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    Late payments for most types of consumer loans decreased in the final quarter of last year, a new industry survey shows.

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    When the financial crisis froze markets and drove the U.S. economy deeper into recession, the Federal Reserve stepped in. Now it is stepping out , and that leaves two important questions for investors.

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    Couples must learn how to deal with their debt, or they may not last long. How much do you know about the effect of debt on marriages?

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    Gift and travel rewards were the rage before, but the recession has made many consumers opt for cash-back options in their credit cards.

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    As unemployment nears 10 percent and with no end in sight for the worst downturn in the job markets since the Great Depression, a structural change is occurring in the American workforce that is forcing many of us to become more self-reliant on matters of retirement.

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    After years of profiting from debt-ridden credit-card holders, banks, faced with tight new regulations, are aggressively targeting wealthier card holders, to try to get them to pay more —and generate more revenue.

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    The most important Valentine’s Day rule, according to Patti Stanger, star of Bravo’s hit reality show Millionaire Matchmaker, is don’t ignore Valentine’s Day.

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    Sure, the economy's not great, but that's no excuse not to get something nice. "Make it personal and show that you put some thought and effort into it," advises one expert

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    With financial struggle more the rule than the exception these day, many financially stable parents are looking for ways to help their newly married children alleviate some of the burden. Here's some tips.

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    Surviving on a single salary, after you’ve built a life on two, takes planning, discipline and above all else, a willingness to make tough choices.

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    If you’re looking to show your spouse how much you care this Valentine’s Day, bag the gift or night out and get your credit cards paid off instead. It may lose points for romance, but the gesture is guaranteed to yield dividends in the long-term stability of your relationship.

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    There are a host of financial and legal scenarios for which you need to be prepared--in some case simply by leaving your home state.

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    Lending money to family members and good friends is always risky, but if you must follow these guidelines to make it rational, reasonable and legal.

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    Talking about money with family can be extremely stressful, but it is possible to do it and do it well, if you remember some simple rules: Do it early, build the relationship, and have empathy.

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    The credit card giant reported a profit that more than doubled from a year ago on a per-share basis, and the earnings also beat Wall Street forecasts.

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    American Express, the largest U.S. credit card company by purchases, is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results after the closing bell on Thursday, January 21. Here is a look at how AmEx shares traded during the most recent earnings reports.

  • Mathew Gauvin was the winner of the 1st Annual Consumers Union Dangers of Debt Cartoon Contest.

    The Internet is loaded with turn-debt-into-wealth scams but here’s one that will actually make you money. Guaranteed.

  • The bears say no. Find out what Cramer thinks.

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    Consumer borrowing has fallen to record lows in wake of the 10 percent unemployment rate, but spending may still return to levels seen before the economic downturn, said personal finance expert Stacy Johnson.

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    Five Tips including this: Since you will likely have 2-4 decades before you'll need this money, consider investing 70%-80% in equities/stocks. Do not be too conservative with your allocation.