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  • Four FICO Myths, Busted

    Published Thursday, September 2, 2010

    FICO scores have been around since 1989, but they weren’t thrust into the public’s eye until the mid 1990’s when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac endorsed their use in the mortgage environment.  And by “endorsed” we mean, “forced.” 

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  • A Banker Reveals How Banks Try to Take Your Money

    Published Friday, July 30, 2010

    Greetings. I'm Dan and I'm a banker. Don't worry, though: I quit my job at a big bank years ago.  I know how the financial system works - the details, the tricks and traps - and I'm going to let you in on some industry secrets. By the time you're finished reading, you'll know a lot more about the games banks play and how to beat the system - or change it.  Powerful stuff.

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  • Are You a Credit Score Wannabe?

    Published Friday, July 30, 2010

    These days, it's not about who has the flashier designer clothes or the faster car - it's about who has the higher credit score! That's because the better your score, the better position you're in to manage your financial future.

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  • Credit Score Urban Legends

    Published Friday, March 5, 2010

    When Jeannine Pesce, a 37-year-old mom from Manahawkin, New Jersey, decided to quit her job and go back to school to become a nurse, she was sure it was a smart move toward a more secure future. But she's planning to buy a home in 2010 and is worried her lack of income will drag down her credit score.

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  • Costly Car Buying Mistakes

    Published Friday, March 5, 2010

    Whether you're a first-timer or you're a seasoned pro, you should never buy a car on impulse. The buying process takes time, research, careful thought and even some strategy.

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  • Does Good Debt Exist?

    Published Thursday, December 24, 2009

    When it comes to debt, financial experts have typically marked both "good" and "bad" scenarios. But in today's touchy economy, the lines are becoming blurred.

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  • Understanding Roth IRA Conversions

    Published Thursday, December 24, 2009

    The opportunity to convert an existing regular IRA to a Roth IRA may be the single biggest upside to the stock market's extended slide. The younger you are and the more aggressive your investment strategy, the more likely it is that a conversion to a Roth IRA will make sense for you.

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  • Nine Ways to Reduce Your Monthly Grocery Bill

    Published Thursday, November 19, 2009

    Envy those savvy grocery shoppers that come armed with coupons and always seem to know exactly what's on sale and what to buy where? Here are nine ways to help save money on your monthly grocery bill, most of them as easy on the environment as they are on your wallet.

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