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Dan Rafter

Dan Rafter is the managing editor of Law Bulletin Magazine and the editor of the Midwest Real Estate News. Dan has written for publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Consumers Digest, and BusinessWeek Online.

Latest articles by Dan Rafter

8 Personal Finance Resolutions Anyone Can Master

Make — and keep! — these simple money resolutions in the new year. Your finances will thank you.

5 After the Holidays Moves Your Credit Score Will Thank You For

If the holidays put a hurting on your budget, there's no need to panic. These post-December moves will keep your credit in tip-top shape.

Why You Shouldn't Panic If Your Credit Score Drops

If your credit score takes a tumble, don't panic. Find out why your score may have taken a hit — and how you can bounce back.

Will Your Brand Boycott Actually Make a Difference?

A boycott may make you feel like you're fighting the good fight. Just don't expect to win.

How to Use Glassdoor to Earn More Money

Website Glassdoor has long be the place to visit to learn more about a potential employer. Now it can help you learn what you're worth.

Surprise! There's a Gender Gap in Mortgages, Too

The gender wage gap may have the spotlight, but there seems to be bias in home loans, too. Find out how to fight it

Rent Your Home or Buy? Here's How to Decide

Rent versus buy is an age-old housing conundrum. Make the decision easy with some math that's easy to figure.

Your Brain Is Keeping You in Debt (And How to Fix It)

Why can't you chip away at that daunting pile of debt? You might want to blame your brain.

Should You Pay Your Mortgage Off Early?

Owning your home outright is a huge achievement. Weigh these options first, though, before tackling your mortgage early.

5 Questions Couples Must Ask Before Retirement

Marriage and money mean being on the same page. Don't forget your retirement, too!

Switch to a Better Bank in 5 Easy Steps

You're not really happy with your bank, but switching is such a pain. Make it easy with this simple plan.

Term vs Whole Life Insurance: Here's How to Choose

You know you need life insurance. But the real question is, what kind?

9 Frugal Skills You Must Have to Survive Autumn

In order to make it to the Christmas season with some money in the bank, you need to make fall as frugal as possible. Here's how.

5 Things You Should Know About Debt Relief Lawyers

If your runaway debt has you thinking about legal help, take these thoughts into consideration first.

The Problem With Car Title Loans

A car title loan is one way to get cash really fast. It's also one way to lose cash, really, really fast.

Here's Why Multitasking and Money Don't Mix

Science says multitasking hurts our productivity. Here's how multitasking keeps you from your financial goals, too.

The Real Cost of Moving to Canada (If That's Your Post-Election Plan)

The divisive '16 election has folks eyeing our neighbor to the north. Seriously. But what would it cost to "flee" to Canada?

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Student Loan Grace Period

A student loan grace period isn't a pass to spend your first big paychecks willy-nilly. Be smart, save up, and prepare to tackle your loan.

5 Negotiation Tricks That’ll Win a Home Bidding War

With slimmer pickings in the housing market, bidding wars abound. Don't let your dream home get swept out from under you with these negotiation tricks.

6 Scary Facts About Credit Card Debt

Halloween is coming right up and we've got a real fright — these super scary facts about credit card debt.