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A stack of $100 bills is why you need to read about these money facts

3 Revealing Money Facts You Probably Haven’t Heard About

October 16, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Recent research is both encouraging and depressing, but sadly more of the latter.

The CFPB hands money back to consumers

CFPB Recovers $14 Million for Ripped-Off Consumers

September 21, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The federal agency continues to aggressively battle companies that confuse and shortchange consumers.

Howard Dvorkin’s next recession prediction starts with an auto loan bubble, but it originates from used car lots.

One More Reason Why I Still Fear An Auto-matic Recession

August 21, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

It has to do with cars, but not really auto loans.

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Need a New Car? Hope You Don’t Live in Miami

August 14, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most American households can’t afford new cars in all but one of the largest metro areas in the country.

Banking regulator nominees Joseph Otting and Randy Quarles shake hands with Donald Trump (illustrated)

I Agree With Trump’s Top Banking Regulators

August 10, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The biggest risk to the economy is this $1.3 trillion consumer debt — which Trump is doing nothing about

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Are You Paying the Wrong Debt First?

June 6, 2017 | Dori Zinn

We’re paying off unsecured personal loans faster than auto loans, mortgages, and credit cards and we probably shouldn’t be.

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How to Refinance Your Car Loan for Long-Haul Savings

April 28, 2017 | Money Talks News

In spite of recent interest rates hikes, you may still be able to save money by refinancing.

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How Chonce Overcame Dire Financial Troubles

April 5, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

She once relied on welfare. Now she’s a successful personal finance coach.

Rising interest rates affect different kinds of consumers (illustrated)

Interest Rates Are Going Up. Should You Be Worried?

March 30, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

It depends on whether you have debt, and what kind. If you’re rich, it’s strictly good news.

You can buy a car from a dealership even if you recently declared bankruptcy

What’s The Difference Between “Used” And “Pre-Owned”?

February 15, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A couple isn’t sure how to replace their two broken-down cars.

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Are “Concerns” About an Auto Bubble Real?

January 30, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

I hope the credit bureaus are right, and I’m wrong.

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Ask The Expert: How Do I Get Out Of My Title Loan?

December 21, 2016 | Steve Rhode

A reader wants to know how he can keep his car. Sadly, he can’t. But he has an option.

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Americans Have a Ton of Debt

October 10, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most people say they don’t have any debt, but do they know what debt means?

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Dvorkin On Debt: Blowing Up The Auto Bubble

September 26, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Remember this summer, when everyone predicted the next big financial crash? It might not happen.

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4 Simple Steps To Get The Very Best Car Loan​

August 30, 2016 | Money Talks News

Many people shop backwards for a vehicle — and that’s costly. Here’s how to get the best deal.

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7 Secrets Car Dealers Hope You Don’t Know

August 9, 2016 | Money Talks News

Knowing how dealerships work — and what the dealers cannot do — is key to getting the best price.

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Ask The Expert: Can I Just Stop My Car Payments And Buy Another Car?

July 27, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader thinks she can switch cars with no black mark on her credit. The answer is even simpler than she thinks.

Dvorkin On Debt: Pokemon Go Should Be Pokemon Dough

July 18, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The latest craze in mobile gaming can teach as much as it entertains.

Why we pay more for cars with bad credit

Can You Afford a New Car? Depends on Where You Live

July 7, 2016 | Dori Zinn

How much car can you afford? This map shows where cars are most and least affordable in the U.S.

Why we pay more for cars with bad credit

Don’t Take Out A Car Loan Before Reading This

July 5, 2016 | Money Talks News

Use the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new “Know Before You Owe” shopping guide and get the car loan that’s right for you.

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Dvorkin On Debt: The Impending Auto Bubble

July 4, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Remember the housing bubble? Are car loans the next mortgage crisis?

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Ask The Expert: Should I Co-Sign A Car Loan?

March 9, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s goddaughter needs a new car. But does he need the headache?

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Ask The Expert: Should I Buy A New Car?

December 2, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A teen reader wants to convince her father to let her buy a new car, but Howard isn’t being helpful.

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Ask The Expert: How New Cars Can Become Old Headaches

August 5, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s husband wants a new car. She wants a used car. Who should win this argument?

high-yield checking accounts

Where To Get A Bank Account That Actually Earns You Money

May 14, 2015 | Jess Miller

Switching to one of these high-yield checking accounts could earn you hundreds in interest per year.

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Will Auto Loans Drive Us Into Another Recession?

March 26, 2015 | Jess Miller

The “housing bubble” sparked the Great Recession. Some experts worry an impending “auto bubble” will do the same.

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Ask The Expert: Which Should I Pay Off First? My Credit Card Or My Car Loan?

February 25, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader has a complicated relationship with her ex and her credit cards.

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America Owes $642 Billion On Credit Cards! Yippee!

February 19, 2015 | Jess Miller

And it’s not just credit cards. Auto loans have increased too, and experts disagree on whether that’s good or bad.

best tips for buying a car in 2015

How Your Idiot Neighbors Will Help You Save On A Car In 2015

February 5, 2015 | Jess Miller

Here’s how to buy a car in 2015, even if you don’t have a lot saved.

Why we pay more for cars with bad credit

Why poor people pay more for cars — and what they can do about it

September 30, 2014 | Jess Miller

You probably know you’ll pay more if you have bad credit. But you didn’t know how much till now.

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By the numbers: Beer, deer, and fear

September 18, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

This week: What it costs to run into a deer and obey the government, among other things.

Would you give up the last piece of dessert?

By the numbers: We’re all big fat liars

September 11, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

Polls from this week with results that just don’t add up.

The stock market continues to rise and break records, but are Trump and the stock market a match made in Heaven?

This week’s Debt Report

September 5, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Almost everything is up, and that’s mostly bad news for consumers.

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This week’s Debt Report

August 22, 2014 | Jess Miller

College costs and repo rates are up, and a new study concludes Americans are surprisingly honest.

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By the numbers: The rising cost of everything

June 5, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

From headphones to hockey tickets to home healthcare, everything is suddenly costing more today than it did last year.