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
Mortgage Yields Twist, With Current Yields Up 0.04% From Last Week And 10 ...
(Jul 24, 2014, Seeking Alpha (registration))
A federal court sentenced a once high-end wine seller Thursday for passing off bogus bottles he made in a “counterfeit wine laboratory” — his home — as rare vintages. The victim losses? More than $22 million. Take our pop quiz to see how if you can ...
(Jul 24, 2014, MarketWatch)
When it comes to personal finance, a new survey shows high school students in the U.S. may not have the knowledge they need to manage money. The survey was part of the Programme for International Student Assessment, a test conducted every three ...
(Jul 24, 2014, Chicago Tribune)
MIAMI — Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different ...
(Jul 24, 2014, SunHerald.com)
The stock market continues to attract more investment, the interest rate markets continue to fail at critical technical levels. The Ukraine/Russia concern appears to be lessening somewhat. The US and Europe continue to resist adding additional ...
(Jul 24, 2014, MPA News)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday that the nationwide average for a 30-year loan was 4.13 percent, ...
(Jul 24, 2014, USA TODAY)
The government was making plans to introduce personal finance as a core subject to give students the know-how on managing their money and knowing where it goes and buying the things you need in the future. I think it would be a good thing to teach ...
(Jul 24, 2014, FT Adviser)
The latest Treasury bond rally continues to benefit anyone looking to buy a home, as mortgage rates, which tend to follow Treasury yields, remain close to 2014 lows. The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate weighed in at 4.13% this week, per ...
(Jul 24, 2014, Barron's (blog))
With financial markets at very high levels, active fund managers are warning against investing in passive index-tracking investments. But the passive investment market has become far more sophisticated and some products may even be a good choice at ...
(Jul 24, 2014, Independent Online)
Each week, government-backed Freddie Mac conducts a mortgage rate survey of 125 banks nationwide. The survey asks banks reply with their "going" mortgage rate for a prime mortgage borrower, along with the number of accompanying discount points ...
(Jul 24, 2014, The Mortgage Reports)
Veteran personal finance journalist Robert Powell answers your questions in his advice column, which runs Tuesdays and Thursdays at usaweekend.com. My husband passed away six years ago. Can I receive spousal survivor monthly payments at age 60, ...
(Jul 24, 2014, USA TODAY)
Moving the mortgage rate up to 5.7pc means the mortgage holder pays £939 a month, or around £2,544 a year more than on a rate of 3.2pc. The Foundation said these figures do not reflect exactly what would happen due to given changes in the base rate ...
(Jul 24, 2014, Telegraph.co.uk)