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Fed Hikes Interest Rate to Highest Level in a Decade

Mar 21st, 2018 @ 8:19 PM by Amber Nelson

With the economy pushing forward, the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee raised its target interest rate once again, pushing it to the highest level since 2008. During its March 21 meeting, the Fed increased its federal funds rate to 1.75%, up from 1.5%. Rates still remain well below the historical average of 5%. “The […]

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Study: Companies That Use Business Loans From the Start Are More Successful

Mar 14th, 2018 @ 8:53 PM by Amber Nelson

Small businesses that borrow small business loans are much more likely to survive and be successful than those that don’t, according to a new study. Those who start funding their companies immediately with personal loans are much less likely to do well. The study was produced by finance professors Rebel Cole of Florida Atlantic University […]

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Credit Card Debt Can Make You Sick

Feb 21st, 2018 @ 10:15 PM by Amber Nelson

Americans have spent themselves into more and more credit card debt over the past decade and a new survey finds that all that debt may be hurting more than their bottom line. A survey commissioned by NerdWallet on the psychology of credit card debt, found that 2 out of 5 credit card borrowers feel debt […]

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Auto Loan Delinquencies Rise in 3rd Quarter

Jan 31st, 2018 @ 8:57 PM by Amber Nelson

American borrowers fell behind on their car payments in greater numbers during the 2017 third quarter, according to new data from the American Bankers Association. And yet, delinquencies in many other loan categories fell, giving mixed signals about the strength of American consumer finances. The ABA Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin revealed that delinquencies rose in 5 […]

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American Credit Card Debt Up 8% over 2016

Dec 16th, 2017 @ 11:42 PM by Amber Nelson

Even as the economy makes incremental strides forward, American credit card debt moves higher, with an 8% increase in 2017 over the previous year, according to a new survey. The 2017 NerdWallet household debt study  found that total U.S. credit card debt rose to $905 billion for this year, with an average balance of $15,654 […]

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Consumer Credit Debt Grows at Fastest Pace in 12 Months

Nov 8th, 2017 @ 6:40 PM by Amber Nelson

U.S. consumer borrowing jumped up in September, according to data from the Federal Reserve, fueled by a surge in auto sales and student loans. Total consumer credit debt rose $20.8 billion in September, or at a 6.6% annualized rate to $3.79 trillion in all. That is the fastest pace since November 2016. September’s growth exceeded […]

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Payday Loans Meet Stricter Regulation

Oct 25th, 2017 @ 9:13 AM by Amber Nelson

Payday lenders will now be more limited in how they can structure their short-term personal loans, based on a new rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This could have serious financial impacts on the 12 million borrowers who take out payday loans annually as well on the lenders who make those loans. A payday […]

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A Quarter of Americans Have Carried Credit Card Debt for 5+Years

Oct 4th, 2017 @ 7:59 PM by Amber Nelson

Many Americans have trouble paying off their credit card bill each month, and according to a new survey by CreditCards.com almost one out of four have been having that trouble for five years or more. The survey, conducted by phone with 2,005 adults, found that 43 percent have carried a credit card balance for more […]

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American Household Debt Reaches All-Time High

Aug 23rd, 2017 @ 1:26 PM by Amber Nelson

Americans increased their debt loads enough for a record high in the second quarter, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, with credit card delinquencies rising enough to cause concern. Total U.S. household debt rose to $12.48 trillion during the months of April, May and June, an increase of […]

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Millennials Treat Credit Cards Differently Than Their Parents

Jul 26th, 2017 @ 9:47 PM by Amber Nelson

The millennial generation – those between the ages of 18 and 29 – have watched their parents financial habits, and are doing things differently in many cases, especially when it comes to credit cards. First of all, a majority (67%) of Millennials do not even have a credit card account. Perhaps that has something to […]

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