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Getting good rates on personal loans

If you’re getting into the market for personal loans, there are a few things that can help you get the best personal loan rates. First thing in rates for personal loans is credit score Your credit score is one of the most important details about your financial life, and it is also significant when you
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Federal Reserve not planning to reign in credit supply yet

The Federal Reserve has announced that it won’t be tightening the national credit supply just yet. The Federal Reserve has certain controls over the amount of available lending capital in the financial system. Fears of inflation have caused some to think the credit supply needs to be tightened, but the Fed does not think that
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New Hampshire governor vetoes title loan bill

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch vetoed a bill Wednesday that would raise the ceiling title loan lenders can charge. The bill would have allowed up to 25 percent interest charged monthly. The state joins 31 others in disallowing these kinds of loans. Short term loans secured by vehicle titles Title loans are short term loans
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How to remove a co-signer from a student loan

Have you ever agreed to be a co-signer on a friend’s student loan but regretted having done so after the fact? Let’s say you don’t talk to the person anymore, and fear risking a damaged credit rating if they default on the loan. Thankfully, Bankrate reports that all is not lost. There are ways to
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Intrafamily loans, done right, benefit both lenders and borrowers

Intrafamily lending is gaining in popularity as credit remains tight and interest rates are at historic lows. When parents lend money to their children for a mortgage, it can create a win-win situation. Children can get their mortgage, auto or college loan at a better rate and parents can get a better return than most
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Texas rolling unemployment loan to the private market

Unemployment is high, and with up to 99 weeks of benefits available, states have paid out a lot. The federal government has provided loans to most states to fund unemployment benefits. The interest payments on those loans are coming due, and some states are seeking creative solutions. Federal unemployment loans In order to keep unemployment
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JPMorgan Chase pays $27 million in Treasury probe

JPMorgan Chase bank has agreed to pay a $2 million fine to settle claims that it used false statements and high-pressure sales tactics in some of its auto loan products. The company has also previously paid out about $25 million to reimburse customers who bought the loans. Fines levied by the OCC The $2 million
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Small business lending drought has hurt Scottsdale, Arizona

Convincing banks to write short term loans for any size business has been difficult lately. Large-scale operations with multiple sources of capital can subsist, but small businesses like those in Scottsdale, Ariz., need short term loans in order to operate and expand. The Arizona Republic reports that banks and businesses have very different views of
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Proposed consumer protection agency to target lenders

In the wake of the Wall Street collapse and the ongoing investigation of Goldman Sachs, there are calls for a consumer protection agency, or multiple ones. There seems to be a real need for some financial reform, but which consumer protection laws should be put forth are a point of contention.  Part of the proposed
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Consumers borrowing more money but not from credit cards

An increasing number of people are borrowing money, but more people are getting personal loans rather than using credit cards. The Federal Reserve released data that show consumer borrowing rose by several billion dollars in January, but it was from non-revolving credit sources. Credit card use dropped at the same time. Debt levels rise as
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Credit Karma offers an emerging new model for free credit scores

Credit Karma is one of many websites that have emerged offering free credit scores. Learning your credit score is easier now, thanks to the financial reform bill signed into law this month. Financial reform legislation, otherwise known as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, requires lenders to show you the credit reports
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Do not fall for auto loan modification scams asking upfront fees

Ads for auto loan modification scams are all over the Internet. Auto loan modification companies promise to negotiate with lenders to get customers lower car payments — for a hefty upfront fee. But consumer advocates and government regulators say most auto loan modifiers promising lower car payments will take your money and provide little or

Know your credit score, and take steps to raise the number

To improve your credit score, nothing works better than paying off your credit cards and taking them out of your wallet. Knowing your credit score is the most basic fundamental of credit repair. But it’s even more important to know what affects  your credit score. And even more important than that is knowing what you
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Installment loan lenders thrive where payday lenders used to

Many states have tried to eliminate payday loan lenders, but it hasn’t eliminated the need for credit from non-bank sources. Some states have new installment loans stores where payday loan stores once existed as other forms of short term credit fill the void. Virginians frequenting pawn shops and title lenders more Many states have passed
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Bridge Loan basics: Financing short-term obligations

Though the term comes up most often during real-estate transactions, bridge loans are becoming more popular for many reasons. Bridge loans are relatively simple to understand. Like most financial products, however, the details are what can make a bridge loan work out — or not. Bridge loan basics A bridge loan began as a form
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SEC charges ex-Goldman director Rajat Gupta with insider trading

The level of notoriety that Goldman Sachs either enjoys or endures increased Tuesday. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed insider trading charges against Rajat K. Gupta, one of its former board members. Goldman Sachs was also forced to admit that it could lose billions from lawsuits by investors who were bilked by the bank during
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Acción promotes success for Chicago microentrepreneurs

When individuals in the Chicago area need fast cash to cover for an accidental budget shortfall, they can apply for Chicago installment loans and Chicago short term loans. However, if a small business needs money to get off the ground or perform the renovations needed to expand, consumer short term loans and installment loans aren’t