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Archive for September, 2010

Is FHA Trying To Force Private Lenders Back into the Market?

Sep 29th, 2010 @ 6:49 PM by Amber Nelson

A recent article on CNBC reported that it looks as if the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is trying to downsize its share of the mortgage market these days. Over the past year, loans sponsored by the government have made up almost half of all new loans. That is mainly a result of all the tightened […]

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The Banking Crisis – Two Years Later

Sep 28th, 2010 @ 9:19 AM by Charles Green

As we wind down September, 2010, I am reminded of the second anniversary of the darkest days of modern commercial banking. It is still painful for me to recall going to my bank job each day in September and October 2008 wondering what else in the world could go wrong. Just recount what happened over […]

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Student Loan Debt Passes Consumer Credit Card Debt

Sep 27th, 2010 @ 4:28 AM by Debbie Dragon

Student loan debt has topped credit card debt. With college students borrowing more each year and student loan defaults on the rise, student loan debt currently tops $830 billion, where credit card debt is right around $825 billion.

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New Small Business Bill Would Give Owners Sweet Tax Breaks

Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 9:19 PM by Amber Nelson

Yesterday the Senate passed a bill call the Small Business Jobs Act and the House was expected to approve this Obama-sanctioned law today. The law is designed to drum up some hiring activity among small business leaders, amidst recent reports from the Joint Economic Committee recently that found small business hiring is in a holding […]

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New Study Shows Student Loan Defaults are On the Rise

Sep 20th, 2010 @ 8:44 AM by Debbie Dragon

A new study released last week by the US Department of Education reports bleak news for colleges and universities across the country. According to the study, student loan defaults are on the rise, with for profit schools having the highest default rates.

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Three Years Away From A Housing Price Bottom?

Sep 15th, 2010 @ 6:57 PM by Amber Nelson

I thought that economists were saying months ago that the housing market had already hit bottom and we were on the way back up. I guess they were wrong or the economists today are wrong, because new forecasts are predicting at least three more years of price declines before things start turning around. The problem […]

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Refinancing Your Car Loan Might Save You Money

Sep 13th, 2010 @ 10:48 AM by Debbie Dragon

With interest rates at rock bottom lows, many people are unaware that they may be able to refinance their auto loan and save money. While refinancing your car loan will not save you the kind of money you would save from refinancing your home, it certainly can be worth looking into. You should not expect your monthly payment to drop significantly however, your overall savings for the life of the loan can make it worthwhile.

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Consumers Choose Cash Again

Sep 8th, 2010 @ 7:43 PM by Amber Nelson

For the sixth straight month, the amount of consumer credit debt decreased in July. Credit, including things like credit cards and auto loans, fell 1.8 percent or $1.02 billion, down to a total of $3.63 billion in outstanding debt, according to the Federal Reserve. This also marks the 17th decrease in 18 months. The same […]

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Private Student Loan Web Tool: Available for Students in 12 States

Sep 6th, 2010 @ 5:23 PM by Debbie Dragon

Twelve states have recently launched a new website to assist college students in obtaining privately funded student loans. Colleges and Universities in partnership with their states and private student loan lenders in the states of Ohio, California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama are trying to ease the burden placed on students who need private college funding. Students can now visit the new website, The Student Marketplace and be able to compare private funding options all in one place.

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Auto Delinquencies Are Down – And So Are Interest Rates

Sep 1st, 2010 @ 12:38 PM by Amber Nelson

More Americans are getting back on top of their car payments, according to credit ratings agency TransUnion. The company’s latest data show that just 0.53 percent of auto loans were 60 days or more delinquent in the second quarter of the year. That’s down 20 percent from the first quarter and 27 percent from the […]

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