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  • 30-Year Mortgage Rate Drops To 3.84 Percent From 3.93 Percent

    Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a... Read More >>

    Why One Woman Is Dishing Out Money Advice Aboard A Bus

    This story originally appeared on LearnVest. Marsha Barnes wanted to start her own business, but the certified financial educator just couldn’t get excited about the prospect of opening a traditional brick-and-mortar office. Since food trucks and... Read More >>

    Five 401k Mistakes I’m Seeing Right Now

    With the recent turmoil in the markets, I am reminded of the extended downturn in 2008. I am getting phone calls from people who are trying to make the same mistakes that they made back in ’08. Some of the things I’m seeing and hearing have me asking... Read More >>

    Seven Bits Of Wise Career Advice That Doesn’t Apply To Entrepreneurs

    What makes sense when you're climbing the ladder doesn't when you're building your own ladder. Even in this changing workforce, being an entrepreneur -- for better or for worse -- just isn’t like other jobs. When you are your own boss, and your work is... Read More >>

    Pending Home Sales Miss, NAR Says Stock Plunge Is Good For Housing Affordability

    The U.S. housing market has, inexplicably, been touted by the economy bulls as the bastion of stability and growth in an economy that has otherwise been sinking in recent months (the reality is that the high end of the market continues to be supported by... Read More >>

    Donald Trump Says He’s Fine With Raising Taxes On Himself

    The GOP frontrunner is A-OK if his tax policy increases his own tax bill. A day after a confrontation with Univision reporter Jorge Ramos at a press conference in Dubuque, Iowa, GOP-frontrunner Donald Trump turned his attention to a decidedly less... Read More >>

    Can Downsizing Save Your Retirement?

    For many Americans, their home ends up being one of their largest if not the largest single investment asset in their portfolio, but they neglect to incorporate it into their overall financial plan. That can be a big mistake. “People lament over selling... Read More >>

    Is College Even Still Worth It?

    Total student loan debt and the average per-student debt are at record highs. The percentage of student loan defaults is too: almost 15%. But, is college still worth the investment? While it’s no secret that the Great Recession has made it difficult for... Read More >>

    Homebuyer Demand Loses Momentum For Fourth Month

    Homebuyers have had enough of high prices and bidding wars and they’re not going to take it anymore. Today we learned that buyer demand fell for the fourth-straight month in July, with the Redfin Demand Index dropping to 108 from 113 in June. The index,... Read More >>

    Unfunded Pension Debts Of U.S. States Still Exceed $3 Trillion

    It’s well-known that there’s a huge financial hole in state-sponsored retirement plans for public employees, a hole that states will eventually have to fill with tax increases and spending cuts. There is, however, still considerable debate as to the... Read More >>

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