August 29th, 2014

Five “Simpsons” Episodes That Taught Me About Money

Five “Simpsons” Episodes That Taught Me About Money

Bart’s a chronic misbehaver. Homer is (perhaps dangerously) lazy. Even Marge has her moments of weakness.

Anybody who has watched the show can tell you that the Simpsons aren’t a pristine family. Just because the Simpsons aren’t perfect though doesn’t mean we can’t learn from them. Beyond being one of the most beloved and long-lasting shows in the history of television, “The Simpsons” has plenty to teach its viewers about financial responsibility. Read on for a few key moments that taught me about personal finances.

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August 25th, 2014

Student Loan Debt Negatively Affects Quality of Life

Student Loans Quality of Life

According to a recent Gallup poll, students with $50,000 or more in student debt fall short of those with no debt in three key areas of well-being: financial security, physical health and sense of purpose. The study surveyed more than 11,000 people who graduated from college between 1990 and 2014 to ask whether they felt they had purpose to their lives, supportive relationships, financial security, a sense of community and physical health.

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August 22nd, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Proposes Changes to PLUS Loan Program

PLUS Loans

The U.S. Department of Education recently proposed changes to the PLUS loan program that would relax credit standards for potential borrowers.

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August 21st, 2014

What’s the Best Financial Advice You’ve Ever Received?

What's the best financial advice you've ever received?

A collection of financial tips and advice from our readers.

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August 1st, 2014

Foreclosures Have Fallen Sharply Over the Last Few Years

Foreclosures Have Fallen Sharply Over the Last Few Years

Recent news about the state of the housing market is good, but not great. One big, positive takeaway, though, is the sharp decrease in foreclosures and, correspondingly, in “distressed” housing sales.

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July 29th, 2014

Spotlight on Success: How Scrutinizing Dan’s Credit Report Paid off

Spotlight on Success: Dan

Credit Karma member Dan found that his credit reports contained errors. Disputing the incorrect information helped him to improve his credit health.

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July 21st, 2014

Many Americans Have Less Than Three Months in Emergency Funds

Many Americans Have Less Than Three Months in Emergency Funds

Each month, Bankrate’s Financial Security Index attempts to capture the American financial climate. The biggest, and most concerning, takeaway from the June survey is that half of Americans have no more than a few months’ expenses saved away.

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July 11th, 2014

New Study Shows More People Working Through Retirement

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Traditionally, retirement is viewed as a time of leisure, rest and relaxation. After working for 30 or 40 years, retirees expect to take a load off and do things that they enjoy. Now, though, more and more people are choosing to continue working after retirement.

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July 9th, 2014

U.S. Places 4th out of 15 Countries in New Retirement Study

U.S. Places 4th out of 15 Countries in New Retirement Study

It’s no secret that the nature of retirement is changing. In the wake of recent economic turmoil and in the context of concerns about the health of our Social Security system, it wouldn’t be too surprising to find many Americans feeling pessimistic about their retirement plans. The results of a new survey, however, might be cause for some optimism.

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July 9th, 2014

Spotlight on Success: How Leah Improved Her Credit Score by 100 Points in One Year

Spotlight on Success: Leah

Leah’s credit awakening happened at a critical time – while she and her husband were obtaining the mortgage for their first home, a cozy bungalow in Atlanta. Although Leah thought she had a great relationship with credit, she was alarmed to find that she actually didn’t have a score that would qualify her and her new husband for the best possible mortgage rates.

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