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Time Series Payment Data Now Part of Credit Reports

Changes are coming to your consumer credit report. The way the information on your…

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Credit card usage is on the rise, new data says.

Free Credit Scores? A Bill May Make This a Reality

Free credit scores could help consumers keep a closer eye on their credit

Do you know your number?

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4 Interesting Credit Facts

Here are a few things you might not know about credit cards:
1. You can…

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Would You Use a Cardless Mobile ATM?

Would you feel safe doing this?

The ATM will require members of its credit union to download its mobile wallet and…

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Have a Bad Credit Score? Here’s 4 Ways to Increase It

What is your current credit score?

After struggling for years with credit issues, you’ve put a plan in place to develop…

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Howard University Professor Gives Tips on Handling Economic Stress in New Book

Author Robert M. Brown III talks about managing the emotional impact of money trouble

Have you ever dealt with a lot of stress?

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Prepaid Card [Video]

Your daily money bite

In light of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent push to update disclosures for prepaid…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Average Daily Balance

Your daily money bite

Word of the day: Average daily balance
The average daily balance is the average balance on…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Credit Utilization Ratio

Your daily money bite.

Word of the day: Credit utilization ratio
Creditors use a calculation called a credit utilization ratio,…

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A New FICO Scoring Model is Coming Your Way

The credit-scoring leader announces updates

FICO announced recently that the newest credit scoring model is coming soon. Known as FICO…

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The Anatomy of a Credit Card Payment [Infographic]

A step-by-step guide

Have you ever wondered exactly what happens when you swipe your credit card? Well, a…

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2. Reduce debt

Consumer Reports has found that in late 2011, 14 million Americans were still paying off their holiday bills from 2010. If you haven't been able to get out of credit card debt on your own, try boosting your financial fitness by joining a free financial boot camp offered online like MyMoneyCircles.com. This practical, step-by-step program, which I help lead with a team of experts, will help you reduce debt, figure out how to save money and reach a host of financial goals, including all of the financial New Year’s resolutions on this list.

Personal Finance Word of the Day: Amortization

Your daily money bite

Have you ever done this?

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Looking for a Valentine’s Day Gift? Try Your Credit Report

Nothing says 'I love you' like financial planning together

According to Morris, couples are often reluctant to discuss money matters and that finances are…

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Black Enterprise’s Financial All-Stars: Aaron W. Smith Talks Raising Capital

Advice from Black Enterprise's top experts

What are the best ways to raise capital?

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US Lagging Behind Globally in Improving Credit Card Security

Merchants prepare for cards with embedded chips that make it harder for thieves to steal personal information

Small business owners may want to prepare for and embrace the change

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ATM Fraud Explosion Might be Looming

Experts say fraudsters could be set to target ATMs

Skilled criminals are able to attach a skimmer to an ATM in less than a…

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The Lowdown on Investment Rewards Credit Cards

Weigh the pros and cons before making a decision

Investment rewards credit cards are touted as a savings tool

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FTC Warns: “Beware of Fake Debt Collectors”

Don’t get bullied into paying for a debt you might not owe

If you receive a call about a debt you don’t recognize, take action

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Chances Are, You Won’t Be Able to Afford College

The high cost of a higher education might stop some from achieving their dreams

Student loan debt is surpassing $1 trillion in national debt as well as mortgage and…

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TIAA-CREF Release Results of Financial Advice Survey

Survey shows some are fearful when it comes to managing money

A random group of 1,000 adults across the nation were asked about their attitudes, preferences…

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Facing the Signs of Debt Addiction

If you are stuck in a never-ending cycle of indebtedness, regardless of changes in income, you may be in denial.

How much debt do you have?

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Options for Disabled Student Loan Borrowers

Tips for discharging student loan debt due to disability.

This past July, the U.S. Department of Education enforced new regulations that made it easier…

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Are You Trying to Maintain a Reality Show Lifestyle?

Are reality stars really paying for the lavish lifestyles they live on TV?

If you are trying to keep up with the reality show lifestyle, stop it.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Beware of These Dirty Credit Card Tricks

Steer clear of these credit land mines.

Be on your guard when free credit offers come your way.

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Tips on How to Negotiate Your Credit Card Debt

Advice on how to successfully negotiate credit card debt.

If you’re struggling to pay down credit card debt, you can negotiate more favorable terms.…

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: The Real Cost of Payday Loans

Repeat borrowing often results in a cycle of debt

For a fast, dangerous payday loan, borrowers usually only need a checking account and proof…

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4 Tips for Managing Student Loan Debt

Start life after college on the right foot

The joy of graduating can turn into dread once student loan notices start pouring in.

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Credit card usage is on the rise, new data says.

Credit Card Usage is Up. Here’s What to Do As a Consumer.

Don't turn to credit cards as a backup to your money issues

Smart ways to make credit cards a part of your financial picture.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Single and Financially Sound: On Correctly Handling Your Credit and Taxes

Financial setbacks need to be taken care of

And remember, just because you are single now does not mean that credit and taxes…

By Jennifer Streaks

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Majority Of Business Owners Not Concerned About Credit Card Security

When Getting a Credit Card for Your Business Is the Right Move

Meeting your business' needs is an easier proposition than you think

There is an old saying that “you’ve got to have money, to make money.”

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20 Percent of African Americans Too Broke for Bank Accounts

Banks charge an average of $6 to cash checks

A large segment of the black community is unbanked

By Makkada B. Selah

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So You Filed Your Taxes. Now What?

Taking action after you file can get you ahead of the game

A list of things to do April 15th — and beyond.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Student Debt Becomes Chief Concern for College Applicants

Majority of college applicants say debt is a deciding factor in choosing schools

President Barack Obama and credit reporting agency Moody’s called on colleges to cut student costs.

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6 Things Debt Collectors Can and Can’t Do

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau includes debt-collection guidelines in annual report.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its annual report outlining how it has worked to…

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Is Your Credit Affecting Your Marriage Eligibility?

Does having bad credit not make you marriage eligible?

What will your mate inherit when they marry you?

By Kenny Pugh

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Survey: 1 in 7 Denied Jobs Because of Credit Issues

Are we witnessing the dawn of new standards in hiring?

More people than previously thought are being denied jobs because of a spotty credit history.

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Online Banks: Too Good to be True?

Online Banking isn't quite what it used to be

A few things to consider before opening an account in 2013

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Never Be Guilted Into Making Bad Money Decisions

Don't be emotionally blackmailed into putting your financial health at risk

There is nothing wrong with helping friends and relatives during tough times, commensurate with the…

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Are Americans Taking on More Debt?

Increased confidence in the economy spurring more risk from Americans, but is it too soon?

One of the biggest indicators is the consistently improving housing market, which is picking up…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Disputing Errors on Your Credit Report

Inaccuracies exist in millions of credit reports

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling has some tips for how to correct errors in…

By Natalie P. McNeal

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Tips for Crowdfunding Your Education Costs

Could you benefit from these strategies?

Here are three sites to consider for crowdfunding some of your education costs.

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Errors in Your Credit Report Can Cost You

A new study sheds light on a trend that could affect millions of Americans

Beware of how errors, no fault of your own, could be affecting your credit.

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4 Ways to Raise a Bad Credit Score

A few simple changes can make a big difference

Here are a few tips for getting an added boost to your credit score.

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Federal Trade Commission: Millions of Errors In Credit Reports

Are errors in credit reports a cause for alarm?

Inaccuracies in credit reporting could result in higher interest rates, denial of credit.

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Credit card usage is on the rise, new data says.

Tips for Choosing the Right Credit Card for You

A little planning and research can go a long way

How do you tell what credit card is best for you?

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Fed Teases to When Interest Rates Will Go Up

The Fed is waiting for unemployment to hit a magic number before it entertains changing interest rates

Is good news on the horizon?

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Credit card usage is on the rise, new data says.

Some Credit Card Companies Issuing Refunds

Customers should be receiving refunds from now until March

You could be in line for a refund from your credit card company.

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How to Avoid Wesley Snipes’ Tax Fate

The IRS has programs available to help people avoid the same situation

The IRS don’t play games. Here’s how to play by the rules.

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Fed Sets Fair Student Loan Repayment Terms, Conditions

Borrowers finding relief from new government regulations

New regulations are supposed to make loan repayment more manageable for borrowers

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Good News For Americans Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Analysts say this is a great sign towards to a rebounding economy

How can American workers reverse the trend?

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Could fund the entire angel rounds for 577 tech startups. In 2011, the average angel round—which secures capital for a startup, usually from individuals investing their own money—was $1.11 million.

Now Is Perfect Time To Get Finances In Order

With the holidays here, finances shouldn't take a backseat

4 steps toward a better 2013.

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Businesses Unite to Fight Credit card companies & High Swipe Fees

Report: Credit Card Debt, Late Payments On the Rise

Experts say there's no need to panic even though there's increase

What do the numbers say about the state of the economy?

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Is Facebook Making You Poor?

Study shows that the social networking site causes people to over-indulge

Research reveals link between social media interaction, debt

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School officials believe new program to make college affordable to local students will bring hope to the city's youth.

University of Chicago Starts Program for Local Students

U of C will try to lure more local talent

The University of Chicago is making attending the school easier for local students

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8 End of the Year Tax Tips

A shortlist of things you can do to to shore up your tax situation

What can you do to shore up your taxes at the end of the year?…

By Jennifer Streaks

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5 Money Lessons from Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Money Trees’

From the acclaimed album, lessons on money

What can ‘Money Trees’ teach us about money?

By Darren Sands

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The Fiscal Cliff: What You Need To Know

A primer on the sequester

The fiscal cliff, explained

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Is Tax Relief Coming to Sandy Survivors?

For victims and volunteers, help is on the way

The IRS will begin relief to those affected by Hurricane Sandy

By Ashley R. Harris

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Watch Out for These Changes at Your Bank

Consumers will have increased mobile access to information

Changes are on the horizon at some banks

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Women More Likely to Use Payday Loans Than Men

Predatory lending practice popular among whites, women

The parasite of the lending community attacks women significantly more than it does men

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Banks Give Customers Fee Reprieve in Sandy Aftermath

For a short time customers will avoid banking fees

Customers finally get a break from hurricane storm

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5 Lies That Keep You in Debt

Discover what fibs may be costing you financial freedom

These common myths could be keeping you from financial freedom

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Graduates Encumbered by Debt, Increase of Five Percent

Will college ever become more affordable?

Will college ever become more affordable?

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2. Reduce debt

Consumer Reports has found that in late 2011, 14 million Americans were still paying off their holiday bills from 2010. If you haven't been able to get out of credit card debt on your own, try boosting your financial fitness by joining a free financial boot camp offered online like MyMoneyCircles.com. This practical, step-by-step program, which I help lead with a team of experts, will help you reduce debt, figure out how to save money and reach a host of financial goals, including all of the financial New Year’s resolutions on this list.

It’s Time to Escape Slavery—From Debt

Free your mind, and your finances will follow. You can't achieve wealth if you won't change the way you think about money.

Too many of us are living beyond our means and pursuing a poverty lifestyle.

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Are Debt Collection Agencies Skirting Laws?

Debt collectors push the envelope, experts say

Some agencies push the envelope when it comes to lawful activity.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Credit Card Delinquencies Lowest in Over a Decade [Report]

Newly-released numbers indicate that consumers could be smartening up

Newly-released numbers indicate that consumers could be smartening up

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Beware: Watch for Credit-Card Changes

Stay up to date on your credit card company’s change of terms

No one wants to be bothered with another piece of mail or another email alert…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Three Hidden Credit Card Perks You May Not Know About

When used correctly, credit cards can work in your favor

When used correctly, credit cards can work in your favor

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Protect Your Child from Back-to-School ID Theft

Disclosing sensitive information could place your child in danger of being victimized by an identity thief.

Disclosing sensitive information could place your child in danger of being victimized by an identity…

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The Harsh Reality Of Single Black Women And Bankruptcy

Study shows the racial wealth gap is still alive

Study shows the racial wealth gap is still alive

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More Black Women Going Bankrupt [Report]

Studies show that black women continue to fall short financially in comparison to their white counterparts

Studies show that black women continue to fall short financially in comparison to their white…

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Job Credit Checks Are Becoming a Thing of the Past

Depending on your state of residence, you might no longer be subjected to a credit check when applying for a job.

You might no longer be subjected to a credit check when applying for a job.

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Get Excited About Your Money

Our Wealth for Life mission is to ensure that you become an active participant in…

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Peek In Your Purse

“A woman behaving wealthy spends on the basis of what is important to her on…

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Farrah Gray (@RealFarrahGray)  	The entrepreneurial spirit burns bright in Farrah Gray. Since the age of 6, the CEO of Farrah Gray Publishing has been a salesman and by the age of 16, he launched close to a dozen small businesses and social enterprises. This entrepreneur has received many awards and accolades for his noteworthy accomplishments, including the Young Entrepreneur Trumpet Award, an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters from Allen University, The National Urban League Whitney M. Young Jr. Entrepreneurship Award and The Urban Business Roundtable's Top 40 Game Changers of Chicago.

Free!! Books of the Week – Get Real, Get Rich

Having a hard time controlling your personal expenses, or could you be looking toward future…

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Should You Use Credit Cards for Everything? Yes and No.

Credit card usage doesn't have to be a gamble.

There are reasons why you should be careful with your credit card, but do they…

By Jennifer Streaks

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WATCH: Amid Criticism, Suze Orman Defends Her New Prepaid Debit Card

In a video interview with theGrio.com/CNBC reporter Sharlita Brantley, Suze Orman goes on the defensive about launching her own prepaid card

In a video interview with theGrio.com/CNBC reporter Sharlita Brantley, Suze Orman goes on the defensive…

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RUSH COMMUNICATIONS: Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam (1984) and Rush Communications (1991) (pictured). Def Jam is responsible for launching the career of LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, and Rush Communications is the parent company for media, entertainment, apparel, financial and philanthropic companies.

Russell Simmons to the Financial Press: ‘Is It Because I’m Hip Hop?’

Amid prepaid debit card criticism, the RushCard founder demands to know why he's considered a "celebrity endorser"

As prepaid debit cards by Suze Orman and Lil Wayne are criticized, RushCard founder Russell…

By Elayne Fluker

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How Radio Personality Angela Yee Dug Herself Out of Debt

The New York DJ recounts her financial missteps before getting back on track

Power 105 radio host Angela Yee found herself struggling with credit debt until she decided…

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7 Signs that You are a Woman Behaving Wealthy

Time for a purse check, ladies. These tips tell you what you need to do to go from 'just making it' or 'plain broke' to truly wealthy

Time for a purse check, ladies. These tips tell you what you need to do…

By Robin A. Young

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Debt-Free Diet

Four years ago Monique A. Harps contended with more than $104,000 in debt. Although the…

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3 Ways to Achieve Your Financial New Year’s Resolution In Just 30 Days

2012 is here. Is your money right? Use these tips to help you get on-track

Money coach Lynnnette Khalfani-Cox gives you three key tips to help you reach your financial…

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to improve your finances in some way, join the club.

According to a survey from TD Ameritrade, 73% of Americans will make at least one money-related New Year’s resolution. Regardless of your current economic circumstances, here are 12 crucial and doable financial goals worth putting on your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2012 – along with some tips and resources to ensure your financial success.---Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, Askthemoneycoach.com

12 Financial New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you 12 easy steps to get your money matters in order for 2012!

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you 12 easy steps to get your money matters in…

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3 Things You Should’ve Been Focused on Besides Black Friday Sales

There's nothing wrong with spending if it's for a good cause and not consumer greed and gluttony

Despite being in a recession, American spending continues as 2011 marks the biggest Black Friday…

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In these financially-strapped times, the thought of using money you barely have to enjoy yourself might ignite stressful feelings. In fact, a lack of disposable income can lead some to almost never involve themselves in fun or extracurricular activities outside of basic cost of living. However, some mental health experts believe working to pay bills without making time for recreation can lead to major stress. If you desire to have fun but you’re constantly void of funds, here are seven ways to have a good time on a budget. —Quassan Castro

7 Ways To Have Fun On A Budget

You don't always have to spend money to have a good time

In this economy everyone is about saving money which leaves fun by the wayside, well…

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From Black Friday door buster specials to pre- and after-Christmas sales, the start of the holiday shopping frenzy may soon engage your inner shopaholic—and leave you with a mound of debt by New Year’s. The average American is expected to spend a little more than $700 on holiday gifts and seasonal merchandise in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. Nationwide, sales are expected to reach $465.6 billion, putting retailers in the black.

If the shopaholic in you is ready to be unleashed, take steps to control your spending habits so you aren’t left in the red, with credit card debt and an empty savings account before the year is over. Here are some useful tips to control your inner shopaholic this holiday season. —Lynette Khalfani-Cox

5 Holiday Shopping Tips for Shopaholics

Don't get caught up in the craziness of the holiday shopping season, here are a few tips to stay on course

It’s holiday shopping season and shopaholics need be wary of falling into financial trouble. Here…

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How to Shop Safe & Save Money on Cyber Monday

Shopping from the comfort of your own home never sounded so good

When it comes to Cyber Monday you have to apply the same preparation and due…

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Best Black Friday Deals & the Worst Shopping Traps to Avoid

Holiday shopping season officially starts with Black Friday, here's how to come out on top without breaking the bank

Black Friday is all about the deals and low prices, but that doesn’t mean you…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Ask the Money Coach: How Do Small Collection Accounts Impact Your Credit Score?

Pay your bills; protect your credit

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to protect your credit score

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Confront the Culprit

Lastly, you need to confront this person directly. It doesn’t matter if that person is a “close” family member. I don’t care if it’s your sister, a cousin---or even your mother. Let this individual know that they have totally crossed the line and damaged your finances and credit rating in a way that is completely unfair, disrespectful to you, and that has long-lasting implications. Tell the person that they have exactly one week to contact every creditor in which they used your name to close the account or cut off service in your name---and put it in their name.

Ask the Money Coach: 5 Steps to Take When a Relative Ruins Your Credit

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to make a credit comeback

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you what steps you need to take to make a credit comeback

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David Banner’s 4 Money Management Lessons for Black America

The rapper/actor shares his perspective on the Black community's misuse of its spending power

Inspired by the Pew Research Center’s minority wealth gap report, rapper/producer/actor David Banner shares his…

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What Will a Strategic Default Do to Your Credit Score?

See if this drastic money move is the right one for you

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox helps you decide if this drastic money move is the right…

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3 Easy Steps To Check Out a Debt Collector

How to protect yourself from debt collector abuses

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to protect yourself from debt collector abuses

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How To Get the Best Credit Card Deal

Five tips to help you narrow down your search and score the best credit card deal

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives five tips to help you narrow down your search and score the…

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What to Do if a Debt Collector Tries to Sue You

The phone rings and it’s a call about a credit card debt you forgot about…

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What You Should Know About Credit Card Hardship Plans

Four years of careless spending led to $8,000 in credit card debt for Wilmington, Delaware,…

By Shandra Hill Smith

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Credit Counseling Myths and Reality

Knowing the truth can help you make the best decisions about your finances

If you’re struggling to keep up with your credit card payments, credit counseling is probably…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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3 Huge Problems with Student Loan Debt

And how to fix them...

The Loop 21 offers solutions on how to solve the college debt problem

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How To Get A+ Credit

Follow these tips and get the best credit score you can

When Simone Griffin was young, she would watch her grandmother pay the bills on the…

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It’s no secret that the cost to attend college can be quite expensive. As a result, most students heading back to school or those heading away for home for the first time will rely heavily on student loans and financial aid. While this assistance is a welcome safety blanket for those with limited funds, it also begins the cycle of post-grad debt. In an effort to help steer students in the right direction, here are six options for new graduates looking for debt relief. —Kahliah A. Laney

6 Tips for Decreasing Student Loan Debt Post Grad

Get educated on paying off that college debt faster

Student loans are usually the beginning of a cycle of debt that holds us back…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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Watch Out For Business Credit Cards

Don’t put your personal finances at risk

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a study showing that millions of individuals and small business…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Lending Score You’ve Never Heard Of

It takes more than a good credit score to get the best terms on a loan

If you thought a great credit score was all you needed to get the best…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Relearning the Value of a Dollar

Making a habit of using credit and debit cards over cash can lead to a financial pitfall

More and more Americans use credit and debit cards for everyday purchases, creating a cycle…

By Janel Martinez

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5 Ways To Upgrade Your Investments As Nation Deals With Debt Downgrade

Even though investors are reeling from the toughest market since 2008 you can still build your portfolio & protect your assets

Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the United States’ AAA credit rating to a AA+ could…

By Derek T. Dingle

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How Obama and the Democrats Dropped the Ball…Again

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill says America is left with the burden of paying for the embarrassing ineptitude of Obama and the Democrats

With the passing of the debt-ceiling bill, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill says America is left…

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Stop Burning Cash!

In three real-life situations, experts show how to create a workable budget so you can take control of your money and meet your short- and long-term goals.

Do you smell the odor of burning currency? If you ever find yourself wondering where…

By Bridget McCrea

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What You Need to Know about Co-signing on a Loan

When friends and family ask you to co-sign on a loan you might think you’re doing them a favor, but you’re actually entering into some risky business.

If you decide to co-sign on a loan for someone, there is a three out…

By LaToya M. Smith

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When Your Household Finances Fall Apart

You promised to love each other during good times and bad. Here's what to do when bad financial times come sooner than expected

You promised to love each other during good times and bad. But sometimes the bad…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Truth About Bankruptcy: Why All Your Debts WON’T Go Away

What you need to know before you file

While it’s true that Chapter 7 bankruptcy can wipe out many consumer debts, such as…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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6 Steps to Take If a Debt Collector Tries to Sue You

Whether its a debt you forgot about or one you simply couldn't pay, knowing your options can help you manage the situation

One minute you’re going about your day, not a care in the world. The next,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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5 Situations When It’s OK to Close a Credit Card

Sometimes it’s all right to go against the grain

Whenever Macy’s announced a sale on Jones New York suits or high-heeled sandals, Deanna S.…

By Leslie E. Royal

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4 Circumstances That Qualify You for a Free Credit Report

Knowing the facts will allow you to get the information you need

If you think the only time you can get free credit reports is when you…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Watch Out for Interest Rate Reduction Scams

Don't let the promise of a lower interest rate ruin your finances.

If you receive a pre-recorded message promising a lower interest rate on your credit card,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Rental Payments Will Count Toward Credit History

How paying your rent on-time is a new way to build good credit

If you don’t own a home, have little credit card history, or don’t own a…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Financial Advice for 2011 College Graduates (Beyond ‘Get a Job!’)

Strategies to help students do the right thing after getting that diploma

Our Money columnist Lynnette Khalfani-Cox offers tips to help college grads do the right (and…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Why a Good Credit Score Isn’t Enough

You’ll need more than excellent credit to get the best terms on a loan

If you thought a great credit score was all you needed to get the best…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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6 Common Lies Debt Collectors Will Tell You

And how to spot them a mile away...plus know the truth about your rights as a consumer

If you’ve ever had to deal with debt collectors, you know that many of them…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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How Not to Get Scammed by Movers

Moving season is around the corner. Be sure follow these tips to protect yourself from movers who mean you harm

Summer is just around the corner, and moving season will soon be in full swing.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Business Credit Cards Might Put Your Personal Credit at Risk

Business never personal, except when it comes to the company credit card as the CARD Act has left small business owners unprotected

The Pew Charitable Trust’s Safe Credit Cards Project recently released a study showing millions of…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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End of the World Checklist: Do You Have Your Financial House in Order?

What will your financial legacy say about you when your world ends?

BlackEnterprise.com’s checklist to prepare to leave behind your financial legacy via estate planning and living…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Pay Your Bills…With a Gift Card

A new way to pay

If you don’t know what to do with those unused gift cards, not to fear.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Black Blogger Month: The Frugalista, Blogging on a Budget

Being frugal pays off for personal finance blogger and author Natalie P. McNeal

Journalist turned finance blogger Natalie P. McNeal specializes in budgeting while still enjoying life’s luxuries.…

By Souleo

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3 Things to Do if You Can’t Pay a Large Tax Bill

Ignoring you tax bill won't help. Fortunately, you have options!

Ignoring you tax bill won’t help. Fortunately, you have options!

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How Badly Do You Want Financial Freedom?

If you talk the talk, but will not walk the walk, I've got news for you: freedom ain't free

Each week, we get e-mails and letters from people who tell us they are determined…

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5 Steps Towards Homeownership

How to get into the house of your dreams without landing yourself in a nightmare of financial trouble

How to get into the house of your dreams without landing yourself in a nightmare…

By Tara-Nicholle Nelson

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Find Out if You Even Have to File 	Ever wonder if you actually need to file a federal income tax return? Well, you may be onto something. Identifying whether or not you need to file will save both you and the government time and money. People can check the Individuals section of the IRS website or use their Interactive Tax Assistant tool to see if they qualify.

4/11: 11 Last Minute Tax Tips

With only a few days left to file, Black Enterprise gives you the 4-1-1 on filing your taxes

With only a few days left to file, Black Enterprise gives you the 4-1-1 on…

By Janel Martinez

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Beware of Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scams

Don’t let the promise of a lower interest rate jeopardize your finances.

Don’t let the promise of a lower interest rate jeopardize your finances.

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How to Avoid Tax Audit Triggers

Make sure the tax man has no reason to come knocking

Make sure the tax man has no reason to come knocking

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Your Financial Records: What to Save, What to Shred and When

If tax season has you rifling through bank statements and canceled checks, these tips will help you know how and when to purge

If tax time has you rifling through old bank statements, credit card bills, canceled checks,…

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Financial Advice You Should Ignore

How to steer clear of faulty financial tips that could cost you

How to steer clear of faulty financial tips that could cost you

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Should Debt Collectors Use Facebook to “Poke” You?

New measures aim to protect consumers from debt collectors abusing social media

Recently, consumers have reported harassement by debt collectors on Facebook and other social media. In…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to be ‘dfree’—Breaking Out of Financial Slavery

Author DeForest Soaries, Jr. lays out a program of deliverance from debt, deficits and delinquencies

How many of us actually see ourselves as slaves to our debts and other financial…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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March 6 to 12 was National Consumer Protection Week, but it's important for you to protect yourself each and every day.  Doing so is key to making sure that your rights as a consumer are not violated and that your safety is preserved. Here are five tips to help you become a more empowered consumer, protect your privacy, manage your finances and detect harmful frauds and scams.

Protect Your Consumer Rights

Preserve your privacy, manage your finances and detect harmful frauds and scams

Preserve your privacy, manage your finances and detect harmful frauds and scams

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Test Your Financial IQ!

Take our quiz to determine how financially savvy you are, and to get tips on how to better manage your money

The financial decisions you make can have a lasting impact on your credit and your…

By LaToya M. Smith

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4 Circumstances that Qualify You for a Free Credit Report

Knowing the facts will allow you to get the information you need

If you think the only time you can get free credit reports is when you…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Paying for College

College financing has changed since you went to school. In light of the dismal job…

By Robin White Goode

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Marriage and Money: Getting on the Same Page

Lateshia Woodley and Alex Kelly must �balance their contrasting money styles to budget their finances and grow their assets

Lateshia Woodley, 35, and Alex Kelly, 33, of Ellenwood, Georgia, have come a long way.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Volunteer Your Way Out of Student Debt

SponsorChange.org rewards volunteer service with student loan payments

In April 2009, Raymar and Robert Hampshire started SponsorChange.org, a Pittsburgh-based philanthropic organization that helps…

By Glenn Townes

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50 Power Moves to Improve Your Life

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

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How to Navigate Stricter Mortgage Lending Guidelines

Six tips to help you prepare for a home purchase

Now is the ideal time to purchase a home. Interest rates are at historic lows…

By Robin White Goode

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How to Negotiate the Best Deal on a New Car

Arm yourself with the right information and snag a great price

Here’s what you need to know and what you need to do to get the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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4 Tax Law Changes That Will Affect Your Small Business

Before filing for your biz this tax season, be sure to look out for these potential money savers

As tax time draws near, it’s imperative that entrepreneurs be aware of the impact of…

By Alan Hughes

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Rental Payments Will Count Toward Credit History

How paying your rent on-time is a new way to build good credit

If you don’t own a home, have little credit card history, or don’t own a…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Save For a Rainy Day!

Join the America Saves Week Challenge this week and learn how to stash your cash

February 20 through February 27 is America Saves Week. Take on this week’s challenge to…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Surprise! The IRS Counts Forgiven Debt As Taxable ‘Income’

Just because your lender cleared you of a debt doesn't mean Uncle Sam will when filing your tax return

Consumers are receiving so-called 1099-c “cancellation of debt” tax notices, informing them that the IRS…

By John Simons

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New Study Shows 62 % Drop in Home Mortgage Approvals to Minorities

When the housing market collapsed, so did the number of home loans to Blacks and Latinos

Together, African-Americans and Hispanics were able to borrow 62 percent less to buy or refinance…

By Kenneth J. Cooper

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According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less than whites of similar incomes over the past decade. As BLACK ENTERPRISE CEO Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr. wrote in a recent Executive Memo: "Make money work for you, not against you. We must reverse this trend by taking a disciplined approach." For the February issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine, I charged our Finance Editor John Simons and our Consumer Affairs Editor Sheiresa Ngo with wwweloping 10 power moves to improve our readers' finances. Follow these tips to better manage your money today an dreap huge benefits tomorrow!--Derek Dingle

10 Power Moves to Help You Better Manage Your Money

Simple steps to help you spend, save and invest smarter

According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Power Moves: 10 Steps to Build Wealth Now!

Our editors have developed "The Power Issue" to help our readers find ways to advance their business, professional and financial lives

Our editors have developed “The Power Issue” to help our readers find ways to advance…

By Derek T. Dingle

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What to Do If You’re Contacted about an Expired Debt

The wrong move could wreak havoc on your finances by having you pay for something you didn't have to

In part one of this article, we explained what the statute of limitations is and…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Statute of Limitations on Debt

Make sure you know the rules of how to deal with long-term debt

The statute of limitations. You’ve most likely heard the term before, but you may not…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Watch Sonia Alleyne’s Interview with Venus Williams at This Year’s Women of Power Summit [Video]

Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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Women of Power: Pushing Past Fear To Make Your Next Career Move

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, attendees learn how to push past fears…

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