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May 10, 2016

Lenders Tighten Standards on Loans to Oil/Gas Industry

Lenders in the U.S. tightened standards and restructured loans for businesses in the oil and gas sector in the opening months of the year amid slumping […]
May 6, 2016

2016: States with the Highest & Lowest Tax Rates

Another tax season is thankfully behind us.  Tax season can be stressful for many Americans, especially those who still owe money to Uncle Sam at the […]
May 3, 2016

Entry Level Home Prices Shut Out First-Time Buyers

A new report from Zillow says home values are rising fastest in the entry-level segment in more than half of the largest U.S. housing markets. This, […]
April 29, 2016

What are the Best Store Credit Cards?

It may be tempting to sign up for a store credit card to get a quick discount, but you can get more out of your rewards […]
April 26, 2016

Banks Consolidate; Local Lenders Vanish

Where have all the bankers gone?  The continental lenders, with their corner branches – Wells Fargo and PNC, Citizens, TD and Bank of America – still compete with JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, and other branchless brands […]
April 25, 2016

March Bankruptcy Filings Show Decline from 2015

Total U.S. bankruptcy filings continue to decline year-over-year, falling 5% in the first calendar quarter (Jan. 1 – March 31) of 2016 from the same period […]
April 22, 2016

The Wealthy Outlive Poor in Certain Areas

The poor in some cities – big ones like New York and Los Angeles, and smaller ones like Birmingham, Ala. – live nearly as long as […]
April 20, 2016

Delinquencies Decline as Economy Improves

The number of seriously delinquent mortgages reached its lowest level in over 8 years, helped by new job creation and higher wages, CoreLogic reported.  The national […]
April 18, 2016

Can’t Pay Your Tax Bill?

Today is Tax Day.  Thanks to Emancipation Day falling on a Saturday this year, we were lucky enough to have a 3-day extension until April 18th.  […]