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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

Three Things You Should Do When You Suspect Identity Theft

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A suspicious charge on your credit card. Calls from collectors about accounts you didn't know of. Alerts of new inquiries on your credit report. These can all be signs that someone has stolen your identity. Confirming identity theft can take time. But if you think someone may be using your personal information, you want to prevent them from leaving more damage for you to clean up. Here's what you should do if you think your identity...
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credit monitoring is a must. It doesn't 100% protect you, but it definitely helps limit your risk and your downside.
Monday, 26 August 2019 13:37
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5 Things to Know About Building Credit for the First Time

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Building credit for the first time can be both exciting and stressful. On the plus side, you’re ready to take this big step in your financial life. Conversely, you have some concerns about the moves you’re making and the short and long-term impact. Here are five things to know about building credit for the first time: 1. It’s Every Bit as Important as it Sounds Don’t talk yourself into thinking this isn’t important. Even if you...
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Five Benefits of Becoming Debt-Free

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Paying off a large amount of debt takes a lot of sacrifice. You have to cut back your spending and sometimes get creative about making more money. Even though it can be stressful and frustrating, the benefits of paying off your debt are worth it. You’ll save money in the long run. The longer you carry debt, the more you’ll pay in interest. Paying off your debt faster lets you save thousands of dollars in interest,...
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I can't tell you how good of a feeling it is to be debt free. Beyond the financial flexibility, you will feel as though a huge wei... Read More
Monday, 26 August 2019 13:25
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Types of Student Loan Debt

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If you need to borrow for your college or post college expenses, you should know what borrowing options are available to you. Generally there are two major sources of student loans. Federal and private loans are available to individuals, however federal student loans are much more common. There are also advantages and disadvantages to each, so please make sure you research before selecting your borrowing option. However it is important to note that no matter what...
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What Consumers Need to Know About Point-of-Sale Loans

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It's normal for retailers to pitch credit cards to shoppers during checkout. The pitch usually comes with an incentive - like a discount on the initial purchase. More retailers are offering a new payment option for consumers: point-of-sale loans. Customers are offered the loans both in-store and online at checkout. Point-of-sale loans are often offered for big ticket items. With the ease of lending, the loans are also offered for online purchases regardless of price. The...
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Good information as I had not heard of such loans. Now if I get approached on them I will take time to consider and read the fine ... Read More
Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:38
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Five Ways Credit Bureaus May Respond to a Credit Report Dispute

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The information in your credit report has a major impact on whether your new applications for credit cards and loans are approved. Having positive information is key to showing that you're a responsible borrower. Your credit report can only contain accurate, complete, and timely information and you're allowed to challenge any information that doesn't fit the criteria for reporting. If you spot errors on your credit report, you can have your credit report updated by making...
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One thing people need to know, there is a legal basis to a dispute. Disputing because you don't like it or for some other non-lega... Read More
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 06:32
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Watch Out for the Risks of Personal Loans

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Banks and fintech startups are increasingly offering personal loans for consumers who need to consolidate debt, make home repairs, or take care of other financial obligations. While personal loans are becoming easier to access, there still remains some risks to watch out for before you take on new debt. Fixed Monthly Payments There’s a fixed monthly payment based on your interest rate, loan amount, and repayment period. Payments can be difficult to make if you’re having...
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I do not have direct experience with getting a personal loan, but as you mentioned I would be wary of them as the interest rate is... Read More
Thursday, 27 June 2019 08:41
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How Medical Bills Wind Up On Your Credit Report

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Medical bills have the potential to hurt your credit just like most other types of bills. Medical bills can wind up on your credit report even if you have health insurance, since insurance companies don’t always cover 100% of medical services. Medical service providers don’t drop a medical bill on your credit report right away. They typically give you a give you time to pay the bill in full or make a payment arrangement first. In...
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Good information! Unaware you could dispute and/or have medical bills removed once they are paid. Due to the often large size of s... Read More
Monday, 20 May 2019 03:54
Frank
This is extremely helpful and also had no idea this went on your credit report, great article!
Thursday, 20 June 2019 16:16
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The Most Common Complaints Against Debt Collectors

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released its 2019 Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Annual Report which discusses trends in consumer debt collection complaints. The FDCPA is the federal law that dictates what third-party debt collectors are allowed to do when they’re collecting a debt. The CFPB receives complaints from consumers about financial services businesses, including collection agencies. After receiving a complaint, the bureau opens an investigation and attempts to work out a resolution between the...
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I would never work in this industry. I view it as slimy and unprofessional.
Thursday, 30 May 2019 10:08
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Four Red Flags of Too Much Debt

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Consumer debt has been rising steadily as the economy recovered from the 2008 recession and overall consumer debt reached a record $13.5 trillion in the 4th quarter of 2018, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's report on U.S. household debt and credit. Rising levels of debt may not be good for the economy and especially on consumer wallets. Here are some ways you can tell if you're adding too much debt each month. You...
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This is scary as it indicates consumer spending may be out of control. As the author laid out there are limits on out finances and... Read More
Friday, 08 March 2019 06:55
Frank
Completely agree Wanderer. I think we are living in very scary times!
Monday, 18 March 2019 16:18
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