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Financial Literacy
Take Action 2007
Take Action with personal finances
As part of its Financial Literacy series, Bankrate's articles help you take action with your personal finances.
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Archive of Take Action articles

4/23/2007 - 10 golden rules for your 401(k)
Follow these guidelines to find success in growing your retirement nest egg.

4/23/2007 - Retirement Plans 101
Take a look at the features of each type of retirement accounts, from 401(k) plans to SEPs.

3/19/2007 - 5 types of mortgage loans
Here's a guide to the mortgages generally available and a look at the advantages and risks inherent in the loans.

3/19/2007 - Finding a mortgage lender
Scoring the best deal means finding the lender who understands your situation and works for you.

3/19/2007 - 5 mortgage mess-ups
Before applying for a mortgage, get your credit in shape. Any of these five moves could sabotage your mortgage approval.

3/19/2007 - Mortgage contract suprises
Know what you're agreeing to pay and what limitations you'll have for selling before signing your mortgage.

3/19/2007 - Refinancing an exotic mortgage
Tighter lending standards and sluggish market challenge those looking to convert ARMs and interest-only mortgages.

2/20/2007 - 6 steps to credit card serenity
Don't lose sleep fretting about your credit card balances. Bring balance to your life with these simple steps.

2/20/2007 - 5 balance transfer trip ups
Moving expensive debt to a card with a lower interest rate makes sense, but tread carefully.

2/20/2007 - Improve credit score
Unhappy with your credit score? Boost it by following these three steps.

2/20/2007 - Smart ways to use credit
Four ways to put your credit cards to work on your behalf.

1/31/2007 - 7 secrets to creating a budget
What good is a budget if you can't live with it? Follow these seven steps to build a budget for your lifestyle.

1/31/2007 - 6 budget bombs
The best intentions for smart saving and spending are easily sabotaged by any of these budget blunders.

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