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Episode 1 Personal Finance

And the reality of that is the bank will take the money you already owe them and spread the payments over a longer period. Now what happens is that because the money they are lending you is outstanding for a longer amount of time they can charge you more interest. See what I meant when I said they don't care about you? And it's not just those of us in paid employment that are running up our credit card debt. Facts show that even students and the unemployed are increasing the amount they owe. So what can we do about this situation? Well the first thing to recognize is that we are all responsible for our own borrowing. Consolidation of debts is a complicated matter and it requires clear thinking and some tough negotiation skills. So yes, a non profit may charge you less but they could still end up costing you more if their people aren't good at reducing your monthly or weekly payments. You should also bear in mind that while they might be non profit they still have to pay for their expenses. It was to London that the first American Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, turned when he wanted to begin development of economic power in the New World. Hamilton founded the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street in the late 18th century where it was joined around fifty years later by what is now the American Stock Exchange. Equally important if someone decides to go ahead is making certain that the loan they are taking out is the cheapest they can get. A great way to do this is to shop around and compares prices and costs exactly the same as for making any major purchase. With the internet available to just about everyone now doing the checking can be a very simple task. Money can be made in almost any type of investment but matching it to your personality will make it a much more sensible approach. When we think of the different ways of investing money most of us think in terms of the stock market but there are plenty of other types of investment to consider. For example you could choose gold or any other precious metal, real estate, Certificates of Deposit or even old automobiles. 

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