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News Archive
2006 Taxes | Advice | Auto loans | Banking and the economy | Beating Bankruptcy Blog | Book review | Checking and ATMs | College financing | Credit cards | Credit Cards Adviser | Credit management | Credit repair | Credit reports and credit scores | Credit unions | Debt consolidation | Exclusive: 2008 CD study | Exclusive: 2008 Credit Card Study | Exclusive: 2009 CD study | Fame & Fortune | Frugal Sense | Home Equity | Home improvement | Insurance | Investing | Money markets | Mortgage Matters Blog | Mortgages | Online banking | Personal finance | Plastic Rap Blog | Rate Trend Index | Real estate | Retirement Channel | Savings | Small business | Special reports | Your Wealth Blog |

2006 Taxes
How to lower your property taxes -- Declining real estate values can mean lower property taxes. Story
Tax breaks for students -- Find out which college expenses are tax-deductible. Story
Video: Tax breaks for students -- Find out which college expenses are tax-deductible. Story
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Advice
Home equity can be used to buy car -- Home equity products can be used to fund a car purchase. But there are risks for the homeowner. Story
'Official' owner wants cash for a clunker -- This owner may be out of the money. You must be the car's owner for a least a year to get the cash. Story
Watch for 'cash for clunkers' scams -- Don't give out personal data to a middleman, and make sure a dealer isn't sneaking in unwanted fees. Story
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Auto loans
Winner or loser: Mortgage shopper -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects mortgage shoppers and ARM holders. Story
Winner or loser: Home equity loans -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects home equity loans and lines of credit. Story
Winner or loser: Auto loans -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects auto loan rates. Story
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Banking and the economy
Winner or loser: Auto loans -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects auto loan rates. Story
Winner or loser: Credit cards -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects credit card interest rates. Story
Winner or loser: Home equity loans -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects home equity loans and lines of credit. Story
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Beating Bankruptcy Blog
Is reducing your debt taking a backseat to reducing your weight? -- Miss a payment? You're not alone. Try these tips for the future. Story
Consumer bankruptcy filings surge in 2007 -- The number of Americans filing for bankruptcy is on the rise, and is unlikely to stop soon. Story
Your debt resolutions -- Welcome to a new year when you will finally reduce your money troubles and handle that debt. Story
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Book review
Are you spending smart? -- Bankrate reviews the book "Living Rich by Spending Smart," that examines how everyday spending choices can sink your budget. Story
Surviving mob mentality in finance -- Bankrate reviews the book "Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets," by William Bonner and Lila Rajiva, which examines what the authors allege is the mass hysteria that overcomes investors in the stock market. Story
Could you retire in a weekend? -- In the book "Retire in a Weekend," by Bill Losey, baby boomers are encouraged to make work optional by following their passion. Story
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Checking and ATMs
3 overdraft traps -- Banks have three ways to rack up overdraft fees. Here's what to avoid. Story
Video: 3 overdraft traps -- Banks have three ways to rack up overdraft fees. Here's what to avoid. Story
Best ways to get cash outside the U.S. -- Traveling abroad? Find the most cost-effective way to get cash before you go. Story
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College financing
Video: Tax breaks for students -- Find out which college expenses are tax-deductible. Story
Tax breaks for students -- Find out which college expenses are tax-deductible. Story
Combine 529 plan with other credits -- Taking two or more tax benefits means splitting college expenses between them, but don't double dip. Story
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Credit cards
6 ways to build credit on campus -- Spend some time learning about credit while you're in college. Story
Find a gift card -- Use this list of more than 200 retailers, restaurants, hotels and other stores to find a gift card to suit your needs. Story
Winner or loser: Credit cards -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects credit card interest rates. Story
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Credit Cards Adviser
Fixed-rate cards going away? -- Credit card issuers have been converting fixed-rate cards to variable. Why is this happening? Story
How is debt settlement reported? -- Settling a debt for less than the full amount will scar your credit report. Story
How does zero card balance impact score? -- A tiny reported balance on your credit card may help your credit score. Story
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Credit management
Pay credit card bill early and save -- Cardholders who carry a balance lose money every time they make a payment near the due date. Story
The dangers of debt consolidation -- Before you bundle your bills, check out the pros and cons of these consolidation options. Story
Select credit counselor carefully -- Credit counseling is just one option for dealing with debt. Do your homework before choosing this route. Story
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Credit repair
The secrets to improving your credit score -- What finance managers know about fixing your FICO score can save you a bundle. Story
How to spend extra money smartly -- Pay down credit cards, but also set a budget and save some cash in an emergency fund for hard times. Story
Refi second mortgage to pay off card debt -- Paying off your credit card is only half the task. Don't start the cycle over by creating new debt. Story
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Credit reports and credit scores
The secrets to improving your credit score -- What finance managers know about fixing your FICO score can save you a bundle. Story
How to spend extra money smartly -- Pay down credit cards, but also set a budget and save some cash in an emergency fund for hard times. Story
Refi second mortgage to pay off card debt -- Paying off your credit card is only half the task. Don't start the cycle over by creating new debt. Story
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Credit unions
Ignoring bank cutoff can be costly -- Bank cutoff times determine when a transaction is official, so know your institution's rules. Story
Credit unions help young adults save -- Credit unions can be a great choice for savers with little money and a thin credit history. Story
Video: Credit union branches expanding -- New credit union networks making joining one more convenient. Story
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Debt consolidation
The dangers of debt consolidation -- Before you bundle your bills, check out the pros and cons of these consolidation options. Story
15 signs you need debt-reduction help -- These 15 signals let you know you're drowning in debt and it's time to call in a financial fitness expert Story
Defend yourself against debt collectors -- Even if you owe a company money, you have rights -- and it pays to know what they are. Story
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Exclusive: 2008 CD study
Exclusive: 2008 CD study -- Can you get a better yield on a CD online or through a traditional bank? It depends on what you're looking for. Story
Detailed results of the 2008 CD study -- Check out the results of a survey of 10 banks that offer CDs online and through their branches. Story
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Exclusive: 2008 Credit Card Study
June 15 filing deadline for some -- Don't panic. This month's IRS due date only affects folks who must pay estimated taxes. But if you are required to submit a 1040ES, don't miss your payment or it could cost you more later. Story
No company can erase bad debt -- Be careful of false claims. A credit repair firm can only advise you on ways to improve your credit. Story
Managing the stress of debt -- While grappling to pay your bills, you may find the darkest side of debt is the mounting stress. Story
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Exclusive: 2009 CD study
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Fame & Fortune
Fame & Fortune: Monica Seles -- After facing depression and eating disorders, the tennis great wrote a book about how she beat both. Story
Fame & Fortune: Milla Jovovich -- The stunning actress made millions as a supermodel before gaining fame in "The Fifth Element." Story
Fame & Fortune: Martina McBride -- A fixture on country music's top 10, she multi-tasks to keep family and career on track. Story
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Frugal Sense
5 dollar store deals -- Not all items at dollar stores are good deals. Here's 5 that are. Story
Video: 5 dollar store deals -- Not all items at dollar stores are good deals. Here's 5 that are. Story
Want a vacation? Deals are everywhere -- The recession has produced phenomenal travel opportunities. Here's how to find them. Story
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Home Equity
Home equity can be used to buy car -- Home equity products can be used to fund a car purchase. But there are risks for the homeowner. Story
Interest Rate Roundup -- Here are the latest interest rates and commentary on five common consumer banking products from Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large banks and thrifts. Story
Interest Rate Roundup -- Here are the latest interest rates and commentary on five common consumer banking products from Bankrate.com's weekly national survey of large banks and thrifts. Story
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Home improvement
DIY or hire a pro? -- Do it yourself to save the most when it's time to repair or improve, unless you get in over your head. Story
Utility firms help some pay bill -- Some needy customers stay cool in summer with financial assistance from Sun Belt utility firms. Story
Video: DIY or hire a pro? -- DIY saves money, but sometimes the job is more than you can handle. Here's how to tell when you need help. Story
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Insurance
Bad insurance buys -- Understanding insurance is a good policy that helps insure you don't waste money. Story
Don't kill your life insurance policy -- Certain factors can invalidate a life insurance policy. Protect your heirs by taking these steps. Story
Shopping for a health insurance plan -- Getting the right health insurance policy can make a big difference to your financial health. Story
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Investing
Fame & Fortune: Monica Seles -- After facing depression and eating disorders, the tennis great wrote a book about how she beat both. Story
10-year Treasury-buyer beware -- Yields on Treasuries may look good now, but weigh the risks before you make the investment. Story
9 cash-saving strategies that pay big bucks -- Cutting expenses can pay huge dividends if you invest your savings and let them compound over time. Story
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Money markets
FDIC: Safety net for your savings -- Our special report explains how the FDIC protects deposits and what you need to know to keep your investments secure. Story
No-penalty CDs: Good deal or not? -- If you want the safe haven of a CD and access to your money, make sure to shop for the best yields. Story
Despite penalty, CD rivals money market -- Despite early withdrawal penalties, CDs can top money market accounts as a place to park short-term cash. Story
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Mortgage Matters Blog
Mortgage Matters -- Monday, Jan. 26 2004 -- A daily update of what's going on with mortgage rates, real estate and the economy from mortgage writer Holden Lewis. Story
Mortgage mods for profit -- Mortgage rates have held fairly steady since the middle of last week. Story
A successful MHA refi -- A note, sent yesterday, from a reader named Matthew. Story
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Mortgages
Winner or loser: Auto loans -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects auto loan rates. Story
Winner or loser: Credit cards -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects credit card interest rates. Story
Winner or loser: Home equity loans -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects home equity loans and lines of credit. Story
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Online banking
4 benefits to desktop money management -- Online applications are becoming popular, but here's why you should stick with a desktop program. Story
Is mobile banking safe? -- Banking by cell phone is gaining popularity. Here's what you need to know to be secure. Story
Phishing e-mails get more sophisticated -- While the actual volume of phishing attacks has gone down, the number of unique phishing attacks has gone up. Story
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Personal finance
Frugal mom has thrifty tips -- Meet a mom whose daily money-saving methods got her national attention. Story
DIY or hire a pro? -- Do it yourself to save the most when it's time to repair or improve, unless you get in over your head. Story
Ways to keep produce fresh -- When produce is stored properly, it will taste better and last longer. Story
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Plastic Rap Blog
All bureaus offer FICO 08 -- FICO, the Minneapolis company that created the popular credit score, announced on Wednesday that the latest version of its scoring model, dubbed FICO 08, will be available at the three largest credit reporting agencies by the end of July. Story
Got your rate lowered? -- Last week in all of the Bankrate newsletters, we asked readers to tell us if they had tried to negotiate APRs or fees with a credit card issuer. Story
Chase raises fees and minimum payment due -- With the change, Chase will have the highest fees of any major credit card company. Story
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Rate Trend Index
Rate Trend Index -- Mortgages -- Each week, Bankrate.com surveys experts to gauge which way interest rates are headed on mortgages -- a vital tool if you're about to buy a home. Story
Rate Trend Index -- Mortgages -- Each week, Bankrate.com surveys experts to gauge which way interest rates are headed on mortgages -- a vital tool if you're about to buy a home. Story
Rate Trend Index -- Mortgages -- Each week, Bankrate.com surveys experts to gauge which way interest rates are headed on mortgages -- a vital tool if you're about to buy a home. Story
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Real estate
How to lower your property taxes -- Declining real estate values can mean lower property taxes. Story
Forged signature puts kibosh on home sale -- If an agent signs your name to a sales contract, it voids the deal but could also land you in court. Story
Will mortgage assumption solve crisis? -- Having someone take over your existing mortgage is fraught with potential problems. Story
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Retirement Channel
IRA penalty has multiple exceptions -- The IRS makes it clear that taxpayers can withdraw IRA money early for more than one purpose. Story
Best times to shop for bargains -- Instead of trawling stores all the time, shop at the right time to get the best deals Story
Remarriage saps Social Security benefit -- Remarriage will affect an ex-wife's ability to claim spousal Social Security benefits. Story
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Savings
Winners and losers: Certificates of deposit -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects CD investors. Story
Winner or loser: Mortgage shopper -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects mortgage shoppers and ARM holders. Story
Winner or loser: Auto loans -- Rate changes by the Fed can affect consumers' budgets. Here's how the Fed's announcement affects auto loan rates. Story
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Small business
4 day work week -- Switching to a 4 day work week can help businesses cut costs. Story
5 small-biz expenses to cut, and 5 to keep -- When it comes time to cut business expenses, which ones are expendable, and which do you keep? Story
Small-biz owners save rent by moving home -- You can save big by moving your office home, but make sure you take into account the drawbacks. Story
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Special reports
6 tips for savvy holiday shipping -- Here's how to determine what shipping options will get your gifts to their destination safely, on time and without busting your budget. Story
7 best holiday budget busters -- Retailers are pulling out all the stops to get you to overspend this holiday season. Here are seven surefire ways to make it easy for them. Story
Understanding credit scores -- Understanding the factors that go into your credit score will help you manage it. Story
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Your Wealth Blog
Philanthropy at risk -- Charitable contributions are down, and it's the first decline in giving in more than 20 years, and only the second drop in 50 years. Story
Wealth gone bad -- Ill-gotten wealth builds a prison even for those who have not been found guilty. Story
Estates, encrypted -- What happens if you die and your computer passwords, and all your financial information, go to your grave with you? Story
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