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  • Family finances: navigating the student loan mess

    The numbers are eye-popping. Student loan debt in the U.S. now stands at $1.1 trillion, with a current rate of default approaching 15 percent for loans within three years of beginning repayment. What's scary is that you don't need an exorbitant loan balance to face financial hardship. The highest rate of late payments is among borrowers with outstanding loans of less than $5,000, says Beth Akers, a fellow at the Brookings Institution. Clearly, the current college-financing system is in need of repair, if not outright overhaul. For three out-of-the-box proposals to fix the student loan market over the long term, read on.
  • U.S. student loan debt is not killing homeownership

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Is surging student debt really preventing an entire generation from becoming first-time homebuyers? That's true, to an extent, but also mischaracterizes education debt as holding most people back, rather than helping them get...

    In attack on encryption, FBI director ignores those who need protection

    The leaks of celebrity photos stored on iCloud or exchanged via Snapchat have focused the public's attention on how insecure their data are. And yet FBI Director James Comey is trying to persuade us that we face the opposite risk: The personal data on...

    FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes

    FBI director warns new phone encryption could thwart probes
    U.S. FBI Director James Comey on Thursday made his strongest comments yet about encryption features built into new cell phones by Google Inc and Apple Inc , warning they could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack homicide and child exploitation cases....

    Israel, Palestine and the almost deal

    Israel, Palestine and the almost deal
    Gaza remains in rubble, and so does the Israel-Palestinian peace process. The latest talks collapsed in April, though it feels longer ago given the summer of violence that came afterward. Of all the world's flash points to consider, why even look at...