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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

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

Dec 8, 2018
Real Estateís Constant Conflict
By Paul Sullivan
Do I rent or do I buy? Itís an eternal question, one that canít be solved with economics alone.

This is particularly fraught time to make such a seemingly monumental decision. Interest rates are rising, which means mortgage payments are going up as well. Lock in those rates now or face the prospect of their going back to, well, normal levels (over 6 percent, from todayís 4.5 percent).

The stock market, except for a few small corrections, has continued to soar. What that means depends on your outlook: It may be a good time to pull some money out of equity investments and put it into a more stable (and usable) asset like a home, or it may not be the right time, since stocks could continue to rise, increasing your wealth.

Unemployment is near historic lows, so peopleís finances may look as good as they have in a decade.

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Dec 7, 2018
Mortgage Calculators
How much home loan payment can you afford?
Check out these mortgage payment calculators to determine your mortgage payment, down payment, and alternative types of mortgages. Depending on your needs you can get a mortgage with a low down payment or one with the lowest rate available. More info...

Dec 6, 2018
Construction Loan Draw Schedule
Free Downloadable Form
Download this free construction loan draw schedule to your computer and print it out for use during construction. The actual form your lender uses may vary but this gives you a good idea of how construction loans are funded. More info...

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