The $2,400 Debt That Wouldn’t Die

Managing Debt

The $2,400 Debt That Wouldn’t Die

The $2,400 Debt That Wouldn’t Die

Eduardo Austin spent the summer of 2010 watching hundreds of dollars get sucked out of his paycheck every payday by the clerk’s office of the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia. Back in 2004, Discover card had won a $2,401 judgment against him for unpaid credit card bills. The money finally started coming out of… Read More

The Most Dependable Cars

Auto Loans

The Most Dependable Cars

The Most Dependable Cars

Paying for maintenance is inevitable for car owners, but future trips to the auto repair shop aren’t often top-of-mind for consumers browsing the dealership lots. Ideally, shoppers have done research on and have some experience with manufacturers and models to help inform a vehicle-purchase decision, but it’s difficult to predict how reliable a car will… Read More

My First Credit Card: Experts Share Their Stories

Credit Cards

My First Credit Card: Experts Share Their Stories

My First Credit Card: Experts Share Their Stories

There are a handful of people, like myself, who spend all day thinking about credit cards. We read the latest news, interview the leaders of the industry, and help teach others how best to use these ubiquitous financial tools. But we weren’t born as credit card experts, and we all started at some point in… Read More

Is ID Theft Worse If You’re In the Military?

Identity Theft

Is ID Theft Worse If You’re In the Military?

Is ID Theft Worse If You’re In the Military?

Identity theft can wreak havoc on a person’s life – impacting their finances, health and good standing in the community. This growing crime poses an even greater threat for military personnel who require security clearance to do their jobs. Security clearance gives military personnel, as well as civilians working for the government or contractors, access to classified… Read More

Should the Newest Student Loan Stats Scare You?

Students

Should the Newest Student Loan Stats Scare You?

Should the Newest Student Loan Stats Scare You?

Only 36% of the most common federal student loans are being repaid on time, according to recently released Department of Education data on the Direct Loan program. While 26% of the $685.7 billion in outstanding loans belong to borrowers still in school or in their grace periods — they’re not expected to be repaying anything… Read More

4 Things That Won’t Affect Your Mortgage

Mortgages

4 Things That Won’t Affect Your Mortgage

4 Things That Won’t Affect Your Mortgage

When you’re hoping to lock down a home loan, the focus is on making sure you look like a safe bet for prospective lenders. Conversation tends to drift to the key pieces of the pre-approval puzzle, from credit score and stable income to acceptable debt levels and suitable assets. No one’s arguing the wisdom there…. Read More

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