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...
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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....
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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...
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Hopefully, compromise prevails

Jun 20, 2011
The current negotiation over the debt limit is critical for the economy. Here's one way of measuring the stakes....
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To HELOC or not to HELOC

Jun 2, 2011
Question: Hi Chris - my wife and I are considering taking out a small home equity loan or line of credit for a home project ($6-7K). We have plenty...
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Insider games

May 31, 2011
There's a vote tonight (Tuesday evening) on raising the federal government's debt limit ceiling. House Republicans are bringing up the vote even...
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