5 Valentine’s Day Scams to Avoid

Identity Theft

5 Valentine’s Day Scams to Avoid

5 Valentine’s Day Scams to Avoid

Cupid has some competition this Valentine’s Day: Scammers are taking aim at your heart and pocketbook with scams that can lead to identity theft and more. Beware of these five sweetheart swindles and follow our expert tips to protect yourself: 1. Infected E-cards Online greeting cards are an easy way for scammers to infect your... Read More

I Can’t Pay My Taxes. What Do I Do?

Managing Debt

I Can’t Pay My Taxes. What Do I Do?

I Can’t Pay My Taxes. What Do I Do?

As much as we’d all like a refund this tax season, not everyone gets money back from the IRS. If you’re not prepared for it, owing money on your taxes can seriously stress your budgets and, potentially, your credit. If you’re not sure whether you’ll owe or be owed, there’s no better time than now... Read More

How I Went From a Six-Figure Salary to Bankruptcy & Back

Managing Debt

How I Went From a Six-Figure Salary to Bankruptcy & Back

How I Went From a Six-Figure Salary to Bankruptcy & Back

The idea that someone who plays by the rules — works hard, pays their bills on time and saves for the future — can go bankrupt seems a bit absurd, until you talk with someone like Mark Quesenberry. None of those things kept him from winding up in bankruptcy court, a place he never thought... Read More

Is Your Hobby Driving You Into Debt?

Personal Finance

Is Your Hobby Driving You Into Debt?

Is Your Hobby Driving You Into Debt?

We all know that person who has a new passion every week. It’s great to explore hobbies, but it can be expensive if every new endeavor requires a large outlay of cash. Your outlet for fun shouldn’t eat up your whole budget. Here’s how to avoid spending too much on your hobby. Trial Period Ease... Read More

How New Mortgage Rules Could Affect Real Estate Investors

Mortgages

How New Mortgage Rules Could Affect Real Estate Investors

How New Mortgage Rules Could Affect Real Estate Investors

With interest rates still hovering near all-time lows, and property values in many places improving but still far below 2007 highs, investing in real estate may seem like a smart move—especially for anyone squeamish about investing in the stock market. (A whopping 76% of consumers are saying “no” to equities, according to Bankrate’s latest Financial... Read More

Is Your Kid Going to Be a Financial Disaster?

Personal Finance

Is Your Kid Going to Be a Financial Disaster?

Is Your Kid Going to Be a Financial Disaster?

Some kids excel in the arts, and others display athleticism from an early age, but there are plenty of talents that don’t come naturally to youngsters. While someone may have tendencies that make it easier for them to manage money, personal finance is a skill we all have to learn. “It’s not something that people... Read More

Data Breaches: Does the Government Need to Step In?

Identity Theft

Data Breaches: Does the Government Need to Step In?

Data Breaches: Does the Government Need to Step In?

To listen to some House Republicans at the Target hearing Wednesday, and the Senate Republicans on Tuesday, one would be forgiven for thinking that the massive data breaches experienced by customers of Target, Neiman Marcus and the hotel management chain White Lodging were serious enough to warrant two Congressional hearings (and one more to come),... Read More

Does Paying in Full Help Your Credit?

Credit Score

Does Paying in Full Help Your Credit?

Does Paying in Full Help Your Credit?

Your payment history is the most important part of your credit profile, so consistently paying your bills on time will help your credit scores. But bills — and credit scores — are about more than meeting deadlines. While you don’t have to pay your credit card bill in full to get the positive history that... Read More

How to Keep Your Great Credit Score

Credit Score

How to Keep Your Great Credit Score

How to Keep Your Great Credit Score

It can take years to build a high credit score, but it can disappear in what feels like an instant. I heard from many people who experienced this during the recession. Sounding almost shell shocked, they’d tell me about how their credit scores had dropped, adding “Before this I had an 800 FICO” or “I... Read More

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