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When you co-sign a credit card or a loan, the entire debt goes on your credit report. So, as far as lenders are concerned, you’re carrying tha…

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Graduation for the Class of 2021 is here. Some college graduates have studied physics and will pursue rocket science as a career. Others plan to become doctors, memorizing every bone in the body, while a few are walking encyclopedias when it comes to history. But how many of them can – and do – balance a checkbook?

According to the Pew Research Center, 52% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 still live with one or both of their parents. This could be attributed to the nation's student loan debt, which stands at an all-time high of $1.6 trillion, and the job market that keeps graduates in internships and minimum wage positions for years after college. That means many recent college grads have never paid their own rent, balanced a checkbook or created a budget, much less learned to live on one.

The good news in this grim statistic is that learning the basics of personal financial management isn't really all that difficult. Here are seven personal finance st...

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Retirement Is Not That Far Away

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If you or your future spouse went to college, it’s highly likely you will have to deal with student loans. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 46% of young married couples had student loan debt in 2016, triple the share of couples that had student loans in 1989. What happens to student […]

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It’s been an up-and-down year for many student loan borrowers. Even if you could afford to keep making regular payments after the federal Covid-19 student loan forbearance period started last March, perhaps your financial situation has since changed and you would benefit from a refund of that money. If you now find yourself strapped for […]

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Understanding what happens to your debt when you die is an important part of estate planning—and you don’t have to be rich to have an estate. Everything you own and owe makes up your estate. For many people, that includes a house with a mortgage. The median housing-related debt of a 65- to 74-year-old borrower […]

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Between credit cards, student loans and auto loans, it can be difficult to keep track of payments and balances on outstanding debts. Consolidating these debts into a single loan may streamline your finances, but the strategy likely won’t fix underlying financial challenges. For that reason, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of debt […]

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Your doctor needs to know certain numbers to judge your physical health, such as your weight, your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels. Similarly, you need to know certain numbers…

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