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The most trustworthy credit card review site

The most trustworthy credit card review site

Some popular credit card comparison sites are lying to you about the best credit cards. But here's one that still shoots straight...

How Much Home and Car Can You Afford?

If you want some simple ratios that can provide you with financial security today, try these on for size. Rules of thumb for real estate and auto borrowing How much house can you buy? Two times your gross income  is a good rule. If you earn $50,000, you can purchase ...

When You Should Take the Lump Sum Over the Pension

If you have worked at a company for 10 years or more, one day you may very well be faced with the following situation:  Your company is offering you a chunk of money or a perpetual monthly amount of income to either retire today or to help you “retire early.” ...

Fee-Free Mobile Banking Coming From Walmart

Walmart is aiming to capture the hearts and wallets of "the great unbanked" with a new mobile banking service. For 20 years, Walmart has tried to go into banking. But the banking industry, terrified of competition from a low cost provider, used all its political muscle to get Walmart banned ...

Beware of This Balance Transfer Trick Offer

Balance transfer offers seem like a great way to give yourself a holiday from accruing interest. But you've got to know how to handle the card correctly or you can get burned.   Here's how a balance transfer offer can bite you Let's say you have a balance on a ...

Do You Know How Much You're Paying To Invest?

What you don't know about your retirement plan can hurt you. If you work for a smaller company and have a 401(k), the fees associated with that plan can be very, very high. Your investments should never have fees higher than .75% at the absolute worst. But in many cases, ...

Money & Marriage: 5 Ways To Keep the Peace

How many couples have you seen marry and then blow up when fighting about money? Arguments over family finances are a leading cause of divorce. Here are 5 key steps couples can take to better manage their financial lives together 1. Appoint a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) While neither of ...

Student Loan Guide

Do you need to borrow to fund college education for yourself or your child? I wrote this guide to tell you about my Clark Smart approach to student loans. If you already have student loans, you'll probably want to jump my very popular section on student loan forgiveness and affordable ...

Are you being underpaid at your job?

Are you being underpaid at your job?

Underpaid? Compare your salary on these websites so you have more power when you go to get that raise or new job: PayScale.com, GlassDoor.com.

Should We Do Away With the Penny?

Years ago, I suggested that we do away with the penny in the United States. Boy, did I hear it from a lot of listeners. People were not happy with me! Here's why the penny is near worthless The reality is pennies actually cost more than one cent to make ...

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