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Debt Consolidation: Which Type Is Right for You?

What’s more stressful than a pile of high-interest credit card debt? A pile of high-interest credit card debt that’s spread out over several cards, each with their own balances, minimum payments, interest rates, and due dates.  If you’re struggling with multiple credit cards with high balances,...

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Should You Refinance Your Student Loan?

Many people take advantage of student loans to help finance their college education. These loans are typically owned by the federal government and offer specific benefits not available through private lenders. Proof of credit, a source of income, and even co-signers are unnecessary in most...

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Considering Bankruptcy? Here’s What You Need to Know

You're drowning in high-interest credit card debt. You're way behind on your payments. Your credit score has taken a nosedive. Every time your phone rings, there's a debt collector on the line.    When debt gets out of control, it's easy to feel like your whole life...

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Bringing up Family Finances

It’s time for “the talk.” Yes, it’s time to get past your feelings of awkwardness and fears of uncomfortable silence, and sit your family down for a frank discussion… of your finances. Granted, money conversations with your family might not be fun, but they sure beat money...

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What to Ask Yourself Before Taking Out a Loan

So, you’re looking for access to extra funds. Maybe you want to consolidate multiple higher-interest debts. Or you could be looking to fund a small business. Or possibly your home is due for a remodel. There are about as many reasons for taking out a...

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Benchmarks of Financial Health Beyond Credit Score

When it comes to your overall financial health, your credit score is very important – which is why we devote a lot of attention to this benchmark. Your credit score is a solid indicator of your financial habits. It’s an unbiased, data-driven number that reflects...

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Scam or Legit? How to Spot a Financial Scam

Phony online shopping sites. “Spoofed” phone numbers. Legit-sounding tech support calls. It seems like scammers are always coming up with new ways to trick people into sharing personal information. The good news is that most of these scams are easy to spot – if you...

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