Twice the nightmares when identity thieves start your benefits without you!

Two headaches when identity thieves first use your identity to start your Social Security benefits, and then you having to contend with not having reported that income (you never got) to the IRS when Social Security sends the IRS and you the 1099 for that phantom income! Two bureaucracies to contend with for that single […]

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Home buying: Prequalification? Debt ratios? Rent vs Buy?

Home buying can be daunting, even for those who’ve done it before. The question of getting loan approval can be tricky. Having your debt to income ratios evaluated for loan qualification is also confusing to some. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has a good short description as to the difference between pre-qualification and pre-approval.  […]

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How do you use APR to calculate loan costs?

Lately it seems that many people are receiving offers to refinance their mortgages. Should you refinance? What does that offer tell you about expenses? It does say something about expenses. Here’s how you may determine what they’re saying those expenses are.   Online there is a lot of discussion about the APR, but not a […]

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Do Reverse Mortgages and Disasters Mix?

What happens to a reverse mortgage when disaster strikes? 2017 had a number of fires in the West and Hurricanes in the South. Other devastating natural disasters like tornados, floods and earthquakes happen too. Disasters don’t need to be widespread to affect your home – you could easily suffer loss on just your home without […]

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Do you really know who you WILL be?

It is human nature not to be very good at imagining our future selves. Scientists call this “temporal discounting” (temporal discounting on Wikipedia). Various experiments have shown that we either imagine our future selves to be healthier, richer, or more disciplined than we turn out to be, or we feel disconnected from our future selves, thinking […]

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You've heard of the "1 percenters" - what percenter are you?

You’ve heard of the “1 percenters” – what percenter are you?

You can get a sense of what “percenter” you are through a handy site that summarizes income or wealth (and other stuff too) called Shnugi. The numbers are based off of the results of the Survey of Consumer Finances by the Federal Reserve.   There are two measures that people often confuse being similar. Income and […]

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