15 Things Credit Experts Want You to Know

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15 Things Credit Experts Want You to Know

15 Things Credit Experts Want You to Know

If you’ve ever argued with your credit card company about anything (and a lot of us have), then you probably know there are a great deal of fine print and hoops to jump through when it comes to credit cards. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned, habitual swiper, or you’re brand new to the... Read More

15 Ways to Benefit from Rising Interest Rates

Personal Finance

15 Ways to Benefit from Rising Interest Rates

15 Ways to Benefit from Rising Interest Rates

You’ve heard the saying, “what goes up, must come down.” This is true of interest rates, which means that interest rates must also go back up now that they’ve dropped down. We’re just coming out of a period of historically low interest rates, and the economy is strong. When that happens, the Federal Reserve usually... Read More

Legislators Propose Interest Rate Cap, But Will It Work?

News

Legislators Propose Interest Rate Cap, But Will It Work?

Legislators Propose Interest Rate Cap, But Will It Work?

Congress is taking aim at high-rate, short-term lenders in the U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright and Steve Cohn are joining forces with Senators Dick Durbin, Barbara Boxer, Richard Blumenthal, Jeff Merkley and Sheldon Whitehouse to establish a national usury limit for consumer credit transactions. Their targets are banks and finance companies that market payday- and account-advance... Read More

7 Ways Bad Credit Holds You Back

Credit Score

7 Ways Bad Credit Holds You Back

7 Ways Bad Credit Holds You Back

Having poor or no credit may not seem like a big deal to some people, but your credit standing impacts more areas of your life than you may think. There’s the obvious concept — bad credit means you’ll likely have trouble getting credit — but your credit standing can make life much more expensive than it needs to... Read More

Should a 300% Interest Rate Be Legal?

News

Should a 300% Interest Rate Be Legal?

Should a 300% Interest Rate Be Legal?

Is there anyone out there who still believes that payday lending is a respectable business? That it’s OK to charge stratospheric interest rates—often four, five or more times the amount that’s originally borrowed—to cash-strapped consumers who typically re-borrow the identical loan over and over again during the course of a year? That it’s reputable to... Read More

Get Ready: Student Loan Rates Are About to Jump

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Get Ready: Student Loan Rates Are About to Jump

Get Ready: Student Loan Rates Are About to Jump

Student loan interest rates are going to go up. At least, that’s what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau expects. With the intention of helping borrowers better calculate the costs of their educations, the CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Rohit Chopra published an explanation of what to expect. The CFPB estimates interest rates for federal loans will... Read More

What a Mortgage Calculator Won’t Tell You

Mortgages

What a Mortgage Calculator Won’t Tell You

What a Mortgage Calculator Won’t Tell You

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’ve probably used — or at least heard of — a mortgage calculator. These nifty tools can help you figure out the price range of homes you may be able to afford and estimate your monthly mortgage payment. With an event as big as buying a home, it’s... Read More

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