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Financial Literacy

Financial literacy requires knowing how to set and reach your goals. How to shop for the best interest rates. How to avoid scams. Knowing how money works in the world. Make this the starting point on your money road map.

Financial Literacy

The tough economy is an opportunity to raise kids who understand fiscal responsibility.
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Is your adult child still financially dependent on you? Time for tough love?
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Are you financially faithful to your spouse? Our quiz will show if you're a cheater.
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What good is a budget if you ignore it? Build a budget for your lifestyle.
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If you slept through economics, you missed some important stuff about handling money.
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See how you stack up when it comes to your money IQ.
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Money Makeover

What is your savings goal? We’ll help you get there. Learn how to rejuvenate your finances and improve your financial literacy.
Can you save for a rainy day without slipping? Follow these tips to stay on track.
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This education savings account helps you save for schooling from kindergarten through college.
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Saving money isn't always easy. Try these simple tricks to grow your savings.
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Bankrate's Money Makeover prize winner is a young dad with a long list of financial priorities.
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If you're tired of being a slave to creditors, here's a plan to help you break free.
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Bankrate.com's Greg McBride helps a young father find a way to pay off his debt and save for the future.
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Best & Worst Cities To Retire

The best and worst cities to retire may not be where you'd expect. Bankrate’s ranking takes into account a variety of qualities that we believe are important for every retiree, such as health care quality, cost of living, tax rate, crime rate and walkability.
The best cities to retire aren't where you'd expect. And each offers something different.
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We're not saying you should avoid these cities; they're just tougher on newcomers.
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Some cities make it easier to enjoy your retirement. Others do not. Where does yours rank?
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Our database started with thousands of entries. Here's how we pared it down to 10.
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Money Pulse

How do Americans feel about the checking accounts, credit cards, insurance, mortgages and other financial products they use every day? Do consumers know as much as they should about credit scores, taxes, college loans and retirement saving? Find out with Bankrate's monthly Money Pulse survey, which explores Americans' financial opinions and knowledge. When it comes to money matters, are we smart and self-assured -- or less than literate? The Money Pulse has the answers!
This mini-course gives you seven steps to help get your financial life in order.
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Did you miss the bull market? Our Money Pulse survey explains why.
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Our survey shows half of Americans obtain their scores but forget one important habit.
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Our survey found few cardholders crave rewards. But here's why they do love plastic.
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Exclusive: 2015 High-Yield Checking Survey

If you're searching for more return on your bank deposits, it may be time to consider a high-yield checking account. You can earn a good return if you can meet the requirements.
A Bankrate survey finds you can earn a good return if you meet account requirements.
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Our survey shows average yields increased, beating other cash investments.
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If you keep a hefty balance in a checking account, be bold. Ask for more from your bank.
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Score higher rates with high-yield checking, and you won't need a savings account.
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PLACES TO PARK YOUR CASH

Have some cash to stash? Avoid the mattress! Choosing the right bank accounts can mean bigger returns over the long run. Here's what to keep in mind.
It's been a year of upheaval for big banks. Find out which have grown -- or shrunk.
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Paper checks are prone to fraud. Here's why we'll keep using them anyway.
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Checking account choices abound. Ask yourself these questions before deciding on one.
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Don't be duped by a "green" account. You could be paying more to be a do-gooder.
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Financial Literacy Quizzes

You take your finances seriously, but when it comes to financial literacy, are you financially fit? From saving and investing to preparing for college, test your money smarts.
Are you a boomer? Take our quiz on saving and investing as you prepare for retirement.
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You know your MTV veejays. But how much do you know about banking and finance?
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Are you financially faithful to your spouse? Our quiz will show if you're a cheater.
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See how you stack up when it comes to your money IQ.
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Financial Security Index

How do Americans feel about their job security, net worth, level of savings and debt? Bankrate's Financial Security Index finds out.
Stocks are still unpopular despite weak returns from low-risk alternatives. Here's why.
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Many Americans are feeling upbeat about their finances, especially certain groups.
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How do millennials compare with other age groups when it comes to financial security?
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As gas prices fell, people didn't pad their nest eggs. Here's where the money went instead.
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As gas prices dropped, some invested their savings. And then there are these people.
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52 Weeks of Savings

Can you try a new way to save every week for a year? Each week, Bankrate will try a new way of saving money and chronicle the journey. Try our 52-week savings challenge.
Style hair at home?

Try out this way to save cash on your mane and still look like a million-hair.

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Meal replacements to save cash?

Would replacing meals with Soylent save money? Maybe, but would you be happy?

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Safety vs. savings?

You might save hundreds of dollars a year with less expensive security substitutes.

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Economists Survey

This survey of the nation's top economists provides perspective on likely developments in the months ahead. See economists' forecasts for growth, unemployment, hiring and interest rates.
Economic indicators are gauges of hope and despair. We explain what they mean. 
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Check out what top economists told us to expect at the gas pump and on Wall Street.
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Top forecasters give us their prognosis for the overall health of the economy.
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Jean Chatzky

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