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    New Credit Card Protections for Consumers

    New Credit Card Protections for Consumers
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - New rules adopted by the Office of Thrift Supervision today will help protect consumers from certain abusive credit card lending practices that can result in excessive fees and interest rate charges. The rules were developed in conjunction with the Federal Reserve Board and National Credit Union Administration, which are expected to adopt the same regulations later ...
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    Safeguard Your Retirement in Hard Times

    Safeguard Your Retirement in Hard Times
    Investment losses, job loss or downsizing, an upward adjustment on your adjustable rate mortgage, and higher prices on everything from gas for your car to rice for the table are only some of the current factors that could derail your financial planning for your golden years. When your income is not covering all your expenses, it can be tempting to simply ...
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    Mortgages: What You Need to Know in 2009

    Mortgages:  What You Need to Know in 2009
    With all the doom and gloom over housing, you might be surprised to know that this is a fantastic time to get a mortgage. Not if you have poor credit, to be sure. But you can get a great deal on a 30-year, fixed-rate, conforming loan these days if you have a solid FICO score, a manageable debt burden, and proof ...
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    Defusing the Debt Bomb

    Defusing the Debt Bomb
    There's nothing like a little hard-won experience. Personal finance expert Lynnette Khalfani got out of $100,000 in credit-card debt in three years. Now the author of books like "Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom," she writes and speaks about how others can follow her example. BusinessWeek's Ben Steverman recently spoke to Khalfani about the "bling-bling lifestyle" that leads young ...
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    Financial Doors Can Open for College Applicants that Plan Ahead

    Financial Doors Can Open for College Applicants that Plan Ahead
    Ripple effects of a dour economy are making this college application season as nerve-wracking for some admissions officers as it is for applicants. But for savvy families, there may be new opportunities. "A lot of schools are going to be concerned about meeting their requisite enrollment thresholds," says Barmak Nassirian of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers. "They ...
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    Fiscally Unfit

    Fiscally Unfit
    How well are America's workers prepared for financial uncertainties and for the eventuality of retirement? In their own estimation, millions of employees haven't found a secure path to a bright future, whether that future begins in a retirement 40 years from now or at the end of the month, when the bills come due. Those are the disturbing findings of a ...
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    Should You Take Advice from Your 401k Provider?

    Should You Take Advice from Your 401k Provider?
    The Pension Protection Act, which both strengthens employers’ existing pension obligations and discourages them from undertaking new obligations, also makes a broader point to US workers: “The overall message of the bill is, you’re on your own,” says James Lange, a lawyer, CPA and author of Retire Secure. Even so, the 2006 law has also made it less daunting for workers ...
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    The Layman's Financial Crisis Glossary

    The Layman's Financial Crisis Glossary
    The current financial crisis has thrown terminology from the business pages onto the front page of newspapers, with jargon now abounding everywhere from the water cooler to the back of a taxi. Here is a guide to many of the business terms currently cropping up regularly, as well as some of the more exotic words coined to describe some of ...
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    5 Big Bills You Can Cut Fast

    5 Big Bills You Can Cut Fast
    As the economy weakens and prices soar on everything from gas to groceries, Americans are looking for quick ways to cut their expenses and hold on to more cash. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to chop your spending without a lot of time or hassle. Some of these cuts will save you just a few dollars, while others can net ...
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    401(k)s: Employer Contributions Get the Ax

    401(k)s: Employer Contributions Get the Ax
    When times are tough, companies find cost savings wherever they can. Now some employers are doing away with the 401(k) match, a benefit once considered almost sacred. The list of companies that have suspended or cut back corporate matching in their defined-contribution retirement plans this year is not trivial. It includes General Motors (GM), Frontier Airlines (FRNTQ), car-rental company Dollar Thrifty ...
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    Meltdown 101: How Layoffs Affect Retirement Plans

    Meltdown 101: How Layoffs Affect Retirement Plans
    It's one of a heap of financial worries that come with a layoff: What happens to your company-sponsored retirement plan? The answer depends on how long you worked for the company, the amount you saved up and whether the money's in a 401(k) or a pension plan. For the most part, federal regulations protect retirement savings, even if a company goes ...
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    Bad Credit Can Spell Job Search Woes

    Bad Credit Can Spell Job Search Woes
    Is there something personal in your financial past that you'd rather not explain to a stranger -- say bad credit, bankruptcy or a proclivity for spending thousands of dollars on lingerie at Victoria's Secret? Then applying for a new job or going after a promotion could put you in a tricky spot, because an employer can easily find out about all ...
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    Unemployment Insurance and You

    Unemployment Insurance and You
    If you've just been laid off, your first questions probably involve unemployment insurance. How does it work? How much will you collect? Where do you sign up? The answers depend on where you live. Some unemployment insurance policies are set at the federal level, but states set most of the rules and run most of the programs, explains Rich Hobbie, executive ...
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    Laid Off? Six Steps to Manage Your Finances

    Laid Off? Six Steps to Manage Your Finances
    No one is immune from layoffs. Whether you're 22 or 52, odds are that sooner or later you will find yourself, often through no fault of your own, out of work. So it makes sense to plan ahead. Most financial advisers suggest saving the equivalent of six months' salary to tide you over if you lose your job. You will probably ...
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    The Layoff Survival Guide

     The Layoff Survival Guide
    This article offers general information on legal and financial matters relating to employment. For specific information relating to your situation, please consult an attorney, financial planner or appropriate government agency. Now that you've lost your job, you need to hurry up and find a new one, right? Wrong. You've got to buck up and tie up loose ends with your ex-employer ...
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    Look for Work in Troubled Times

    Look for Work in Troubled Times
    It's hard enough to job hunt in a thriving economy, but now, even the heartiest job seeker may be inclined to roll over and catch a few more z's rather than hit the streets. Don't quit looking before you start. Job hunting requires you to pull out all the stops and take the basics to a new level. You truly have ...
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    Get Back to Work with the Best Deal

    Get Back to Work with the Best Deal
    I once received a letter from a woman who had just gotten a job offer. She had been unemployed for three months and wanted to know if she should accept the offer or try to negotiate for more. She felt the offer was low - less than she had been making at her last job - but was afraid that if ...
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    Resume Tips for Finance Professionals

    Resume Tips for Finance Professionals
    Finance professionals can find career opportunities in any business sector. Whether you're looking to be a CFO or controller, financial analyst or planner, portfolio manager or investment counselor, the requisites for the resume are the same. When developing your finance resume, focus on skills, areas of expertise, certifications and specific accomplishments. The resume must convey what you can do for the ...
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    2009 Predictions for the Housing Market

    2009 Predictions for the Housing Market
    Happy New Year to you all and thank you for all you do to make our country great. You are all so appreciated. I’ve been asked write up a 2009 housing prediction, but this is nearly impossible to do with significant accuracy. But, I’ll take out the crystal ball and do my best so you can know what this housing expert ...
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    Action Now = Tax Savings in April

    Action Now = Tax Savings in April
    I keep hearing that I should do something or other to improve my tax situation before the year ends. Is there really anything I can do at this point? Whether you are having a good year, rebounding from recent losses, or still struggling to get off the ground, you may be able to save a bundle on your taxes if you ...
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