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Before you start shopping for a loan, make sure your credit is as strong as possible.

Here’s exactly how to borrow money with a personal loan

The first step to get a loan is checking and improving your credit. You'll get multiple lender quotes, and you'll want to be the best possible buyer.
A CD can be a good place to store money you don't need immediately.

Here’s exactly how to decide if you should put money in a CD

A CD, or certificate of deposit, is an FDIC-insured savings instrument that provides a safe, secure option to store savings you need in the future.
For anyone looking to pay off student loans faster, there's at least one clear solution.

Here’s exactly how much time and money you can shave off your student loans by paying $100 more each month

You can pay off student loans faster and save money on interest by increasing your monthly payment by as little as $100.
Take advantage of high-interest accounts to grow your emergency fund.

A financial advisor says there are 4 smart ways to grow your emergency fund — here’s how they stack up

The best place to grow your emergency fund is somewhere safe and liquid. Try a high-yield savings account or money-market fund for the best return.
Building wealth takes time.

A man whose net worth is approaching $1 million credits most of that wealth to a habit he started a decade ago

J. Money, of Budgets Are Sexy, credits much of his wealth to maxing out retirement savings accounts every year for nearly a decade.
Some millionaires said they lost money trying to manage their own investments.

An early retiree quizzed 100 millionaires about their biggest money mistakes and discovered nearly all of them fell into the same trap

Early retiree John thinks many high-earning people, including himself, often fall into a trap early in their careers that breeds overconfidence.
Many Gen Xers who expect to retire before age 75 are behind on their retirement savings.

A wealth manager says Gen Xers should focus on a 2-part strategy to retire on time

Wealth manager Megan Gorman recommends Gen Xers who are falling behind save in a retirement plan and contribute to a health savings account.
Brian Face,CFP, CRPC, weighed in on the best way to start saving for retirement.

A financial planner says the best way to save for retirement depends on your answers to 2 questions

The best way to save for retirement isn't necessarily the same for everyone. We spoke with a CFP to get some advice about the best ways to start.
Calculating your debt-to-income ratio is easy.

Your credit score isn’t the only number lenders use to decide if you’re trustworthy

Lenders look at debt-to-income ratio — monthly debt payments divided by monthly gross income — to decide whether a borrower can afford another loan.
Ignore these money tips and you'll regret it.

13 pieces of money advice you can’t afford to ignore

The best money advice is often the simplest. Here are tips from financial planners and bestselling authors that you can't afford to ignore.