Dive into personal loan basics to learn when and how they might be a good choice for borrowing money. Additionally, Discover offers resources to help you prepare for taking out a personal loan.

What is a Loan Origination Fee?

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A loan origination fee is a one-time, upfront charge for processing a personal loan. It can also be called a sign-up fee or an upfront fee.

A personal loan may be a great way to consolidate higher interest debt or pay for an unexpected expense. But it’s important to understand… Read More

What Does the Federal Reserve Do?

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You are probably hearing a lot more about the Federal Reserve these days. Often called “the Fed,” the Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the United States.

Among other functions, the Fed supervises and regulates financial institutions, conducts national… Read More

Inflation and Interest Rates: What’s the Link?

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You have probably noticed the rising cost of groceries, gas, and cars. Maybe you also recall hearing about the Federal Reserve (“the Fed”) raising interest rates several times in recent years.

Why do interest rates go up when inflation is high? And how does it affect… Read More