Can a Debt Collector Fax My Employer?

Managing Debt

Can a Debt Collector Fax My Employer?

Can a Debt Collector Fax My Employer?

A reader, Joanne, wrote to us concerned because a debt collector had sent a fax to her employer, and right at the top of the fax was her Social Security number, available to anyone who happened to grab it from the fax machine. Here’s what she asked: Can the debt collection agency send a fax to… Read More

4 Student Loan Debt Collection Tricks

Students

4 Student Loan Debt Collection Tricks

4 Student Loan Debt Collection Tricks

Debt collectors have been known to use dirty tricks to get consumers to pay, but those collecting student loans have an especially powerful tool on their side. Unlike most other debt, student loan debt cannot be routinely discharged in bankruptcy. And depending on the type of loan, the debts can be collected through wage garnishments… Read More

The New Apple Rewards Credit Card: Should You Bite?

Credit Cards

The New Apple Rewards Credit Card: Should You Bite?

The New Apple Rewards Credit Card: Should You Bite?

Apple is the world’s strongest brand, worth over $124 billion. While this is more than twice as much as the next-most valuable brand, credit card experts have always wondered why it hasn’t offered a rewards credit card to leverage this market strength. Apple and Barclaycard have just released the new Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards that finally offers… Read More

How We Planned a Debt-Free Wedding

Personal Finance

How We Planned a Debt-Free Wedding

How We Planned a Debt-Free Wedding

What do a debt-free wedding and a happy, lifelong marriage have in common? They both require a good deal of self-control! One of the leading causes of divorce is financial distress. Before you get married, you would never plan to be upside-down on a mortgage and fight over every receipt, but it happens. One thing… Read More

A New Challenge for Veterans Who Want to Buy a Home

Mortgages

A New Challenge for Veterans Who Want to Buy a Home

A New Challenge for Veterans Who Want to Buy a Home

After years in the shadows, the historic VA loan program is getting some time in the sun, but it may be short-lived. VA loan volume has surged since the housing crisis. Veterans and military buyers have flocked to the program’s more flexible and forgiving requirements in a time of tight credit. But that momentum may be… Read More

Why Retirement Ain’t What It Used to Be

Personal Finance

Why Retirement Ain’t What It Used to Be

Why Retirement Ain’t What It Used to Be

Retirement used to mean a phase in life where you stopped working and slowed down. But more and more that definition doesn’t seem to fit. Many people are working well into their golden years, by both choice and necessity. For those who haven’t saved enough money to retire, this means working to pay the bills. But… Read More

How to Find a Pet-Friendly Apartment

Personal Finance

How to Find a Pet-Friendly Apartment

How to Find a Pet-Friendly Apartment

Looking for an apartment can be challenging in general, but throwing in the added necessity of pet-friendliness makes it a whole different ball game. You must assess all your needs in a home, consider how much apartment you can afford and then start looking at available properties. While your pet should probably skip out on the… Read More

6 Ways to Ensure You’ll Have Enough Money in Retirement

Personal Finance

6 Ways to Ensure You’ll Have Enough Money in Retirement

6 Ways to Ensure You’ll Have Enough Money in Retirement

If you want to have a cozy retirement, your best bet is to find a job that offers a traditional pension. Have you heard of pensions? They’re a near-mythical job perk in which your company continues to pay you monthly even after you retire and until the day you die. Pensions are a sweet deal… Read More

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