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Finance

7 Consequences of the Potential Debt Default

What will happen if the U.S. defaults on its debt obligations? Here are 7 possible outcomes -- and they don't look good.
Ready For Anything

Race to the Top Goes to College

President Obama laid out a plan for combating the rising cost of college, but passage is far from apparent. The plan is also not obviously advantageous for students.
Finance

Most Students Now Pay for College Themselves

Some 80 percent of college students chip in for their education. There is one thing, however, that mom and dad are still paying for.
Ready For Anything

New Student Loan Law Offers Short-Term Benefits and Potentially Long-Term Headaches

President Obama is expected to sign a new student loan bill into law today. While it stands to reduce costs for many in the near term, students could face higher costs down the road.
Starting a Business

The College Question for Entrepreneurs Gains Momentum as Costs Surge

Regardless of whether interest rates on certain student loans stay inflated, the high cost of college must be met proactively. Here are some tips for tamping down on your education debt-load.
Finance

U.S. Consumer Getting Stronger, Loan Delinquencies Continue to Fall

U.S. consumers continued to pay down debt in the first quarter of 2013 as household wealth rose above its pre-recession peak.
Finance

9 Strategies for Improving Your Credit Rating

Start cleaning up your credit rating and improving your credit scores with these smart tips from a personal finance expert.
Growth Strategies

The Ethics Coach on Pirating Software, Copycat Designing and More

This month we tackle thorny questions about pirates, extreme imitation and angry creditors.
Finance

Negotiating Secrets: How to Convince Creditors Not to Ruin Your Credit Score

Not everything in your credit history has to show up on your credit report. Here's how to convince your creditors to remove or modify negative information.
Ready For Anything

Save or Pay Off Debt? How to Weigh Your Options

Social entrepreneur and educator Steve Mariotti on the importance of a thorough analysis when it comes to your startup's finances.
Finance

Loans, Contracts and Jobs: How Federal Spending Cuts Could Affect You

If Congress can't come to a deal over how to reduce the budget, numerous small businesses could be affected.
Starting a Business

Closing the African-American Startup Gap (Opinion)

Targeted minority-lending programs have had only limited success in encouraging new-business creation among minorities. Could crowd-funding help close the startup gap?
Growth Strategies

Rob Foregger on Fixing the Debt (Opinion)

The presidential election is a wake-up call for the main event: Tackling America's out-of-control debt problem, the EverBank co-founder writes.
Finance

Obama vs. Romney on Government Contracting and Federal Spending

With the Presidential election nearing, we break down the candidates' stance on small-business contracting and how they plan to invest -- or not invest -- future federal dollars.
Finance

What Paul Ryan on the GOP Ticket Could Mean for Small-Business Owners

In choosing the conservative Congressman from Wisconsin, Mitt Romney makes a bold choice. But is it a good one?