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.

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Ask The Expert: How Do I Convince My Kid To Take My Money?

September 7, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to help her son start a pool-cleaning service, but he refuses to let her.

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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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Most Everyone Thinks College Is Worth It

August 2, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most everyone believes college is worth the investment, but a lot of Americans wish that it were free.

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Ask The Expert: Can A Dying Person Co-Sign My Student Loan?

July 6, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader thinks he found a loophole: Ask a relative with terminal cancer to co-sign his loan.

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Ask The Expert: Co-Sign For My Kid’s Student Loan?

June 29, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s daughter is pleading with him, but he’s hesitating till he hears from Howard.

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Student Debt is Promoting a Stagnant Housing Market

June 20, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why many are struggling to buy and sell homes

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Ask The Expert: How Do I Deal With $120,000 In Student Loans?

March 23, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is embarrassed she ran up this much debt – as a finance and accounting major.

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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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The 3 Golden Rules Of Lending To Friends And Family

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.

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This Week Around The Web

September 18, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski

Ignoring student loans, online survey sites, credit card company tricks, frugal habits and bad habits costing you money.

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Ask The Expert: Which Friend SHOULDN’T I Lend Money To?

September 16, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is torn between her boyfriend and best friend.

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Ask The Expert: Should I Loan My Best Friend $10,000 For Her Credit Cards?

September 2, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader inherited some money. Now her high-school pal wants a loan.

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Meet The Scholarship Winner — And Learn How You Can Be Next

May 4, 2015 | Michael Koretzky

Applicants included single moms, cancer survivors, and a Miss America runner-up. So we’re doing it again.

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Get Out of Debt Guy: Is There Hope for Us In Bankruptcy?

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.

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4 Ways To Make FAFSA Faster

April 2, 2015 | Jess Miller

Filling out a FAFSA is a difficult and lengthy process. An expert recommends ways to change that.

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The Red Lobster Top Secret Student Loan Program

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.

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Is It Safer To Take Out A Private Student Loan Than A Public One?

January 8, 2015 | Claire Maurer

When it comes to default rates, private lenders say yes. Some experts disagree.

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This week around the web

September 26, 2014 | Jess Miller

Creative ways to save on food, tuition costs, and dating.

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The 5 dumbest and smartest ways to pay off your credit card debt

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.