Weekend Reads: Consumer Protections, Investing, and Leadership

The White House Blog: When We Say “Consumer,” We Mean “You.” Here Are 5 Protections You Should Know About This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an announcement of the progress the bureau has made towards helping Americans manage their money across student loans, mortgages, and more. Read the White House blog’s rundown [...]

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The One Excel Tool to Figure Out Your Student Loan Payment

We love easy-to-use loan calculators (in fact, we created one to help MBAs manage their budgets), but few calculators are “one size fits all.” Some calculators are useful when you’re taking out loans, some for understanding repayment options, and yet others for reviewing student loans or mortgages or personal loans only, but these options leave [...]

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Checklist for Admitted MBA Students

This post is from our friends at Stacy Blackman Consulting. Reactions to an offer of admission seems to universally include calls to loved ones, social media updates, a spendy dinner or two to celebrate, and some form of happy dance in the privacy of your home or office. Once the euphoria over your acceptance to [...]

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Weekend Reads: Pay Friends with Facebook, Spring Cleaning, and Team Players

TechCrunch: Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages  Yes, you heard right – it’s free to send money to friends via mobile and desktop using Facebook’s messaging service. Users can connect their Mastercard or Visa debit cards to get started. TechCrunch reports that this feature will be rolled out across the first market, the U.S., over [...]

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Checklist: How to Pay for Your MBA

If you’re a new admit to business school, congrats! Over the next few months, you’ll have a few things you’ll need to prepare for related to b-school, not the least of which is putting together a plan on how you’ll pay for it. We put together this guide, based on feedback from some of our [...]

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Weekend Reads: Taxes, Variable Rates, and Personal Finance

USA Today: How People Plan to Spend Their Tax Incomes If you’ve finished your taxes already, well done! For those who are sitting back and waiting for their refunds from Uncle Sam, here’s a sampling of what other Americans have done with their tax returns this year. The top spending option? Using money to down [...]

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The Questions To Ask Before Signing Up for a Variable Rate Loan

What’s a variable rate loan, and why would you ever want one if you don’t know how your rate could change? Well, let’s take the second question first: You might want a variable rate loan because they tend to come with lower interest rates than fixed rate loans. (Your lower rate is essentially compensation for [...]

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Student Loan Concepts Explained: Credit Bureaus

Credit bureaus are companies that compile information on individuals’ personal credit history, collect data from organizations that grant lines of credit (such as banks), and then share this data among businesses and individuals. This data is used to generate credit scores, like a FICO or VantageScore, in order to help lenders fairly price new lines [...]

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