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  • newWells Fargo Calculation Error Caused 400 Home Foreclosures

    Wells Fargo Calculation Error Caused 400 Home Foreclosures

    A glitch in Wells Fargo’s proprietary mortgage underwriting software led to hundreds of home foreclosures. An SEC filing disclosed in August revealed that a Wells Fargo “calculation error” unfairly barred 625 homeowners from mortgage modificati…
    - 16 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 7:00am -
  • Trapped in Payday Loan Debt? Here’s How You Can Escape.

    Trapped in Payday Loan Debt? Here’s How You Can Escape.

    Nobody likes being in debt, but it’s even worse when it seems like there’s no way out. Twelve million Americans turn to payday loans every year, spending $9 billion on loan fees, according to a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, bec…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 18, 12:01am -
  • Is the Mortgage Market Reaching a Tech Tipping Point?

    Is the Mortgage Market Reaching a Tech Tipping Point?

    In 2008, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression hit the world with shocking and reverberating consequences. People lost their homes, their hard earned savings, and many were left with nothing to their names. Though it probably feels li…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 18, 7:00am -
  • The U.S. is About to Add Even More Cities with a Median Home Value of $1 Million

    The U.S. is About to Add Even More Cities with a Median Home Value of $1 Million

    A recent Zillow report found that the average home costs around $1 million in 197 different cities. In 2018 alone, 23 cities have been added to the millionaire’s club. This reflects an ongoing trend in the U.S: homes are simply getting more expensi…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Sep 18, 7:00am -
  • The State of Housing Confidence in 2018

    The State of Housing Confidence in 2018

    Owning a home was once a time-honored life milestone. Buying real estate was simply what you did as an adult in America, and for many people home ownership was the ultimate indicator of life success and social status. But, times have changed. Today,…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Sep 18, 7:00am -
  • Big Credit Card Firms Agree to Cut Fees They Charge Merchants

    Big Credit Card Firms Agree to Cut Fees They Charge Merchants

    Swipe, insert, or tap — sound familiar? According to recent research, 66 percent of all point-of-sale transactions are completed by card. And this number is expected to grow with technological developments and time-conscious consumers looking for t…
    - 9 days ago, 10 Sep 18, 11:07am -
  • How the New FAFSA App Can Help Students

    How the New FAFSA App Can Help Students

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is notoriously difficult. With over 100 questions about detailed family financial history, it has consistently low completion rates. In fact, only three out of five high school seniors complete the…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Sep 18, 7:00am -
  • What the Loss of Credit Card Price Protection Means for Consumers

    What the Loss of Credit Card Price Protection Means for Consumers

    In a highly saturated credit card market, providers would throw perks around left and right to entice sign-ups. We all know the main features, like rewards, points, cash back, and miles, but some of the biggest providers, including Discover, Citi, an…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Sep 18, 7:00am -
  • Understanding the Different Types of Financial Advisors

    Understanding the Different Types of Financial Advisors

    Part of “adulting” is beginning to better manage our money, investing, and planning for retirement. If you are at the stage of your life where you are ready to put some real plans in place to get out of debt, grow your wealth, and start making so…
    - 17 days ago, 3 Sep 18, 7:00am -
  • Budgeting for Beginners

    Budgeting for Beginners

    Ah, budgeting. Perhaps the concept is new to you or maybe you’ve tried in the past but weren’t as successful as you’d hoped you’d be. In any case, budgeting is not easy — but it is extremely important. It is best to think about budgeting as…
    - 22 days ago, 29 Aug 18, 7:00am -

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  • 3 ways to Get Life Insurance Faster

    3 ways to Get Life Insurance Faster

    There are two main complaints when buying life insurance. One of them is the price, the other is how long the whole thing takes. In a fast paced world, who has time to wait to get insurance coverage? There are some quick ways you can trim down the pr…
    - 20 Mar 18, 1:07pm -
  • 3 Steps to Start your Small Business like a Professional

    3 Steps to Start your Small Business like a Professional

    You’ve got the dream, you’ve got the drive, and you’ve got the ability. You’re ready to get your small business up and running. Or at least you think so. Even the most talented individuals can overlook key aspects of starting a small business…
    - 6 Jan 18, 10:46pm -
  • To Save Energy or Not Save Energy, That Is the Question

    To Save Energy or Not Save Energy, That Is the Question

      You’re caught in the middle of a conundrum. You want to save money on your car insurance, but you also want to save the environment, and the two do not go hand in hand exclusively, as you’ve discovered. For many people, saving money is the win…
    - 10 Jun 17, 11:13pm -
  • 6 Things To Know Before Choosing To File Bankruptcy

    6 Things To Know Before Choosing To File Bankruptcy

    If you’ve come upon some hard financial times, one option that might have occurred to you is filing for bankruptcy. This is an action that many people have taken to help with their financial troubles, but unfortunately, not all of those people knew…
    - 14 Feb 17, 12:34am -
  • Making the Most of Your Career in Finance

    Making the Most of Your Career in Finance

    Are you feeling stagnant in your current position? Are you looking for ways to take your finance career to the next level? The time has never been better. Millennials and their younger counterparts are poised to flood the professional sector, meaning…
    - 7 Feb 17, 9:10am -
  • How Hiring an Accountant Can Transform Your Finances in 2017

    How Hiring an Accountant Can Transform Your Finances in 2017

    Benjamin Franklin once said, “…In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Never is this phrase more applicable than in the world of finance.  Whether you are a big business, small venture, or an individual, finan…
    - 11 Jan 17, 11:14pm -
  • Spread Betting is a Time-Efficient Way to Make Extra Money While Building Your Business

    Spread Betting is a Time-Efficient Way to Make Extra Money While Building Your Business

    Building a business is tough and time-consuming. There are lots of ways to do it, and no two businesses are just alike. But there are some common themes for almost every entrepreneur. For one, money is tight. You don’t have any extra money to spare…
    - 5 Sep 16, 10:04pm -
  • Three Skills that You Need to Be a Successful Forex Investor

    Three Skills that You Need to Be a Successful Forex Investor

    Forex can appear to change on a whim, a value rising or falling dramatically within an incredibly short timeframe. This appearance is erroneous. Forex is not a game of luck. The currency markets change due to thousands of intertwining external factor…
    - 26 Aug 16, 9:52am -
  • With some Luck, You Can Put Debt Where it Belongs: In the Past

    With some Luck, You Can Put Debt Where it Belongs: In the Past

    When it comes to serious budgeting and personal finance, luck is the last thing you want to rely on. Budgeting is all about prediction, you know, and luck is – by its nature – unpredictable. But sometimes it steps in, making things take a favorab…
    - 17 Aug 16, 10:25am -
  • Investing and Trading – Contrasting and Complimenting

    Investing and Trading – Contrasting and Complimenting

    Except for finance professionals in the investment world, most of the rest of us assume that investing and trading are one and the same thing. It is not rare to find someone using the two words interchangeably in a statement as if they are synonyms.…
    - 19 Jul 16, 11:58pm -

NASDAQ: Banking and Loans

  • The Number of Middle Class Families on Welfare Programs Has Doubled

    The Number of Middle Class Families on Welfare Programs Has Doubled

    This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. A new report is upending the notion that only the country’s poores…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Sep 18, 10:59am -
  • Why Middle-Class Americans Are Struggling to Put Food on the Table

    Why Middle-Class Americans Are Struggling to Put Food on the Table

    This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. Low-income families are finding it increasingly difficult to pay for…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Sep 18, 10:38am -
  • 15 Ways to Pay Off Student Loans

    15 Ways to Pay Off Student Loans

    Around 44 million Americans  have  student loan debt . The  average student loan debt for the  Class of 2017  was  $39,400 . Budgeting and  student loan consolidation  can be a huge help people in debt. So you’ve just gradua…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Sep 18, 9:02am -
  • Successfully Managing Your Spending Habits

    Successfully Managing Your Spending Habits

    By Danielle Seurkamp, CFP®, MPAS®, FBS® When it comes to personal finance, the single most influential factor to our success is how much we spend. It impacts funding long-term goals like retirement and college, it affects how much emergency…
    - 21 days ago, 30 Aug 18, 10:30am -
  • Paying Down Debt Versus Saving Money

    Paying Down Debt Versus Saving Money

    By Micah Porter, CFA, CFP® If things are going well and you’ve got money left over at the end of every month, you may be wondering if you should pay off debt or save. How do you choose? The first thing you’ll need to do is determine is ho…
    - 29 days ago, 22 Aug 18, 10:11am -
  • I Lost My Job and It Was Exactly What I Needed to Fix My Finances

    I Lost My Job and It Was Exactly What I Needed to Fix My Finances

    Life rarely goes according to plan, and nothing throws a wrench in those plans quite like  being fired . Two years ago, I was working at what I thought was my  dream job , paying down my debts, saving for emergencies and retirement, and generally t…
    - 29 days ago, 22 Aug 18, 8:46am -
  • Millions of Americans Receive a Boost to Their Credit Scores

    Millions of Americans Receive a Boost to Their Credit Scores

    This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. If you've missed a rent payment, utility bill or library due date in…
    - 32 days ago, 19 Aug 18, 10:44am -
  • Budgeting Tips for Beginners

    Budgeting Tips for Beginners

    By John Madison, CPA The budgeting process can operate like a coin sorting machine. We dump in our income for the month and the sorter (budget) separates it into the various categories of saving, investing, giving or spending. Just as the coin s…
    - 36 days ago, 15 Aug 18, 10:15am -
  • 30-Year-Olds Living at Home Should Feel No Shame

    30-Year-Olds Living at Home Should Feel No Shame

    This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. Credit awareness is growing among Americans, but millennials have th…
    - 37 days ago, 14 Aug 18, 10:20am -
  • Banks Tighten Standards for Credit Card Lending

    Banks Tighten Standards for Credit Card Lending

    This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. America's craving for credit may get a little more difficult to sati…
    - 39 days ago, 12 Aug 18, 10:20am -
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  • What to Eat Now That Subway's $5 Footlong is Gone

    What to Eat Now That Subway's $5 Footlong is Gone

    This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. Americans who have come to rely on Subway's $5 footlong deal to fill…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 18, 10:05am -
  • The Number of Middle Class Families on Welfare Programs Has Doubled

    The Number of Middle Class Families on Welfare Programs Has Doubled

    This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. A new report is upending the notion that only the country’s poores…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Sep 18, 10:59am -
  • Why Middle-Class Americans Are Struggling to Put Food on the Table

    Why Middle-Class Americans Are Struggling to Put Food on the Table

    This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. Low-income families are finding it increasingly difficult to pay for…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Sep 18, 10:38am -
  • How I Save on Back-to-School Shopping

    How I Save on Back-to-School Shopping

    Shutterstock photo While I wouldn’t call myself super frugal by any means, I do practice selective frugality. That is, I try to only spend money on  things that add value  to my life. When it comes to clothing, I want to make sure everyone in…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Sep 18, 8:52am -
  • 15 Ways to Pay Off Student Loans

    15 Ways to Pay Off Student Loans

    Around 44 million Americans  have  student loan debt . The  average student loan debt for the  Class of 2017  was  $39,400 . Budgeting and  student loan consolidation  can be a huge help people in debt. So you’ve just gradua…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Sep 18, 9:02am -
  • Successfully Managing Your Spending Habits

    Successfully Managing Your Spending Habits

    By Danielle Seurkamp, CFP®, MPAS®, FBS® When it comes to personal finance, the single most influential factor to our success is how much we spend. It impacts funding long-term goals like retirement and college, it affects how much emergency…
    - 21 days ago, 30 Aug 18, 10:30am -
  • I Went Into Debt for My Husband's Dream Wedding

    I Went Into Debt for My Husband's Dream Wedding

    This content is made possible by our sponsor; the views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. While couples marrying today are increasingly putting their own impr…
    - 24 days ago, 27 Aug 18, 10:08am -
  • Is Consumer Credit Growth Too Weak To Support Increased Economic Growth?

    Is Consumer Credit Growth Too Weak To Support Increased Economic Growth?

    For the rest of 2018, the Fed (FOMC)  is forecasting  little change in the rate of economic growth. ECRI Weekly Leading Index  is p rojecting  a slowing economy. Most other forecasts (including our own) are showing little change in the rate of e…
    - 27 days ago, 24 Aug 18, 6:27am -
  • Paying Down Debt Versus Saving Money

    Paying Down Debt Versus Saving Money

    By Micah Porter, CFA, CFP® If things are going well and you’ve got money left over at the end of every month, you may be wondering if you should pay off debt or save. How do you choose? The first thing you’ll need to do is determine is ho…
    - 29 days ago, 22 Aug 18, 10:11am -
  • I Lost My Job and It Was Exactly What I Needed to Fix My Finances

    I Lost My Job and It Was Exactly What I Needed to Fix My Finances

    Life rarely goes according to plan, and nothing throws a wrench in those plans quite like  being fired . Two years ago, I was working at what I thought was my  dream job , paying down my debts, saving for emergencies and retirement, and generally t…
    - 29 days ago, 22 Aug 18, 8:46am -

Nolo's Bankruptcy, Debt & Foreclosure

  • We’ve Moved!
    New posts from our bankruptcy, debt, and foreclosure experts are now located on Nolo’s blog at blog.nolo.com. Choose either “Bankruptcy & Debt” or “Foreclosure” from the right side of the page to see the latest posts in those areas.The pos…
    - 19 Feb 15, 2:00pm -
  • Nolo Author Leon Bayer to Be Featured on KALW’s Your Legal Rights
    Your lawyer won’t call you back?  Missed a deadline? Failed to appear in court?  Doesn’t seem to have the expertise to handle your case? Or maybe you just don’t agree with your lawyer’s advice? Find out your options if you are having troubl…
    - 20 Nov 14, 12:57pm -
  • Official Bankruptcy Forms Will Change on December 1, 2014

    Official Bankruptcy Forms Will Change on December 1, 2014

    The Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (how’s that for a mouthful) is responsible for revising and updating the official bankruptcy forms – those are the forms that you must use when you file for bankruptcy. In the p…
    - 19 Nov 14, 3:54pm -
  • Ocwen Caught Backdating Mortgage Letters

    Ocwen Caught Backdating Mortgage Letters

    According to a recent review of Ocwen Financial Corporation, a major mortgage servicer, by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ocwen may have backdated thousands of letters it sent to borrowers who were trying to save their homes fro…
    - 3 Nov 14, 2:40pm -
  • Tips for Getting a Great Reaffirmation Agreement in Bankruptcy
    Would you like to negotiate a reaffirmation agreement in Chapter 7 bankruptcy so you can keep secured personal property for less? Below are my tips for getting a great deal when reaffirming car loans and debts for jewelry, furniture, major appliances…
    - 3 Nov 14, 2:12pm -
  • Bankruptcy Means Test Median Income Figures to Change on November 1
    The United States Census Bureau recently published new statistics on the median income for individuals and families in each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.  On November 1, 2014, the median income numbers that you must use when filin…
    - 30 Oct 14, 2:27pm -
  • Will I Lose Everything I Bought With Credit Cards If I File for Bankruptcy?

    Will I Lose Everything I Bought With Credit Cards If I File for Bankruptcy?

    ASK LEON  Bankruptcy expert Leon Bayer answers real-life questions. Dear Leon,  I am getting ready to file bankruptcy. What happens to all the stuff I bought using my credit cards? Every single thing I own was bought during the past ten years using…
    - 29 Oct 14, 5:11pm -
  • Help! I Got Notice That an Old Judgment Has Been Renewed

    Help! I Got Notice That an Old Judgment Has Been Renewed

    ASK LEON  Bankruptcy expert Leon Bayer answers real-life questions. Dear Leon,  About five years ago I moved to Nebraska from California. I just got a notice in the mail that a judgment obtained against me about 20 years ago has been renewed. It p…
    - 15 Oct 14, 12:26pm -
  • Forgive us our debts…and give us discounted lawyer fees, too.
    ASK LEON  Bankruptcy expert Leon Bayer answers real-life questions. Dear Leon, I want to file bankruptcy. My case is simple. I’m in my 20’s, I make next to nothing, and I own next to nothing. My debts are less than $15,000 on mostly old credit c…
    - 12 Sep 14, 2:51pm -
  • Fake Arrest Warrant for Unpaid Debt

    Fake Arrest Warrant for Unpaid Debt

    ASK LEON  Bankruptcy expert Leon Bayer answers real-life questions. Dear Leon: I just received an arrest warrant for an unpaid debt. I had no idea I could be arrested for something like this.  I am scared. What should I do? Here is a copy of what I…
    - 29 Aug 14, 10:26am -
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