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How to Protect Your Credit and Online Data From Fraud—A Year After The Equifax Breach

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What Are the Common Uses for Personal Loans?

If you need cash today but you don’t have enough built up in savings to cover the purchase, a personal loan might make sense for you. Unlike a mortgage or other collateralized loans, personal loans are unsecured, meaning that borrowers do not need to provide collateral for the loan. In other words, the only asset behind a personal loan is the borrower’s promise to repay. As a result, borrowers need a good credit history or strong prior history with the lender in order to qualify for a loan. Personal loans can be used for just about anything (that’s legal, of course), but here are some of the most common uses we see at SoFi.

Most Common Personal Loan Uses

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Portfolio Change, Jobs, & GDP Data – Week of Apr. 13, 2017

Last week we changed our portfolio allocations, increasing exposure to emerging markets and foreign exchange as well as taking broader fixed income exposure. But first we’ll cover the economy. A huge miss on the jobs report and recent threats of military escalation in the Far and Middle East sent bond yields lower while the dollar continued to depreciate against many of the world’s currencies. The disconnect continues between so-called “soft” survey data and the more traditional economic statistics. However, optimism remains elevated even as more traditional measures of economic activity indicated subpar growth in the first quarter.

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7 Simple, Expert-Approved Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

If you’re saddled with too much credit card debt, you’re not alone—far from it. A recent study based on Federal Reserve and Census data found that 38% of households carry a credit card balance, and that their average balance is $16,048. When you consider that the median household income is $55,775, it’s pretty clear that credit card debt is a problem for many people.

Since the amount you owe determines 30% of your FICO score, reducing your debt can improve your credit. Here are a few tips on how to be a smart credit card user.

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Making an Offer on a House: What You Need to Know to Close the Deal

When you’re in the home-buying game, especially in hot markets, you’ll discover a process that is both multi-layered and time-consuming—and, at the end of the day, designed to take you from writing an offer to holding the keys in your hand. Understanding each part, your role in it, and how to maximize your participation in each part will save you time and money, and keep you ahead of the game.

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