September 12th, 2014

Consumer Confidence Is on the Rise in the U.S.

Consumer Confidence Is Rising

According to the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, consumer confidence improved for the fourth straight month in August. The new confidence total is the highest the monthly index has found since October 2007, indicating a growth in positive financial sentiment across the United States.

The survey, based on a sampling of Americans, offers more positive news for those weary of gloomy reports and poll results. A secondary highlight of the Conference Board’s findings is a rise in the number of consumers who see jobs as “plentiful.” While the fact that just 18.2 percent of respondents see jobs as plentiful may seem meager to some, this is the highest total since 2008. This finding coexists well with recent data from the U.S. Labor Department that shows decreasing competition for new job openings.

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September 9th, 2014

Raising a Child Now Costs $245,000

Raising a Child Now Costs $245,000

It’s no surprise that raising a kid is expensive, but just how expensive is it? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, raising a child born in 2013 until they turn 18 will cost about $245,000 on average. The good news is that this is only a 1.8 percent increase from 2012, which makes it the smallest increase since 2009.

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September 8th, 2014

Nerds Behind Credit Karma: Katrina

Hi everyone! It’s time for another edition of Nerds Behind Credit Karma. Last month, we introduced you to Sean, one of our many great Data Analysts. Today, you get to meet Katrina, our superstar Human Resources Coordinator.

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September 7th, 2014

The Credit Scoreboard: Week 1

NFL Week One

This season, we think we've stumbled on the perfect model for pro football picks. Check out our Week 1 selections and come back next week to see how we did.

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September 4th, 2014

Federal Reserve Shows New Auto Loans at an Eight-Year High

Federal Reserve Shows New Auto Loans at an Eight-Year High

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Americans added $101 billion dollars in new auto loans in Q2, the biggest quarter of new growth in almost eight years.

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September 3rd, 2014

Auto Loan Provider Accused of Giving Incorrect Information to Credit Bureaus

Auto Loan Provider Accused of Giving Incorrect Information to Credit Bureaus

The CFPB recently reached a settlement with First Investors, an auto lender, which will pay a $2.75 million fine for illegal credit reporting practices. According to the CFPB, First Investors violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by knowingly providing incorrect information about their borrowers to credit bureaus.

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August 29th, 2014

Five “Simpsons” Episodes That Taught Me About Money

Five “Simpsons” Episodes That Taught Me About Money

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 29th, 2014

New York Charges Payday Companies for Breaking Interest Rate Laws

New York Payday Loans

Earlier this month, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. brought charges against a Tennessee-based businessman and the 12 companies he allegedly created to offer payday loans to New Yorkers at illegally high rates.

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August 26th, 2014

Americans Are Feeling Pessimistic About Our Economic Future

Americans Are Feeling Pessimistic About Our Economic Future

More Americans than ever are unsure that life will be better for their children’s generation than it is for theirs, according to a new poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal with NBC News.

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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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