Personal Resources

  • How can I earn money with a mutual fund?

    What is a mutual fund?A mutual fund is a type of investment that pools your money with different investors to purchase stocks, bonds, and other securities. Professionals manage the funds to analyze market conditions and make investment decisions based on your previously discussed strategy. How can I make money from a mutual fund?You can earn […]

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  • What is a Bull market and what is a Bear market?

    A Bull market refers to a period during which security prices generally rise, usually over several months or more. A Bear market is a market that is steadily going down.

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  • Any suggestions for getting started with investing?

    Need some help finding the right path for your financial future? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together an itinerary that takes in all the basics for your journey to learn more about saving and investing. Traveling down the right road to achieving financial well-being is one of the most important trips that […]

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  • What are the fees for opening an IRA with USC Credit Union?

    USC Credit Union does not assess a fee for opening an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).If you currently do not have a membership account with USC Credit Union, you would be assessed a one-time $9 membership fee to open a Savings Account. You would then be able to open an IRA without any fee assessments.

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  • When is the best time to sell or buy a home?

    In buying or selling anything, timing is everything. The challenge is to know when to buy and when to sell, so that you use the timing of the purchase or sale to your advantage.The housing market is seasonal, as most homeowners and renters move during the summer months, from June through August, while school is […]

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  • What is a mortgage?

    A mortgage is a loan that is used to buy a home. In return for the loan, you pay interest on the amount loaned. The lender also has first rights on your house in case you neglect to pay back the loan.A mortgage has three components:Amount (how many dollars you need to borrow)Interest Rate (the […]

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  • What is the difference between being ‘pre-qualified’ and ‘pre-approved’ for a loan?

    As a home buyer, knowing the difference between being pre-qualified and pre-approved is an important step in the mortgage process. Making your decision on which one to choose starts with understanding the definition of each of those terms.What does pre-qualified mean?Pre-qualification is an informal way for a lender to review your financial information and estimate how […]

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  • How does a lender determine how much home I can afford?

    The primary factor is your debt-to-income ratio, which is a comparison of your gross (pre-tax) income to housing and non-housing expenses. Non-housing expenses include such long-term debts as car or student loan payments, alimony, or child support. Many lenders believe you can afford a house if its price is under 2½ times your household’s annual […]

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  • Tell me more about credit scores and credit reports.

    A credit report is a report that brings together information about an individual’s credit history, such as your total outstanding debt and if you repaid your debt on time. A credit report contains information on where you live, how you pay your bills, and whether you’ve been sued, arrested, or filed for bankruptcy. The three […]

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  • What can I do to improve my credit score?

    Pay all bills on time — Just one or two late payment(s) can adversely impact your score.Keep balances low on credit cards and other revolving credit products.Apply for and open new credit accounts only as needed.Review your credit report from the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) and contact them if you […]

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