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The Federal Reserve recently downgraded the outlook for the U.S. economy. At the same time as making the announcement of the downgrade, Ben Bernanke also announced that they will be taking quantitative easing measures, beginning what has been called Operation Twist. The $400 billion program is supposed to help stimulate the economy, but there is disagreement over whether this will work. Some think that it is foolhardy, and will only encourage inflation, while others think…

The student loan industry is huge now. Indeed, outstanding student loan debt now exceeds outstanding credit card debt in the U.S. As you get ready for college this fall, it’s a good idea to think about your college funding options, and consider your financing. If you have a child that is still a few years away from college, it’s never too early to start saving. Here are some ways to avoid student loans: Save up:…

One of the most common financial goals that many people have is paying down debt. Finding the money to pay down debt can be difficult, though. In order to be more effective as part of a debt pay down plan, you need to make some changes in the way you handle money. This way, you will be able to pay down your debt faster: Move Debt Up the Priority List The first thing you need…

Right now, interest rates are at record lows. This means that if you are going to borrow money, now is a good time to do it. (It is also a good time to pay down debt, since more of your payment will go to principal.) If you have been looking for a good time to make home improvements, this might be it, depending on your individual situation. Home equity loan rate and HELOC rates are…

Marriage can be challenging on its own. Learning to live with someone else is difficult in any circumstance, and no amount of love or passion can change the fact that marriage requires conscientious effort to ensure success. Adding money troubles to the equation can make marriage even more difficult. Money elicits strong emotional responses, and stresses related to money can easily spill over into our relationships. One way you can reduce marital stress due to…