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

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 these benefits...
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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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This post cover it ... worked in local government at many communities and counties. After completing 35 years in local government ... Read More
Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:35
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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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What Consumers Need to Know About Point-of-Sale Loans

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It's normal for retailers to pitch credit cards to shoppers during checkout. The pitch usually comes with an incentive - like a discount on the initial purchase. More retailers are offering a new payment option for consumers: point-of-sale loans. Customers are offered the loans both in-store and online at checkout. Point-of-sale loans are often offered for big ticket items. With the ease of lending, the loans are also offered for online purchases regardless of price. The...
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Good information as I had not heard of such loans. Now if I get approached on them I will take time to consider and read the fine ... Read More
Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:38
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Don’t Have 20 Percent for a Down Payment?

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When buying a home, a variety of financial questions and concerns will move to the forefront. While there are many numbers to keep in mind, 20 percent will come up time after time. This is the magic number when it comes to a minimum down payment.Basic math shows you that this is equivalent to $20,000 down for every $100,000 worth of home. So, if you’re buying a property for $200,000, a $40,000 down payment is what...
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Sometimes even when you do not have 20% down, you will be money ahead in owning over leasing/renting and you potentially are build... Read More
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Frank
I will say I did not have 20% saved to purchase my first home. Most banks were still willing to work with me and I also did not ha... Read More
Sunday, 30 June 2019 10:56
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Save Money by Purchasing Contact Lenses Online

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If you wear contact lenses, you’re familiar with the expense of buying replacements every three, six, or twelve months. Even if you’ve made it part of your budget, it doesn’t make it any less painful when you have to part with the money. Fortunately, there are many ways to save on the purchase of contact lenses, with buying online one of your best options. If you’re interested in giving this a try, here are a few...
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I have tried this before, but unfortunately my vision insurance doesn't cover online eye contact purchases.
Sunday, 30 June 2019 10:54
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