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

How to Build Up a Thin Credit File

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When you’re first starting out with credit, it’s natural to have a limited amount of information on your credit report. In the credit industry, that’s called a “thin” credit file. Unfortunately, having a thin credit file can make it difficult to get approved for many credit cards and loans. In some cases, you may not have a credit score if you have a thin credit file. You need at least one account on your credit...
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4 Options for Dealing With Higher Credit Card Interest Rates

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Your credit card interest rate affects how much you pay for carrying a balance on your credit card. The higher your interest rate, the more you'll pay in finance charges and the longer it will take you to pay off your full credit card balance. When you have a variable credit card rate, there's always the risk that your interest rate will go up. That's because variable rates are indirectly tied to the Federal interest rate....
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Good information that covers most of the questions people think of. Today, unlike one or two years ago when there were more Fixed ... Read More
Friday, 08 March 2019 06:43
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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....
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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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3 Options for Consolidating Your Credit Card Debt

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Trying to pay off multiple credit cards can be complicated. You have to break up your extra money between all your balances, which means you’re not making as much progress as you would if you could just pay one debt. Consolidating your credit card debt makes it much easier to pay since you can make a single payment. The hard part can be figuring out the best way to consolidate. Here are a few options...
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I think consolidating it with a home equity line is usually the best plan as its usually the lowest interest rate. You can also pa... Read More
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:36
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3 Tips for Tracking Your Credit Card Spending

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Spending too much on your credit card can lead to major problems. Big credit card balances put you at risk of going into debt. They can also hurt your credit score, since 30% of your credit score is based on how much of your credit you’re using. Here are some tips for tracking your credit card spending so you’re on top of what you’re charging each month. Use a spreadsheet. If your credit card lets...
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A lot of the major credit card companies (Chase, American Express, etc.) track your spending into categories automatically. They c... Read More
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:33
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7 Ways to Get More Value From Your Credit Card

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Sure, credit cards are a great way to rack up rewards points on your regular purchases or save money on a high interest rate balance, but there are plenty of other ways you can get tremendous value from your credit card. Pay off your balance every month . One of the ways credit card issuers make money is by charging interest to cardholders who take their time paying off a balance. The bigger your balance...
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Great review and recommendations on the "how to get more value" out of your credit cards!
Sunday, 10 February 2019 07:44
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7 Steps to Achieving Financial Health

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Many Americans are struggling financially, with a large number of Americans living paycheck to paycheck and others having to borrow to make ends meet. Americans who grew up in a home with parents who struggled my repeat their parents’ mistakes because they don’t understand the important parts of being financially healthy. As you work to improve your finances, focus on mastering these key areas. Spend less than you make. When your monthly expenses are greater...
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7 Ways to Handle a Delay in Pay

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Temporary layoffs can happen when you least expect and with no warning from your employer. Worse, you may not know how long the layoff will last and when your pay will start again. Staying on top of your finances can be difficult when there’s a delay in your pay. Here are some tips for staying on track until the layoff is over. Take advantage of your emergency fund . A delay in pay is the exact kind...
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This is great information especially what is going on right now. I hope government employees get paid immediately.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:29
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What To Do If You're Upside Down in a Car Loan

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  In the ideal car buying scenario, the value of your car would always exceed your outstanding loan balance. However, sometimes the opposite can happen and you owe more on your car than your car is actually worth - a situation that's referred to as being upside down on your loan. For example, if your outstanding loan balance is $17,000 and your car is valued at $12,000, then you’re upside down. If you wanted to...
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Has anyone been in this situation before? Given how fast cars depreciate, I would expect this to happen a lot.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:25
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7 Best Ways to Spend a Year-End Bonus

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Many employers pay a year-end bonus as a reward to employees for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. After laboring all year long, most people think about splurging the bonus, but there may be some better ways to put the money to good use. Put it aside for taxes . After it’s added to the salary you earned throughout the year, a year-end bonus may push you into a new tax bracket. You...
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I can tell you I am saving my bonus this year!
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:10
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