5 Ways to Avoid Bank Fees

Personal Finance

5 Ways to Avoid Bank Fees

5 Ways to Avoid Bank Fees

The majority of Americans pay little or nothing at all for banking services, a new survey from the American Bankers Association found, and the share of those who pay fees has gotten smaller since last year. Of 1,000 consumers who responded to the annual survey (ABA has commissioned it since 1998), 62% said they pay… Read More

The $1 Million Parking Space

Personal Finance

The $1 Million Parking Space

The $1 Million Parking Space

It’s common knowledge New York City is home to some of the priciest real estate in the country, but still, paying $1 million for a parking space is a little excessive. A luxury building under construction in the trendy SoHo neighborhood will offer the pricey parking spots on a first-come, first-served basis, and they cost… Read More

Can Your Cellphone Break Your Credit Card?

Credit Cards

Can Your Cellphone Break Your Credit Card?

Can Your Cellphone Break Your Credit Card?

When you hand your credit card to a cashier, you expect it to work. It’s a reasonable assumption, but plenty of consumers have had the experience of swiping a card multiple times to no avail. For some reason, the reader won’t recognize your card — it might happen once in a while, repeatedly at the same… Read More

Report Indicates Not All Student Loan News is Horrible

Students

Report Indicates Not All Student Loan News is Horrible

Report Indicates Not All Student Loan News is Horrible

It’s not like student loan news is often uplifting, but the newest study on education debt released by Experian bears some encouraging data. The numbers reinforce concerns often voiced by borrowers, economists and politicians that the cost of higher education is growing at what is likely an unsustainable rate. However, the report also shows that… Read More

Are You Financially Ready to Buy a House?

Mortgages

Are You Financially Ready to Buy a House?

Are You Financially Ready to Buy a House?

One way to gauge if you are financially ready to buy a home is to ask yourself the following four questions: 1. Is My Credit in Good Shape? Before lenders approve a home loan, they will analyze your ability to repay it. To make this determination, lenders will obtain your credit report from one or… Read More

The Fight to Stop Robocalls

Identity Theft

The Fight to Stop Robocalls

The Fight to Stop Robocalls

If technology exists that could stop scammy robocalls before they pester and cheat Americans, why don’t phone companies use it?  That’s the crux of a letter sent Tuesday by attorneys general from 39 states and territories to the Federal Communications Commission. Software with names like NoMoRobo, Call Control and Telemarketing Guard can root out many unwanted and… Read More

7 Benefits of Being Cheap

Personal Finance

7 Benefits of Being Cheap

7 Benefits of Being Cheap

“Cheap” is usually considered an offensive term, but could frugality be the best thing for your finances? It’s a good idea for everyone to have a budget and be aware of their spending habits, but going that extra step to becoming frugal can improve more than your financial well-being. We all know that cutting back can pay… Read More

Will Congress Overhaul Credit Reporting Laws?

Credit Score

Will Congress Overhaul Credit Reporting Laws?

Will Congress Overhaul Credit Reporting Laws?

Nearly every day we hear from consumers who feel like their credit reports and scores are holding them back. Some have been battling mistakes they are having trouble getting fixed, others feel like they are stuck in credit purgatory because their credit reports still contain negative information from homes they lost or loans they defaulted… Read More

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