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How To: Get credit when you have no credit

In this video, we learn how to get credit when you don't have any. Most credit agencies are now gathering information about younger people to figure out if they are allowed to get credit cards, which will help them build a credit score. There is a website, PRBC, where you can start a file and enter your information, and it can verify all the information you report. This information will be given to credit reporting agencies, and give you more of a chance to get credit. Next, you can get depar...

How To: Effectively negotiate with your credit card company

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to negotiate with a credit card company. There are 3 main items that users can negotiate. The first item is the date of payment. Users are able arrange a more convenient date for payment. The second item is the annual fee. Users are able to work out a way to not have to pay an annual fee for using a credit card, which will help save money. The third item is the interest rate. Users can negotiate and try to lower the interest rate that they must pay. T...

How To: Use the Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT)

This video teaches you how to use APT (Arbitrage Pricing Theory) models and formulas. This video shows two specific parts of the APT models the first being the after the fact version and the before the fact version. The before the fact version is focused on as being the most important which is used to calculate expected returns to calculate risk. It is discussed how flexible this model is and how different factors can be moved in and out of the formula and how each different factor is used. T...

How To: Derive the annual compound interest formula

In this video tutorial the instructor shows how to derive the formula to compute interest compounded annually. He starts with explaining the basic concepts like principle which is the amount you borrow and the rate of interest or annual percentage rate (APR), which is the rate at which you pay the interest up on the borrowed principle. He shows that the amount after the end of one year is amount A = P(1+APR),and he goes on and generalizes how to compute it for n years. This video shows how to...

How To: Find a legal loan shark

Looking for fast cash with no questions asked? There are legitimate ways to get it, if you're willing to pay the consequences. You will need a credit card with unused credit, a tax refund, a car, a small loan company, a signature loan company, or a payday loan. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to get money quickly by finding a loan shark.

How To: Shop for free at CVS by using the right coupons

In this clip, Kitty the Coupon Diva will show you how to maximize your coupons and extra care bucks so that you can walk out of CVS with a cart full of groceries for free! Kitty will show you how to use circular flyers, bag tags, extra care bucks, coupons and rebates to walk in and out of the drug store without spending any money. Try these tricks the next time you shop and save a ton of money.

How To: Understand a securitization

In this tutorial, we learn how to understand a securitization. This is a type of structured finance that has three key elements. the first is that there is a pooling of credit sensitive assets. In pooling the assets, you introduce diversification. The second element is to transfer credit risk to the third party and make rules around whether there has been a true transfer of credit risk. The third element in this is trenching of liabilities. This means when cash flows are transferred to a spec...

How To: Improve your FICO credit score

In this tutorial, we learn how to improve your FICO credit score. Everyone will want to use your credit score to decide what kind of person you are. The FICO is the most commonly used credit score used today. To improve your credit score you will want to make all payments on time. Catch up on past due accounts and utilize 50% and less of your credit limit. Your balance should be under half of what your limit is. Don't close your account, because this can drop your credit score as well. Revolv...

How To: File a Last-Minute 2010 Income Tax Return: Save Money, Get Free Tax Help & More!

Ever since high school, I've been preparing my own taxes. Each year it gets more and more complicated, which results in me filing later and later, avoiding it until I have the time or just can't wait any longer. I even resorted to using TurboTax online to help do some of the grunt work for me these past couple years, but that hasn't stopped me from being lazy about it. I have yet to file my 2010 taxes, but I will very soon. Tomorrow, in fact—before TurboTax raises their prices.

How To: Fill out the child tax credit worksheet

If you have children who are still your dependents and have been living in your household for at least half of the year, and have their own social security number, you can actually get a major tax credit with a simple worksheet. In this video you will learn the requirements for the tax credit and also how to fill out the worksheet and calculate your credit.

How To: Write checks in Intuit QuickBooks

If you've ever wanted to know how to write checks in Intuit QuickBooks program, this instructional is for you. To write a check in the QuickBooks program: Select banking from the menu bar, and then the write checks command. Select the checking account for which the checks will be drawn from the checking accounts drop down menu. Assign the check a number if you will be printing the check. If you are printing the check, make sure that the "to be printed" box is checked. Enter the correct date f...

How To: Apply for California food stamps

In this tutorial, we learn how to apply for California food stamps. First, to go the website: California Food Stamps. After you are on this site, you will see a pop up where you can enter in your name and e-mail, as well as more information about food stamps in California. After you enter in your information, you will receive an e-mail with two links on it. One will be for the application and the other will be to find an office near you. Print out the application and fill it out entirely, fol...

How To: Improve your credit score, even in a recession

Now more than ever, people everywhere are suffering from bad credit. Credit is important. You need it to take out loans, buy a house, rent an apartment, get a car, almost anything! Check out this two part video, presented by Daniel Medina from United Credit Education Services, and listen along as he offers you tips on how to improve your credit - even in a recession. This helpful and informative video can start you on the right track to financial stability, no matter what the circumstances.

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