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

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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Work With Your Contractor to Save On Your Project

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Maybe you’re dreaming of a new kitchen. Or maybe it’s time to put an addition on your home. Perhaps you want to finish your basement. Regardless of the home improvement project you’re planning, there may be one thing standing in your way: money . Even if you have enough money to complete your project, it doesn’t mean you want to overspend. It’s likely that you’re still interested in saving money along the way. By working closely...
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How to Get Out of a Cell Phone Contract: Points of Consideration

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Do you remember the days when every cell phone carrier was clamoring for your business? From a free phone to a variety of monthly perks, they were willing to do whatever it took to make you happy. However, as cell phones became more popular, this all fell by the wayside. Soon enough, carriers were locking customers into long-term contracts. If you’re interested in getting out of a cell phone contract, here are a few things to...
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I have had horrible experience in the past trying to negotiate with cell phone companies. I view them as very very difficult to wo... Read More
Sunday, 30 June 2019 10:52
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What are the Drawbacks of a Secured Credit Card?

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Do you have poor credit? Are you struggling to build a credit history? Do you have concerns about ever qualifying for a credit card? Despite your stress, there are things you can do to put yourself on the right path. For example, a secured credit card comes with a variety of benefits: •    Easier to obtain than an unsecured credit card •    Low fee structure •    Refundable deposit (if you meet the terms and conditions) While...
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What's the Risk in Closing a Credit Card?

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You may think nothing of closing a credit card you no longer want. Maybe you have too many cards or you have one that doesn't pay any rewards. because you have too many cards or that one doesn't pay any good rewards - you may think nothing of simply closing out the card. That way you don't have to deal with it anymore. However, closing a credit card may have some unintended consequences. Potential Impact to...
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What are the Benefits of a Short-term Loan?

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With so many types of loans to consider, you should feel confident in your ability to find the one that’s best for you, your finances, and your goals. A short-term loan is often overlooked, but there are times when this is the perfect solution. Here are three of the many benefits associated with this type of loan: •    Lower interest rate: When borrowing money, you always want to know how much you’ll pay in interest. Short-term...
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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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How to Build Your Side Business While Keeping Your Full-Time Job

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It is becoming fairly common that individuals have a side gig or business while working full time. Most are not able to quit their full-time day job, but still want a way to make supplemental income. Being your own boss is the new trend, but doing it full-time without a safety net is very risky. Below are a few tips to build your side business which is a great way to mitigate risk, learn your market...
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Working After Retirement

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Retirement usually means you are done working and you can enjoy what you are passionate about. Many picture themselves sitting on a beach, hitting the golf course, or spending time with family. However, now it is much more common to continuing work after you “retire” from your career.  Working after retirement does not necessarily mean you have to work. It is a lifestyle reason as well, as many people enjoy working. It provides happiness and purpose....
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What is a Bond Rating

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While some of you may be familiar with what a bond rating is, many of you may also be unfamiliar and do not understand the bond rating process. Below is a high level overview of what a bond rating is, and feel free to ask any follow up questions in the comments section below. A bond rating is a rating that an independent or unbiased agency issues to measure the credit quality of a particular bond...
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