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Mortgage Application Document Checklist for 2022

Cathay Bank’s mortgage checklist will help you identify the documents you’ll need to supply before you can obtain a mortgage loan. Keep reading
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Is using a payment plan for shopping right for you?

Should you choose a buy now, pay later option instead of making traditional one-time payments? Here are three things to think through before you decide. Keep reading
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How to Use Your Money to Prepare for Different Life Stages

Want to learn how to make your money last a lifetime? Here's how to plan and prepare money-saving strategies to meet your money goals for each stage of life. Keep reading
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Which Mortgage Option Is Best for You?

Which mortgage program best suits your financial needs? Answer these questions about your circumstances, preferences, and qualifications to learn more. Keep reading
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Striking the balance between debt payments and savings

Choosing between paying off debt and putting savings into your emergency fund? The strategy you should use depends on your finances and priorities. Keep reading
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New Year’s resolution to save money? Here is how to do it

If you resolve to save money in 2021, you might need to implement new financial habits and strategies. Try these six tips for meeting your money goals. Keep reading
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Assess your life insurance options — there is more to it than you think

Life insurance can be an important safeguard to protect your family or business, but choosing a policy can be tricky. Here is what you need to know. Keep reading
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First-time Homebuyers: Questions to Ask a Mortgage Lender When Buying a Home

Buying your first home can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. Here are questions you should make sure you ask the first time you go through the process. Keep reading
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How to fix your personal credit score

The average consumer’s FICO score is 704, which is at the lower end of “good” territory. Here is how you can improve your credit score. Keep reading
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How to Read and Understand Your Credit Report

A 2018 WalletHub survey found that 41% of people check their credit reports more than once a year. This is mostly due to not understanding them. Here is how to read yours. Keep reading
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