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Low Interest vs. High Rewards: Which Should You Go For?

In todayís guest blog, Michael Dolen of CreditCardForum explains why you’re not likely to find a card with both a great sign-up bonus and a long 0 percent period — and how to choose between these two perks. Whether it’s a lingering debt hangover from the holidays or just wanting to find a better rewards [...]

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New CFPB Project Could Help Those Crushed by Private Student Loans

Paying off tens of thousands in student loans isnít going to be easy for any recent grad, unless they win the lottery or land a high-paying job (which may seem as likely as winning the lottery these days). But some, namely those with federal loans, have it a bit easier than those with private loans. [...]

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Can You Afford Luxuries if You’re in Debt?

Vacations and other luxuries can seem out of reach if you’re trying to get out of debt or if money’s just tight. But setting a goal and saving a little at a time can be the ticket to getting what you want. Even though we’re working to pay off a big student loan debt, I’ve [...]

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Credit Card Hassle: Where’s My Running Balance?

I have an idea: All credit card companies should include a column with the running balance of the account, both online and on paper statements. This would make it much easier for consumers, especially those who rely on regular online check-ins with their accounts, to make sure everything adds up. In the past, I’ve always [...]

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Are Personal Finance Courses Pointless?

The UK government has decided to implement mandatory personal finance education in schools, and the news has been making headlines all week. Some experts predict that the move will save the UK billions in the long run, as financial ignorance and bad choices about debt are a financial drain on the entire population. The Personal [...]

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Video: Watch Money, Dating Experts Talk Love and Money

You may have already spent money on your Valentine this year, but have you talked about money with your Valentine? Whether you’re in the early stages of dating or already discussing marriage, our panel of experts has some advice for you. We gathered Dr. Dale Koppel (author of The Intelligent Womanís Guide to Online Dating), [...]

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Questions about Love and Money? Come Hang Out with Us!

We know relationships aren’t always about roses and chocolates. Our columnists get too many letters like this one for us to believe that. Sometimes, relationships are about late bills, hidden credit card debt and a partner who won’t stick to a budget. But, if you and your partner can work together, your relationship can also [...]

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I Went A Little Bit Overboard With Debt Repayments

Getting out of debt is great, but can you ever take it too far? I made that mistake just last month by making a repayment that was a little too big. I’ve been really enthusiastic about debt repayment since last summer, when my husband and I decided to tackle our gargantuan debt head-on. Some of [...]

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Government Watchdog Agency Zeroes in on Student Financial Products

The CARD Act of 2009 limited banks’ ability to woo college students with freebies to get them to sign up for credit cards. Yet other financial products offered to students, such as student IDs that double as debit cards and on-campus bank accounts, can be just as dangerous to those with limited financial experience. That’s [...]

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