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MARKET TRENDS: Pending Home Sales Increase By Just 0.2% in October
Posted on December 14, 2015

In a recent report, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) announced that pending home sales index edged up to 107.7 in October, eking out a gain of just 0.2%. While this increase marked the end of two straight months of declines, it fell decidedly short of economists’ expectations for a 1.0% rebound. Pending sales were [...]


How to Use Store Credit Cards Wisely
Posted on December 12, 2015

Store credit cards are available at just about any place you exchange currency for goods. They may get you some extra percentage off on your purchases, but too many of them can hurt your credit score. Store credit cards have advantages and disadvantages that general purpose cards don’t have. They're tempting and easy to get [...]


This Holiday Season, these Credit Cards Are a Cut Above the Rest
Posted on December 7, 2015

It's that time of the year again. Christmas trees on display in shop windows, discounts at your favorite store and that feeling of excitement as you hunt for gifts for family and friends. It is also that time of the year when your credit card is put to its maximum use! So before you start [...]


Why You Should Consider a Business Credit Card for Financing Your Small Business
Posted on November 30, 2015

As a small business owner, you may have realized that it is much faster and easier to open a credit card account than it is to secure a line of credit from a bank. By using a business credit card you can not only build and establish business credit, but also keep business and personal [...]


Why Black Friday Could Prove to Be a Nightmare this Year
Posted on November 19, 2015

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I'm sure you are all geared up for Black Friday too. One word of caution though – up until now, you only had to deal with lines that led to the entrance of your favorite store. Now however, you may have to wait in long lines to check out as[...]


MARKET TRENDS: Solid Housing Starts and Builder Confidence Hints at Possible Fed Rate Hike
Posted on November 16, 2015

Looks like the U.S. housing industry has finally landed on solid ground, with a sixth consecutive increase in housing starts in September. Housing starts rose 6.5% to a 1.21M annualized in September after touching its second highest level in the past eight years in July. Soaring demand for rental apartments, especially from the younger population[...]


What You Need to Know about the SEC's New Crowdfunding Rules
Posted on November 12, 2015

U.S. securities regulators have finally approved new crowdfunding rules which authorize start-ups to raise money from small investors over the Internet. Through Regulation Crowdfunding ("Reg CF"), the last remaining component of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012, the SEC has created a nationwide infrastructure for retail crowdfunding that benefits not only emerging[...]


5 Tips to Maximize Your Credit Card Rewards Program
Posted on November 12, 2015

Maintaining multiple credit cards is no mean feat, yet there are people who not only manage this task well, but also succeed in reaping substantial benefits through cards rewards programs! You can manage this incredible feat too. All you need to do is follow the steps below. 1. Pick the Right Rewards Program In order [...]


Do You Know the Difference Between a Credit Score and a Credit Report?
Posted on November 9, 2015

What is more important, your credit score or your credit report? If you do not know the answer to this question, you are not alone. Credit score issuing companies don't reveal the formulas they use to calculate credit scores, which in turn leads to confusion among consumers. Here's what you need to know about credit [...]


MARKET TRENDS: Construction Spending at Highest Level Since 2008
Posted on November 9, 2015

The US housing industry remains healthy – despite a slowdown in overall growth of the broader economy in the third quarter of 2015. Construction spending in September was near an eight-year high. Third quarter GDP growth estimates slid to a 1.5% annual pace, compared to a 3.9% rise in the April to June quarter. This [...]