Treasury expects to borrow $3 trillion over next 3 months

That's almost triple what the Treasury borrowed in the 2019 accounting year.
The Treasury needs the money to pay for all of the new stimulus spending to keep the economy afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Americans are borrowing more, creating record debt

May 18, 2017
The New York Federal Reserve says Americans are borrowing again — everything from student loans to auto loans to mortgages. According to the New York Fed, household debt has reached a record high, even higher than the previous peak, during the credit bubble in 2008. The report’s findings don’t mean Americans have learned to be […]

Equifax's new credit program will take a deeper look at your payment history

Oct 4, 2016
Equifax CEO Richard Smith shares how the new method will work.
Equifax and Fannie Mae worked together on the new credit score program.
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While major U.S. banks are cleaning up their books, the shadow banking system is dirtying its hands

Apr 12, 2016
The role of non-banks has increased 400 percent in the past three years, one analyst says.
Goldman Sachs has reached a $5 billion settlement over the home mortgage crisis. 
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Why a strong dollar's a dud for indebted foreign firms

Dec 8, 2014
The dollar is up. Great news, right? Maybe not if you’re an emerging economy.

Sound, simple money advice

Mar 22, 2012
I am 32 years old and would consider myself financially illiterate! I briefly held a credit card, but after a series of rather poor decisions at the age of 20, I got spooked by the idea of credit altogether. When I last checked my score several years ago, it was not surprisingly in the toilet. In deciding to try and repair my finances, I checked my score today and found that it was (surprise!) 775! So after years of neglect, illiteracy and general incompetence, how do I maintain this incredible turn? Desperately in need of some sound, simple advice! Ryan, Cincinnati, OH

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Keep on saving

Mar 5, 2012
The personal savings rate seems to have moved up to the 4 percent to 5 percent range, despite savers making 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent on their money. We're back to the range that held for much of the 1990s. Considering how harsh the last couple of years have been on so many people -- from young adults seeking their first full-time job to retirees watching their pension values slide -- it's doubtful that the savings habit will erode. Memories aren't that short.

A personal finance lesson from Apple

Mar 2, 2012
There is an important personal finance lesson in Apple's enormous cash hoard: Savings is an anchor that allows for experimentation, risk-taking and innovation in both companies and at home.

The future of low-cost borrowing

Feb 28, 2012
The Federal Reserve's policy of low interest rates allows the government to borrow money at little cost. But analysts predict it's just a matter of time before interest rates shoot back up.

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