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

Online Personal Loans: A Growing Trend

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Every year, millions of consumers turn to a personal loan to tackle expenses ranging from home improvement projects to medical bills. While you always have the option to speak with local financial institutions about your borrowing needs, a growing number of people are turning their attention to the internet. In today’s day and age, you can do almost everything online. So, it’s only natural that you also have the option to secure a personal loan in...
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Great "heads up" on obtaining a Personal Loan. You highlighted some areas that we as consumers need to be aware of. Finding legiti... Read More
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 09:17
Frank
While I agree with Wanderer you need to find a legitimate lender, this is the future and at some point will be the most common way... Read More
Sunday, 28 April 2019 19:34
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Top Features of a Small Business Credit Card

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With so many small business credit card offers to compare, it can take several hours (or longer) to gain a better understanding of what’s best for you, your finances, and your company. There are some small business credit card features you don’t want to overlook, as they’re important to your overall experience. Here are several to focus on as you compare your options and make a final decision: •    Online account management: Every credit card issuer...
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You can also look into how long you are able to pay off the credit card. Some companies offer 2-3 months payback.
Sunday, 28 April 2019 19:31
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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 report...
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It takes time to build up a strong credit score, but if you are consistent and diligence about it, you will see your score improve... Read More
Thursday, 21 March 2019 11:36
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Personal Finance for High School Students

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There is an issue I think needs to be addressed in public high schools. While the core classes like algebra, geometry, and English are critical, these schools are putting enough focus on everyday skills like personal finance. I think personal finance should be a core class in high school. Learning these skills in high schools will help the student through adulthood, and may even find a job. I bet there are many that find themselves behind...
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Does anyone currently have a child in high school and are trying to teach them about personal finances?
Monday, 27 May 2019 15:11
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Saving for you (Future) Child

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Savings for your current child or future child needs to be a big goal for you and your family. I found this amazing, but a recent government study found that it can take over $235,000 to raise a child from infancy to age 17. In fact that number does not include college, extracurricular activities, or family vacations. Now that you know its going to cost a lot to provide for a child, I wanted to lay...
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I decided to invest in a 529 state plan in the state I reside. The plan was simple to set up and the investment options were prett... Read More
Thursday, 21 March 2019 11:36
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What are Accelerators, Incubators, and Innovation Labs?

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In today’s startup world, you have probably heard of the terms accelerators, incubators, and innovation labs. These are great to help startups and founders grow their business into something viable. While there is a lot of similarities, the programs do have some key differences and are set up differently as well. Below I will describe these in detail. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions in the comment section. Also please feel free to...
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Has anyone participated in one of these the past few years?
Thursday, 21 March 2019 11:35
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Thinking About a Business Loan? Answer These Questions

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There may come a time when your business requires additional capital. While there are many ways to seek funding, a business loan is often the best. With so many products to choose from – and hundreds of lenders offering them – you won’t struggle to find something that suits your requirements. Since taking out a business loan is such a big decision, it’s important to answer a variety of questions before pushing forward. Here are seven...
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I took out a small business loan last year, and shopped around for almost 3 months. There are so many providers out there, it is w... Read More
Thursday, 21 March 2019 11:34
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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. Whenever...
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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
Frank
As I always like to push, you should be paying off your credit card in full every month. There are other alternatives to borrowing... Read More
Thursday, 21 March 2019 11:33
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Small Business Payroll: Answer These Questions Early On

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As a small business owner, you’ll have many questions to answer early on in regards to payroll. If you address these right away, you’re in position to implement a system that works for both you and your employees. However, if you put this off, you could find yourself making mistakes that cause additional stress and headaches. Here are the most important payroll questions to answer as you get your small business up and running: •    Will...
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The scary part of payroll is when you see that the Federal, Medicare, State and local related payroll taxes have to be paid on a t... Read More
Friday, 08 March 2019 07:03
Frank
I think even if you have 1 employee besides yourself, it is worth it to outsource this process. As wanderer and ChrisB mentioned, ... Read More
Monday, 18 March 2019 16:20
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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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