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Can Student Loan Debt Jeopardize Retirement?

If you have student loan debt, could it hinder your chances of retiring the way you want to or retiring at all? The answer to that question depends on what type of debt you have, how much student debt that you have and what your retirement timeline is. In some cases, cosigning on a student loan could have an impact on the length and quality of your retirement.

Are You Cheating On Your Budget?

A household budget helps finances run smoothly, eliminating surprises and setting a clear path for every dollar that comes into the house. However, some people have a hard time making their budget work for them. If anyone feels trapped by their budget or feels like it just never works, they might actually be cheating on their budget. This can happen consciously or subconsciously. A successful budget requires complete honesty and recognition of the natural desire to enjoy life. So how does one avoid cheating on their budget?

Will the Greek Debt Crisis Affect Your Finances?

The Greece debt default has been a major story in Europe for the past several years and has been a major influence on currency markets and international stock markets. Now that Greece has officially defaulted on its debt, the belief is that the country may be about to exit the European Union. Could the issues surrounding Greece's finances have an impact on your personal finances?

Are You the Right Age for a Mortgage?

Thanks to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, mortgage lenders are prohibited from using factors such as age, race, color, sex, nation of origin, marital status or receipt of public assistance as cause for denial of a borrower's loan application. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about your age before applying for a mortgage.

How to Deal with Tricky Money Situations

Anticipating the financial challenges that life might throw your way can be difficult, and that’s why it’s a good idea to think about such situations far in advance. Most families at some point are going to have trouble making ends meet, and how you elect to address those problems will have a major impact on how long they might last. When is it wise to use a credit card to bridge a monetary gap? Should you consider seeking a loan from a family member? Are you saving enough during the good times to handle a possible bad stretch?

How Big is Your Emergency Fund?

Running a household requires careful planning and preparation for a wide range of potential problems. An emergency fund (rainy day jar) is a way that individuals can demonstrate prudence in acknowledging that while no one can predict when something bad will happen, chances are high that something bad will happen at sometime in all of our lives. How big is your emergency fund?

Are Banks Becoming Obsolete?

With all of the technology involving banking and financial accounts, everyone is beginning to wonder, "Are banks becoming obsolete?" While there are many arguments on both sides, many of the current financial trends (and technology trends) indicate that we could be closer then we think to this scenario. What will it take for us to cross the line or reach the point when we no longer need banks at all?

Is Going Cashless The Next Big Thing?

Going cashless is a trend that is taking over the world of business. Businesses have spent the two decades trying to go paperless, but there is still a need for paper in certain situations. Cashless business are new inventions of the digital age, but business managers must understand how to create a cashless company. The idea behind going cashless is a noble one, but the act if living a cashless lifestyle at work is much more difficult.

Are Americans Saving Too Much?

While the economy has pretty much recovered from the economic scare of 2008, it doesn’t appear as if Americans have yet. In recent years, over 700,000 new jobs have entered the workforce, but have Americans begun spending that hard-earned money they are making? No, not yet, and it’s hard to tell when they will start.

How to Save Money this Summer

Summer is a time for fun in the sun and a carefree lifestyle. Make sure you budget for all your activities and trips in advance to ensure you get the best deals and save plenty of money this summer. The following tips should help you in your quest to enjoy the longer days and warmer nights without breaking the bank.

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