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Why Your Debts May Be Your Downfall

Credit card debt may soon reach unsustainable levels, according to a new survey. Here's how you can reduce your debt load.<p>If you relied on charging everything from office supplies to copying equipment when starting your business, the fact that entrepreneurs commonly pay for big-ticket items on …

3 Questions to Ask Before Refinancing Student Loans

Ask yourself these questions before jumping into any new deal.<p>Lowering the interest costs on your student loans sounds like a no-brainer, even to …

Definitions for Financial Consumers

A few half-truth definitions from the world of finance:<b>Due Diligence:</b> My boss told me to sell this product.<b>Proprietary:</b> You’ll never understand it …

Stop Making These 5 Costly Credit Card Mistakes

Credit cards are useful tools for building and maintaining a strong credit score. If you charge items and pay them off on time every month, your …

6 Questions To Ask Before Any Major Purchase

We’ve all made major purchases at one time or another. Whether it be a new (or new-to-you) car, a home, an education, or some other ‘big’ purchase, …

Where retirees should invest in today's uncertain markets

Earlier this summer I cautioned readers to tighten up their stop-losses as the market was flying high and due for a correction. The correction came …

2 ways to a more secure retirement

<i>My husband and I are in our 60s and are considering putting a portion of our savings into an annuity. What type should we consider? --Lois</i><p>When it comes to annuities, the variety and complexity of choices can be confusing. But for anyone who's retired or approaching retirement looking to turn a …

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Home | Investopedia

While a house can be a great investment and an even greater place to call home, there are specific pitfalls to avoid at all costs. The following are …

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How Much Money Is Enough for You? 8 Answers to an Uncommon Question | Inc.com

What does money mean to you? Would you be happy if you had just enough to cover your bills, plus maybe a little more for an occasional dinner out? Are you hoping to send your children to an expensive college, or retire in style? Do you have debts you need to pay off? Are you saving up to buy a …

When do you think you'll be allowed to retire? Think again

Planning on clearing your mortgage with your pension at 55? For most 40-year-olds this won't be the case<p>The 9-to-5 slog has been made all the more bearable for millions of Britons, knowing they will have full access to their retirement savings from the age of 55. George Osborne’s much-applauded …