FICO Releases Research to Profile Strategic Defaulters

Mortgages

FICO Releases Research to Profile Strategic Defaulters

FICO Releases Research to Profile Strategic Defaulters

Many of us probably know someone who has lost their home in this economic downturn, and therefore can empathize with whatever situation—whether they lost their job or were a victim of predatory lending—made it nearly impossible for them to stay current on their credit obligations (mortgage as well as credit cards, auto loans, etc.). At… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Americans Oppose Certain Budget Cuts, Fewer Boomers Leave Money to Kids

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: Americans Oppose Certain Budget Cuts, Fewer Boomers Leave Money to Kids

Financial News Roundup: Americans Oppose Certain Budget Cuts, Fewer Boomers Leave Money to Kids

Today’s top news headlines feature the results of a new poll highlighting Americans’ feelings toward certain budget cuts and strategies some companies use to keep employees happy. Plus, find out why fewer baby boomers plan to leave their money to their children. Americans Disapprove of Slashing Medicare, Other Services The Washington Post The results of… Read More

Foreclosure Scammers Forced to Repay Victims $2.3 Million

Mortgages

Foreclosure Scammers Forced to Repay Victims $2.3 Million

Foreclosure Scammers Forced to Repay Victims $2.3 Million

A company that falsely claimed it could help homeowners avoid foreclosure—and charged up to $2,500 for the phantom service—must repay all its victims, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The company, Florida-based Home Assure, stole between $1,500 and $2,500 from each victim. Now those victims—1,410 in all—are getting their money back. The FTC began mailing… Read More

The Debt Diet Challenge: How to Enter

Managing Debt

The Debt Diet Challenge: How to Enter

The Debt Diet Challenge: How to Enter

For many people, getting out of debt can seem like an insurmountable challenge. There are many strategies out there—from debt laddering, to bargain hunting and even investment vehicles. Recently, we came across one that piqued our interest. Jean Chatzky, personal finance guru and bestselling author, has introduced something called The Debt Diet™. This strategy focuses… Read More

Jean Chatzky’s Debt Diet: A Behind the Scenes Look

Managing Debt

Jean Chatzky’s Debt Diet: A Behind the Scenes Look

Jean Chatzky’s Debt Diet: A Behind the Scenes Look

Jean Chatzky’s first debt diet was the result of a personal emergency. She was just out of college, writing for a women’s magazine, living in New York. Her rent wasn’t even especially high, Chatzky says. But New York is a famously expensive city. All of a sudden, she racked up credit card debt equal to… Read More

Consumers Still Cautious About Debt

Managing Debt

Consumers Still Cautious About Debt

Consumers Still Cautious About Debt

A majority of consumers have suffered some economic distress in the last few years as many experienced some type of income loss, or saw the value of their home decline significantly, and this has led to more caution around debt in general, according to a new study conducted jointly by researchers at Oregon State University… Read More

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