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Checking Account - Sharper Insight. Smarter Investing.

Money Market Account

BREAKING DOWN 'Checking Account'

Checking accounts can include commercial or business accounts, student accounts and joint accounts , along with many other types of accounts that offer similar features.

A commercial checking account is used by businesses and is the property of the business. The business' officers and managers have signing authority on the account as...

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Free Credit Scores: Top Sources for 2016 | Investopedia

Free Credit Scores: Top Sources for 2016

By Amy Fontinelle | Updated March 31, 2016 -- 2:17 PM EDT

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While you can check your credit reports from each of the major credit bureaus - Experian , Equifax and TransUnion - for free once every 12 months at www.AnnualCreditReport.com , the free reports don't contain your credit score . Lenders and creditors , however, will use your credit score when...

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Annual Percentage Rate - APR - Investopedia

Interest Rate

BREAKING DOWN 'Annual Percentage Rate - APR'

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Cut Credit Card Bills By Negotiating A Lower APR

Cut Credit Card Bills By Negotiating a Lower APR

By Ken Clark | Updated July 3, 2017 -- 6:00 AM EDT

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One of the great misperceptions about credit card debt is that the cards themselves are bad. The truth is, they're really not. Rather, it's the effect of double-digit interest rates that make them so toxic to our personal finances. The exponential growth of the account balance quickly causes...

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The Importance Of Your Credit Rating - Investopedia

What About A Credit Rating?

In addition to using credit (FICO) scores, most countries (including the U.S. and Canada) use a scale of 0-9 to rate your personal credit. On this scale, each number is preceded by one of two letters: "I" signifies installment credit (like home or auto financing), and "R" stands for revolving credit (such as a credit card ).

SEE: How Credit Cards Affect Your Credit...

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When Paying Off Debt with Your 401(k) Makes Sense

When Paying Off Debt with Your 401(k) Makes Sense

By Reyna Gobel | Updated May 5, 2017 -- 6:00 AM EDT

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The average college student graduates with $26,600 in student loan debt. In total, 1.3 million graduates are saddled with debt, some with as much as $55,250. With numbers that high, it's tempting to withdraw 401(k) plan funds that seem to be sitting around collecting...

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Coinbase: What Is It and How Do You Use It? | Investopedia

Coinbase: What Is It and How Do You Use It?

By Jake Frankenfield | Updated December 22, 2017 -- 11:21 AM EST

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For those of you who have not been paying attention to one of the biggest trends in investing and tech, cryptocurrencies are digital currencies using encryption techniques that regulate the generation of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central...

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