The Balance analyzes developments in the economy and consumer financial markets, breaking down how these changes affect your money and your life. This is your destination for clear, concise, and actionable information about current events in finance.
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    Credit Bureaus To Ax 70% of Medical Debt From Reports
    What's the Gap for Your Job?
    Equal Pay for Women? Far From It for These Jobs
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    When Will Gas Prices Go Down?
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    Over Half of US Adults Support Government Action on Climate Change
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    ‘Great Resignation’ Simmers Down Slightly
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    Nearly One-Third of US Adults Supports Build Back Better
    U.S. President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol's House Chamber March 01, 2022 in Washington, DC.
    Is Student Loan Forgiveness Still on Biden’s Agenda?
    U.S. President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol’s House Chamber on March 1, 2022.
    Biden Address Rips Russia, Touts Anti-Inflation Plan
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    Citigroup Is Latest Bank To Back Off Overdraft Fees
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    Loan Servicers Warned About Public Servant Forgiveness
    Cook County Jail Inmates Take Part In Early Voting Ahead Of Illinois Primary
    Regulator Explores Financial Exploitation in Prisons
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    Could This Type of Student Loan Forgiveness Be Next?
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    IRS Won’t Seize Child Credit Rebates for Student Debt
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    Student Loan Repayment Looms Over Consumer Debt Picture
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    Interest Rates Are Getting Higher. Here’s What To Do
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    For People With No Credit Score, a New App Can Help
    Beyond the Headlines
    New Child Tax Credit Cut Hunger by 26%, Study Shows
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    More and More Banks Are Over Overdraft Fees
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    LGBTQ+ Workers Make 10% Less Money, Survey Shows
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    Feds To Probe In-House Student Loans for Potential Abuses
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    Settlement Erases Debt for 66,000 Student Borrowers
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    Bank of America, Wells Fargo Relax Fees for Overdrawing
    A young college graduate is on her phone at home conducting a job interview.
    Seeing Is Believing: 2021 in Charts
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House December 21, 2021.
    Extending the Student Loan Pause Is Back on the Table
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    What The Balance’s Readers Cared About Most in 2021
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    Millennials Spend an Average of $69 on First Dates
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    Maybe Banks Don’t Need Overdraft Fees After All
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    Why You May Be Due a Refund on Unemployment Benefit Tax
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    Public Servants Released From Student Debt ‘Sentence’
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    Christmas To Cost 17% More Than Before the Pandemic
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    Thanksgiving Dinner Costs 21% More Than It Did in 2020
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    Far Fewer High Schoolers Eye College, Survey Shows
    Beyond the Headlines
    Why Bad Economies Help College Students’ Careers
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    Many Young People Saying No to College Again This Year
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    The Reason Student Loan Servicers Are Quitting
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    Feds Promise Smooth Transfer of Navient’s Student Loans
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    Why Bond Yields Are Rising
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    Another Student Loan Servicer Quits, Adding to Churn
    Beyond the Headlines
    How Your Personality Affects Your Paycheck
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    The Less Obvious Reasons to File a Tax Return
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    Brokerage Adds Financial Literacy to the Three R’s
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    New Site Offers Access to Financial Products in Spanish
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    A husband deals with finances on a computer while children play, and his wife cooks in the background
    Why Your Child Tax Credit May Be Smaller Than Expected
    Beyond the Headlines
    Bad Credit Could Cost a Decade of Work, Data Shows
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    More ITT Tech Students Get Loans Wiped Out
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    Student Loan Interest Waived for 47,000 Service Members
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    Disabled Borrowers Get $5.8B in Student Loan Relief
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    5% of Households Still Unbanked Despite Outreach
    A smiling woman holding a credit card uses a laptop.
    Average FICO Score Rises Again, Helped by Pandemic
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    Group of young people using a laptop to research student loans.
    Pause on Student Loan Payments Extended to 2022
    Beyond the Headlines
    Why It Might Be A Good Idea to Give Teens Credit Cards
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    Student Loan System Faces Two ‘Really Big’ Transitions
    Smiling Woman Holds Electric Plug to Charge Her Car at Filling Station
    As Gas Prices Rise, So Does Interest in Electric Cars
    Confused frustrated man reading letter in cafe, receiving bad news.
    Fewer Families Apply for College Aid, Survey Shows
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    Yes, Mortgage Rates Are Low, But You May Still Be Paying Too Much
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    With Child Tax Credit, Teacher ‘Might Quit’ Side Job
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    Servicers Unsure As End of Student Loan Pause Looms
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    Ed Department To Vet Fewer Student Aid Applications