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What It Takes for Trade to Reduce Poverty in Africa

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Despite tremendous progress in poverty reduction over the last two decades, poverty still persists. Along with South Asia, Africa is a region where large numbers of people continue to live in extreme poverty.

If You're House Hunting, Consider These 5 Tips

Women & Co | Posted 07.24.2013 | HuffPost Home
Women & Co

After years in the doldrums, the U.S. housing market is finally showing signs of life. Looking to buy a home? Here are five tips to keep in mind:

Who Is to Blame for the Nation's Crippling Credit Card Debt?

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business
Jeff Hindenach

The nation has crippling credit card debt to the tune of almost $800 billion. This is obviously not a minor problem, but a financial epidemic. Americans are paying so much in fees and penalties each year that we may never dig ourselves out.

Marrying Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

If the global financial crisis -- and the events that led up to it -- have taught us anything, it is, "No complacency with asset price booms." We know firsthand the dire consequences of bubbles.

3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Finances

SaveUp | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business

It might seem obvious that improving your finances includes saving for retirement, but it's important to think of your financial plan in a broader way. It's also about putting protections in place.

5 Money Lessons Every New Graduate Needs to Know

Adam Levin | Posted 06.26.2013 | College
Adam Levin

It's that time of year again. Graduation. That seminal moment in our lives when, in ceremonies of varying degrees of pomp and circumstance, our elders pass on the wisdom of the ages to those of us who are evolving from the shelter of the ivory tower to the stark reality of the "real world."

5 Most Effective Habits of Consumers With Sky-High Credit Scores

Chris Birk | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Chris Birk

Consumers don't build great credit scores overnight. It's something that takes time, smart financial decisions and maybe even a little luck.

The Biggest Credit Mistake People Make (Plus 3 Tips)

Adam Levin | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

Some credit mistakes aren't so obvious. What's worse, the biggest secret credit mistake -- the one most people don't even know they're making -- actually happens when people are trying to turn their credit score around and be more financially responsible.

4 Steps to Help You and Your Spouse-To-Be Marry Your Financial Thinking

Women & Co | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Women & Co

Unfortunately, finances are one of the biggest sources of marital tension. But it doesn't have to be that way. Want to get your marriage off on the right financial footing?

5 Places Where You Should Never Give Your Social Security Number

Adam Levin | Posted 02.13.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Every time you go to a new doctor or dentist and they give you a clipboard brimming with documents to fill out and sign, notice how they always ask for your Social Security number? Do you dutifully give it up? Did you ever wonder if they really need it?

Two Awesome Sites to Help You Fix Your Credit

Tiffany Aliche | Posted 05.27.2013 | Business
Tiffany Aliche

The nation's largest and oldest financial counseling organization. With so many scams and fake "credit repair" agencies out there, this organization offers the legitimate hand-holding you need when it comes to rebuilding your financial life.

Three Tips for Getting a Business Loan: What You Need to Know

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 05.18.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Applying for a business loan can be intimidating and stressful, and it can be confusing to have an application rejected with little explanation. Three of these steps are described below, and should be completed prior to approaching a financial institution about a loan.

Are You One of the 52 Million Who Have Errors on Their Credit Report? Here's How to Fix Them

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 05.11.2013 | Business
Jeff Hindenach

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission released a new study that found a whopping 26 percent of people identified at least one error on their credit report. And it wasn't just people crying wolf.

Best Credit Cards to Help Pay for Your Wedding

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 05.06.2013 | Business
Jeff Hindenach

Weddings are expensive, right? You spend a small fortune on the venue, dress, flowers, invitations and all the other extras in between. So why not make a little extra to help offset the cost of your wedding?

Why Our Country Is So Bad at Using Credit Cards and How We Can Fix It

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business
Jeff Hindenach

Face it, America, we are not being very smart about our credit. We are paying billions in penalty fees. We are spending more money than we make. We don't even know our own interest rates or credit scores. And the country as a whole is almost a trillion dollars in credit card debt.

How Credit Scores Are Actually Created | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business

By Barry Paperno Have you ever wondered how they come up with a three-digit number that can predict whether you're a good or bad credit risk? Back i...

Are You Living Beyond Your Means?

Grant Cardone | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Grant Cardone

We have all known people who lived a life they cannot afford, on credit they can not repay and then end up in financial ruin and embarrassment. Here are some easy ways to identify if someone is living beyond their means.

WATCH: 'I Filed for Bankruptcy at 23'

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.11.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Half of U.S. college students have four or more credit cards. Easy access to credit and impulsive decision-making have left a growing number of 20-som...

Can Lessons From Lance Pump Up Your Finances?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.17.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

You don't need to win seven consecutive Tour de France competitions in order to get where you need to be. And you don't need to confess your credit sins to Oprah. By being truthful with yourself, you can create a stable financial life and "live strong."

Forget Your Money Resolutions! You Need a Plan in 2013

Adam Levin | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

A credit portfolio building plan should consist of several components, all interconnected and each a platform for recovery and financial evolution. Viewing credit as portfolio can help convert the traditional holiday churn-and-burn process from an annual ritual of excess and recovery into a new way of life.

Denied Business Credit? Work on These Five Things

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 03.17.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

If your company recently applied for business credit and was rejected, it's not alone.

Now What? Tips to Maintain Your Credit When Unemployed

Adrian Nazari | Posted 03.17.2013 | Business
Adrian Nazari

Now that you're no longer employed, it's important to re-adjust your budget and start cutting back on your consumption. If you continue to live your pre-unemployment lifestyle, your debt can quickly get out of hand and become increasingly difficult to pay off.

Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards to Help Alleviate Post-Holiday Debt

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Jeff Hindenach

If your credit cards are maxed out from holiday shopping, you might want to consider getting a balance transfer credit card to help alleviate some of the stress. Why a balance transfer credit card?

The 10 Things You're Too Shy to Ask About Credit -- But Should

LearnVest | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business

There's a lot that the basics don't cover, and questions that you might be embarrassed to ask, like how to start rebuilding your credit after a bankruptcy. We cover 10 of the top I'm-too-chagrined-to-ask questions.

How to Solve Personal Finance's Stay-at-Home Spouse Problem

Odysseas Papadimitriou | Posted 02.20.2013 | Business
Odysseas Papadimitriou

There are more than 16 million stay-at-home spouses in the United States, and they're currently in an unenviable position.