100 Words On: Why You Should Never Cosign A Loan for Anyone

Cosigning for a loan is one of the dumbest financial moves you could ever make. By cosigning, you not only assume liability for the borrowed money, but you also make it tougher on yourself to qualify for large loans — regardless of your payment history — because lenders still include cosigned loans as part of your overall debt load.

The bottom line: If a lender refuses to loan money to

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When Is Not Stopping Payment on a Lost Check Worth the Risk?

I wish I was as smart as my kids. They’re never wrong.

Never.

If you don’t believe me, just ask them.

As a matter of fact, I was reminded of that little “fact” last month after the Honeybee noticed that a couple of checks hadn’t been cashed by my daughter’s junior high school for fees related to her color guard activities.

Normally, we’d write a check out at the beginning of

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Another Milestone: Celebrating Two-Million Page Views!

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but without you, the truth is I’d just be wasting my time. Which is why I am very happy to report that Len Penzo dot Com just crossed the two-million page view mark! Hooray!

When I surpassed the one-million page views milestone last July, I mentioned that I never imagined reaching such a mark, considering that Len Penzo dot Com had received only 13,000 page views nine

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10 More Old Wives’ Tales Masquerading As Financial Rules of Thumb

There are people out there who swear that if you’re lucky enough to see the first flower of springtime on a Friday, it’s a sign of impending wealth.

I know. I don’t buy it either.

Still, let’s assume these folks know what they’re talking about; what happens if that first flower is found on Friday the 13th? Is the wealth omen officially null and void?

Can somebody take an action item

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100 Words On: The Real Reason Why Drive-Up ATMs Have Braille Keypads

One of life’s greatest so-called mysteries is why American drive-up automated teller machine keypads have Braille on them. On the surface it seems to be a preposterous notion. After all, the logic goes, blind people can’t drive. But who says only a car’s driver can use the ATM? Passengers can easily operate ATMs from the back seat too — and with the aid of head phones, the blind can enjoy drive-up

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5 Money Saving Tips Your Mortgage Broker Doesn't Want You to Know

Buying a home is a big decision and you do not want to make a mistake while you are home shopping. That’s why lots of people turn to mortgage brokers to help them through the process of finding a loan. In order to help you avoid being taken advantage of during the process, here are five money savings tips that your mortgage broker doesn’t want you to know about.

1. They

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50 Good Personal Finance Habits Everyone Should Follow

I have a lot of bad habits. For example, I tend to bite my nails when I get stressed out. I also have a penchant for opening the cupboard to get a drinking glass — then walking away and leaving the door wide open. I know. I can’t explain it either, but it drives the Honeybee absolutely bonkers every time I do it.

Even so, I like to remind her that

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18 Amazing Facts You Didn't Know About Your Credit Card

If you’re like me, you never ever give your credit cards a second thought. However, after recently getting stuck in a supermarket line behind a nice lady who decided to pay for her groceries with a giant bag of loose change, I developed a new-found appreciation for their convenience.

Heck, nowadays I use credit cards to pay for almost everything. Naturally, I also make sure to pay off my balance in

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If It Feels Good Do It: Maybe Strategic Defaults Aren't So Bad After All

I bought my first home in 1990 at the top of the Southern California real estate market and promptly found myself with an “underwater” mortgage. And although I owed more than the home was worth over the next seven long years, I never walked away from that loan — even though I wanted to — because I felt I had a moral obligation to myself and society as a

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100 Words On: Why the Federal Reserve Must Be Abolished

The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the principles and form of our Constitution. If the American people allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their

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