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Supporters of republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stand next to a national debt clock during a rally at Exeter High School on January 8, 2012 in Exeter, New Hampshire.

The US posted a $234 billion budget deficit last month, the biggest one-month deficit in history

The budget deficit is being driven by the tax reform law supported by President Trump and the GOP as well as the bipartisan spending deal.
Paying off student loan debt is hard, no matter which strategy you use. The author is not pictured.

I paid off $40,000 of student loans in 2 years thanks to a math-based strategy I’d recommend to just about anyone

Wondering how to get out of student-loan debt? Consider the debt-avalanche strategy, which helped one man pay off his student loans in two years.
The best way to pay off credit card debt is simply to start.

The most convenient tools to help pay off credit card debt can ultimately save thousands of dollars

If you're trying to pay off credit card debt, balance transfer cards or personal loans could help.
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A string of bad choices after I got married led to the best financial decision I’ve ever made for my family

Holly Johnson and her husband were about $50,000 in debt — and they were tired of it. Now, they're completely debt-free and on a path to retire early.
The debt snowball and debt avalanche are two strategies to get out of debt.

The ‘debt snowball’ and ‘debt avalanche’ might sound gimmicky, but they’re both highly effective strategies to get out o...

If you want to get out of debt, the "debt snowball" or "debt avalanche" strategies could help. The most important thing, though, is to start.
A woman walks at a market in Caracas.

Venezuela’s debt has exploded to $156 billion, according to a new report

Venezuela's external debt rose to $156 billion in 2018, a new report estimates.

Americans struggled to pay off credit-card debt at the end of 2018, and 37 million accounts were seriously delinquent

At the end of 2018, Americans struggled to make payments on the country's $870 billion worth of credit card debt.

America’s farmers are swimming in $409 billion of debt

American farmers are facing the most debt in decades.

China spent years trying to trim its massive debt burden. A recent move to pile on more could be risky

The mountain of debt encumbering China's economy looks set to grow after private companies piled on leverage at the start of 2019.
Do you have enough money to retire?

7 signs you might not have enough money to retire

If you're still paying off debt and put off saving for retirement until later in life, retiring may be further away than you like.