Using Credit Cards During COVID-19

Since we’re in the middle of a pandemic, we’re all trying to figure out the new normal. Whether you’re working from home, have a houseful of kids to keep busy or find yourself facing financial uncertainty, everyone has at least a little adjusting to do. While you’re taking stock of your life and what you… Read More

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What to Know Before Taking Out a Subsidized Loan

Attending college or university is a dream for a ton of people. Yet higher education can be expensive, seemingly putting that dream out of reach for many students and families. Tuition at American schools has steadily increased for decades, so it can be hard for your average student to afford it. But it’s not only… Read More

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Should I Invest Internationally?

Q. I’m 50 and I hope to retire at 60. How much of my portfolio should be in international investments, and with what focus? — Trying to prepare A. We’re glad to hear you’re saving and investing, but the answer to your question isn’t that simple. For starters, keep in mind that all markets are… Read More

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Red Flags for Credit Cards: 7 Things to Watch for When You Have Bad Credit

Let’s say you’re in a bad credit situation, but you need a credit card. It can be hard to qualify for credit cards if your credit isn’t up to par. But there are credit cards out there that can help those with bad credit improve their score. Unfortunately, there are also credit cards that can… Read More

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How Late Can You Be on a Car Payment, Mortgage or Other Bill?

It’s always frustrating to come across a bill and realize it was due yesterday—or last week. If you’re late on a payment or if you miss it completely, you could end up paying late fees and taking a hit on your credit score. It can be especially difficult if you want to apply for a… Read More

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What Is the Average Used Car Loan Rate?

Article originally published July 13th, 2016. Updated October 30th, 2018. More people are opting to lease their new set of wheels instead of purchasing them, according to Q2 2018 data from Experian. The number of auto loans grew to an all-time high, with leasing surpassed 30% of all new consumer vehicle sales. But the interest rates consumers are… Read More

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