Fund Roth or target debt

Sep 29, 2011
Question: I'm in the middle of a debate with myself as to whether my wife and I should continue to aggressively pay off a variable 4.5% HELOC or if...
Posted In: debt, Getting Personal

Before There Was Money, There Was Debt

Sep 29, 2011
Debt: The First 5,000 Years is a new book by anthropologist, author and general provocateur, David Graeber. It gives a long and global view on th...
Posted In: david brancaccio, David Graeber, debt, economy 4.0

Plastic fantastic - credit card solicitations rocket

Sep 21, 2011
Credit card solicitations are double what they were last year. Business Insider got its hands on a research report by Credit Suisse, which says...
Posted In: Credit Cards, debt

Household debts: Half-empty or half-full?

Aug 15, 2011
Is the household money glass half full or half empty? The Federal Reserve's latest quarterly survey (second quarter, 2011) shows that households...
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Four steps to managing personal debt

Aug 5, 2011
Over the past several weeks Washington put the country through a crazy, bewildering shoutfest over the federal debt. Gnawing worries over the worth...
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Loan rates are down: The bad and the good

Aug 3, 2011
The cost of borrowing is heading lower. Take mortgage rates. According to, the national average for 30-year fixed rate mortgages is...
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A 15% society?

Jul 29, 2011
The curtain can't go down fast enough on the summer theater of the absurd over the federal debt and deficit in Washington D.C. The apocalyptic...
Posted In: debt

Whew! Consumer finances are getting better

Jul 7, 2011
Every day on Marketplace Money we get questions from people struggling to pay down their debts and save more. It's hard to do. The movement toward...
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Moving past bankruptcy

Jul 1, 2011
Our Minneapolis caller is a 27-year-old single mom with a pile of student loans and an equally large pile of credit card bills and medical debt....
Posted In: debt

Another reason to save

Jun 21, 2011
A theme of these posts is the importance of savings and not just for retirement. You should save to fund a series of transitions throughout a...
Posted In: debt