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Getting on Track

Tyvi Small works to improve his financial discipline

Tyvi Small is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration. But when it comes to…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Credit Card Companies Go On the Defense

Issuers hike rates as CARD Act set to take effect

1231_CostCuttingBlogCreditCardLooks like credit card issuers are playing a tough game of defense against sweeping legislation…

By Renita Burns

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Preparing for the Future

Jason and Carol Wooden are expecting a bundle of joy. Will they be able to quit their day jobs early and enter semiretirement?

Herb White, a certified financial planner and founder of Life Certain Wealth Strategies in Denver,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Hey, Mr. President, How About A Holiday?

Let's give homeowners the option of not paying their mortgages for one full year

I am talking about a one year Mortgage Holiday where homeowners will not be required…

By Warren Ballentine

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Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 4

We must take control of our destinies

When all is said and done, we have the ability to take control of our…

By Ryan Mack

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Establishing A Legacy of Wealth: Part 3

We must take stock of how we spend

Many African Americans are more concerned with what we are wearing, what we are driving…

By Ryan Mack

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The Credit Card Fee Hustle

Minimum purchases on credit cards are a violation

It’s a shared feeling among many debit and credit cardholders. You head to the local…

By Renita Burns

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Why America Needs Uncle Sam’s Financial Lessons

Is it government�s job to convince more Americans to save and invest?

One of the arguments conservatives are leveling against President Barack Obama’s proposed Consumer Financial Protection…

By John Simons

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Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Income-Based Repayment plan reduces monthly minimum payments

College graduates facing mounting student loan debt may find relief in the new Income-Based Repayment…

By Renita Burns

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School Daze

Getting a Ph.D. left Laquita Blockson with dizzying debt. Now, she seeks a financial plan to pay it all off

Borrowing money to further your education—and by extension, your earning power—is what most financial…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Uh-Oh, I Can’t Repay My Student Loans

Four tips for grads struggling to avoid the perils of default

The parties are over, Thirsty Thursdays are a mere memory, and early morning wake-up calls…

By Renita Burns

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Pursuing the American Dream

Richard Cherry strives to build wealth through homeownership

Richard Cherry is more interested in being wealthy than looking wealthy. Living well below his…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Hard Lessons in Home Economics

Rocked by declining property values and job loss, the Carrs are searching for answers

Sherley Bretous-Carré and Edenswear Carré still believe in the American dream. Starting in 2002, the…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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The Cutting Edge Q&A: Rebounding After a Custody Battle

Be diligent in finding solutions to manage debt

Since last year, I have fallen behind on the majority of my bills due to…

By Renita Burns

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do?

Is borrowing reckless or responsible? Depends on whether debt is "good" or "bad"

A few days ago, I was confronted with a very interesting issue by Black…

By John Simons

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The Cutting Edge: Big Tax Refund? You Might Want to Think Twice

Overpaying Uncle Sam is like giving him an interest-free loan

There is such a thing as overpaying Uncle Sam. Though buxom tax returns can seem…

By Renita Burns

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The Cutting Edge: Tax Tips for First-Time Filers

Don�t let ignorance cost you money, time

If this is your first time filing as an independent, or you’ve just started taking…

By Renita Burns

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Say No to Overdraft Fees

10 Days Left to Tell Fed to Say No to Banks

Ever had to pay an additional $30 for a $5 hamburger or a $15 meal?…

By Renita Burns

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4. I Will Save At Least 10% of My Income

It’s not enough to just make ends meet with the salary you are earning. You…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5. I Will Use Homeownership as a Foundation for Building Wealth

While these are uncertain economic times, financial experts agree that owning a home is still…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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“The only woman in the room” & how to change that by 2186

With passionate voices working every day to redefine the standard for gender equality, I believe…

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Ask Sheree: How to Manage an Overload of Work

It is very common for a busy professional to feel overwhelmed with their job commitments…

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