Secured vs. Unsecured Loans – What’s the Difference and Why Does it Matter

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When it comes to borrowing money, it’s important to understand all aspects of the loan – not just your payment amount, interest rate, and number of payments to be made. There are many different types of loans including personal loans, auto loans, consolidation loans, mortgages, home equity, etc., however they all fall into one of 2 categories: secured or unsecured.

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Making your Money Work for You – Compound Interest and the Rule of 72

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When it comes to saving money, taking advantage of compound interest is a brilliant thing. It’s often one of the easiest and simplest ways to “use your money to make money that makes money”.  Compound interest can also work against you.  Most revolving credit contracts – such as credit card companies – use the compound interest methodology.  If you don’t pay off your balance in full you are charged interest – if you do it this again the following month you will be paying interest on not only your principal BUT also on your past accrued interest.  It’s how they make their money.

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Card limits and why you can’t spend all your money whenever you want to

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Everyone knows that credit cards come with a credit limit, the maximum amount of money you can charge on the card. However, what’s not as widely known, is that credit card issuers don’t intend for you to max out your credit card by charging up to the credit limit. As you come closer to your credit limit, it can start to have negative effects on your credit score.  Love it or not, much depends on the almighty credit score – from buying a home to getting a good rate on insurance and even employment for some professions. Continue reading “Card limits and why you can’t spend all your money whenever you want to”

Limiting your credit card balances – How to pay off your credit cards when paying in full isn’t an option

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Everyone knows that you shouldn’t rack up credit card debit and you should only charge items/services that you can afford to pay in full when your monthly statement comes in. But for most people, it’s just not feasible. Emergencies happen, unexpected car repairs are needed, the list goes on and one. But maxing out your credit cards can have a sever impact on your credit score. Continue reading “Limiting your credit card balances – How to pay off your credit cards when paying in full isn’t an option”