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Can’t Qualify for a Personal Loan? 4 Alternatives to Try:

Annie Miller Berndt Personal loans provide fast, unsecured funds that can pay for anything from home repairs to medical emergencies. Instead of requiring collateral like a house or car, many lenders prefer applicants with strong credit and high incomes. But what if you don’t meet a lender’s requirements? People who do not qualify for a …

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These 2 Things Could Upend Your Retirement. Here’s How to Protect Yourself

(Maurie Backman) Many people spend years planning and saving for retirement. But in the course of your planning, you might forget to account for certain factors that throw your finances off course. Here are two specific things that could increase your retirement — and what to do about them. 1. Inflation Inflation has been wreaking …

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October Is Your Last Chance to Earn a Risk-Free 9.62%

(Billy Duberstein) With any investment, asset buyers must think about two things. risk and return. These days, it appears as if there aren’t any risk-free assets anywhere. In fact, even long-term US Treasury Bonds, normally seen as a safe haven hedge against recession, have plunged, with the S&P 10-Year US Treasury Bond index down 16.5% …

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These 2 Things Could Upend Your Retirement. Here’s How to Protect Yourself

(Maurie Backman) Many people spend years planning and saving for retirement. But in the course of your planning, you might forget to account for certain factors that throw your finances off course. Here are two specific things that could increase your retirement — and what to do about them. 1. Inflation Inflation has been wreaking …

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A Big Boost Is Coming to Social Security — But Will It Be Enough for You?

(Maurie Backman) Just how massive will 2023’s Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) be? That’s the big question. Inflation has been soaring for well over a year, and in recent months, it has been remarkably high. That’s put a strain on not just retirees, but people in general. The good news is that sky-high inflation is …

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These 2 Things Could Upend Your Retirement. Here’s How to Protect Yourself

(Maurie Backman) Many people spend years planning and saving for retirement. But in the course of your planning, you might forget to account for certain factors that throw your finances off course. Here are two specific things that could increase your retirement — and what to do about them. 1. Inflation Inflation has been wreaking …

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Apple’s rare downgrade point to weakening demand for the iPhone 14

Once Wall Street’s darlingApple’s stock just took a big hit. Bank of America (BofA) cut the rating of the country’s most valuable company to “neutral” from “buy” yesterday (Sept. 29), shaving billions off its market cap. Apple’s stock is still outperforming. Apple’s stock is worth 20% less than it was at the end of 2021, …

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How the Next Generation of the Internet will Enhance Open Banking Solutions from Fintechs

Although many of us cast our mind to the vast social media applications of the metaverse, this new technological landscape extends far beyond the realm of socializing and entertainment and into more traditional sectors. The growth of virtual and augmented reality has enabled the buying and selling of goods in virtual environments, revolutionizing how consumers …

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Want to Save Social Security? Here’s What It’d Really Take — and Why Washington Might Never Do It

(Dan Caplinger) The legislation that created Social Security dates back 87 years. Since the program made its first payment in 1937, hundreds of millions of Americans have received benefits. Indeed, the vast majority of those receiving Social Security count on it for the majority of their retirement income. Given the importance of Social Security to …

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Nebraska expands $50 million homeowners assistance program

Nebraska, along with five other conservative states, filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive student loan debt for millions of Americans. LINCOLN — Nebraska is increasing the maximum amount of aid available through a pandemic-era program created to help distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure.  The state established the Nebraska Homeowner …

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