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March 3, 2017

Online Shoppers at Risk for Identity Theft

Fraud reached record highs last year, and online shoppers took the biggest hit. According to a recent report released by Javelin Strategy & Research, in 2016 […]
March 2, 2017

Most Markets Hit Record Housing Prices in 2016

The fourth quarter of 2016 saw the best quarterly sales pace of the year – but also pushed housing inventory to record lows, and many markets […]
February 27, 2017

Should You Finance Business Equipment?

The vast majority (78%) of U.S. businesses lease or finance their equipment.  The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) has released a new infographic highlighting why […]
February 24, 2017

What Does the Average American Spend on Housing?

While the cost of college has climbed at an alarming rate over the past 20 years, there remains no purchase more significant — financially or, perhaps, […]
February 23, 2017

2017 Will Bring Modest Economic Growth

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has looked into the future, and they are not complaining.  “We’re expecting steady, modest growth in the U.S. economy,” said MBA Vice President […]
February 21, 2017

Will Household Debt Hit New Record in 2017?

Americans’ debt balances rose “substantially” in the final quarter of 2016, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.   Household debt totaled $12.58 trillion as […]
February 17, 2017

Most Americans Ruin Their Credit by Age 30

A whopping 68% of Americans make at least one major financial mistake, or “credit fumble,” before turning 30, leading to a negative mark on their credit […]
February 16, 2017

Consumers’ Attitude on Housing Brightens

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index rose 2 percentage points to 82.7 in January, reflecting the more positive consumer outlook following November’s presidential election.  The […]
February 10, 2017

New Administration Brings New Tax Laws for 2017

As a new administration takes up residence in the White House, most Americans are preparing to file their 2016 taxes. But if the new administration has […]