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In December we traditionally celebrate as we tidy up the remaining days of the waning year. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Solstice or Boxing Day, Yule or St Lucia’s Day, it’s all about moving through darkness and cold into the light of the new, gathering closely with family and friends and celebrating survival, success and rebirth.
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The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! Are you financially ready? Have a plan in place that allows spending within your means and a way to pay off any holiday debts?

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College is one of the most valuable investments you will make in your lifetime but some worry it is not affordable.
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Student Loans. Those very words can strike fear into the hearts of young adults deciding whether or not to pursue higher education. Not only students, but their parents as well.
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Rising healthcare premiums for primary care have caused many Americans to forgo vital coverage such as dental and vision care coverage.
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On February 22, 2016 The Financial Survival Network hosted Jordan Goodman to encourage some of his great money answers. In an interview with Kerry Lutz, Jordan provided insight about the global stage of economy. He discusses projections of the future for not only America, but the global market, seeing as debt is going to play a big factor in the integrity of our economy.
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Another holiday season has come and gone. Where did the time go? Now, as December’s bank and credit card statements begin arriving in the mail, you may be discovering that you spent more than you had planned on gifts, travel, food and other holiday-related expenses. According to a news story I heard recently, the average person spent just over $800 on gifts this year, and a good amount of that was purchased using credit cards. That could make for a less-than-festive couple of months, unless you act decisively.
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If you’re looking into refinancing your student loans, SoFi may be able to significantly reduce the cost of that debt. SoFi is the leading provider of student loan refinancing and has funded $5B+ to over 60,000 borrowers nationwide – saving their average borrower around $14k.* Their competitive rates and member benefits are what have made SoFi the go-to student loan refinancing company for thousands.

 

 

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Now that we are in the middle of the graduation season, you will find many stories about the mounting level of student loan debt. There are now over 40 million borrowers with an average balance of around $29,000. The total amount of debt is up to about $1.3 trillion and there will be tens of billions more by the time this graduation season is complete. That is a lot of money that must be paid back and therein lies the challenge for so many borrowers. It is estimated that over 13 million people have past due balances and that one out of every twelve student loans is in default.

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The big three Credit Reporting Agencies (CRAs)—Equifax, Experian and Trans Union—have come to an agreement with the New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, to overhaul the way they report consumer credit which will benefit consumers nationwide.
 
 

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