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Borrowers to See New FICO Scoring System

Goal is to account for a borrower’s cash transactions and banking history When it comes to our credit score, Americans are doing better than ever. Since bottoming out with an average FICO Score of 686 in October 2009 – one year after the stock market crash of 2008 – scores have risen steadily since, including for the past 8 years. Currently, the average FICO score in the U.S. has reached...

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Initiative Q is not the New Bitcoin, but Here’s Why the Idea has Value

Could free units of a new digital currency end up being worth thousands of dollars? Initiative Q, which is aggressively marketing itself on social media, wants you to think so. It urges you to sign up now, and get your friends to do so as well, to maximize the value of your free “Q” currency. This has invited comparisons to pyramid schemes and suspicions about its legitimacy. It’s not a ...

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Warren Buffett is Buying Back Berkshire’s Stock

2018 is shaping up to be a record year for stock buybacks Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway recently announced that for the first time since 2012, they would be “buying back” their own stock. In reporting its quarterly results to Wall Street, Berkshire reported almost $1 billion in share buybacks in the third quarter of 2018, the first time Berkshire has made a share repurchase since 2...

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The Changing Face of America: Dual Income Families

A Fixture in Today’s Society The concept of the “traditional” American family is continually changing. The dual income family—with both spouses maintaining separate careers and contributing to the financial success of the household—has now become commonplace. The economic challenges and opportunities of this century may often require two incomes to meet overall family expenses. Many fami...

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