Weekend Reads: Efficiency, Buy a Car, and Net Worth

Inc: The New Way of Thinking About Time Ever heard of Contently’s “no cowboys” rule? It could help you increase your efficiency and well-being, as well as that of your business. Read Inc.’s take on the “new school of time management, one concerned with zeroing in on your most important priorities, doing them well, and eliminating [...]

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Should I Use Tax Credits or Deductions to Save on My Student Loans?

As published on the Huffington Post. It’s understandable if your eyes are glazing over with tax talk, but it’s time to wake up: you could save thousands of dollars each year by filing for the right tax benefits. If you graduated within the last tax year and have student loans, then you especially stand to [...]

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Tales from ABS Vegas 2015

As published on Fintech.io. Last week over 6,000 attendees descended upon Vegas for the biggest securitization conference in finance. Banks, hedge funds, insurance companies, originators, marketplace lenders, service providers. Here are a few of my takeaways from the conference, and what they mean for finance more broadly: 1. Democratization. Finance is becoming less concentrated among big banks [...]

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Tax Season: Student Loan Interest Deduction

If you’re a recent graduate (undergrad or grad school), the Student Loan Interest Deduction is a great way to benefit from your student loan interest payments at tax time. You can claim all the interest you paid during the tax year, including payments you’ve voluntarily made, as a deduction of up to $2,500. A “deduction” [...]

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Weekend Reads: Persuasion, Consumer Debt, and Student Loans

Inc.: 5 Secrets to Persuasion from a Former FBI Agent FBI agents know a thing or two about how to persuade people to do things “their way,” and now you can apply these tips to persuasion in the workplace. Here, Inc. taps a 20-year FBI veteran to share five ways that businesspeople can make the most [...]

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Why Should I Apply with a Cosigner?

Providing a cosigner for a student loan is always an option here at CommonBond, whether you were asked for a cosigner or wish to bring one on. Why can a cosigner be good news when you’re refinancing your student loan? Cosigners can help get you a better interest rate, which can help you save thousands [...]

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Should You File Your Return Now or on April 15?

This post was written by the team at Betterment. The final piece of your tax season game plan is carefully timing when to file your tax return. Here’s why. Key Takeaways File your income tax return immediately if you will be receiving a refund. Delay filing until close to April 15 if you owe the [...]

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Tax Season: Tuition Statement, 1098-T

The Tuition Statement, also known as Form 1098-T, is issued by education institutions and insurers to students who were a) enrolled during the tax year or b) engaged in another reportable transaction, like receiving a refund. The 1098-T is a form that, along with the 1098-E, helps you pursue tax benefits associated with your education costs [...]

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