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  • Auto loans that bite from “buy here, pay here” lenders
    Arranging auto loans through traditional car dealerships is a risky business with numerous traps and scams for the unwary. But arranging auto loans through "buy here, pay here" dealerships is way, way worse.
    [October 31st, 2011]
  • Improving housing markets could boost refinance option
    Plenty of homeowners, particularly those who struggle with debt, have wanted to take advantage of today's mortgage rates and refinance their home loans. In addition to having trouble meeting tight credit standards, many of these homeowners have been unable to benefit from mortgage refinancing because they lack equity in their property.
    [October 26th, 2011]
  • Auto loans and credit scores: a perfect (or lethal) combination
    The only way to get the best possible deal on auto loans is to have a great credit score. But supposing yours isn't that hot. Well, there are things you may be able to do to improve it.
    [October 24th, 2011]
  • Payday loan alternative to credit cards
    Earlier this year, Todd Zywicki wrote an opinion column in The Wall Street Journal about the rise of payday loan use as an unintended consequence of financial reform. Reduced access to credit cards and rising banking costs have resulted in more consumers turning to payday lenders in an emergency.
    [October 21st, 2011]
  • It’s a great time to get approved … but should you be cautious?
    It's easier to get approved for auto loans now than it has been for some years. But there are signs that the short-term economic future may be troubled. So should you take on new debt now?
    [October 17th, 2011]
  • Can low mortgage rates help me qualify?
    While no one wants the U.S. economy to continue to stumble, if you want to buy a home or refinance your home you can benefit from the low mortgage rates that seem to go hand-in-hand with bad economic news. The problem is, that same bad news can affect your ability to qualify for a home mortgage.
    [October 12th, 2011]
  • Auto loans slow in August blip
    The Fed's latest figures show auto loans slowing, reversing a long trend of more new loans being written. But many economists and analysts believe it was a momentary lull. Expect business as usual to have resumed when next month's figures are published.
    [October 10th, 2011]
  • Is it time to bring in a credit counselor?
    If you find yourself relying on too many payday loans or recognize that your level of credit card debt is too high, you may be thinking of consulting with a credit counselor. While a responsible credit counselor can help you get your finances into better shape, you should be aware that not every counselor is legitimate and some may charge fees that get you deeper into debt.
    [October 7th, 2011]
  • Auto loans industry keeps pedal to the metal
    In spite of all the uncertainties that surround the economy, those who make auto loans are seeing growth in their industry accelerate rapidly. And responsible borrowers, even those with patchy credit, are enjoying the ride.
    [October 3rd, 2011]
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