5 Ways Your Kid Can Hurt Your Credit

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5 Ways Your Kid Can Hurt Your Credit

5 Ways Your Kid Can Hurt Your Credit

There’s plenty of information out there on what it costs to raise kids, so we know they can lighten your wallet. But they can also flatten your credit. But while paying for kids’ care is part of a parent’s job, letting your credit suffer because of their actions isn’t. Teaching kids about credit is arguably… Read More

How to Get Your Student Loans Forgiven in Bankruptcy

Students

How to Get Your Student Loans Forgiven in Bankruptcy

How to Get Your Student Loans Forgiven in Bankruptcy

“Student loans can’t be discharged in bankruptcy,” has been repeated so often that it’s practically considered gospel. But what if that “fact” is not completely correct – and may be stopping consumers who could benefit from bankruptcy from pursuing it? It’s not just consumers and the media that may be misled. “A wide number of… Read More

The Priciest Neighborhoods for Renters

Personal Finance

The Priciest Neighborhoods for Renters

The Priciest Neighborhoods for Renters

If you’re looking for an affordable place to rent, the number of bedrooms is only one factor in price. In fact, location is going to have a massive impact on your rent payment. It’s no secret rent is high in some of the country’s largest cities, but prices vary widely: New York City is generally… Read More

A Coding Error Labeled Up to 500K Customers’ Utility Payments As Late

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A Coding Error Labeled Up to 500K Customers’ Utility Payments As Late

A Coding Error Labeled Up to 500K Customers’ Utility Payments As Late

Duke Energy may have affected about 500,000 customers’ credit histories when it mislabeled some on-time bill payments as late, the company announced Oct. 7. The North Carolina-based utility provider sent letters about the error to customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, saying it possibly sent incorrect late-payment information to the National Consumer Telecom & Utilities Exchange…. Read More

Can You Buy a Home for Your Parents?

Mortgages

Can You Buy a Home for Your Parents?

Can You Buy a Home for Your Parents?

It’s fairly common for parents to help their children buy a home. But sometimes, adult children are in a position where they want to help buy a home for their parents. It may be that the children have been successful and want their parents to have a better home than they do now. Perhaps the… Read More

Should You Sign Your Credit Card?

Credit Cards

Should You Sign Your Credit Card?

Should You Sign Your Credit Card?

Take a close look at the back of your credit card, and you will  probably see something along the lines of “Not valid unless signed.” At the same time, there are many cardholders who believe that they should not sign their credit cards for one of several reasons. Some think signing the back of their card gives potential… Read More

The Real JPMorgan Data Breach Danger Is Still on Its Way

Identity Theft

The Real JPMorgan Data Breach Danger Is Still on Its Way

The Real JPMorgan Data Breach Danger Is Still on Its Way

The olive branch after the deluge of news about the JPMorgan breach that exposed the personally identifiable information of 83 million customers was that no bank account information, or more sensitive personal information like Social Security numbers, had been compromised. What got lost in that torrent of stories was the fact that the information that… Read More

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