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Regular Mortgage versus Reverse Mortgage: A Comparative Study

A regular mortgage refers to that mortgage loan which you take in order to buy a home of your own. But, the reverse mortgage is the loan which you take by cashing out the equity locked up in your home. Reverse mortgage dose not hold the exact opposite meaning of regular mortgage, though the term […]

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Why You Should Make Room for Charitable Giving in Your Budget

Following is a guest post written by Jonathan from Master Your Card. You already know you should have a budget. It’s likely that you also know how to set the budget up: categorize your spending, allocate your income, yadda yadda yadda. What you may not realize is that when the time comes to figure out […]

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FDIC Problem Bank List Now Includes 171 Banks

In just three months, the number of problem banks has gone up from 117 to 171, an increase of 46%! When the FDIC released its second quarter bank profile in August, the agency said it has 117 banks on its watch list, a record number at that time. Today, in the third quarter FDIC bank […]

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Quicken Online New Features and Demo Video

A little over a month ago, Quicken made Quicken Online free for everybody who wants to use it. Quicken Online is a online tool that allows you to perform some basic money management functions such as tracking you expenses, making a budget, reminding you unpaid bills and checking your financial goals, etc. I have been […]

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Update on DollarSavingsDirect Account

It has been two weeks since I opened an account at DollarSavingsDirect. Since the account has been verified and it’s up and running. Here are a few updates on the account. Trail Deposits I opened the account on Sunday, November 9th. During the application process, I was told that the two small trail deposits will […]

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Citi Closed My Dividend Platinum Select Card

A couple of days ago, I received a letter from Citi, informing me that my Dividend Platinum Select card will be closed soon due to inactivity after a routine account review. It’s true that I haven’t used that card for a long time. In fact, I didn’t even active that card since they decided to […]

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The Growing List of Failed Banks

I am not really worried about Citi right now, despite that investors who question the bank’s ability to sustain mounting losses from toxic loans and bad investments have pushed Citi stock to below $4 a share on Friday, the lowest in 16 years (hope you didn’t buy Citi stock). Citi has raised some $70 billion […]

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iShares 529 Plan Review: Save for College with ETFs

I have heard some time ago that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) will be available in 401(k) retirement accounts. Not sure whether plan participants can trade ETFs in their accounts already, but in general I think it’s a good news not only because it will gives investors more choices to save for their retirement, but also ETFs […]

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