Unemployment Benefits Take Yet Another Tumble

Personal Finance

Unemployment Benefits Take Yet Another Tumble

Unemployment Benefits Take Yet Another Tumble

It’s time once again to turn our attention to our weekly jobless benefits claim: Applications for jobless benefits fell by 10,000 for the week ending Oct. 26, bringing the total to 340,000, down from last week’s revised figure of 350,000, the Labor Department announced Thursday. Previous benefits reports had been distorted thanks to the 16-day partial government... Read More

Planning a Remodel? Your Loan Options

Mortgages

Planning a Remodel? Your Loan Options

Planning a Remodel? Your Loan Options

Home equity has reappeared as an option for many homeowners; as such, remodeling projects have a green light. Maybe you’re thinking about renovating the kitchen, adding on a bathroom, how about replacing the roof? All of these and other improvements tend to be costly. So what’s the best way to finance these projects? Here’s a... Read More

Want Free FICO Scores? There’s a New Option

Credit Score

Want Free FICO Scores? There’s a New Option

Want Free FICO Scores? There’s a New Option

Barclaycard US and First Bankcard customers now have the option of seeing their FICO scores for free, FICO announced Monday. When lenders evaluate consumers’ credit applications, they most often use FICO scores, and through a new program called FICO Score Open Access, lenders can opt to give their customers free access to their credit scores.... Read More

A Nurse’s Strategies for Negotiating Medical Bills

Managing Debt

A Nurse’s Strategies for Negotiating Medical Bills

A Nurse’s Strategies for Negotiating Medical Bills

Michelle Katz helped save her husband’s life by quickly administering CPR when he had a heart attack. Then she went on to help save $8,000 in the medical bills that he subsequently incurred. She was in the perfect position to help start his heart again because she is a nurse. And she could then help... Read More

7 Things Your Credit Score Doesn’t Reveal

Credit Score

7 Things Your Credit Score Doesn’t Reveal

7 Things Your Credit Score Doesn’t Reveal

Three crucial digits can profoundly affect your financial life, including the interest rates you pay on mortgages or car loans and whether you can actually have that credit card you were invited to apply for. Credit scores take into consideration the mix of credit you have (say, mortgage, credit cards and car loan), your payment... Read More

A Video Guide to Credit Basics

Credit 101

A Video Guide to Credit Basics

A Video Guide to Credit Basics

How to build good credit, when to close a credit card, why to check credit reports — personal finance experts addressed these and other credit basics in a Google Hangout coordinated by Bank of America and the Khan Academy on Monday. The panelists highlighted the importance of regular credit checks, because as Farnoosh Torabi, a... Read More

10 Free Ways to Protect Your Identity

Identity Theft

10 Free Ways to Protect Your Identity

10 Free Ways to Protect Your Identity

Identity theft, which hits more than 12 million Americans per year — carries a per victim cost of nearly $5,000, according to some reports. So, the need to protect yourself is obvious. And protection doesn’t have to be costly in terms of money or time. Here are 10 quick, easy and free ways to reduce... Read More

How to Stagger Your Bills

Personal Finance

How to Stagger Your Bills

How to Stagger Your Bills

Each month, most of us have a plethora of bills to pay. Depending on your income and how often you get paid, it can be a huge loss for you to make all of your payments around the same time every month. In order to prevent this from happening, there’s a strategy you can implement... Read More

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