The Most Car-Hungry States in America

Auto Loans

The Most Car-Hungry States in America

The Most Car-Hungry States in America

People in Wyoming really like cars. Or trucks. Or whatever it is they’re getting when they take out auto loans. Because even though Wyoming is the least populated state (including the District of Columbia), its residents take out the most auto loans in the country, proportionate to its population. In the third quarter, consumers took… Read More

We Need a New Way to Evaluate Student Lenders

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We Need a New Way to Evaluate Student Lenders

We Need a New Way to Evaluate Student Lenders

Are private education lenders getting a bad rap? After reading the Wall Street Journal’s recent profile on Rohit Chopra, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s student-loan ombudsman, one gets the distinct impression that this might be the case. Apparently, this subset of the financial services industry takes exception to being called out by him for dragging… Read More

How to Read a Car Repair Estimate

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How to Read a Car Repair Estimate

How to Read a Car Repair Estimate

Unless you enjoy turning a wrench, car repair and maintenance is a necessary evil. Car repair bills always seem so unfair and often include repairs that didn’t really seem necessary. The whole experience is taxing, but with this list of suggestions, we can help shrink your repair bills, ensuring a better experience and a well-running… Read More

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

Managing Debt

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

The list of states whose residents carry the most credit card debt hasn’t changed much in the last few years — Alaskan credit card holders consistently carry the highest average balances, and most of the 10 states with high debt are along the East Coast. America’s average credit card debt per person has gone up recently,… Read More

Why Rich People Still Need Good Credit

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Why Rich People Still Need Good Credit

Why Rich People Still Need Good Credit

Wealth is pretty subjective: Average wage-earners can go through life debt-free and have money to spare upon retirement, while millionaires have been known to mismanage their finances and end up bankrupt. The figures on your paycheck carry you only so far, because business partners, employers and lenders won’t care how much money you make if… Read More

7 Habits Leading You Into Debt

Managing Debt

7 Habits Leading You Into Debt

7 Habits Leading You Into Debt

Some habits make it a lot harder to save money — or to stop spending it. Because sometimes our routines lend themselves to parting with money without giving it a second thought. (I have heard that you can stop at Target for a single item, but it’s not something I’ve managed to accomplish.) In fact, there… Read More

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