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5 Things Every New American Should Know about Personal Finance

As the nation celebrates Independence Day, many Americans think about what it was like for the early settlers arriving on our shores for the first time. Those early pioneers faced much uncertainty when it came to basic survival and the ability to provide ...


Student Debt Is One of the Top Reasons Millennials Are Not Buying Homes

Twenty-somethings are not borrowing money to buy homes at the rate they were a decade ago—a trend that may have as much to do with high levels of student debt and poor job prospects as it has to do with trauma from ...


CFPB Announces Two-Month Pushback of TRID Rule

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced this week a proposal to push back the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, which combines two mortgage disclosure regimes into one. The new date is set for October 1. The rule, originally set to go ...


6 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

In recognition of American Housing Month in June, the American Bankers Association Foundation is reminding consumers of the critical impact credit scores can have on their housing options. ...


6 Common Financial Pitfalls

(TNS)—We all make mistakes, and through them, we learn. But when it comes to finances, it is best not to take the trial-and-error approach. Avoiding some of the following financial mistakes might save you a great deal of money and heartache. ...


Mortgage Rates Remain High

Freddie Mac recently released the results of its  Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates remaining near their highest level of the year. ...


Beating the Fear of Spending

(TNS)—In our quest to save for various goals, developing a fear of spending is possible. To conquer this unhealthy fear, align your spending with what you value. ...


Mortgage Applications Move Lower

Mortgage applications decreased 1.5 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 15, 2015. ...


Rising Bank Repossessions Cause Foreclosure Activity to Increase in April

RealtyTrac® recently released its April 2015 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report™, which shows foreclosure filings—default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions—were reported on 125,875 U.S. properties in April of 2015, up 3 percent from the previous month and up 9 percent from a ...


3 ways (and 1 Reason) to Refinance a HELOC

(TNS)—If your home equity line of credit is approaching its 10th birthday and you owe money on it, you might soon see a spike in the minimum monthly payments. There are ways to delay the payment increase by refinancing the loan. ...


February Home Prices Continue to Rise

Home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months, according to a recently released S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showing data for February 2015. Both the 10-City and 20-City Composites saw larger year-over-year increases in February compared to January. ...


Financial Strategies to Cover an Early or Unexpected Retirement

(TNS)—Despite a bull market in stocks, two new studies show that retirees and those getting close are bearish about retirement. ...


Mortgage Rates Holding Steady

(TNS)--Fixed mortgage rates were essentially flat this week, with lenders offering a 30-year loan at 3.67 percent, compared to 3.66 percent last week, according to Freddie Mac. ...


New Solution to Student Loan Debt to Empower Borrowers, Positively Impact Economy

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) recently announced the acquisition of the Student Loan Alliance® (SLA), which heralds a new chapter in counseling services for consumers struggling to repay their student loans. ...


Americans Are Overly Confident when It Comes to Finances, yet Unprepared for the Future

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) and NerdWallet, a personal finance website, released the results of the 2015 Financial Literacy Survey conducted online on their behalf in March by Harris Poll among more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18-plus. In its ninth year, ...


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