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  • Cheap auto loans spur more to refinance
    Everybody knows that low interest rates are tempting many to refinance their mortgages. Well, more and more people are now doing the same thing with their auto loans. It's cheap, easy, and can save you serious money.
    [August 30th, 2010]
  • Consumers owe more on student loans than credit cards
    Student loan debt now surpasses consumer credit card debt, according to Mark Kantrowitz of FinAid.org and FastWeb.com. Outstanding federal and private student loans total nearly $830 billion.
    [August 28th, 2010]
  • Home Sales Decline 27.2% Putting Home Equity Loans In Danger
    The number of sales of existing homes hit a record low. Existing home sales have not been this low since the National Association of Realtors started keeping track in 1999. Home equity loan portfolios could be in danger of more defaults.
    [August 27th, 2010]
  • Blacks, Latinos have disproportionate share of foreclosures
    African-Americans and Latinos are being hit disproportionately hard by foreclosures, according to a recent report from the Center for Responsible Lending.
    [August 26th, 2010]
  • A flood of delinquent credit card debt
    Don't let this happen to you. Act now to consolidate credit card debt and save your precious credit rating. Read about new information from the New York Federal Reserve.
    [August 22nd, 2010]
  • Home Loans Compared: First Mortgage Vs. Second Mortgage
    Something has come up and you need cash for a home improvement, college tuition, medical bills, a new car, debt consolidation, or a business opportunity. You want to access the equity in your home to raise the required cash. When does it make sense to refinance a first mortgage and pull out cash, rather than [...]
    [August 22nd, 2010]
  • A Different Perspective on Payday Loans
    Plenty of consumers have opted for fast payday loans in recent years to help them through a financial crisis, yet some consumer advocates have labeled these loans as "predatory." Not everyone agrees. Some financial experts even recognize the valuable role instant payday loans can play for some consumers.
    [August 20th, 2010]
  • West Virginia Attorney General Sues 8 Payday Loan Companies
    Eight payday loan companies are being sued by the West Virginia Attorney General for making illegal loans in the state.
    [August 19th, 2010]
  • The US mortgage lending crisis: Understanding the roles of Fannie, Freddie and FHA
    The housing crisis and demise of government sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are calling attention to the broken US housing finance system. Mortgage Lenders and the US Treasury are considering expanded government roles for preventing future crises.
    [August 18th, 2010]
  • Cheap auto loans — more people are accepted
    The economy may still have its problems, but more and more Americans are applying for auto loans -- and being accepted.
    [August 16th, 2010]
  • Defaults on home equity loans hit their lowest level in two years
    Recent news from the American Bankers Association says that although defaults on home equity loans are higher than other types of debt, defaults have dropped to their lowest level in two years. There are signs the housing market is stabilizing.
    [August 14th, 2010]
  • Personal Loans and College Expenses
    Loans can help pay for college expenses, but do whatever you can to avoid saddling your student with too much debt.
    [August 14th, 2010]
  • Is now the best time to buy a home?
    Mortgage rates are at historical lows, but there are other things to consider before you decide to buy a home.
    [August 12th, 2010]
  • Debt Settlement Program News: A New Sheriff In Town
    Meet the new sherriff, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Find out how this new agency will be creating and enforcing new rules dealing with debt settlement programs and other financial services.
    [August 9th, 2010]
  • 3 Tips For Reading A Home Equity Loan Note
    When you apply for a traditional first mortgage, the Note is one of the most important documents to read and understand. The same is true with home equity loans. The Note is the document that tells you the terms of the loan. It may not always be called a “Note.” Some lenders will use a [...]
    [August 9th, 2010]
  • 7-Step Financial Plan to Reduce Payday Loans
    While instant payday loans can sometimes offer the best way to access emergency cash for a car repair or a utility bill, developing a financial plan to get out of debt and improve your credit score should be a long-term goal.
    [August 6th, 2010]
  • 7 Reasons Not to Get a Personal Loan
    There are times when getting a personal loan can make sense, but avoid borrowing money for frivolous purchases.
    [August 5th, 2010]
  • Mortgage Delinquency Rate Falling: More Problems Ahead?
    Although mortgage defaults have fallen for the past few months, it's possible that a new wave of delinquent mortgage loans is looming. Here's why.
    [August 4th, 2010]
  • Cheap Auto Loans Keep Getting Easier to Find
    New research suggests that it's still getting easier for Americans to get auto loans. Even those who require no credit check loans are nearly twice as likely to be approved for finance as they were last year.
    [August 2nd, 2010]
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