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Suze Orman Says Stop Paying Off Debt

Recently, famous finance guru Suze Orman, who usually doles out sensible advice even if in an disrespectful manner, has advised the public to stop paying off credit card debt any faster than minimum payments allow in order to shore up a savings account that could last eight months in an income emergency. […]

Podcast 1: Recession Tips and Shrinking Your Bills

It’s finally here! Welcome to the first edition of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast. Today Tom and I discuss tips for surviving financially through an economic and personal recession. […]

Reader Question: How Can My Money Earn More for Me?

A reader and friend is looking for some basic financial advice. It just so happens that April is National Financial Literacy Month, so the timing is perfect because I am in a sharing mood. […]

New Proposed Regulations for Credit Cards

As Smithee mentioned earlier this week, the Congress and the White House are both working to introduce legislation to help consumers and curb deceptive techniques practiced by credit card lenders. Yesterday, a committee of representatives interested in financial issues put forth a bill to the rest of the House, the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009. […]

Money Basics: Simple Interest, Compound Interest, APR and APY

April is National Financial Literacy Month in the United States. In most cases, schools do not extensively teach financial skills. Teenagers, highly susceptible to messages from the media, often do not have guidance from teachers, who are not trained to teach financial skills, or from parents, many of whom do not model healthy financial behavior. […]

Money Basics: Savings Accounts

April is National Financial Literacy Month in the United States. In most cases, schools do not extensively teach financial skills. Teenagers, highly susceptible to messages from the media, often do not have guidance from teachers, who are not trained to teach financial skills, or from parents, many of whom do not model healthy financial behavior. […]

The State of Credit, April 2009

A quick roundup of current lending news. In December 2008 we reported a prediction that credit card issuers would be reducing available credit by about 45%, and recently the company behind the FICO score released a report of credit lines being reduced from April to October 2008, right before that prediction was made. From the study, we find that lenders reduced credit for 16% of consumers, and 31% […]

Money Basics: Checking Accounts

April is National Financial Literacy Month in the United States. In most cases, schools do not extensively teach financial skills. Teenagers, highly susceptible to messages from the media, often do not have guidance from teachers, who are not trained to teach financial skills, or from parents, many of whom do not model healthy financial behavior. […]

Basics of the Fair Tax

Now that Tax Day has come and gone again, and anger is subsiding, let’s spend some time thinking about what a better system might look like. Have you heard of the “Fair Tax” proposal? […]