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Consumers Don't Know Personal Finances

When we were in school, an average or failing grade would have meant big trouble for us at home, often resulting in our parents putting us into "time-out" -- and that may be just what some fiscally irresponsible adults need. An NFCC survey allowed consumers to grade themselves on their knowledge of personal finance, and 34 percent -- more than 7... more

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5 Money Mistakes To Avoid In Your Twenties

When you're a twentysomething, long-term financial planning is often not a high priority. Fresh out of college, the future can seem so remote and uninteresting. Everything is all about the moment, the here-and-now, the Friday nights with friends and the Saturday nights with your significant other. Tabs at the bar and swipes of the credit card ar... more

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USA Discounters Fined, Must Stop Unfair Practices

WASHINGTON -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday ended a scam run by USA Discounters Ltd., a company that operates a chain of retail stores near military bases and offers financing for purchases, according to a news release. The CFPB said it has obtained more than $350,000 in refunds for service members harmed by this scam, an... more

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5 Tips to Avoid Damaging Your Credit Score

A good credit score will not only facilitate your ability to get financing for a car, a home and many other things at favorable interest rates, but it can also help you get a job and obtain or keep your security clearance. Your credit score is a very important number. So, how do you build and maintain a good one -- and, over time, even improve your score? The first step is to understand how your score is calculated. The three primary credit r... more

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Finding the Right Bank

If you're like most people, you probably picked your current bank because of its location and the fact that it offered you a low minimum balance with no monthly fee. But not all banks are alike. That's why it's important to shop around if you're looking for a place to deposit your hard-earned dollars. Knowing what to look for can help you save ... more

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