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Q&A: How Do I Build Credit Fast?

A reader asks: I’m trying to get my credit score growing again. I’m in school full-time and work full-time, too. I have just one credit card – a Wells Fargo student card -- that greatly helped my credit score when I first got it. However, in the last … [Read more...]

This Is What Happens If You Don’t Pay Your Student Loans (And Yes: It’s Very, Very Bad)

In June, the Brookings Institute, an organization that studies economic issues, reported some good news: Americans aren’t really being crushed by student loan debt to the degree that the media implies. The average balance of outstanding student loan d … [Read more...]

How Upstart Gives Loans To Young Adults Without Credit Scores

There’s been a lot of attention paid to peer-to-peer lending sites such as Lending Club and Prosper. And it’s true, each one offers a lightning-quick application process, with potential approval coming right on its heels. But other than the sky … [Read more...]

Common Mistakes That Make Student Loans Hard To Handle

The fact that we’re in a student loan crisis is nothing new; in a recent post I reported that as of the end of 2013, the figure had reached $1.08 trillion. Compare that to the total outstanding revolving debt in the U.S. (which includes credit ca … [Read more...]

Quick Look: Student Loan Rates Went Up This Week

Heads up: interest rates for government-backed student loans went up as of July 1, 2014. Here’s a breakdown of the increase. Undergraduate Stafford loans: 3.86 to 4.66 percent. Graduate Stafford loans: 5.41 to 6.21 percent. Plus loans for p … [Read more...]

ReadyForZero: A Money App That Helps You Defeat Debt On Your Own

I enjoy using Mint.com to track my expenses and frequently use its budgeting and goals tool to set up the best debt snowball for paying down my balances. The problem I keep running into, though, is turning my plan into actual payments. Enter … [Read more...]

Are Rewards Credit Cards Bad For Your Credit Score? The Truth May Surprise You

After recent articles on how to start travel hacking and the best travel rewards programs for non frequent-fliers, we’ve received a few questions from readers wanting to start taking advantage of credit card rewards for the first time. One reader a … [Read more...]

For Graduate Students, Help Weighing The Costs Of An Advanced Degree

Yes it’s true: Student debt has reached an astounding record level of $1.08 trillion—and that was just for the end of 2013, according to a report released earlier this year by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Trying to make sense of that deb … [Read more...]

Discover it® Credit Card Review

The Discover it® credit card combines cash back on everyday purchases, a free FICO® credit score with your monthly statement, and competitive intro and regular APRs. Who "it" is for: Discover it® is a multi-purpose card for consumers who want to ea … [Read more...]

Yes, There’s A Loan For That: New Options For Getting Unsecured Personal Loans Online

Let’s face it: It’s not everyday you can get an online loan to buy a horse. But if you go to the website for LightStream’s “AnythingLoan", and scroll down to the bottom of the page, you’ll see it right there: a link for horse loans (with an APR as … [Read more...]