What Happens to Student Loans When You Die?

Students

What Happens to Student Loans When You Die?

What Happens to Student Loans When You Die?

Did you ever wonder what happens to your student loans if you die? We recently received this question from a reader: If the borrower of a student loan dies, is the spouse liable for that loan? Maybe, maybe not. With traditional loans, as long as the spouse is not listed as a co-signer or joint... Read More

This Week in Credit News: Credit Tools

Personal Finance

This Week in Credit News: Credit Tools

This Week in Credit News: Credit Tools

The biggest credit news this week is all about some of the new credit tools and products available. The Credit Report You Haven’t Seen Yet You may think that you’ve pulled all of your credit reports, but there is other credit data being stored about you outside of the three major credit reporting bureaus (Experian, Equifax... Read More

Half of Americans Have Less Than $800 in Savings

Personal Finance

Half of Americans Have Less Than $800 in Savings

Half of Americans Have Less Than $800 in Savings

The financial downturn hit many consumers particularly hard, putting them at a disadvantage when it comes to being able to successfully build their savings accounts to cover even basic rainy-day expenses that might arise over the course of their lives. Today, 46 percent of consumers say they have less than $800 in savings, and of... Read More

Millennials Ignore Credit Cards. Should They?

Credit Cards

Millennials Ignore Credit Cards. Should They?

Millennials Ignore Credit Cards. Should They?

More and more young people are opting for a cash lifestyle. By the end of 2012, 16% of Americans ages 18 to 29 didn’t use a single credit card, up from 8% in 2007, according to a study by credit score provider FICO. The study attributes this to the hard-hitting recession’s influence on attitudes toward... Read More

The 10 Commandments of Summer Travel

Identity Theft

The 10 Commandments of Summer Travel

The 10 Commandments of Summer Travel

Summer travel often makes us think of the Divine. If the flight is bumpy, we pray to God for a safe return to earth. After a long day at Disneyland, those of us with young children may find ourselves asking the Lord to give us greater capacity to love and understand. If you’re planning to... Read More

Financial Advisers Have to Protect Your Money Against ‘Spoofing’

Identity Theft

Financial Advisers Have to Protect Your Money Against ‘Spoofing’

Financial Advisers Have to Protect Your Money Against ‘Spoofing’

To hackers and identity thieves, few things could be more enticing than cracking open a business. From corporations to small businesses, there’s the potential to gain access to the personal information of hundreds, thousands or even millions of customers in a single hack. Financial advisory practices are particularly alluring targets because they handle so much money,... Read More

Love Letters to … Debt Collectors?

Managing Debt

Love Letters to … Debt Collectors?

Love Letters to … Debt Collectors?

Most people dread talking to debt collectors. But not Trish McCloskey Jacques. She found herself looking forward to the monthly collection calls reminding her that her payments were due. Trish had married her high school sweetheart, Joseph Jacques. Right before Christmas in 2009, though, she almost lost him to a lung pyemia, a condition that... Read More

Credit Card Delinquency, Default Slip Again for Most Lenders

Credit Cards

Credit Card Delinquency, Default Slip Again for Most Lenders

Credit Card Delinquency, Default Slip Again for Most Lenders

Since the end of the recent recession, consumers have been trying to keep various aspects of their finances under control, and that includes making sure they’re up to date with all their monthly bill payments. As such, instances of credit card delinquency and default slipped for most major lenders once again in May. Apart from American Express,... Read More

Tricks of the Trade: Real Estate Agents

Mortgages

Tricks of the Trade: Real Estate Agents

Tricks of the Trade: Real Estate Agents

This post originally appeared on Money Talks News. Unless you have a lot of free time, or don’t care about getting the best deal, real estate agents are a necessary part of buying or selling a house. They know the industry in and out and make the task a lot easier for you. But, as with any special... Read More

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