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Money Smart provides the expert financial information you need for taxes, investments, saving money, retirement, personal loans, car loans, credit cards, mortgage loans, equity loans, and managing your credit.

College Tuition and Student Loans

college tuiitionNew tax rules may affect your planning for funding college so it is important to learn how to prepare for the coming changes now. Most importantly, student loan interest will continue to be tax deductible up to $2500 per year and waived tuition for graduate students remains tax free.

Popular prepaid tuition and tuition savings plans remain unaffected by the new tax law. Check out the best student loans.

Car Loans

Shop for an auto loan before going to the car dealer. The dealer will want to make money by charging you a higher interest rate than you can get from LendingTree. Compare several offers and pick the best one for you.

Entrepreneurs and New Businesses

Our resources for entrepreneurs will help you find the best advice on buying franchises, raising capital, and mistakes to avoid when starting a business.

Thinking of buying a franchise? Read what the experts have to say about the does and the don'ts of the franchise business.

Finding the funds to start your business is always a challenge. Our business funding sources will help you get started to find likely sources of money.


retirement planningSaving for retirement has to be one of the most important financial decisions you will make. There are many questions to pay answer including when to start, how much to save each month, what are you long term goals, and investing your retirement funds along the way.

It is not easy to hang onto your money as life throws curve balls so you have to include your financial planning for everything else as part of your retirement planning. Get expert financial advice here.

Latest Financial News that Affects You

Apr 6, 2018
How to save for retirement without a 401(k)
Katie Lobosco
When it comes to retirement saving, a 401(k) is often considered the gold standard.
A 401(k) certainly makes saving easier. The money is taken directly from your paycheck, before you get a chance to spend it elsewhere. Making contributions lowers your taxes, and some employers even match the amount you save.

But a third of private sector employees don't have access to a workplace retirement plan. Plus, about 15 million Americans are self-employed. More info...

Apr 6, 2018
The Path To Retirement At Any Age
Catherine Schnaubelt
This is the first blog in a three-part series that focuses on anticipating and planning for retirement based on your current stage of life and expectations for the future.

Anticipating your future retirement needs may feel overwhelming. Many factors may make retirement seem more challenging than ever before. Traditional pension plans have all but disappeared, and many remaining plans struggle with inadequate funding. Social Security reserves are projected to run dry in the relatively near future. Additionally, as life expectancy increases, many retirees face the possibility of outliving their assets. More info...

Apr 6, 2018
Bankruptcy Removal from Your Credit Report
Community Credit
A bankruptcy can destroy your credit score. A bankruptcy listing on your credit report will seriously affect your ability to get a loan or even rent an apartment. And even if you are able to get a loan, you will pay a much higher interest rate because of the bankruptcy. More info...

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