6 Deals to Make Tax Day More Bearable

Personal Finance

6 Deals to Make Tax Day More Bearable

6 Deals to Make Tax Day More Bearable

Bargain seekers, listen up: If you love freebies, believe it or not, Tax Day is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Far and wide, retailers and restaurants will dole the deals to consumers. Come April 18, you can find them on everything from food to travel to consumer goods. Here, we’ve rounded up some deals that could make your tax... Read More

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Airline Credit Card

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6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Airline Credit Card

6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Airline Credit Card

These days, most airline amenities, like lounge access, in-air meals and, even, extra personal space, require flyers to pay a fee or spring for higher airfare. Thankfully, the airlines are willing to offer many of these benefits back to their most frequent travelers, as well as those who hold their co-branded credit cards. So, if you... Read More

Don’t Visit Your Parents? That’ll Hurt Your Credit Score in Shanghai

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Don’t Visit Your Parents? That’ll Hurt Your Credit Score in Shanghai

Don’t Visit Your Parents? That’ll Hurt Your Credit Score in Shanghai

If you think the credit scoring system in the U.S. is onerous, check this out: Chinese adults living in Shanghai who don’t regularly visit or call their parents could see their credit scores lowered as punishment, according to Chinese media reports. New regulations, which take effect next month, are designed to bolster 2013 legislation aimed at getting Shanghai adults to “visit and... Read More

Everything You Need to Know About the Dreaded 1099-C

Personal Finance

Everything You Need to Know About the Dreaded 1099-C

Everything You Need to Know About the Dreaded 1099-C

If you got a 1099-C in the mail and thought, “Why is this happening?!” join the club — most Americans are frightened by tax forms. But the last thing you should do is ignore it. A copy of these forms are electronically sent to the tax man, and the tax man will slap you with penalties if you fail... Read More

You’re Not Stuck With Bad Credit Forever, Study Finds

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You’re Not Stuck With Bad Credit Forever, Study Finds

You’re Not Stuck With Bad Credit Forever, Study Finds

Your credit score isn’t like your family; you aren’t stuck with it forever. In fact, credit scores are quite fluid, as a recent study from VantageScore Solutions shows. The study looked at the credit scores of 2 million consumers between 2011 and 2013, reporting that 49% of these consumers saw a credit score increase of around 19 points during... Read More

8 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online

Identity Theft

8 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online

8 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online

The only sure thing in the world of information security is that there is no such thing as a failsafe solution. It’s crucial not only to keep abreast of the latest threats out there, but to also act as though the mission is to find your way to safety from the middle of a lawless... Read More

How to Qualify for Obama’s New Student Loan Forgiveness Measure

Students

How to Qualify for Obama’s New Student Loan Forgiveness Measure

How to Qualify for Obama’s New Student Loan Forgiveness Measure

The Obama administration announced Tuesday a plan to forgive $7.7 billion in federal student loans held by an estimated 387,000 permanently disabled Americans, of which roughly half (179,000) are in default. While the administration tried to streamline the discharge of student loans for the permanently disabled four years ago, few eligible borrowers took advantage. Now,... Read More

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