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Discover expand Scorecard
May 23, 2016 1:00 AM
Discover announced its Credit Scorecard, which allows people to check their FICO Credit Score for free, is now available to everyone, including those who are not Discover customers.
Even in retirement, men and women are different
May 22, 2016 7:22 AM
TIAA (formerly TIAA-CREF) recently released ts new Voices of Experience Survey, which measures the changing attitudes on life in retirement and how people prepare. The 44-page report covers a lot, but you might be particularly interested in the section that focuses on women in retirement -- or more specifically how men and women differ both in planning for retirement and living in retirement.
Why a housing scheme founded in racism is making a resurgence today
May 22, 2016 7:27 AM
According to the Detroit Free Press, more homes were bought in Detroit last year using such "land contracts" or "contracts for deeds" than conventional mortgages. In a series of recent stories, The New York Times has reported that Wall Street is now betting on this market, with investors buying foreclosed homes by the thousands and selling them on contract. Earlier this week, the Times reported that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now investigating the practice's resurgence, although it is not by definition illegal.
Should you pay off your mortgage before retiring?
May 22, 2016 7:21 AM
Unlike many areas of retirement planning, there is no easy answer to this question. What is clear is that there are a lot of variables, and there's no one correct answer. So the simplest answer is: It depends.
Your summer vacation could be a lot more expensive than you expected
May 22, 2016 7:23 AM
Not long ago you could expect to travel abroad this summer and get a lot for your dollar. Now, not so much.
The Plexus Groupe acquires Caba Inc.
May 17, 2016 9:10 AM
The Plexus Groupe LLC, a privately held national insurance brokerage and risk management consultancy, announced today it has acquired Caba Inc., an Oklahoma City-based employee benefits consultancy and administration services firm offering differentiated, value-added solutions for its clients.
Study: Middle class a minority in nearly 25% of major U.S. cities
By Christopher S. Rugaber
May 12, 2016 10:32 AM
A widening wealth gap is moving more households into either higher- or lower-income groups in major metro areas, with fewer remaining in the middle, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.
Northern States Financial reports $534,000 1Q income
May 11, 2016 10:10 AM
Northern States Financial Corp., holding company for NorStates Bank, reported first quarter 2016 pretax income of $534,000, compared with pretax income of $180,000 for the same quarter of 2015.
Business financing and the Small Business Administration
May 10, 2016 1:00 AM
Since 1953, the federal government has administered several programs to encourage lenders to provide more loans to businesses that might not otherwise be able to obtain financing with reasonable terms and conditions.
How re-fi option makes a powerful business loan better
May 10, 2016 1:00 AM
You wouldn't think so by listening to today's campaign rhetoric, but government sometimes does things right -- at least in the business lending category. In fact, business owners waiting for the right time to refinance may discover the time to get serious about a re-fi essentially is here, thanks to some timely changes to the Small Business Administration's 504 loan program.
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