Consumer

Disruptor Roundup: Divvy Takes on Rent-to-Own

August 21st, 2018
Editor’s Note: The Disruptor Roundup analyzes companies implementing unconventional models. Divvy This tech-powered, rent-to-own platform was launched at the end of 2017, and provides consumers with the ability to transition from renting to homeownership with a three-year program that amasses...

401(k) Auto-Enrollment Connected to Early Withdrawals, With Housing Implications

August 23rd, 2018
With Social Security trust fund reserves waning—predicted to be depleted by 2034, leaving Social Security unable to maintain full scheduled benefits—and the number of retirees expecting to receive benefits increasing, more and more Americans are relying on 401(k) savings to...

Challenged by a Down Payment? The Easiest Markets to Save For

August 23rd, 2018
One of the biggest challenges for first-time homebuyers is saving. Coming up with a down payment is a hurdle for the majority of millennials, shows study after study—but, there are areas where the average earnings are enough to save sufficiently,...

Housing in 2020: Construction Costs Grow, Mortgage Rates Slow

August 26th, 2018
Where will housing be in 2020? According to the latest Metrostudy predictions, if all continues on its current track, construction costs could continue to increase, and mortgage rates could reel in. While rates have increased in the last six months,...

Beware Location Remorse: Over a Third Have ‘Neighborhood Regret’

September 6th, 2018
You can change a house—location is tougher. According to new research by Trulia, 36 percent of Americans have “neighborhood regret,” or would have moved to another neighborhood than the one they reside in today. The feeling is heightened in metros,...

Consumer Confidence at High Point

September 8th, 2018
In August, consumer confidence rose, posting a 133.4 reading in the Consumer Confidence Index® from The Conference Board. July’s reading was 127.9. The Expectations reading of the Index, which gauges how consumers feel about their business, employment and income prospects...

What to Buy in September

September 10th, 2018
(TNS)—September is a big month for bargains, with deep discounts on summer merchandise and more. “September is all about the end of summer, so anything seasonal is going to be on clearance,” says Benjamin K. Glaser, former features editor with...

Credit Freeze: A Misunderstood Freebie That You Actually Want

September 13th, 2018
(TNS)—Just one year ago, consumers woke up and discovered that hackers had one heck of a field day with their Social Security numbers and other information in a massive data breach at Equifax. Equifax’s screw-up would forever leave millions just...

7 Benefits of a Federal Reserve Interest Rate Hike

September 18th, 2018
(TNS)—Interest rates are going up. The Federal Reserve in June hiked rates for the second time in 2018, and there could be two more rate hikes before the end of the year, including one at this month’s Fed meeting. Sure, the...

The Defining Financial Question of Millennials: Do You Want to Live Comfortably Now, or in the Future?

September 27th, 2018
(TNS)—Millennials are faced with the internal conflict almost every day: live comfortably now, or later? Thanks to $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, rapidly increasing healthcare costs and high living costs, scraping by now often can be prioritized over worrying...
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