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Household debt tops 2008 peak, but Americans’ finances are better

The recovery from the Great Recession has hit a milestone: Total household debt climbed to $12.73 trillion in the first quarter to top the peak reached in 2008 before the housing market crash and severe economic downturn led to a historic reduction, according to government data released Wednesday.

Three ways it’s becoming harder for millennials to buy homes

Young people can face a lot of challenges when it comes to buying their first home – and that list may be growing. A house can seem far-fetched for someone struggling with student loans, rising rental costs and growing child-care expenses. But recent data from the real estate website Trulia found that people buying starter homes, or those in the bottom third of home values for their market, can also have a harder time closing on their mortgages or finding a home they can afford.

What a Fed rate hike means for your personal finances

Maybe this time higher interest rates actually mean higher interest rates. A year ago, the Federal Reserve lifted the key U.S. interest rate for the first time in more than nine years. Counterintuitively, mortgage rates then fell, and homebuyers had one more chance to refinance at historically low rates.

What Donald Trump’s win could mean for the average consumer

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump proposed sweeping changes that could have huge implications for the average American’s finances. Since winning the election, Trump has yet to release many specifics about the policies he hopes to implement once he’s in the White House. But based on what he and other Republicans have proposed in the past, the Trump presidency could affect how much consumers spend on taxes, health care and other services.