4 Alternatives to College

Students

4 Alternatives to College

4 Alternatives to College

Which would you choose, if given the opportunity: College or $100,000? This year, 24 people under the age of 20 will opt for the latter, thanks to a new fellowship program founded and funded by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.  The young Fellows will embark on “innovative scientific and technical projects, learn entrepreneurship, and begin to… Read More

Surprise! Your GPS Device (Probably) Isn’t Spying On You

Identity Theft

Surprise! Your GPS Device (Probably) Isn’t Spying On You

Surprise! Your GPS Device (Probably) Isn’t Spying On You

You’re driving around town. Right as you approach a McDonald’s, an advertisement appears on your car’s GPS device, giving you a coupon for a Big Mac. But the coupon isn’t coming from just any Mickey D’s. It’s good only at the McDonald’s you just passed. Creepy? Maybe. Proof that McDonald’s and your GPS device are… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Obtaining Adequate Healthcare Coverage, Planning For Retirement

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: Obtaining Adequate Healthcare Coverage, Planning For Retirement

Financial News Roundup: Obtaining Adequate Healthcare Coverage, Planning For Retirement

Today’s top news headlines feature advice about maintaining sufficient health insurance and establishing a healthy retirement nest egg. Plus, find out if the American Dream is still intact. American Dream Prevails Despite Consumers’ Shaky Finances The Huffington Post Recent data shows consumers’ belief in the American Dream does not correlate with their financial security. A… Read More

Investors Sue Hundreds of Las Vegas Neighborhood Associations

Mortgages

Investors Sue Hundreds of Las Vegas Neighborhood Associations

Investors Sue Hundreds of Las Vegas Neighborhood Associations

Two Las Vegas real estate investors filed a lawsuit recently against more than 500 neighborhood associations, claiming the groups charge illegal collection fees to people who own foreclosed homes. The massive lawsuit is the latest, and the most spectacular, development in an expensive battle over foreclosed houses in Las Vegas that already has resulted in… Read More

Dusting Off Your Credit Cards? 5 Things You Absolutely Must Do

Credit Cards

Dusting Off Your Credit Cards? 5 Things You Absolutely Must Do

Dusting Off Your Credit Cards? 5 Things You Absolutely Must Do

The economy still isn’t perfect, but it looks like most of us have started feeling better about whipping out our credit cards again. If you’ve been one of the many consumers who cut back on your spending, you’re probably looking forward to buying a few things you’ve had on hold. Hey, this is a natural… Read More

Many States See Deep Discounts on Foreclosures

Mortgages

Many States See Deep Discounts on Foreclosures

Many States See Deep Discounts on Foreclosures

Foreclosed homes in Ohio offered the largest discount over other properties in the first three months of 2011, with an average savings of 41 percent, according to new statistics from the foreclosure monitoring firm RealtyTrac. This was a decline from the 42 percent seen at the end 2010, but up slightly from the first quarter… Read More

Airline Credit Cards Offering Free Tickets

Credit Cards

Airline Credit Cards Offering Free Tickets

Airline Credit Cards Offering Free Tickets

Summer’s almost here and perhaps you’re feeling a bit of wanderlust. What if you could hop on a plane and go somewhere for free? The credit cards in this roundup offer sign-up bonuses that are good enough for a free flight. Not bad, huh? Just one reminder: Rewards cards have APRs on the high side. But… Read More

Big Banks Introduce New Person-to-Person Payments

Personal Finance

Big Banks Introduce New Person-to-Person Payments

Big Banks Introduce New Person-to-Person Payments

Watch out, PayPal. Three of the nation’s largest banks announced Wednesday they’ve joined together to offer instant, person-to-person payment. The new venture, called clearXchange, is already offered in Arizona by Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. It will be available nationwide within a year. “We’re adding one more piece to the menu… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Financial Collapse Threatens Illinois, 529 Plan Investments Grow

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: Financial Collapse Threatens Illinois, 529 Plan Investments Grow

Financial News Roundup: Financial Collapse Threatens Illinois, 529 Plan Investments Grow

Today’s top news headlines features advice on ways to help aging parents remain financially healthy during retirement and reasons investments in 529 college plans are growing. Plus, explore the severity of Illinois’ financial problems. Have The Money Talk With Aging Parents CNN Money Speaking with older parents about the state of their finances can be… Read More

How Does a Corporate Card Affect Credit Scores?

Credit Score

How Does a Corporate Card Affect Credit Scores?

How Does a Corporate Card Affect Credit Scores?

A friend of mine recently started a new job requiring frequent travel. In turn, his company provided him with a corporate card for use when charging reimbursable company expenses.  Since he is the one responsible for paying the card’s monthly balance, he was curious whether the corporate card will be reported on his credit report… Read More

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