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Self-Directed IRAs: A Smarter Way to Invest in Real Estate

For more than three decades, The Entrust Group has provided account administration services for self-directed retirement and tax-advantaged plans. The Entrust Group continues to assist people in purchasing alternative investments with their retirement funds, administering the buying and selling of assets that ...


Know These Notable Tax Credits and Deductions

(TNS)—When you sit down to do your tax return, you won’t find new twists as a result of federal tinkering. Congress brought back some of the old favorite deductions that were going away, and ...


Less Than Half of Households Are Saving

How well is America saving? The ninth annual America Saves Week survey has found that only two-fifths (40 percent) of U.S. households report good or excellent progress in “meeting their savings needs.” This widespread lack of savings progress is consistent with responses to other survey questions: ...


Consumer Spending Has Biggest Increase in Eight Months

(TNS)—Consumers ramped up their spending in January at the fastest pace in eight months as incomes also continued to grow at a strong pace in a sign economic growth is improving after slowing at the end of last year. ...


Fourth Quarter HARP Refinances Total 3.38 Million

The number of loans refinanced through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) through the fourth quarter totaled 3,380,558 since the inception of the program in 2009. Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) fourth quarter Refinance Report shows ...


Tax Season: What to Expect when Selling Your Home

Tax season is upon us and if you have a pending or recent home sale, you'll surely want to know: what income taxes will you have to pay on the sale? ...


Report: Finances Prevent 45 Percent of Non-Homeowners from Buying

Almost half of non-homeowners say their financial situation stands in their way of purchasing a home, according to a new Bankrate.com report, which concludes 29 percent say they can't afford a down payment and 16 percent say their credit isn't good enough to ...


Shrinking Expectation of Fed Rate Hike

The once lofty expectations of an additional interest rate hike to occur in 2016 are shrinking. This minimized chance follows a recent Fed policy statement, which suggested that the U.S. central bank might not hike rates in ...


Seesaw Effect: Mortgage Applications Rise as Rates Drop

Mortgage applications increased 8.8 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 22, 2016.  This week's results include an adjustment to account for the Martin Luther King holiday. ...


Did Credit Default Swaps Cause the Failure of Major Institutions?

Credit default swaps (CDS) may have amplified – but did not cause – the 2008 financial crisis, concludes a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis’ Financial Crisis Institute. ...


Reverse Mortgage and Your Adult Children

(TNS)—You’re thinking about getting a reverse mortgage. Should you discuss your plan with your adult children? Maybe. Every senior homeowner’s situation is unique. ...


Falling Rates Cause Rise in Refinance Mortgage Applications

Mortgage applications increased 9.0 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 15, 2016. ...


U.S. Jobs Report Slams Expectations

In 2015, American employers added 2.65 million jobs, the second best year of jobs gains since 1999, according to a recent employment data report. ...


The Fed Has Raised Interest Rates: What Do Millennials Need to Know?

(TNS)—At long last, the Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate. But the impact on savings accounts and loans won’t be big, at least for now. ...


Consumer Spending Shows Solid Growth as Incomes Rise

(TNS)—Consumer spending, a key driver of the U.S. economy, showed solid growth last month to kick off the holiday shopping season as incomes also kept rising, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. ...


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