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Beware the Shady Financial Advisor

In late 2016, I achieved a writing milestone I was particularly proud of: I secured my own column in my state’s biggest newspaper, the Indianapolis

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These Are Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

You may already know that you have the right to claim a free copy of your credit report once every 12 months. You might also know

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Don’t Fall for These Credit Repair Scams

Have you ever struggled with credit problems? If so, chances are you’ve probably wished, at least once, for a solution to erase all your credit

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What a Good Financial Planner Does (and Doesn’t Do)

When just about anyone can call themselves a financial planner, it’s understandably hard for consumers to know whom to trust for financial advice. See, unlike

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Social Security Disability Benefits Guide

Social Security disability benefits can provide for your family when an injury, illness, or disability prevents you from working and earning an income. Applying for these

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How to Spot Student Loan Forgiveness Scams

After completing college, you may feel overburdened by your student loan costs, but don’t fall victim to student loan forgiveness scams that offer false promises

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The Best and Worst Price-Matching Policies for Holiday Shopping

Just about every major retailer offers some sort of price-matching policy that can help you avoid overpaying — not only for holiday gifts, but everyday

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Born-Again Debt: What Is Re-Aging, and Is It Legal?

The world of credit is filled with terms that can sound quite foreign to most people who don’t work in the industry. Once such term is

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Repossession: When the Bank Bites Back

“Repossession” is probably the scariest word in the financial lexicon this side of “bankruptcy.” Basically, if you bought something with a bank loan and they

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What to Do When You Get a Debt Collection Notice for an Account You Don’t Recognize

Sometimes you get a debt collection letter in the mail and you know exactly why you got it and what you owe. Other times you

Best Student Loans in 2017

Figuring out how to pay for college can be a stressful, complicated process. I remember being overwhelmed when I started at a pricey private college,

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How to Avoid Scholarship Scams

Nearly everyone entering college is aware of the abundance of graduates dealing with student loan debt. After all, the average student loan debt surged over

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Are You a Freelancer… or an Exploited Worker?

Two in five workers will be independent contractors by 2020, according to one study. That’s an estimated 60 million of us toiling without the restrictions (or

Best Free Credit Report Site of 2017

Keeping tabs on your credit report is one of the best ways you can safeguard your identity. Fortunately, there are a couple of different ways

Best Bad Credit Loans for 2017

Getting the best loan with bad credit in 2017 means finding a lender who is transparent about rates and fees, flexible on terms, and willing

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Best Identity Theft Protection Services of 2017

The first thing to know about identity theft protection services is that they don’t actually “protect” you from becoming a victim of ID theft. Sure,

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College Decision Time: How to Compare Financial Aid Offers and Pick the Right School

Navigating the complex world of college admissions is hard enough, but figuring out how you’ll pay for it all can be an absolute nightmare. Not

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How to Dispute Credit Report Errors

If you’ve ever had to borrow money to buy a home, take out a car loan, or start a new business, you probably know just