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Finance, economics, credit, hospitality. A.B. in economics from the University of Chicago.

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How to Avoid ATM Fees

It’s free to withdraw cash at your bank’s branches or from one of the ATMs in its network, but you usually pay ATM fees when you use an out-of-network ATM.

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Why Missing a Credit Card Payment Can Negatively Affect Your Future

In the short term, missing a credit card payment is expensive. You have to pay a late fee, plus interest on that fee.

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All About Payday Loans

People who are having trouble paying bills sometimes turn to payday loans to get the cash they need.

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Credit Card Dispute: What Happens After You Dispute a Charge?

A credit card dispute over billing errors has a good chance of being resolved in your favor thanks to the Fair Credit Billing Act, which regulates how credit card companies handle these disputes.

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What Are Reversed Mortgages?

You may have asked, “What are reversed mortgages?” after seeing an ad for these loans.

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Where to Get a Free Credit Score Report and Scams to Avoid

It is a good idea to get a free credit score report once a year to check that the information about your financial history is accurate and to protect yourself from identity theft.

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Your Debt to Income Ratio: What It Means and How It Affects You

Particularly if you’re applying for a mortgage, the question of how well you’re managing your debt to income ratio may come up.

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How Your 401(k) Works

The 401(k) is a form of retirement plan that many employers allow their employees to invest in.

Can You Make a Supplemental Income While Employed Full-Time?

A conventional way to earn a supplemental income while you’re employed full-time is to get a part-time job with set weekend or evening hours.

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Credit Card Statements: The Pros and Cons of Paper and Paperless

Should you choose to receive paper or paperless credit card statements?

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Credit Card Management: Tips for College Students

Getting a first credit card is an important milestone because when students use their new cards responsibly, they’re building credit and learning to manage their finances.

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Credit Card Debt Settlement: Tips for Negotiating

If you are having serious financial difficulties and aren’t able to pay all your debts, it may be worthwhile to negotiate a credit card debt settlement.

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Tax Filing Extensions: The Pros and Cons

You have to submit your tax forms by April 15. Or do you?

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Auto Loan Interest Rates: What You Need to Know

Auto loan interest rates can make the difference between a car you can afford and a car that’s too expensive.

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Credit Consolidation: When Is It the Right Choice?

Commercials claim that credit consolidation will save you money, but whether a consolidation loan will be truly beneficial depends on your circumstances.