Personal Finance Guide
The appeal of credit cards lies in the fact that it makes it easy to get just about anything you want. Fancy a new wristwatch? Just give your card, and it's all good. Love that new pair of shoes? Here you go. Swipe the card and you walk away with the shoes.
All these are possible without spending cash. That is why it is so easy for many people to get into and continue to remain in debt. Your... [Continue Reading]
You might think that a traditional pension is your best option for saving for retirement, but is that really the case? If the circumstances are right, you may get better returns by starting a self-managed super-fund. While both pensions and super-funds have the same end goal of providing you with a comfortable retirement, they have very different ways of achieving these outcomes. Here is an... [Continue Reading]
As we get older and reach retirement age, lots of us have to ask for help at home for ourselves, or for a partner. Whether we chose to access care at home or in a specialist setting, it costs money. Not many people have the income to support long-term care out of their own pocket, and if you're in this situation you might be looking for alternative options. One of these options is equity... [Continue Reading]
If you’re like the majority of people in the world, you likely never think about things like your credit score or credit report – at least not unless you’re actively trying to borrow money or buy a house, in which case your every thought probably centers on those two things. Most people think that their credit, good or bad, only impacts their lives when they’re... [Continue Reading]
Given the high competition in the current job market, earning an MBA is essential for anyone who aims to secure a top management position. A graduate degree increases your marketability and affords you the opportunity to switch careers. Thus, despite the lengthy period that one has to spend in the classroom to earn the degree, the investment made is always worthwhile.
In the course of taking... [Continue Reading]
When the paternity of a child is called into question, it can have all kinds of effects on every person involved. There may be pressure on the grandparents, stress on the alleged father, stress on the mother, and even stress on the child involved. Some people might choose to wallow through this stress because even the thought of an actual paternity test seems too expensive. A home paternity... [Continue Reading]
Negotiating a salary can be an awkward situation. There seems to be a taboo around discussing personal financial matters, especially amongst British people. We are not good at haggling – it is just not in our nature.
Negotiating a wage requires nerves, bottle and a little bit of cheek. These are qualities that the top sales people tend to have. For us mere mortals,... [Continue Reading]
Baseball is heralded as America’s pastime and will always be imbedded into American culture. The game that simply uses a stick, ball, and glove has produced years of legendary games and iconic figures. From Babe Ruth’s called shot to the incredible comeback of the 2004 Boston Red Sox, baseball captures our imaginations and has developed into a lucrative worldwide business.... [Continue Reading]
Today more and more graduating students are leaving college with unprecedented amounts of student loan debt to repay. With a weak job market and an economic recovery only now starting to gain traction, some students are finding it increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to repay this debt. Faced with the prospect of ruining their financial record before it actually begins, many... [Continue Reading]
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Personal Finance News
Dear Liz: My daughter is getting married in September. She recently confided that she and her fiance have never discussed their respective debts (if any), credit scores or financial goals. She is hesitant to bring this up with him but realizes it's a ...
(Dec 21, 2014, Los Angeles Times)
Rent it out. Nela Richardson, chief economist for a real estate brokerage in Seattle, says mortgage rate lock-in is “a bit of a misnomer” because it suggests homeowners are trapped in a bad situation. Instead, she says, a low rate “is nothing but good ...
(Dec 21, 2014, Times Herald-Record)
FILE - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. speaks with reporters about legislation to extend tax breaks as he heads to the chamber for a vote, in this May 14, 2014 file photo, on Capitol Hill in Washington. In an almost annual ...
(Dec 20, 2014, SunHerald.com)
Ultra-low interest rates enable banks and building societies to offer long mortgage deals. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA. Rupert Jones and Patrick Collinson. Saturday 20 December 2014 02.00 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via Email · Share ...
(Dec 20, 2014, The Guardian)
With little time to spare, Congress this past week reauthorized charitable transfers from individual retirement accounts. IRA holders need to move quickly if they want to make such gifts, because the provision expires again as of Jan. 1, 2015. The ...
(Dec 19, 2014, Wall Street Journal)
A personal loan from a bank or credit union loan may be the right option for you if you have good credit but can't pay off your debt within the promotional period of a 0% interest credit card. Rates at banks can widely vary, and the banks will factor ...
(Dec 19, 2014, NerdWallet (blog))
Dave Ramsey is the seventh finalist featured in GOBankingRates' 2014 “Best Personal Finance Expert” competition. Each day, readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite of 12 nominees, selected from the biggest names in finance by ...
(Dec 19, 2014, Benzinga)
Kiplinger's Personal Finance Honors Valparaiso University as 2015 Best Value ...
(Dec 19, 2014, Valpo Today)
Primary 30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage All-In Yields Fall 0.12%, And Value Of Net ...
(Dec 18, 2014, Seeking Alpha)
If you're a recent college graduate, you may be able to secure a personal loan through Upstart's peer-to-peer lending. This particular platform links investors with borrowers and is ideal for those who are still in the beginning stages of creating ...
(Dec 18, 2014, NerdWallet (blog))
Veteran personal finance journalist Robert Powell answers your questions. Q: My husband is 63. He will leave his outside sales job the end of 2014. If doesn't look for another job and waits until he's 66 to draw Social Security how will that affect his ...
(Dec 18, 2014, USA TODAY)
Weekly Money: round-up of the personal finance stories you may have missed ...
(Dec 18, 2014, The Independent)