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CFPB Report Reveals Decline in College Credit Card Agreements

There has been a nearly 70% reduction in the number of credit card agreements since…

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18% of Consumers Say They’ll Never Get out of Debt

Will you be in debt for the rest of your life?

Do you feel like you’ll be be paying off your mountain of debt forever?

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CFPB Announces New Rules for Medical Debt Collection and Reporting

Bureau cracks down on medical debt reporting practices

If you have an outstanding medical debt on your credit report, then you understand the…

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Three Things That Trigger a Hard Credit Inquiry

Tips for managing your credit

If your New Year’s resolution is to improve your credit, then you’re probably wondering which…

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How to Manage Hidden Holiday Costs

Hold on to more of your money

You love the holiday deals but you’re not so in love with those unexpected costs.…

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Small Business Owners predicate a bounce in Holiday Sales

OneUnited Bank President Teri Williams Talks Holiday Money Management

Take charge of your money for a less stressful New Year

During this time of year, you may be facing a lot of stress when it…

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Poll: Consumers Have Post-Recession Spending Itch

Do you have the urge to splurge?

However, NFCC spokesperson Gail Cunningham warns that giving in to the temptation to spend in…

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Caregivers Spend $20,000 on Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s

Caring.com finds women majority of those looking after relatives with the illness

Family caregivers spend $20,000 or more a year on loved ones with Alzheimer’s according to…

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Teaching Kids about Holiday Shopping

Help your kids become better consumers

During this time of year, your children may be asking about giving holiday gifts to…

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NFCC Warns Against Holiday Overspending

Don't break the bank this holiday season

Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it. This is…

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Woman Shares How She Dug out of $50,000 Worth of Debt (Part 3)

Author shares how she assists college students with money management

If you want to get a handle on your debt, you’ll have to commit to…

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Wells Fargo to Provide Student Loan Modifications

Some private student loan borrowers will get relief

Eligible borrowers will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.

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Millennials and Money: The True Cost of Specialty Coffee

Stop drinking your money

Try adding up all your coffee purchases for just one week and see how much…

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Woman Shares How She Dug Out of $50,000 Worth of Debt (Part 2)

Tips for getting back on the right financial track

Are you part of the “microwave generation?” Do you expect everything now? Be careful, you…

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Woman Shares How She Dug Out of $50,000 Worth of Debt

Tips for getting back on the right financial track

A few weeks ago we shared with you how David Bakke, a financial contributor for…

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Study: Student Debt and the Class of 2013

Students are attempting to dig themselves out of debt.

The Project on Student Debt at the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) released…

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Bankrate.com’s Greg McBride Talks Consumer Spending

Bankrate.com's analyst explains why consumers are leery

Two-thirds of Americans are reducing their monthly spending. One of the main reasons is, for…

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Entrepreneur Offers Mobile Money Advice

Finance coach Marsha Barnes provides services on the go

The Finance Bar is a premier mobile hub offering an array of personal finance products…

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Credit Card Penalty Rate Drops Slightly

Consumers get a small break

The survey found that 60 out of the 100 cards in the survey have some…

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Consumer Tip of the Day: Protect Elderly Veterans from Financial Abuse

Guard older consumers from fraudsters

Be very leery if the caller asks you to wire funds or send personal information.…

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Man Who Dug His Way Out of $30,000 Debt Shares Advice

Four steps to getting back on the right financial track

Debt can slowly creep up on you until it suddenly gets out of control.

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Debt Collection Practices a Top Complaint for Older Americans

Seniors are fed up with debt collectors

Older Americans voiced more complaints about debt collection than any other financial product or service.

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NFCC Announces Financial Programs for Military Members

Servicemen and women will get the help they need

The organization has decided to make these programs available in light of recent results from…

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Infographic: What You Could Buy with the Nation’s Student Loan Debt

What could you purchase with $1 trillion?

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, total student loan debt is more than $1.2…

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Randal Pinkett and Lynnette Khalfani-Cox Join Financial Freedom Conference

Rev. DeForest Soaries' event teaches and empowers about healthy financial habits

Randal Pinkett and Lynnette Khalfani-Cox are featured speakers at this year’s dfree® Financial Conference, kicking…

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Best Metro Areas for Budgeters

How do you compare?

WalletHub.com released a study outlining the metropolitan areas with the best and worst track record…

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Some Consumers Treat Checking Account Like a Payday Loan

Are you using overdraft as a piggy bank?

Just 8% of bank customers are responsible for roughly 75% of all overdraft fees.

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Report: Private Student Loan Borrowers Driven into Default

New report shows borrowers struggle to get help

Some borrowers say they don’t receive enough information or assistance from lenders and servicers when…

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Seniors Struggle to Replace Pre-Retirement Income

Older Americans in 49 of 50 states have trouble making ends meet

Across the nation, those age 65 and older have a median annual income that is…

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Infographic: Are You Taking on Too Much Student Loan Debt?

Don't dig yourself into a debt hole

Student loan debt is at an all-time high. In fact, nearly 11% of all student…

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Study: Despite Economic Upturn, Long-term Unemployed Still Experiencing Difficulty

You may have a rough road ahead of you

John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development research finds only 14% of long-term unemployed able…

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Money Problems Plague Americans

Consumers are tortured by debt

A drastic increase in debt, while not having enough savings for retirement, makes things…

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[Part 2] App Helps Parents Teach Kids Budgeting

One-on-one with Allowance Manager creator Dan Meader

An allowance can serve as a learning tool.

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Bestselling Author ‘Zane’ Files For Bankruptcy

Erotica writer owes $540,000 in back taxes

Kristina Laferne Roberts, better known as Zane, owes $540,000 in back taxes to the IRS.…

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Q & A With Allowance Manager Creator Dan Meader

New app helps parents manage their children’s money

If you’ve been having trouble keeping track of your kids’ allowance, you’ll be happy to…

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Student Loan Defaults Decline, Yet Number Remains High

For-profit schools account for the majority of defaults

Among all colleges, about 13.7% defaulted within three years of entering repayment.

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Older Americans Saddled with Student Loan Debt

Student loans are starting to linger into borrowers' golden years

Student loan debt has an impact on a much larger group of people than might…

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Federal Reserve Decides Not to Change Swipe Fees

Fees will remain unchanged

The Federal Reserve has decided to keep current credit card swipe fees in place.

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Citizens Bank Offers Student Borrowers a Chance to Refinance at Lower Rate

Borrowers may get a rate lower than what they are already paying

If you’re looking to refinancing your student loan, you now have a new option.

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Study: One in Five Can’t Live without Credit Cards

Are you lost without credit?

Don’t start an unhealthy love affair with your plastic.

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Study: More Millennials Saying No to Credit Cards

More than 60% of millennials are without a credit card

A new Bankrate survey reveals that more than 60% of millennials are shying away from…

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Computer Chips Coming to a Credit Card Near You

Notice something different about your credit card?

The new computer chips make it harder for thieves to get your information from your…

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Infographic: Where College Students Spend Their Money

How college students go broke

Check out this infograhic breakdown of how college students use—and mishandle—their money.

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5 Reasons Your Credit Card Application Was Denied

Here's why you were turned down

No one applies for a credit card hoping their application will be rejected.

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FTC Requests Shutdown of Fake Credit-Debt Scheme

The government agency aims to protect consumers

Phony debt relief/credit repair programs, allegedly made false statements that they were funded by the…

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Report: Late Auto Payments on the Rise

More consumers are paying their car loans late

If you’re late on your auto loan payment, you have some company.

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Study: Consumers Still Recovering from the Recession

Raises and promotions stay stagnant while Americans' savings accounts are dwindling.

If you’re still feeling the pinch, you’re not alone.

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Beware of a New Scam on Facebook

Sneaky tool tricks user into hacking themselves

Make sure to keep a close eye on all of your social media accounts.

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Study: One in Three Americans with Credit File Has Debt in Collections

Nevada tops the list

A debt in collections will remain on your credit report for seven years.

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Credit Card Interest Rates on the Rise

Rates are slowly creeping up

The most significant increases can be seen when it comes to secured credit cards.

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Infographic: Federal Versus Private Student Loans

Choose your loan type carefully

This infographic outlines the difference between Federal and private student loans.

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Help for Overdrafts: Wells Fargo Will Stop ‘Stacking’ Checks

Latest efforts can save consumers from some fees

Wells Fargo will begin processing customers’ checks in the order they are received and stop…

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Denied: Some College Students Can’t Access Federal Loans

Institute for College Access and Success finds many students of color affected

Recent study outlines the differences in loan access for each of the 50 states, broken…

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Most Consumers Don’t Understand Overdraft Penalty Plans

Pew report shows many don't remember even opting in

Recent report by Pew Charitable Trusts finds that more than 50% of consumers who incurred…

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Summer Heat: Federal Student Loan Interest Rates Will Rise in July

Some borrowers will pay more, but there is a silver lining

Institute for College Access and Success’ (TICAS) Project on Student Debt has chart to help…

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Student Loan Relief: Bill Could Allow Bankruptcy Discharge

Borrowers might get some relief with proposed legislation

New bill calls for reducing student costs and makes it mandatory for colleges to make…

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10 States with Most Student Loan Debt

Georgia, Maryland and D.C. top the list

Check out the top states that have the most federal student loan debt.

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5 Good Reasons to Axe a Credit Card Account

Sometimes it's alright to go against the grain

Most credit experts say it’s not a good idea to close a credit account, but…

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Suze Orman Prepaid Debit Card Discontinued

Cardholders are no longer "approved"

If you own one of Suze Orman’s Approved cards, you might have a slightly annoying…

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The Lowdown on Investment Rewards Credit Cards

Weigh the pros and cons before making a decision

Anything that encourages you to save is a good thing. Or is it? Investment…

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Governor Cuomo Announces Tool to Stop Payday Lenders

Database will help identify and halt illegal lending

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Despite the fact that payday lending is illegal in many states, it is…

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Take Advantage of Hidden Credit Card Perks

Don't leave benefits on the table

I often hear people list the evils of credit cards, and blame them …

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Results of Card Hub 2014 Credit Card Debt Study

Credit information site Card Hub recently released its 2014 credit card debt study.  The study…

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MasterCard Extends Zero-Liability Policy

Protection provided for ATM and PIN transactions

Debit and credit card company MasterCard announced that it will extend its zero-liability policy for…

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Credit Union for Pro Athletes Approved

Organization founded by former wife of baseball player

It is widely known that professional athletes often struggle with managing their money. Consequently, many…

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Military Members Face Financial Weakness

Differences can be seen between military and general population

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling recently conducted a survey that shows many members of…

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Study: Consumers Saddled by Credit Card Debt and Overdraft Fees

Consumers face trouble due to lack of financial knowledge

A recent survey by MagnifyMoney shows that 35% of Americans overdraft and 42.4% are saddled…

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Consumers Over-Penalized for Medical Debt in Collections

Scores may misrepresent creditworthiness by 10 points

If you have medical debt in collections, you might be facing harsher penalties. The Consumer…

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Weighing Your Student Loan Repayment Options

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Graduation season is upon us. And that most likely means a student loan…

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Credit Survey Reveals Differences Between Millennials and Older Adults

Younger card holders less likely to request free credit reports

The Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions recently unveiled their fourth annual survey on…

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OneUnited Bank President Teri Williams Talks About UNITY Visa Card

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Even though Financial Literacy Month has come and gone, it’s never too late to…

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More Landlords Checking Credit

If you’re looking to rent a new apartment, you’ll have to look at not only…

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Changes to Student Loans Might Be Coming Your Way

Proposed White House budget makes room for programs like "Pay as You Earn"

In March, President Obama revealed his proposed budget for next year, with a portion reserved…

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How to Choose a Credit Counseling Agency

If you run into financial troubles, you may find yourself seeking the assistance of a…

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Author Q and A: Confessions of a Credit Card Junkie (Part 2)

Author Beverly Harzog shares her struggles with credit cards in new book

Credit cards can help in times of an emergency. They are also necessary to help…

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4 Ways to Protect Your Credit During Vacation

Don't let a financial bind ruin a good time

Don’t leave home without heeding this advice on protecting your credit while on vacation or…

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The "forgetful" borrower. Don't be surprised when you lend money to a cousin or your favorite uncle and you never get it back. If you lend money to a family member, consider it a gift. Family members are usually the worst when it comes to repaying a loan. So when Christmas comes around and they find an empty box under the tree, say Christmas came early—when you “lent” them $200 earlier in the year.

Money Quiz: Signs You’re Headed Back Home to Live with Your Parents

Take this quiz to see if your money habits will land you back in your parents' abode

Despite reports that the economy is doing better, some adults who were once independent are…

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Author Q and A: Confessions of a Credit Card Junkie

Author Beverly Harzog shares her struggles with credit cards in new book

Credit cards can help in times of an emergency. They are also necessary to help…

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Target Switches to Chip-and-PIN Cards after Data Breach

Target has announced that it will start to issue chip-and-PIN cards early next year. The…

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How One New Grad Survived Financial Life after College

Six months after graduating from Florida State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in…

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Financial Literacy Month: Dealing with Debt That’s Out of Control

Debtor’s Anonymous, an organization that helps consumers struggling with debt, lists the following signs that you might have a serious problem with debt

But how do you know when debt is spiraling out of control? When is it…

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Poll Reveals Consumers are Embarrassed By Their Credit Scores

Among the respondents, 37% admitted they felt shame when it came to their credit card debt

Poll participants were told to choose from five categories

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App Helps Consumers Spot Suspicious Charges

The BillGuard app remains current by sourcing information from other users about merchants that have consistently been problematic

BillGuard can also make you aware of fees that you didn’t even realize you were…

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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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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

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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.

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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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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.

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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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…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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.

By Darren Sands

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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

By Ashley R. Harris

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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.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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.

By Jennifer Streaks

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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.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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.

By Darren Sands

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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?

By Jennifer Streaks

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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?

By Ashley R. Harris

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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.

By Ashley R. Harris

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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

By Ashley R. Harris

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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?

By Ashley R. Harris

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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.

By Jennifer Streaks

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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?

By Ashley R. Harris

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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

By Ashley R. Harris

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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

By Ashley R. Harris

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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

By Ashley R. Harris

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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

By Ashley R. Harris

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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

By Ashley R. Harris

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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

By Patrice C. Washington

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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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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

By Ashley R. Harris

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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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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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