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NerdWallet's Best Credit Card Tips for September 2016

NerdWallet | Posted 09.09.2016 | Business

by Ellen Cannon While you may have had your financial planning on the back burner for the summer, September is a good time to heat things up. Her...

Preparing To Become a Caregiver

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 09.09.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Becoming a caregiver for an aging relative is a profound expression of love. You may find that you will begin to take on many of the responsibilities ...

5 Strategies I Used to Pay Off $81,000 In Student Loans

Credit Karma | Posted 09.08.2016 | Business
Credit Karma

By Melanie Lockert, Content Writer at Credit Karma Two degrees, nine years and over $81,000 later, I did something I had been dreaming about for years...

Does Adele Have Bad Credit?

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 09.06.2016 | Celebrity
Jeanne Kelly

Adele - she's an amazing singer and one of the world's most successful performers. Her list of awards and honors is long and very well deserved, and s...

Ask Carrie: What's the Best Way to Rebalance Your Portfolio?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 09.06.2016 | Education
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Dear Carrie, I've recently read that it might be better to rebalance my portfolio when the percentages get too far "out of whack" rather than on an a...

Maximize Your Largest Source of Wealth This Labor Day

Douglas P. McCormick | Posted 09.06.2016 | Business
Douglas P. McCormick

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the chart below is worth several million dollars. It shows that the largest source of wealth is not your money...

How To Know Whether Mortgage Refinancing Pays

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 09.05.2016 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

no-brainer; you don't need much analysis to know that refinancing into today's rates will pay. The only possible reason that such mortgages still exist is a marked deterioration in the borrowers' credit, in the value of the home, or in the borrower's mental capacity.

5 Things Newlyweds Should Consider Before Opening A Joint Account

Credit Karma | Posted 09.02.2016 | Weddings
Credit Karma

By Louis DeNicola, Content Writer at Credit Karma You’ve tied the knot and are happily married. Congratulations! Now that you’ve decided to share ...

Back-to-School Tech for Your Children

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 08.31.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

It's increasingly common to find classrooms filled with the blue hue of computer and tablet screens. Early education or postgraduate work, there's a s...

Why Central Bankers Have Not Lost The War On Gold And Never Will?

Sol Palha | Posted 08.31.2016 | Business
Sol Palha

They might lose a battle or two, but wars is a composition of battles, and when it comes to war, these guys never lose, as their principle is simple. They take no prisoners, shoot to kill and ask questions only if you survive the onslaught of bullets.

Getting Your S**t Together, With An Audience

The Huffington Post | Jillian Capewell | Posted 08.31.2016 | Arts

I was at dinner with my boyfriend, telling him about a podcast I’d listened to earlier that day. It was about personal finance, I’d told him, and ...

Do Large Mortgage Principal Payments Reduce Monthly Payments?

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 08.30.2016 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

On home mortgages, a large payment to principal reduces the loan balance, and with it the "fully-amortizing monthly payment", or FAMP. FAMP is the lev...

The Secret to a Peaceful Divorce and saving on Attorney Fees

Karen McMahon | Posted 08.23.2016 | Divorce
Karen McMahon

There are obvious differences in perspectives and opinions between people. How individuals approach their perspectives and opinions determines how much emotional and financial carnage they'll experience as they navigate their way through divorce.

3 Reasons Your Credit Score's Name Doesn't Matter

Odysseas Papadimitriou | Posted 08.23.2016 | Business
Odysseas Papadimitriou

Don't get me wrong: Your credit standing is extremely important. And you'd better care about it if you like saving money. But as long as you're monitoring your standing with the help of a reputable score, neither how it's branded nor what version it happens to be really matters.

Ask Carrie: Can Money Make You Happy? Three Things to Think About.

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 08.22.2016 | Business
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Dear Readers, Although my weekly columns are usually about the everyday practical side of managing money, to me there's also a philosophical side to ...

Do HECM Reverse Mortgages Work For Owners of Expensive Homes?

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 08.22.2016 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

As a Federally insured program under FHA, the HECM reverse mortgage program is not designed to help the wealthy. In calculating maximum draw amounts, ...

How Driving Less Can Save You More on Auto Insurance Premiums

Laura Adams | Posted 08.19.2016 | Technology
Laura Adams

If you've ever applied for auto insurance you know your insurer will ask how many miles you drive each year. What may be surprising, however, is the impact those annual miles may (or may not) have on your car insurance premiums.

Six Ways to Save On Your Next Car

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 08.19.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Have you decided what you're looking for in your next car? Perhaps it's the eco-friendly nature of a fuel efficient car or the power and capacity of a...

Are You Investing, or Gambling?

Roxana Maddahi | Posted 08.18.2016 | HuffPost Home
Roxana Maddahi

Respectfully, if you believe the stock market is like gambling, you are not playing the game right. When investing long term in the stock market, your odds, in fact, are better and higher than the odds of the casino itself.

Should You Get A Real Estate License to Invest?

Scott Yancey | Posted 08.18.2016 | Business
Scott Yancey

Whether to become a licensed real estate agent/broker in connection with your real estate investing is a question many new investors ask. To help you...

6 Questions You Should Ask Your Credit Card Issuer

NerdWallet | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business

by Ellen Cannon Actively managing your credit card account can save you money, improve your credit scores and help you manage your overall financial ...

How to Plan for College Tuition When You Have Two or More Kids

Catherine Alford | Posted 08.17.2016 | Parents
Catherine Alford

I did not jump for joy or do a pregnant cartwheel when I saw those two little dots on my ultrasound. If I'm being honest, I was scared. Very, very scared to be exact.

8 Alternatives to Taking Out Student Loans

Aja McClanahan | Posted 08.15.2016 | Education
Aja McClanahan

If you (or your child) want to avoid taking out student loans for college tuition, the good news is that there are more options than ever to do so. If a debt-free education is the goal, consider the possibilities.

Why Most Unloved Stock Market Bull Will Continue to Trend Higher Whether you Like it or not

Sol Palha | Posted 08.15.2016 | Business
Sol Palha

The masses do not believe this market can trend higher; sentiment is decidedly negative, and this has been confirmed time and time again. For months on end investors in the neutral or bearish camp have ranked higher than those in the bullish camp. What is surprising is that the higher this market trends, the more anxious the masses become. In a nutshell, that is precisely why this market will continue to run higher and higher.

Home Buyers Lose a Useful Mortgage Option to Overzealous Regulation

Jack M. Guttentag | Posted 08.15.2016 | Business
Jack M. Guttentag

Before the financial crisis, many mortgage contracts contained a provision stating that borrowers who paid off their loan early had to pay a penalty. ...