Taking out the right loans is a key part of achieving financial success, while the wrong loans can bring high payments and interest charges that can do serious harm to your budget and financial outlook. We help you understand the latest news and trends in financing so you know as much as possible about this essential tool in your financial arsenal.
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.
August 3, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
The education secretary is being sued for siding with for-profit schools over students. But at least she’s learning from her mistakes.
July 17, 2017 | Dori Zinn
Crippling debt can totally kill our credit history, which makes buying a home or car or even getting a credit card nearly impossible. But some new changes to reporting are going to seriously boost your credit score.
July 6, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Looks like Richard Cordray and Betsy DeVos are going to fight over student loan forgiveness.
June 14, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA
A reader wants to know how to stop being financially responsible for someone else’s debt.
June 7, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA
This week: A reader asks about debt collectors, repo men, and “Fonzi” schemes.
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.
May 25, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
He wants to ditch almost everything that helps students save money and manage debt in order to “prioritize students” and “empower parents.”
May 5, 2017 | Money Talks News
Are you setting yourself up to fail?
April 28, 2017 | Money Talks News
In spite of recent interest rates hikes, you may still be able to save money by refinancing.
March 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Republicans may hate it, but the courts — and even Mike Pence’s economist — don’t.
March 3, 2017 | Money Talks News
Here’s what to say when a relative or friend hits you up for a loan.
February 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Secretary of Education responded (sort of) to more than 140 Congressional questions beyond her confirmation hearing. But nobody talked about it.
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.
November 22, 2016 | Debt.com
Hint: It’s not as bad as you think.
November 16, 2016 | Dori Zinn
As Netflix prepares to release more Gilmore Girls, we take a look back at the sometimes hard-to-believe spending in the original show.
November 10, 2016 | Debt.com
Learn these lessons and you can save more than China does.
September 7, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA
A reader wants to help her son start a pool-cleaning service, but he refuses to let her.
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.
August 2, 2016 | Dori Zinn
Most everyone believes college is worth the investment, but a lot of Americans wish that it were free.
July 6, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA
A reader thinks he found a loophole: Ask a relative with terminal cancer to co-sign his loan.
June 29, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA
A reader’s daughter is pleading with him, but he’s hesitating till he hears from Howard.
June 20, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence
Why many are struggling to buy and sell homes
March 23, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA
A reader is embarrassed she ran up this much debt – as a finance and accounting major.
March 9, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA
A reader’s goddaughter needs a new car. But does he need the headache?
November 24, 2015 | Money Talks News
Getting together with family during the holidays? Here’s what to say when a relative hits you up for a loan.
September 18, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski
Ignoring student loans, online survey sites, credit card company tricks, frugal habits and bad habits costing you money.
September 16, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA
A reader is torn between her boyfriend and best friend.
September 2, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA
A reader inherited some money. Now her high-school pal wants a loan.
May 4, 2015 | Michael Koretzky
Applicants included single moms, cancer survivors, and a Miss America runner-up. So we’re doing it again.
April 24, 2015 | Steve Rhode
A reader with $80,000 in credit card debt is looking for a way out, and wants to know whether bankruptcy will solve his problems.
April 2, 2015 | Jess Miller
Filling out a FAFSA is a difficult and lengthy process. An expert recommends ways to change that.
March 31, 2015 | Jess Miller
When companies try to get young people hired with the promise of ‘tuition assistance,’ here’s what they don’t tell you.
January 8, 2015 | Claire Maurer
When it comes to default rates, private lenders say yes. Some experts disagree.
September 26, 2014 | Jess Miller
Creative ways to save on food, tuition costs, and dating.
June 30, 2014 | Brian Bienkowski
Credit card use is surging once again – and so is credit card debt. Here’s what to do (and not do) about it.