Have you ever looked at your car’s VIN code? It’s a 17-digit collection of letters and digits that carries a wealth of information, from where the vehicle was manufactured to its weight, chassis type, series and even engine. You can confirm whether a VIN is valid — or fake — by following the steps outlined in this infographic.
Credit card utilization is one of the most important credit score-related topics, and also one that’s often misunderstood. This complicated equation, also called revolving utilization, is an incredibly important factor in your FICO credit scores. Grab your credit reports and a calculator as I walk you through it.
Wall Street’s bull statue stands as a symbol of unbridled capitalism. But then came the 2008 Wall Street crisis. The era of confidence was over, and attention shifted to the role of emotions and irrationality in economic behavior — essentially, the psychology behind economics.
April 1st may be “All Fools Day” but the federal government isn’t joking about the new mortgage broker compensation rule that takes effect on the same day. This new rule from the Federal Reserve will dramatically change the role mortgage brokers play in the home buying process.
Cooking at home is the best way to save cash, but it’s nice to go out sometimes, too. Check out Frugal Foodie every Friday for a selection of the latest coupons for casual and fancy fare. This week: free and healthy kids’ meals, restaurant week deals and online ordering discounts, among other deals.
Many renters are now considering what was previously simply an unaffordable proposition: buying a home. But the process is hardly simple. Between the day you begin your search and the day you actually get to hold your first very own house key, you will have to go through a series of complex steps and often frustrating procedures. We explain.
This Sunday, the Red Carpet at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards (alright, the Oscars) will drip with diamonds from the likes of Fred Leighton and Neil Lane. Diamonds can also be a good bet for investors, especially in a market fraught with geopolitical turmoil. Diamonds are considered by many to be a store of value similar to gold; as global demand for diamonds increases, prices will pick up.
A few years ago, I found myself in a state of career transition. As I looked for a company that would hire me solely on the basis of having a few skills and a lot of promise, I was forced to listen to a barrage of advice from those closest to me. The overwhelming prescription for curing my professional ills? Graduate school.