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Can You Trust The Mortgage Company You Found On The Web? The Best Online Mortgage Lenders Compared

When buying a home, it makes sense to look for the best possible deal. After all, your mortgage will span decades, and the higher the interest rate, the more you’ll pay over time. Even a 1 percent difference in your mortgage rate can mean tens of t … [Read more...]

How To Open Your First IRA

Unfortunately, most of us in our 20s and 30s can't rely on the government or a fixed pension to provide financial security when we grow older. As a result, we face a sobering choice: Save -- often and early so you can one day stop working … [Read more...]

When Good Credit Isn’t Enough: Why You Could Be Denied A Credit Card Despite Your Excellent Score

It’s bound to happen to all of us at one time or another – you go to apply for a new credit card (or an auto loan, mortgage or any other line of credit) and, out of nowhere, they turn you down. Application declined. You’re shocked. Angry. And – … [Read more...]

Personal Loans Vs Credit Cards: When To Use A Loan Instead Of Plastic

When life's big expenses crop up, it's always best to pay cash. That's why the first step in building financial security is to get ahead of your paycheck and save money for emergencies -- and eventually big purchases like cars and vacations. If … [Read more...]

Where Should You Invest First? Your Company’s 401k or an IRA?

Decoding retirement savings is as thrilling as an all-day cram session for a standardized test. I get that. But just like that grad school exam, your future depends on it. A few weeks ago, I sent my focus group a quick survey on 401k plans. I knew … [Read more...]

How to Negotiate Anything (Even if You’re Shy or Afraid)

If I were selling a tool you could use to earn more money, pay less for things you buy, and get your way more often, would you be interested? I hope so. Fortunately, I’m not selling anything. This tool is free; it’s called negotiation. In the … [Read more...]

How to Buy Life Insurance Online

Last December, my wife and I welcomed our second child, Elliot, into the world. As parents, we are ecstatic but weary. As a no-longer only child, big sister Molly remains skeptical. They say that having two children is more than twice the work of … [Read more...]

Credit Karma: The Best Way to Get a Truly Free Credit Score

For better or worse, your credit score plays a big role in your financial health. So it's important to know your credit score and keep an eye on how it's changing over time. While most services charge upwards of $15-20 to view your own credit … [Read more...]

Capital One Venture Credit Card: Still Tops for Travel Rewards

Capital One Venture Card The Capital One Venture Card pays double miles for every dollar spent. There is a $59 annual fee after the first year. View details or apply Capital One VentureOne Card The Capital One Venture Card pays … [Read more...]

How to Buy an Engagement Ring Online

Recently I was reflecting on my experience shopping for Lauren's diamond engagement ring. (I proposed at Christmas, as many guys do, so I was shopping for the ring about this time of year.) As a result, I decided to revive this important post on … [Read more...]