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Why the Fed Wants Home Buyers to Face Higher Mortgage Rates

The Federal Reserve yanked a short-term interest rate higher this week, making it more expensive to borrow money to buy a home or fix it up. All in the name of slowing inflation. The central bank raised the federal funds rate Wednesday by 0.5%, or half a percentage point.
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How to Use the $50 Annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card can help you save on travel in more ways than one. The Chase Ultimate Rewards® points you earn on this card can be redeemed to cover the cost of flights or hotels, transferred to other loyalty programs or even used to “Pay Yourself…
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Pros and Cons of Joining Multiple Airline Loyalty Programs

Whether you’re just starting or have earned airline miles for decades, travelers need to ask themselves: “Is it better to earn miles across several airlines or concentrate earnings on just one airline?” Let’s discuss the pros and cons of joining multiple airline…
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How to Fly With Toddlers: 15 Tips to (Actually) Enjoy the Trip

Traveling with my toddlers has been one of the biggest sources of joy (and frustration) in my life. As much as I love traveling, there’s something special about experiencing destinations, attractions, food and more through their eyes. To encourage more families to travel…
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6 Nerds Share Their 2022 Travel Rewards Strategies

NerdWallet’s travel experts harp on one concept over and over again: The smartest way to plan your trips, redeem points and miles, or select a new travel rewards credit card really depends on your individual travel goals. Turning your travel rewards plans into a smart…
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Camping This Summer? Here’s What Gear Is Worth It

With summer upon us, it’s a great time to go outside and get away from it all. While figuring out which gear to bring may seem overwhelming, it really doesn’t have to be that complicated. Before you hit the road, let’s talk about the basics as well as a few…
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What is the FIRE Movement + How to Make It A Reality

In a world with stagnating wages and an increasing cost of living, many people are looking for a way out of the rat race. That’s why radical investment strategies and risky business ventures are so popular. Believe it or not, there actually is a reliable way to achieve…
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Best Medicare Supplement Plans in Texas

Texas has over 4.4 million Medicare beneficiaries — the third highest total of any state. Of those, about 2.3 million Texans have Original Medicare (Part A and Part B). If you have Medicare Part A and Part B, you’re eligible to purchase Medicare Supplement Insurance, or…
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Business Insurance Near You: How to Find an Agent

If you’re looking for business insurance near you, you’re probably searching for a local agent you can trust. After all, you might get small-business insurance from this person for years and rely on them for help navigating crises like natural disasters and employee…
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BrokerCheck Explained

What is BrokerCheck? BrokerCheck is a free service that allows you to investigate the records of brokers and brokerage firms. It also provides some basic information on investment advisor representatives and firms. The tool is provided by the Financial Industry Regulatory…
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Best Cash Registers for Small Businesses

Many small businesses still work well with an old-fashioned stand-alone cash register, but businesses that sell online or in multiple locations may benefit from a point-of-sale system with a touch-screen terminal instead. If your business only needs to process payments and…
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Rocket Homes Review

What is Rocket Homes? Rocket Homes Real Estate is a sister company of Rocket Mortgage, an online mortgage lender. Through its website and app, Rocket Homes helps buyers shop for and purchase homes, and it assists homeowners with listing and selling their properties. The…
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Can You Have 2 American Airlines Credit Cards?

Unlike most airlines, American Airlines offers credit cards through two different card issuers: Citi and Barclays. This dual partnership opens up even more opportunities for travelers to accumulate AAdvantage miles. Combined, these two card issuers currently offer six…
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Do Delta Miles Expire?

With so many airline loyalty programs, it’s hard to keep track of all the rules and benefits. Rewards expiration policies vary from program to program, and it’s impossible to remember each one. Do your miles expire? If so, when? And how do you keep them from vanishing…
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United Airlines: Basic Economy vs. Economy vs. Economy Plus

United Airlines is one of the largest airlines in the U.S., with a route network spanning the world. As a result, it offers several levels of service to customers, ranging from basic economy all the way up to first class. But what’s the difference between United Airlines…
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2022 Best Cities for Freelancers

The pandemic has created more opportunities for remote, self-directed and freelance work than ever. Today, around 10 million Americans say they’re working for themselves in some capacity. The opportunity to work from anywhere is indeed enticing to many, and it begs an…