Unfortunately, cutting costs in some areas now will make the financial pain worse later. Here's what to do instead.
People who can refinance often prefer a mortgage of less than 30 or even 20 years. It's part of a larger movement to get a grip on consumer debt.
There is one mathematically correct way of paying off what you owe, but it doesn't work well for everybody.
Consumers realize that the penalties for missing a card payment are much more immediate than those for being late on the house note.
Those Las Vegas pawnshop guys have some wisdom to impart.
Taxpayers and Social Security recipients have avoided pain -- for now -- but government employees and contractors will suffer.
Just like the government, consumers have depended too much on borrowing and debt. Here's how to balance your personal budget.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
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Six weeks later, most Americans have forgotten about the 2014 tax season -- except those who didn't file by the April 15 deadline.
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