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The Latest Federal Reserve Press Release in Plain English 12.0

The Federal Reserve met yesterday for the final time with Chairman Bernanke and the news was mixed (sound familiar?). Find out what happened in the latest Fed release in plain English.

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Who Is Janet Yellen and What Issues Will She Face as the New Federal Reserve Chair?

Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of Janet Yellen as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. Yellen will be the first woman to chair “the Fed” when she takes over on February 1.

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Did Adjustable Rate Mortgages Cause the 2008 Financial Crash?

Although ARMs were one type of loan used prior to the crash, what was called an ARM then and what is an ARM now are very different.

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Ready for the New Qualified Mortgage Rules? You Better Be!

Hello mortgage fans. The day is upon us. On January 10, 2014 (that would be tomorrow), the government’s new Qualified Mortgage (QM) rules will go into effect and once they do, there ain’t no turning back.

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This Week in Financial Blunders: Smokes, Brains and Fugitives

2014! The start of the New Year is always about making a clean start – rising from the ashes of the previous year and soaring with excitement into the New Year like a baby phoenix. Unfortunately, not everyone shares the same sentiments and some instead begin the New Year with a big, dumb mistake. See who’s already shot themselves in the foot in 2014 with This Week in Financial Blunders.

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This YEAR in Financial Blunders

My word, what a year for financial blunders. Well, technically “This Week in Financial Blunders” hasn’t been running for a full year, but the Zing Blog would be ill-advised not to include a “best of” list like every other publication in the blogosphere. Unfortunately, only people who work at Freddie Mac would read a “Top 12 Biggest Moves in the Primary Mortgage Market Survey” blog, so instead we’ve compiled our six favorite financial blunders from the past year. The biggest, weirdest, saddest and funniest are all here, so read them and weep. Weep for joy or sadness, whichever you prefer.

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This Week in Financial Blunders: Dating and Pensions

As 2013 gets closer to its end, last minute financial blunders are trying to make their mark on 2013. Which money mishaps made it in this week? Read This Week in Financial Blunders to find out.

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The Latest Federal Reserve Press Release in Plain English 11.0

The Federal Reserve met today and the news was mixed. Here is their press release in plain English for you to better understand what, exactly, the Fed is talking about.

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This Week in Financial Blunders: Rent and Tacos

Rudolph, Frosty and Santa are all timeless holiday stories that you’re probably sick of hearing. In the midst of the most wonderful time of the year, a dash of reality could be exactly what you need to avoid suffocating from holiday cheer. That’s why in This Week in Financial Blunders we’re focusing on two blunders far, far away from holiday spirit in terms of financial burdens and refusing to pay for tacos. You’ll see; just read on!

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What Is the Dow Jones Industrial Average? - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

What Is the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

The bottom line is that the stock market and economy are both incredibly complex. It’s impossible to quickly determine its health using just one number, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average does just that. Criticisms aside, it’s used by economists and financial institutions around the world and is likely to stay America’s leading economic indicator.

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