If you prefer using a keyboard over a Touch-Tone phone to research loan providers, Bankrate.com (www.bankrate.com) may be the right connection. The online publication allows users to evaluate rates and fees for more than 50 products (including mortgages, auto loans and credit cards) from 4,000 financial institutions nationwide. The site also enables you to calculate your monthly payments, review loan terms from a list of banks and access a wide selection of how-to, news and analytical articles on financial topics. A separate section features products targeted at small businesses.
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by Selena Hill