Today’s Fortune column is based on an Arizona Pathways to Life Success (APLUS) study, which found that more than half of college graduates rely on their parents for financial support (that includes nearly half of those employed full-time). Additionally, these recent grads don’t seem to value the same things many of us did at their ages. Nearly 30% said marriage and having children wasn’t important — and roughly 20% don’t value owning a home. And 16% — gulp – said living on their own is unimportant. For more — and to see my take on the matter — head over to Fortune.com.
I’m wondering — what is the best secured credit card I could open to reestablish my credit? Thank you.
Love catching your show at night, had a question: I have a home equity loan outstanding of $150,000. Interest rate is variable, but has remained at 2.24 percent over the last 6 years. No mortgage on the house just the equity loan. Would you suggest paying it off as I am now, at a rate of $1,000 a month or is there some kind of low fixed rate option I should be looking into? The Loan has 15 years to pay it off as it stands now. Other piece of info, I’d like to purchase a condo in Florida to have for when I retire in 15 years. Wait on that and pay off home equity loan or start a new mortgage for a Florida property while the market is still good? Thanks a ton for any advice you have, your simple THE BEST:)
Have you ever heard of a person being denied obtaining a credit card with a FICO score of 811? I pay my credit cards in full every month. This credit card offered two plane tickets. I really didn’t need the card, but I travel a lot and thought it was a nice benefit. What are your thoughts?
Has it become impossible for America’s middle class families to save money? This morning I weighed in on Morning Joe. See my take below:
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On 4/15, you made a comment about using tax refund toward principle on mortgage. I have to assume you are suggesting pay off your house, save the interest and not be having to make the monthly payments. That sounds like a good plan. I had the idea to get rid of my second mortgage, a very long life second. I’ll never see the end of it, if I make payments. But I could pay it off. I had 3 financial advisers say that was a bad idea because even in retirement, I will need write-offs, and current interest rates are cheaper than what they will be. Why the disconnect here? Also, I heard on the radio that mortgage interest deduction will go away as part of Obama care. What do you know of this?
This week we bring you a second guest post from Bill Hardekopf, the CEO of LowCards.com. Last time he was here, he shared some little-known credit card perks, and today he’s helping you pay down your debt with micropayments. What exactly are micropayments? Read on.
Summer vacations are just around the corner, and consumers need to have their credit card balances as low as possible in order to avoid costly interest charges. One way to do this is to make micropayments on their credit card bill.
Most consumers pay their credit card bill once a month, but cardholders can actually make a number of smaller payments throughout the month. Some banks and issuers allow payments to be made as often as once a day.
If you carry any balance from one month to the next, micropayments can reduce the interest because most credit card companies charge interest based on your average daily balance during that particular month. If you pay more often, you reduce your average daily balance and, as a result, the interest you pay that month. (more…)
I need a reputable resource to help me with credit card debt. My husband and I make over $200,000 annually, but are drowning in debt. Is consumer credit counseling a good option?
I am interested in consolidating my credit cards into one monthly payment. Please advise on organizations that offer this and please note that I am not looking for debt reduction. Thank you
Just recently the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) granted money managers and advisors the right to feature third-party reviews on their marketing materials. Meaning: Your advisor can now use your dazzling Facebook review (of him) to boost his business. I asked WalletHub CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou for the run down – why you should care and what this means for the advisory industry? Here’s what he had to say:
JC: What finally sparked the SEC to allow this?
OP: Not sure, but we hope that sites like Yelp & WalletHub that have allowed reviews on financial advisors irrespective of financial gain had something to do with this.
JC: What does this mean for consumers/investors?
OP: This represents a major breakthrough for consumers and investors. In a world where everyone relies heavily on the internet for fast-paced information, this will allow investors to react faster. Additionally, consumers/investors are now free to compare the professionals who manage our money with the same level of discernment and transparency that has long been available in other segments of the market – from hotels to restaurants and consumer electronics. In other words, the SEC is making ground breaking strides to level the playing field.
I was able to get a personal loan from my bank (with a low interest rate) to pay off $40,000 worth of credit card debt. I have a total of nine cards. Is it advisable to cancel the cards that I have paid off? Should I cancel the ones with a higher or lower credit limit? I don’t see myself using these cards in the future so is it wise to even keep them?
Hi Kris. I’m going to give you the answer you asked for – and some advice you didn’t. And then I want you to print this out and tape it to your fridge so you look at it every day. Although I’m sure you’ve read that cancelling credit cards hurts your credit score because it’s a knock on your credit utilization (the percentage of credit you have available to you, compared to the amount that you’re actually using), in your case closing some is the right thing to do for two reasons. First, you simply have too many. And second, it seems as if they’ve been too tempting for you in the past. Start by closing the ones with the lowest limits, the highest annual fees and the highest interest rates. In other words, hang on to the ones that – once you get your act together – you might want to use as a tool to make purchases you pay off every single month.
Getting your act together is the thing that you didn’t ask about – but that I’m going to address anyway.