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Archive for October, 2011

White House Set To Review Energy Department Loans

Oct 31st, 2011 @ 5:10 PM by Debbie Dragon

The White House is being criticized over an Energy Department loan made for over a half million dollars to Solyndra, Inc, a company that has now filed for bankruptcy. According to a Washington Post article the White House will be conducting an independent review of other loans made to companies similar to Solyndra in hopes […]

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Reverse Mortgages Draw Younger Crowds

Oct 26th, 2011 @ 7:04 PM by Amber Nelson

A rising population of baby boomer retirees are changing the landscape for reverse mortgages. These loans that have historically appealed to older, single homeowners are now garnering more attention from the youngest qualifiers. The average reverse mortgage applicant today is around the age of 62 or 63, according to Peter Bell, president of the National […]

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Student Loan Debt Reaches Record Levels

Oct 19th, 2011 @ 6:56 PM by Amber Nelson

Total student loan debt in the U.S. has surpassed national credit card debt, according to new figures from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. New student loan funds borrowed last year grew to $100 billion dollars, a record high, and now total outstanding student loan debt has reached $1 trillion for the first time […]

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Credit Card Lenders Look To Subprime Borrowers Again

Oct 12th, 2011 @ 1:16 PM by Amber Nelson

After a few years of dramatically tightened lending standards, some banks and credit card companies are starting to reach out again to borrowers with less-than-perfect credit scores. According to data from credit bureau Equifax, new credit card accounts to subprime borrowers, those with a credit score below 660, rose 64 percent in the past year […]

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Obama’s Relief Plan For Student Loan Holders

Oct 10th, 2011 @ 11:29 AM by Debbie Dragon

According to a Washington Post article, President Obama unleashed his new student loan relief plan initiative during an appearance at a Denver campus. Student loan relief is a current hot topic as student loan defaults are on the rise as graduates continue their efforts to find gainful employment in a struggling economy. The President announced […]

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Equifax Anticipates Return to Pre-Recession Auto Loan Levels

Oct 5th, 2011 @ 12:17 PM by Amber Nelson

Auto loan originations continued to grow on a yearly basis during the first six months of 2011, according to a new report from credit reporting agency Equifax, and figures could be back into pre-recession territory by the end of the year. During the period from January to June 2011, new car loan originations increased 15 […]

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Small Business Loans Are Hard To Come By

Oct 3rd, 2011 @ 11:25 AM by Debbie Dragon

If you own a small business and are looking for funding you probably will find getting a loan is not an easy task. Forbes reports that since small business bank loans peaked in 2007 reaching nearly 2.5 million, they have dropped drastically by about 39%. As of June of 2011 bank loans made to small […]

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