction, On Auto-Pilot

Debt Reduction, On Auto-Pilot

I don’t like to make resolutions. Yes, I need to lose weight, spend less, save more; I am setting goals. I set a goal to be debt free in 2014. I have a monthly roadmap of debt reduction to keep me focused on my goal. I had an extra paycheck in December and had a… Read More

Credit Card Disputes Can No Longer be Taken to Court

Credit Cards

Credit Card Disputes Can No Longer be Taken to Court

Credit Card Disputes Can No Longer be Taken to Court

In the past, consumers who had concerns about charges or fees that had been added to their credit card accounts were able to take their lenders to court to dispute them. But thanks to a new ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, this is typically no longer the case. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled… Read More

Choosing the Right Rewards Credit Card

Credit Cards

Choosing the Right Rewards Credit Card

Choosing the Right Rewards Credit Card

If you’re like a lot of Americans these days, you’re looking for a new credit card that allows you to earn benefits while you spend. And in that case, you’re probably on the lookout for the best available rewards credit card. However, because each person across the country is in a unique financial situation and… Read More

Help for the “Worst Ever” Holiday Debt Hangover

Managing Debt

Help for the “Worst Ever” Holiday Debt Hangover

Help for the “Worst Ever” Holiday Debt Hangover

This month could see more Americans than ever waking up from their holiday spending binge with a pounding credit hangover.  The Federal Reserve announced this week that consumer credit increased at an annual rate of 10 percent in November. Revolving credit (including credit cards) increased at an annual rate of 8.5%, while non-revolving credit increased… Read More

New York Fed President Urges Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

Mortgages

New York Fed President Urges Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

New York Fed President Urges Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

The still-sagging housing market has been a point of concern for economists for some time, and now a top official at the U.S. Federal Reserve Board is advocating a controversial new way to stimulate it. William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, recently introduced a plan that would see the federal… Read More

Consumer Credit Jumps, Bankruptcies Plummet (At Least for Now)

Personal Finance

Consumer Credit Jumps, Bankruptcies Plummet (At Least for Now)

Consumer Credit Jumps, Bankruptcies Plummet (At Least for Now)

Is your credit card feeling tired these days? Americans took on a massive amount of new credit card debt and other kinds of loans in November, according to a new report published by the Federal Reserve. Total revolving debt, which mostly means credit cards, spiked by 8.5 percent in November. Nonrevolving debt, which includes things… Read More

Health Care Bills Without the Agony?

Managing Debt

Health Care Bills Without the Agony?

Health Care Bills Without the Agony?

In recent years, utilities, credit card issuers and banks have made a real effort to redesign their statements so they’re easier for their customers to understand. In many cases they’ve succeeded, and I’m grateful. But for some reason, my health insurer (Anthem Blue Cross) has continued to to send me the same kind of inscrutable… Read More

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