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Campbellsville University promotes Greensburg native Tim Judd to vice president for finance

Campbellsville University has announced that Tim Judd has been promoted to vice president for finance, chief financial officer. “Tim has been a valued member of our financial staff serving in several roles until the recent vice president position,” Campbellsville University President Michael V. Carter said. “He has led the Office of Business Services with integrity and dedication. We are proud...

Pew Trusts: It’s hard to manage your credit when you’ve never been taught about ‘interest’

By Marsha Mercer Pew Trusts When Kentucky state Treasurer Allison Ball and a colleague talked with high school seniors last year about credit cards and other pieces of the personal finance puzzle, something wasn’t right. “We kept using the word ‘interest’ and we kept getting blank stares,” Ball recalled. Finally, she asked the students who knew what interest is. No one did. “Here they...

Commentary: When is right time to refinance consumer debt (while paying more than minimum)?

By Christine Luken Special to KyForward While you are working to pay off your debt, is it ever a good idea to refinance some — or all of it — to a lower interest rate? Financial gurus seem split on the issue. I say it all depends on your particular situation and your mindset. My personal experience with consolidation loans wasn’t a positive one. I went to one of those shady finance companies...

Gena Bigler: Buried in a mountain of debt?
Be strategic about climbing out from under

Debt is a national problem.   I’m not talking about our national debt, which is an entirely separate problem, but American family debt.   We as a nation live beyond our means. The average American family has more than $7,000 in credit card debt. Home foreclosures have reached all-time highs in the past few years. Student loan debt is growing at a disturbing rate and is also at an...

Gena Bigler: Debt, no matter how you slice it,
is a national problem that needs our attention

Debt is a national problem.  Not the national debt, which is an entirely separate problem, but American family debt.    We as a nation live beyond our means.  The average American family has over $7,000 in credit card debt.  Home foreclosures reached all-time highs in the past few years.    Much of this debt is the result of a poor economy and poor job market that forced many families...