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

Unsecured Loans vs. Secured Lines of Credit

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Whichever reason you need a loan there are thousands of different choices to make before applying. The first of which is what type of loan to get, unsecured credit loans or secured credit loans. It's important to understand the difference between the two and how both can benefit or put you at a disadvantage. The first crucial decision is do you want a loan or a line of credit? What's the difference between them? A loan...
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How To Rate Mortgage Companies

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It may sound really easy to figure out mortgage loan companies, but the task is more formidable than most people expect. As you shop for your loan you may come across terms such as ARM, fixed rate loan, balloon mortgage, points, lock-in period, closing cost, prime rate and others. It's crucial to not only know what those terms represent, but to apply them to lenders. Rating mortgage companies means finding out what they are offering as...
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Four Perks That Make a Credit Card Well Worth It

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There are dozens and dozens of credit cards on the market . Some aren’t worth a second look, but there are a handful with perks that are so great, you’d be crazy not to get at least one for your wallet. When you’re looking at credit cards or evaluating a credit card offer, here are a few perks that make the credit card well worth it. Rewards Of all the types of credit cards available, rewards...
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Yes, there are Benefits of Using a Credit Card

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It’s easy to talk about the many potential pitfalls of using a credit card, such as the ability to quickly rack up a large amount of debt. While you need to be careful with your spending, here’s something to remember: with the right approach, you can take advantage of a variety of benefits. Here are three benefits of using a credit card, all of which could change your financial situation for the better: •    Convenience. Are...
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3 Things to Look for in Your First Credit Card

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Are you in the process of searching for your very first credit card? Are you excited about the prospects of finding an offer that will improve your financial situation? As you search for your first credit card, you’ll soon come to find that there are many offers to choose from. Some have more to provide than others, and in the end you will only want to select one. Although every consumer is different, there are three...
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How to Keep an Account Out of Collections

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Not only are debt collections one of the most annoying types of accounts to deal with, they’re also terrible your credit score. Collections can stay on your credit report for seven years, making it difficult to get your future applications approved. Fortunately, there are ways you can keep an account from going to collections. Pay Your Bills On Time Accounts are sent to collections only after the original biller is unsuccessful in collecting payment from you....
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4 Tips for Donating Money After Natural Disasters

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From hurricanes to tornadoes to earthquakes, there's almost no part of the world that's safe from natural disasters. In the wake of the destruction that comes along with natural disasters, many of us are inspired to help out by making a donation. No matter how big or small, we want our donations to make as much of a real impact as possible. Here are a few tips for donating money after a natural disasters. Check your...
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Appreciate the advice. Seems that my phone has found the scammers lately and it is hard to know what organizations are real? Sonet... Read More
Sunday, 01 October 2017 05:22
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Was Your Credit Card Stolen? Here’s What You Should Do

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Have you come to the conclusion that your credit card has been stolen? Regardless of why you believe this to be true – such as if someone stole your entire wallet or purse – you need to take immediate action. Sitting back and hoping that your wallet is returned isn’t a mistake you want to make. If you don’t act fast, there’s a good chance that your credit card will be used in a fraudulent manner....
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Great advice! Will add that now it is suggested that we place "Security Freezes" on all of our credit so that we are alerted to cr... Read More
Sunday, 01 October 2017 05:32
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Should You Accept a Pre-Approved Credit Card Offer?

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Credit card companies use information from the credit bureaus to figure out who might qualify for one of their credit card products. Then, the credit card issuer sends pre-approved offer letters to consumers that make the cut. If you receive a pre-approved offer in the mail, you should carefully consider whether you want to take it. Do you want another credit card? You don’t have to take the pre-approved offer just because it was sent to...
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What to Do If Your Credit Card Issuer Cancels Your Credit Card

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Your credit card issuer has just as much right to close your credit card as you do. If you find out your credit card issuer has cancelled your credit card , here's what you should do next. Call to find out why. Your credit card issuer won’t always warn you before cancelling your credit card. So, if you’re curious to find out the reason your credit card has been cancelled, call your credit card issuer to find out...
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Frank
I have never had this happen myself? How about anyone else?
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 17:44
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