New Student Loan Models Attract Borrowers & Investors

Students

New Student Loan Models Attract Borrowers & Investors

New Student Loan Models Attract Borrowers & Investors

It was bound to happen. So-called alternative financing sources for student loans have been popping up all over the place. Some take a peer-to-peer (P2P) approach, where individuals with a few bucks to spare and hopes of a better-than-market return lend to others who are looking for a good deal on a loan. P2P companies… Read More

CFPB Fines Auto Company $2.75 Million for Distorting Credit Reports

Credit 101

CFPB Fines Auto Company $2.75 Million for Distorting Credit Reports

CFPB Fines Auto Company $2.75 Million for Distorting Credit Reports

It’s every consumer’s worst credit score nightmare — a lender dinging their score repeatedly by sending wrong, negative information to the credit bureaus for years. On Wednesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said a Texas-based auto lender did just that, sending bad data to credit bureaus through “systemic inaccuracies,” and ordered the firm to pay… Read More

4 Travel Hacks for the Budget-Minded

Personal Finance

4 Travel Hacks for the Budget-Minded

4 Travel Hacks for the Budget-Minded

Exploring the world can easily add up to some big bills, but it is also possible to catch all the sights and learn all about local culture on a tight budget. Whether you work along the way or are just trying to vacation on the cheap, you can have a great experience without breaking the… Read More

3 Reasons to Check Your Credit Reports Regularly

Credit 101

3 Reasons to Check Your Credit Reports Regularly

3 Reasons to Check Your Credit Reports Regularly

Are you afraid to check your credit reports and scores because you are concerned that doing so will lower your scores? It’s a worry we hear all the time from consumers. But what if you learned that checking your credit won’t hurt your credit scores – and may even help them? That’s what happened to me… Read More

The Best Student Credit Cards in America

Credit Cards

The Best Student Credit Cards in America

The Best Student Credit Cards in America

As students spend their college career preparing to make their way in the world, it’s also a critical time in their financial lives — a time when they can establish good financial behaviors and the beginnings of a credit history. A student credit card can be a good way to do that, as long as… Read More

The Scary Way a Friend Request Can Lead to Identity Theft

Identity Theft

The Scary Way a Friend Request Can Lead to Identity Theft

The Scary Way a Friend Request Can Lead to Identity Theft

As millions of users log into Facebook every day and send requests to join others’ social media networks, there are some friends that will quickly turn out to be enemies. A growing trend among cybercriminals is called farcing – or when strangers send friend requests on social media to steal information for fraud or identity theft. Cybercriminals… Read More

4 Mortgage Programs You Should Know About

Mortgages

4 Mortgage Programs You Should Know About

4 Mortgage Programs You Should Know About

When looking to buy or refinance a home, there are several specialized types of loans to consider. Since you may not qualify for every type of mortgage, it is important to calculate how much mortgage you can afford and investigate the options available for your specific situation. It’s a good idea to compare rates from… Read More

What 5 Summer Movies Taught Me About Money

Personal Finance

What 5 Summer Movies Taught Me About Money

What 5 Summer Movies Taught Me About Money

Warning: Spoilers below. 1. Guardians of the Galaxy In the future, money will be called “units” and will be instantly transferable from one person to another, I guess by telepathy or or telepathic Internet or something. Everyone will be obsessed with getting as many units as possible even though there’s no reason to buy anything…. Read More

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