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

Cheap Travel Tips

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It is in the middle of the summer and many people are traveling on vacation with their families. You probably want to save a few dollars and not spend all of your money traveling. However, don’t let money stop you from traveling, there are tons of ways to travel cheap on a budget. Pay for your transportation with points : earning credit card points and miles will help you redeem them for travel. There are also...
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How Does the Fed Rate Affect You?

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The federal reserve recently announced that it cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point, the first cut since the 2008 financial crisis. The new short-term range will be between 2% and 2.25%. The rate they reduced is the federal funds rate, which is what banks and other financial institutions charge one another for very short-term borrowing. Most consumers don’t do that sort of overnight borrowing, but the Fed’s moves still affect the borrowing...
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The loss of jobs is ever a sad perspective but, when you realize we are in the longest period of growth ever, it is not surprising... Read More
Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:58
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How to Pay Medical Bills you Cannot Afford

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If you are young and healthy, you probably are not that concerned about medical coverage. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t have an unexpected medical emergency and get you stuck with a huge medical bill. Some medical expenses can be so high they reach over 5 figures. Below are a few helpful tips and ideas. Please feel free to write any questions in the comments section below. Understand what happens when bills go unpaid: After a...
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Good information and your stressing the point about not ignoring the medical bills as they can affect your future for many years i... Read More
Thursday, 15 August 2019 20:02
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Do You Need Money to Start a Small Business?

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There is a lot that goes into starting a small business, with the financial side of doing so requiring plenty of attention. In a perfect scenario, you’d have all the money you need to start and grow your business from the ground up. But, even if this isn’t the case, there are still things you can do to get up and running. Here are several ways to secure financing to start a small business: •    Friends...
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Opening a new business may allow you to utilize governmental programs based on funding from state and local governments as part of... Read More
Saturday, 10 August 2019 07:08
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How Long is Debt Valid?

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If you're dealing with multiple debts on your credit report or you're getting calls and letters from debt collectors, you may wonder if the debt is still valid. Debts generally don't "go away" just because they get older. However, older debts do reach a period where they should no longer affect you or your credit. There's a one time limit that a debt can be listed on your credit report and another for the amount of...
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Learned a lot in this Blog! WOW! Reminds me of "tip toeing through the tulips" as you need to be ever so careful! Many legals to w... Read More
Saturday, 10 August 2019 07:00
Frank
I had no idea debt was valid for this long! Great information!!
Monday, 26 August 2019 13:37
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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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Why Should You Read Online Credit Card Reviews?

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Comparing credit cards is both easier and more difficult than ever before. On the plus side, there are two things working in your favor: •    The large number of credit card offers to compare and choose from •    The ability to gather information online Conversely, a large number of credit card offers can also lead to frustration, as there’s always something else to consider. This can lead to a situation in which you’re afraid to take...
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There are so many websites out there that offer great reviews, including this one!
Monday, 26 August 2019 13:36
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Are You Ready to Take on a Business Loan?

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There are many reasons to consider a business loan. While it may sound like the perfect idea, this is a big financial decision that will affect your business on many levels. Before you wholeheartedly decide in favor of a business loan, here are some of the most important questions to answer: •    Are you familiar with the many types of business loan? From term loans to equipment loans, understanding each type of loan can help you...
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5 Things to do With Your Next Bonus Check

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Do you typically receive at least one bonus check from your employer every year? Do you often struggle when deciding how to use the money? It’s not always easy to decide how to use a bonus check, but this is a good problem to have. If you need a push in the right direction, here are five ideas to consider: •    Add to your retirement savings: No matter how you do so, you can’t go wrong....
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My last bonus check I used as a down payment for a house.
Monday, 26 August 2019 13:34
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How Much Should You Spend on a New Car?

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According to analysts at Kelley Blue Book, the average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States is hovering around $37,500. Even if you’re willing to spend this much on a new car – or more – it doesn’t mean you should make a foolish financial decision. There are various factors to consider when answering the question of how much you should spend on a new car. Here are a few things to keep in...
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Certainly is a lot to consider when buying a new or pre-owned vehicle. Noticed people commenting about taking 72 month or 84 month... Read More
Saturday, 10 August 2019 07:05
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