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Mastering Your Money

Mastering your money requires knowing how to set and reach your goals. How to shop for the best interest rates. How to save money effectively. Knowing how money works in the world. Make this the starting point on your money road map.

Mastering Your Money

Careful! Credit card troubles can get worse if you pay them down these ways.
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There may be one more rate hike this year. See how it could affect your money.
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Start saving today to keep unexpected expenses from leading to financial ruin.
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MASTERING LIFE'S FINANCIAL JOURNEY

From starting a family to enjoying your retirement years, we guide you through life’s financial journey.
Here are steps you can take for making that big leap to homeownership.
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We rank states on whether they're hospitable or hostile to housing market newbies
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We rank states on whether they're hospitable or hostile to housing market newbies
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Money Pulse

How do Americans feel about the financial products they use every day? Do consumers know as much as they should about credit scores, taxes, college loans and retirement saving? Find out with Bankrate's monthly Money Pulse survey, which explores Americans' financial opinions and knowledge. When it comes to money matters, are we smart and self-assured -- or less than literate? The Money Pulse has the answers!
A new Bankrate survey shows a third of Americans will use their tax refunds on basics. Do this instead.
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A new Bankrate survey also finds 1 in 4 Americans is open to buying a home in 2017.
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Bankrate finds unexpected expenses are common -- and often send us scrambling.
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THE BANKRATE ECONOMIC INDICATOR

Check the pulse of the economy with Bankrate’s panel of economists.
In our new survey, top economic forecasters also name the No. 1 threat to workers.
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Here's what economists told us when we asked whether Americans' wages will perk up.
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Economists surveyed by Bankrate also tell what's ahead for interest rates and wages.
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Financial Security Index

How do Americans feel about their job security, net worth, level of savings and debt? Bankrate's Financial Security Index finds out.
Bankrate finds we may think we're doing better with saving than we actually are.
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Many people are one unplanned expense away from financial disaster, our survey finds.
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Significantly more people worry about rate hikes than a year ago, our study shows.
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MONEY MAKEOVER

Our Money Makeover winners seek debt-free living and sound finances. How will they get there?
6 risky ways to pay debt

Careful! Credit card troubles can get worse if you pay them down these ways.

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Saving for an emergency

Start saving today to keep unexpected expenses from leading to financial ruin.

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7 ways to get out of debt

If you're tired of being hounded by creditors, here's a plan to help you break free.

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Federal Reserve news

There may be one more rate hike this year. See how it could affect your money.
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Ultra-low interest rates look like a thing of the past. Act now before borrowing costs rise.
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Higher interest rates are coming. Thanks, Fed! We tell you how to get ready.
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