The Balance analyzes developments in the economy and consumer financial markets, breaking down how these changes affect your money and your life. This is your destination for clear, concise, and actionable information about current events in finance.
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    Why Bad Economies Help College Students’ Careers
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    Many Young People Saying No to College Again This Year
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    The Reason Student Loan Servicers Are Quitting
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    Feds Promise Smooth Transfer of Navient’s Student Loans
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    Why Bond Yields Are Rising
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    Another Student Loan Servicer Quits, Adding to Churn
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    How Your Personality Affects Your Paycheck
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    The Less Obvious Reasons to File a Tax Return
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    Brokerage Adds Financial Literacy to the Three R’s
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    New Site Offers Access to Financial Products in Spanish
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    More Hourly Jobs Come With Tickets to Higher Education
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    Why Your Child Tax Credit May Be Smaller Than Expected
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    Bad Credit Could Cost a Decade of Work, Data Shows
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    More ITT Tech Students Get Loans Wiped Out
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    Student Loan Interest Waived for 47,000 Service Members
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    Disabled Borrowers Get $5.8B in Student Loan Relief
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    5% of Households Still Unbanked Despite Outreach
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    Average FICO Score Rises Again, Helped by Pandemic
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    Will Biden’s Next Move on Student Loans Be Forgiveness?
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    Pause on Student Loan Payments Extended to 2022
    Beyond the Headlines
    Why It Might Be A Good Idea to Give Teens Credit Cards
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    Student Loan System Faces Two ‘Really Big’ Transitions
    Smiling Woman Holds Electric Plug to Charge Her Car at Filling Station
    As Gas Prices Rise, So Does Interest in Electric Cars
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    Fewer Families Apply for College Aid, Survey Shows
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    Yes, Mortgage Rates Are Low, But You May Still Be Paying Too Much
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    With Child Tax Credit, Teacher ‘Might Quit’ Side Job
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    Servicers Unsure As End of Student Loan Pause Looms
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    Ed Department To Vet Fewer Student Aid Applications
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    What's Going On With Wells Fargo’s Personal Credit Lines?
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    Walmart Offers More Affordable Private-Label Insulin
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    Personal Finance Perspectives
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    AAPI Perspectives
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    Does Extra Unemployment Tempt People to Stay Home? Sometimes
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    AAPI Perspectives: Alessandro Roco on Breaking Beverage Barriers
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    There’s No Better Time to Test Your ‘Federal Budget Personality’
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    AAPI Perspectives: Lin Chen on Facing Fear and Defining Moments
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    AAPI Perspectives: Marguerita Cheng on Early Lessons and Lifelong Learning
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    Perspectives: The Financial Panther Talks Side Hustles and Safety Nets
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    Senators: Students in Loan Default Should Get New Start
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    Perspectives: rich & REGULAR on Index Funds and the Meaning of FIRE
    Perspectives: Erin Lowry "Broke Millennial"
    Perspectives: The ‘Broke Millennial’ on Investing and Financial Conversations
    Perspectives - Tiffany Aliche "The Budgetnista
    The ‘Budgetnista’ Talks Budgeting Now and ‘Paying the Pot’
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    Group Aims to Cut Racial Wealth Inequality
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    Survey: Half of Americans Don’t Have $250 to Spare
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    Another Item You Can Find at Walgreens: A Bank Account
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    PayPal Now Lets You Pay with Crypto
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    Square's New Bank to Boost Small Business Loans
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    Free Weekly Credit Reports Available for Another Year
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    Credit Bureaus in the Crosshairs of Consumer Complaints
    Top 5 Comfort Purchases During the Pandemic
    Survey: Food Is the No. 1 Pandemic Comfort Splurge
    Beyond the Headlines
    Lehman Sisters, a Bankers’ Hippocratic Oath, and Shrugging Off Housing Bubble Woes
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    Simple Banking Is Closing. Here's What Will Happen to Your Account.
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    Federal Agencies Issue Extension on Housing, Student Debt Relief
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    Visa and Plaid Terminate Merger Agreement
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    Walmart to Start Fintech With Ribbit
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    Report Finds Borrowers Denied Student Loan Forgiveness
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    Survey: A Third of Holiday Shoppers Are Cutting Back Their Spending
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    Antitrust Suit Filed to Block Visa Acquisition of Plaid
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    How the 2020 Coronavirus Relief (CARES Act) Affects You
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    Are You Eligible for a 2020 Stimulus Check?