July 23rd, 2015
Cars have been a defining element of American life since the first Model T rolled off Henry Ford’s assembly line in 1908.
According to the sales tracking company Autodata, Americans bought 16.5 million new cars in 2014. This fascination isn’t cheap: the average cost of a new car was $31,252 in 2013, according to TrueCar.com, and it’s rising fast.
June 26th, 2015
Whether it’s a New York Times op-ed going viral, or scathing comments from Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, there’s hardly a day that goes by without some new voice adding itself to the growing debate over what to do about student loan debt in America.
February 18th, 2015
We teamed up with SALT, a free educational program helping students get their college degree in a financialy responsible way, to talk about the ins and outs of student loans.
November 24th, 2014
We recently asked our Facebook followers to help answer a member's question about what to do when taking out a loan he didn't need.
October 3rd, 2014
Join our Tweetchat on Tuesday, October 7th at 2PM PST. This week we'll be discussing how your credit score affects the car-buying process.
June 13th, 2014
Lenders aren’t exactly giving jumbo loans away, but they’re certainly making it easier for borrowers to snag one. In an effort to pick up the pace of their loan growth, more banks are offering jumbo loans to borrowers who can make up for poorer credit scores and unproven income with other assets like investment accounts and stock grants.
September 23rd, 2013
For most people, student loans represent their first encounter with the world of credit and finance. They can open a world of opportunity to young people who might otherwise not be able to pay to continue their education. More than 60% of American students (that’s almost 12 million in total) will borrow money annually to help pay for college. It’s likely that this is where you’ll begin to build your credit score: a little number with huge consequences. It can be intimidating, but there’s really no reason to stress out. Staying in control of your student debt is easier than it sounds. When dealing with loans, you should:
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July 3rd, 2013
Students heading back to school this fall with new student loans could be shelling out more money. The deadline to raise the federal student loan rate passed without a vote on July 1st. Congress left for the their July 4th recess with no resolution, allowing interest rates on new subsidized Stafford loans to increase to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent.
May 30th, 2013
Welcome a new member to the online-only personal loan space! Chicago-based AvantCredit aims its unsecured loans at consumers with credit scores between 620 and 720—a nearly-prime community rarely served by other lenders. Like NetCredit, AvantCredit hopes to bridge the gap between payday loans and traditional personal loans. Its loans range from $1,000 and $10,000 and are payable over one to three years, depending on the terms you receive.
November 13th, 2012
Picture this: You’re starting a new business, say a hat shop. You need a small business loan to get the Hat Shack up and running, but each bank you visit has tightened its purse strings. Loans are difficult to come by, and they have high credit score requirements. Where do you go so you can get your shop ready to go before hat season? Enter Borro, an online pawnbroker that extends secured personal loans backed by valuable assets.