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

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Your 12-Month Master Savings Plan to Buying Your First Home—While Paying Down Student Loans

Not-so-breaking-news: home prices are on the rise, especially in large metro areas. In San Francisco, the median price for just an entry-level home is $450,600. Meanwhile, in Portland, average home prices grew 11% to $334,900 since last year. So saving for a down payment for your first house can be tough. Especially if you’re trying to buy that first home with student loans to pay off. And if you’d like to purchase that home super fast to lock in a competitive mortgage rate and put your rent money toward something that builds value, it can feel impossible.

But here’s the good news: It’s definitely doable, even within just 12 months, if you accelerate your savings and prepare wisely. Follow our strategy below to take that big step into home ownership fast.

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Student loan interest rate Vs. APR

Student Loan APR vs. Interest Rate: 5 Essential FAQs

Got student loans? We’ve got you covered with our Student Loan Smarts blog series. Our expert tips and hacks will help you save money, pay off loans sooner, and stress less about student loan debt. Read the other posts in the series to get all the info you need to make intelligent decisions about your student loans.

Pop quiz: What’s the difference between student loan APR and student loan interest rate?

If you don’t know the answer, that’s completely understandable. It’s not information you need every day, but it will come in handy when applying for or refinancing student loans. Both terms impact how much money you’ll spend on total interest, so they should factor into your decision when comparing loans and lenders.

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Financial intimacy and paying down student loans together

Achieving Financial Intimacy: How This Couple Found Chemistry and Are Eliminating $130K in Student Debt Together

Discussing finances with your life partner can easily stir emotions, especially when autonomy is thought to be threatened or when one partner makes significantly more money than the other. Financial conversations require finesse and, of course, respect and understanding. And because emotions surrounding money are often tied to fear and can illicit strong reactions, those important conversations are sometimes avoided.

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The Fed Sends a Clear Signal – Week of Oct. 17, 2016

Stock prices fell last week in the face of rising interest rates and mixed economic data. The 10-year Treasury yield reached its highest level since early June as the market-derived probability of a Fed hike in December rose. Rising yields pushed the dollar higher against most other currencies, hurting returns in international and emerging market equities. We see bond yields leveling out in the coming weeks and remain constructive on U.S. growth.

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