Monthly Archives: March 2013

Despite Aid, Borrowers Still Face Foreclosure

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/business/homeowners-still-face-foreclosure-despite-billions-in-aid.html?ref=economy A year after five of the nation’s biggest banks reached a pact with state and federal officials over claims of vast foreclosure abuses, the banks are taking credit for giving more than half a million struggling homeowners roughly $45.8 … Continue reading

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I Can Get a Lower Mortgage Rate. Should I Refi?

http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2013/02/22/can-get-lower-mortgage-rate-should-refi/ Dear Dr. Don, I have a $120,181 mortgage loan balance at a 4.25% fixed interest rate for 15 years. I have 13 years left in the current term. Is it a good idea to refinance the loan for 25 … Continue reading

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Americans Want to Cut Spending. They Just Don’t Know What to Cut

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/americans-want-to-cut-spending-they-just-dont-know-what-to-cut/?ref=economy As the sequester looms, it’s worth noting that there’s no significant federal spending category that a majority of Americans wants to cut: Survey was conducted among 1,504 adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage … Continue reading

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U.S. Home Sales Rise to 2nd-Highest Pace in 3 Years

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/02/21/home-sales-rise-housing-recovery-real-estate/!– — WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. sales of previously occupied homes rose in January to the second-highest level in three years, a sign the housing market is maintaining its recovery and helping to bolster the economy. The National Association of … Continue reading

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High Debt and Falling Demand Trap New Vets

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/business/high-debt-and-falling-demand-trap-new-veterinarians.html?ref=business Dr. Hayley Schafer examines Cabo, who is owned by Brittany LaMarche and her son Gage, at Caring Hearts Animal Clinic in Gilbert, Ariz HAYLEY SCHAFER chose her dream job at the age of 5. Three years later, her grandmother … Continue reading

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His Financial Goal: Get in Front of the High Cost of Higher Education

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/02/21/financial-goal-planning-for-college/ !– — Everyone has things they want to improve about their financial lives, even those of us who are paid to write and think about money on a daily basis. To that end, the editors at DailyFinance and other … Continue reading

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U.S. Housing Starts Dip But Remain at Solid Pace

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/02/20/housing-starts-homebuilders-real-estate-market-recovery/ — AP Economics Writer (AP) – U.S. homebuilders began work at a slower pace in January, though the level was still the third-highest since 2008. Start at only $999 Attorney Fees. Restrictions Apply. Stop Foreclosures with a Chapter 13. … Continue reading

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What’s Your Social Security Break-Even Age?

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/whats-social-security-break-even-173303203.html Deciding at what age to claim Social Security benefits may be the single most important retirement money decision of your life. Claim too early, and you lock in a lifetime of monthly payments that may be far lower than … Continue reading

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How to Design a Marketing Strategy

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225747 In their book Guerrilla Marketing Field Guide, the founder of guerrilla marketing, Jay Conrad Levinson, and his wife and business partner, Jeannie Levinson, offer a step-by-step guide to launching a marketing attack that’s primed for success. In this edited … Continue reading

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Filing Taxes: What You Need to Know About Tax Exemptions

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/02/14/filing-taxes-what-you-need-to-know-about-tax-exemptions/ Exemptions are one of the most straightforward parts of the tax code. OK, maybe that isn’t saying much, but when it comes to navigating tax season, we take what we can get. And we also love exemptions because they … Continue reading

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