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3 Tips how the university students should manage their finances

By: Marie Garcia Financial Planning Views: 3971 | Comments: 1 | Votes: 0

Marie Garcia

It is difficult for the university students to manage their money related matters since they are hardly aware about the importance of money in real life. Most often, it is seen that these university students squander money lavishly and as such, they fall into debt problems. As such, it is often seen that they fall into debt problems. More

Cheap thrills – how to stretch a social budget

By: Bogie Boric Personal Finance Views: 5286 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Bogie Boric

Tight budgets can play havoc with our social lives, but just because our finances are limited doesn’t mean our entertainment options have to be. There are loads of tricks to financial damage limitation when it comes to going out – here are a few ideas on how to maintain a social presence without blowing the bank. More

Uncle Sam Wants to Help You with Summer Camp Costs

By: On My Own Two Feet Tax Planning Views: 3835 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

On My Own Two Feet

Ask a working parent how they feel about summer and you may be surprised. Thoughts of beaches, barbeques, and balmy days at the ballpark are often overshadowed by something much less exotic – concerns about childcare. If you have children under the age of 13, and you need childcare so that you can work, look for work, or attend school full-time, you are in luck. Shepherd Dr. More

“Innocent spouse” won’t be disqualified for failing to file within two years

By: File Your Taxes Online Tax Planning Views: 4692 | Comments: 1 | Votes: 0

File Your Taxes Online

The Internal Revenue Service is giving some relief to "innocent spouses" who otherwise may have been liable for a partner's tax debt.   Effective immediately, the agency has eliminated a rule that disqualifies taxpayers from innocent-spouse status if they fail to file for relief within two years -- a provision that snagged people who otherwise qualified, including abused women. More

Lawsuit seeks to break a deep freeze in credit.

By: Kenneth R. Harney Home Loans Views: 2962 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Kenneth R. Harney

Picture this nightmare financial scenario: You've taken out a $150,000 home-equity credit line to remodel your house, you've already pulled out thousands to pay contractors and owe thousands more, when suddenly you get a curt letter from the bank. Effective yesterday, it says, we've shut down access to your credit line. You're in shock. The bank later reinstated the owner's credit line. More

Mortgage Rates Are Low But Rules Are Very Strict

By: Trajce Panov Home Loans Views: 2101 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Trajce Panov

With interest rates near rock bottom and home prices down, this ought to be a great time to buy a home. But for most people, it's a lousy time to get a mortgage. Years after the collapse of the real-estate market and resulting financial crisis, it takes nearly pristine credit scores and hefty down payments to get the best rates. In the process, they shape how much it costs to borrow. More

35-year-old "temporary" unemployment tax has finally ended

By: Nole Fan Tax Planning Views: 2860 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Nole Fan

Virtually every private employer in the United States will get a tax cut today. It will not affect workers’ paychecks. But the expiration of a 35-year-old temporary unemployment tax - about $14 a year per worker - will mean real money for some big companies at a time when President Obama is pushing Congress to raise taxes on some businesses by closing loopholes. More

Should maternity leave ever constitute a reason to be turned down for a home mortgage?

By: Kenneth R. Harney Home Loans Views: 3891 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Kenneth R. Harney

You might think not, but two new legal actions by federal fair lending regulators suggest the mortgage industry — and even federally run financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — may need to address the issue. In one case, a Seattle physician settled a discrimination complaint with Cornerstone Mortgage Co., a national mortgage banking firm based in Houston. . . Kenneth R. More

Commuter Spending Accounts

By: On My Own Two Feet Personal Finance Views: 3311 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

On My Own Two Feet

Recently a friend emailed me a photo from a gas station. It showed a $100 price tag for filling up the tank on his 2004, fully-paid-for SUV. The message said:  “Holy Cow – I have never seen a bill like this before.” Welcome to the new normal in transportation. So what can you do to help ease the financial pain? Last but not least—let’s talk bottom line. More

Proposed new mortgage rules may spell trouble for homebuyers

By: Kenneth R. Harney Home Loans Views: 4052 | Comments: 0 | Votes: 0

Kenneth R. Harney

You may have seen reports that the federal government is proposing new mortgage-finance rules under which only home purchasers who can afford a minimum 20 percent down payment on a conventional loan would get a shot at the best available interest rates and terms. Freddie Mac, for example, has an overall debt-ratio limit of 45 percent of an applicant's stable monthly income. Tough. More