Top Economist: Double-Dip Recession Possible in 2012

Personal Finance

Top Economist: Double-Dip Recession Possible in 2012

Top Economist: Double-Dip Recession Possible in 2012

There’s a 40-percent chance the United States will slip into another recession in 2012, according to Doug Duncan, chief economist for Fannie Mae, the taxpayer-owned mortgage giant. “We don’t think the economy is going to go into recession, but it wouldn’t take too big of a trigger to tip it,” Duncan told the San Diego… Read More

The Debt Diva: Expecting the Unexpected

Managing Debt

The Debt Diva: Expecting the Unexpected

The Debt Diva: Expecting the Unexpected

An emergency fund is such a valuable thing, I will always make it a priority to fund mine. I started with a small amount of money withdrawn from each paycheck being automatically deposited into my emergency account. I have increased that amount so it will build faster. Any unbudgeted money I have, including spare change,… Read More

How to Get Help if You’ve Been Scammed

Personal Finance

How to Get Help if You’ve Been Scammed

How to Get Help if You’ve Been Scammed

If you feel like a company you paid for a service that they did not deliver on, the best place to start to resolve the issue is to contact the company directly. If you’ve tried repeatedly to get your issue resolved by sending an email or leaving voicemail and that’s not getting any attention, send… Read More

How to Find Out if Your Credit Card Has Price Protection

Credit Cards

How to Find Out if Your Credit Card Has Price Protection

How to Find Out if Your Credit Card Has Price Protection

You know what’s really annoying? Buying something, say a $500 HDTV, and then seeing the same TV on sale for $375 a week or two later. Some merchants will reimburse you for the $125 difference if you ask and have some proof. But this doesn’t always work out. If the merchant refuses and you purchased… Read More

‘Tis the Season to Be Wary….

Identity Theft

‘Tis the Season to Be Wary….

‘Tis the Season to Be Wary….

You better watch out You better not swipe Your credit’s wiped out It’s too late to gripe Badman Claws is coming to town He’s making a list, You’re on it twice; Your bank account will barely suffice. Badman Claws is coming to town. He’s phishing when you’re sleeping He tracks you when you wake He… Read More

The Debt Diet Challenge: Holiday and New Year’s Strategies

Managing Debt

The Debt Diet Challenge: Holiday and New Year’s Strategies

The Debt Diet Challenge: Holiday and New Year’s Strategies

This is our weekly installment of The Debt Diet Challenge, in which we follow the progress of participants selected to take Jean Chatzky’s Debt Diet as they work to get themselves out of debt and on track to a better financial future. Every week, the participants blog about their experiences with the program. Here is… Read More

Why Buy a Christmas Tree When You Can Rent One?

Personal Finance

Why Buy a Christmas Tree When You Can Rent One?

Why Buy a Christmas Tree When You Can Rent One?

It’s getting a little late for chopping down a Christmas tree. But if you suddenly find yourself tree-less and overcome by the Christmas spirit, you might not need to cut anything at all. That’s because California entrepreneur Scott Martin has created a different model: Instead of buying a dead Christmas tree, why not rent a… Read More

Thanks to Gridlock, Tax Prep Loans Live to Fight Another Day

Personal Finance

Thanks to Gridlock, Tax Prep Loans Live to Fight Another Day

Thanks to Gridlock, Tax Prep Loans Live to Fight Another Day

A political standoff in Washington is creating a loophole for lenders looking for new ways to continue offering loans that many consumer advocates say are predatory. After years of work by federal regulators to prevent companies like H&R Block from selling costly tax anticipation loans, at least one company appears to have figured out a… Read More

The Best Credit Cards of 2011

Credit Cards

The Best Credit Cards of 2011

The Best Credit Cards of 2011

No doubt about it, this has been a very good year for credit cards. Sure, interest rates are still a little high, but in the past few months, banks have loosened the purse strings a little. This led to some really exceptional credit card offers during the past year. In fact, the sign-up bonuses got… Read More

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