Investing for Dummies Excerpt

Aug 19, 2014 by

In this extended excerpt from the 7th edition of “Investing for Dummies,” Eric Tyson explains the steps you should take before launching into an investment program.

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FICO® Score 9

Aug 14, 2014 by

An upcoming change in the formula for the most popular credit score means medical debt in collections will ding the debtor’s score a bit less, non-medical debt a bit more.

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Costly Overdraft Protection

Aug 12, 2014 by

Consumers with overdraft protection attached to their checking account pay four times higher fees—nearly $30 per month on average—than bank customers with no overdraft protection.

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Bad Credit? No Problem!

Aug 7, 2014 by

Tempted by an ad or offer guaranteeing a loan or credit card regardless of your credit history? Watch out: you may be looking at an “advance-fee loan” scam.

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Wacky Video and Thanks, 05 Aug...

Aug 5, 2014 by

There’s nothing quite like the exhilarating feeling of quitting a job that’s a bad fit. Seems the woman who made the...

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Millennials: Savvy or Stupid?

Jul 31, 2014 by

Millennials: Andy Smith of The Mutual Fund Store says you’re a “wuss” if you don’t turn over your money to Wall Street. Do you find that a convincing sales pitch?

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Make Consolidation Loan Work

Jul 29, 2014 by

As a fellow personal finance blogger recently described, a consolidation loan can be a useful tool in paying off debt. Or it can be a self-deception that lets the borrower live beyond his or her means even longer.

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Why Millennials Consume Less

Jul 24, 2014 by

Nearly 60% of Millennials’ income goes to repay debt. No wonder they’re consuming less than Boomers did.

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Debt Doesn’t Cure Debt!

Jul 21, 2014 by

LendingTree’s invitation to take out a loan to remedy too much debt is like advising an alcoholic to drink more to get straight.

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Debt Stories #2

Jul 10, 2014 by

Are you struggling with debt? Here’s another installment in a Money Counselor series on readers’ real life battles with and victories over debt.

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Diamonds and Dogs #23

Jul 7, 2014 by

I share my latest picks for three pieces of online content with the power to help you make better money choices (the Diamonds), and one that can put the bite on you (the Dog).

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Read the Declaration of Indepe...

Jul 1, 2014 by

The U.S. Declaration of Independence: a great read!

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Rookie Landlord Lessons

Jun 26, 2014 by

We’ve signed up our first tenant for our recently inherited farmhouse. Here’s what I learned about the process.

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How I Justify Organic

Jun 24, 2014 by

I’m not too poor but I am too cheap to buy only organic food varieties. Here’s how I decide when to buy organic.

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Cash Money® Sale! (Ugh)

Jun 19, 2014 by

Question: When is a 174% loan APR promoted as a deal? Answer: When the regular APR is 600%! That’s this payday lender’s unabashed pitch for its noxious product.

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Debt Settlement Pros & Co...

Jun 17, 2014 by

If you’ve got debts you can’t pay, “debt settlement” may have crossed your radar (probably through a cheesy tv commercial) as a possible way out.

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Your Debt Story Here!

Jun 12, 2014 by

I’m collecting ‘debt stories’ for publication on Money Counselor through a regular series. Do you have a story, whether good, bad, or ugly?

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Being Poor Is Expensive

Jun 9, 2014 by

Are you one of 70 million “underbanked” Americans? A new documentary called “Spent” publicizes your plight with the aim of spurring changes that will save you money and make life a bit easier.

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Investor Sheep to Slaughter Ag...

Jun 5, 2014 by

For a vivid image of small investors shooting themselves in the collective foot—again—check out this simple graph.

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Spend Now or Spend Later

Jun 3, 2014 by

What’s your mentality: Spend now and save later? Save now and spend later? Something in between?

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Diamonds and Dogs #22

May 29, 2014 by

I share my latest picks for three pieces of online content with the power to help you make better money choices (the Diamonds), and one that’ll mess you up (the Dog).

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Rebuild Credit After Bankruptc...

May 27, 2014 by

Okay, you’ve bit the bullet and done a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Unless you can pay cash for everything the next decade, you need to begin rebuilding your credit. But how can you do that?

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Stay Away From Here!

May 22, 2014 by

If you see a place that looks like this, think of it as staffed by people with a highly contagious, always lethal disease.

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Save $100 This Week!

May 19, 2014 by

Regardless of your income, you can choose to save more money, without pain and sacrifice. Try this one-week exercise to prove it to yourself.

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