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Simpler way to claim home office deduction

The newer method may be easier, but do the math to see which way is better.Read more

Mortgages tick up on mixed economic reports

Even as the economy sends conflicting signals, it pushes mortgage rates higher.Read more

Turning hobby into business means tax breaks

Does your pastime make money? Turning it into a business could provide tax advantages.Read more

Economists survey: Say goodbye to cheap gas?

Check out what top economists told us to expect at the gas pump and on Wall Street.Read more

Asking economists: How will the economy grow?

Top forecasters give us their prognosis for the overall health of the economy.Read more

Corporate wellness programs offer financial help

More employers are providing their workers with programs to get financially fit.Read more

What if your house spent like the White House?

What would your household budget look like if you had Obama's spending priorities?Read more

How early retirees can build an income bridge

An income bridge can help early retirees cross the chasm to Social Security benefits.Read more

Will the Supreme Court kill Obamacare?

See what's at stake as the health care law faces a new challenge at the Supreme Court.Read more

Sick of checking fees? Check out credit unions

You may save a few bucks on credit union checking fees. What else can you score?Read more

Tips for tracking down your tax refund

Waiting for your IRS money? Try these tips for tracking down your tax cash.Read more

Thank Yellen, Greece for dip in mortgage rates

The central bank won't cut short-term rates soon, leading to a drop in mortgage rates.Read more

Tax help in caring for aging parents

Taking care of Mom and Dad? You could claim them as dependents for a little tax relief.Read more

How to cut your cellphone bill in half

You're probably paying too much for the talk, text and data services you get.Read more

10 states with the highest minimum wages

Where do lowest paid workers earn the most? And which state just jumped onto this list?Read more


The takeout lifestyle takes off

We may soon spend more money on eating out than groceriesRead more

Surprising sizzler of a jobs report

The February employment report wasn't as frosty as many had expected.Read more

Big businesses, zero taxes

A recent look at profitable big businesses found 11 companies that paid no U.S. taxes in 2014. This is one reason why we're likely to see corporate tax reform soon.Read more

Will Google destroy insurance agents?

Auto insurance agents brace for battle as Google prepares to rewrite the rules of road risk. Read more

Are you feeling optimistic?

Lower gas prices and rising balances improve retirement savers' outlooks, survey finds.Read more

Jean Chatzky: What’s a good credit score?

The answer depends on what you're applying for.Read more

Can more data help credit?

New studies from two major credit bureaus show adding more data to credit reports would boost a ton of consumers' credit scores. Read more

Beige Book is a ‘wintry mix’

Harsh winter weather has put a chill on the Fed's Beige Book economic survey.Read more

Hackers gonna hack: Protect yourself

These two simple steps can help keep your data -- and your money -- safe from hackers.Read more

Tax laws by executive order?

Congress can't seem to agree on much nowadays, so one senator is proposing tax law changes by White House executive order. That's not a good idea.Read more

Supreme Court’s Obamacare rematch

The Supreme Court hears arguments in a case challenging Obamacare's subsidies.Read more

The 4-wheel tradition revs up

We still have a collective interest in conserving gasoline, but so far it hasn't overcome our love of wide, spacious vehicles that can haul a bunch of stuff. Read more

Are you saving enough?

Americans report they are doing better at saving, but too many lack a dedicated plan.Read more

Untangling Social Security survivor benefits

Understanding widow and widower benefits is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.Read more

Will this winter be a game changer?

The record-breaking winter may be contributing to a rethinking of climate change among insurers.Read more

Costco picks Visa, Citi

Citi will take over as the exclusive issuer of Costco's co-branded credit card, while Visa will take over as its credit card network. Read more

One weird trick for successful investing

Think you have to be a rocket scientist to invest for the long run? Think again -- the most successful long-term investors do the least. Read more

New fiduciary standard: Do we need it?

President Obama announced in late February that a Department of Labor rule requiring investment professionals to adhere to a fiduciary standard when advising retirement plan participants is being submitted for review by the Office of Management and Budget.Read more

Americans happier with their banks?

Of any checking account feature, customers rated debit cards as the most essential. A whopping 60 percent said they couldn't image living without a debit card.Read more

Jean Chatzky: Surviving divorce after 50

It takes a lot more financial untangling when divorce strikes after age 50. Here's what you need to know.Read more

Weather’s job on the economy

The week brings the possibility of a frosty jobs report and the anniversary of hula hoopla.Read more

Fight brewing over mobile wallets

Companies are scrambling to grab a piece of a very small pie as they acquire or roll out mobile wallet platforms to take on Apple Pay.Read more

Medicaid expansion insures 10.8M

Medicaid enrollment jumps 10.8 million, thanks to state expansion under the Affordable Care Act.Read more

Military service fuels money smarts

A new survey shows that young military members are positioning themselves for long-term personal finance success.Read more

529 college plan expansion passes House

A White House idea to end tax-free 529 benefits resulted in a 180, with passage of a House bill to expand the college savings option.Read more

CFPB: Bring on more free scores

The CFPB also wants agencies to make it easier for consumers to access and interpret their credit reports. Read more

Is your broker wrecking your retirement?

Skewed financial incentives for advisers can lead to less than optimal financial advice. What is the answer to conflicts of interest? Read more

Does cheaper gas make you crash?

There may be a link between cheaper gas prices and more collisions, according to a new study.Read more

Fed Chair Yellen preaches ‘patience’

The Fed boss reminds Congress that the central bank will take its time with raising rates. Read more

Free state tax filing with MyFreeTaxes

State taxes are a complication and cost for millions of U.S. taxpayers. MyFreeTaxes offers online and in-person help at no cost.Read more

Let’s break down Obamacare signups

Obamacare health insurance proves popular, even in states where politicians remain opposed to it.Read more

Obama backs tougher rule for brokers

Proposed new rule would hold brokers to a higher standard when they sell retirement investments.Read more

Jean Chatzky: Negotiate your salary

These four steps will help you get the salary you deserve when taking a new job.Read more

Yellen and the new Senate

This week will feature a grilling of Fed Chair Janet Yellen and updates on inflation and housing.Read more

AmEx loses DOJ antitrust suit

Amex plans to appeal the decision, so how it ultimately affects your wallet remains to be seen.Read more

More Obamacare time, headaches

The Obama administration announces a special Obamacare enrollment period and a health care tax mistake.Read more

Rival taking a bite out of Apple Pay?

Smartphone maker Samsung this week acquired mobile payments startup LoopPay.Read more

What keeps insurers up nights?

Flying drones and self-driving cars keep insurance actuaries wide awake imagining the liability risks. Read more

Lawsuit challenges IRS Social Security offsets

Taking tax refund money to pay what a filer owes another government agency is not unusual. A federal lawsuit, however, says the Social Security Administration went too far.Read more

America’s 12 most dangerous banks

A new report released by the Treasury's Office of Financial Research scores banks on the scale of risk they pose to the financial system, and Chase came in at No. 1 overall by a wide margin. Read more

The Fed holds its cards close

Minutes from last month's Fed meeting yield few clues about when rates will rise.Read more

Obamacare deadline is stretched

Federal and state-based exchanges are giving people more time to enroll in a health insurance plan.Read more

More taxes on Social Security?

Making nearly everybody pay taxes on Social Security is one way to cut its looming deficit.Read more

Obamacare tax troubles popping up

Tax filing season seems to be going well so far, but we're also starting to get reports of Obamacare tax troubles.Read more

Black Friday for cyber insurance

The Anthem data breach has helped spark a corporate rush to obtain insurance against hackers.Read more

An economy ‘divided against itself’

We cannot tell a lie: Presidents Day week brings updates on housing and the Fed.Read more

What money means for love

As Valentine's Day approaches, a new study looks at how saving and spending philosophies impact relationships.Read more

AmEx, Costco end card partnership

Effective March 31, 2016, your Amex won't be accepted at bulk retailer Costco. Read more

Your honey or your money?

Three in five adults who answered an online poll last month said they would rather experience an unexpected financial challenge than a romantic breakup.Read more

Tax ID theft and e-filing concerns

Tax identity theft and fraud is a growing issue, highlighted by problems with recent state e-filings. Will security concerns affect how you file your 1040?Read more

The ‘kill switch’ is saving you grief

The kill switch, which allows smartphone owners to disable or erase a phone remotely, may be behind a huge drop in robberies, officials say.Read more

Last weekend to buy health insurance

Obamacare's second open enrollment period ends Sunday, Feb. 15. Buy now or risk a higher tax penalty.Read more

No gas in the tank for retail sales?

Low gas prices may be filling up consumers' wallets, but retailers aren't yet benefiting.Read more

‘Chip-penning’ of cards is upon us

An EMV card with a smart chip loaded with encryption technology is difficult for anyone to clone at any price, let alone your run-of-the-mill petty criminal. Read more

Delay Social Security, get a bonus?

Financial whizzes at the Pension Research Council suggest giving Social Security recipients a cash bonus for delayed claiming. What do you think?Read more

The spend-it-all retirement plan

You might have planned to save for retirement, but do you have a spending strategy?Read more

Gas prices: On the rise?

Every driver in America has witnessed what could be the first rule of energy prices: What goes down should eventually come back up. Read more

Jean Chatzky: 5 Social Security tips

This advice will help you make the most of your Social Security benefits.Read more

New fees health insurance won’t cover

Insurers are balking at covering some fees that health care providers have begun charging.Read more

US trails in retirement security

At No. 19, the U.S. provides less retirement security than most highly developed countries. Read more

New IRS online tax pro directory

Looking for a tax pro to help you file your 2014 return? The IRS now has an online directory to help you make the choice.Read more

Obamacare’s hidden victories

Medicaid/CHIP enrollment rising as growing number of states expand Medicaid under Obamacare.Read more

Jean Chatzky: 5 tax refund ideas

Here's what to do with a refund when you have no debt and you're already saving for retirement.Read more

Hiring, spending and ‘puppy love’

It will be a week of jobs and retail data and Valentine's spending, including on pets.Read more

A ‘no complaints’ job report

More jobs, rising wages: What's not to love about the January jobs report?Read more

Who hasn’t gone mobile?

Our survey found 71 percent of Americans indicate they use a mobile device -- like a smartphone or tablet -- to access the Internet.Read more

TurboTax halts state e-filings

Fears of fraudulent state tax returns has prompted TurboTax to temporarily halt e-filing of those documents.Read more

Wage gains deliver mixed news

Higher mortgage rates are coming, maybe soon. That's what the January employment report implies.Read more

Insurer sheds light on doctor prices

Consumer breakthrough: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina posts physician medical prices online.Read more

IRS offers Obamacare penalty relief

Some taxpayers could be facing penalty charges connected to the Obamacare advance premium tax credit calculations. Not to worry. The IRS is waiving them in many cases.Read more

Hackers hit insurance giant Anthem

A data breach at the nation's second-largest health insurer may affect up to 80 million.Read more

Jobs get slipperier in the oil patch

The oil industry is going through hard times again. What does that mean for the economy?Read more

Putting a price on not vaccinating

The California measles outbreak is hitting immune systems and possibly America's wallet.Read more

Obama’s mixed message on saving

Retirement expert critiques Obama's retirement-related 2016 budget proposals.Read more

Valentine’s Day: More money, more romance?

Valentine's Day can be ridiculously, unromantically expensive. Here's how to save a little cash without looking cheap.Read more

Buffett, Romney prompt Obama tax proposals

President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget contains several tax proposals prompted by well-known individuals, including Warren Buffett and Mitt Romney.Read more

Obama’s budget plans for retirees

The president's 2016 budget proposal has lot of suggestions that affect older Americans.Read more

I can’t believe I haven’t refi’d

When 65 percent of homeowners say they are "very confident" that they know their mortgage rate, most of them are overconfident.Read more

Why it’s great to drive in New Jersey

Pump prices dropped by more than 41 percent in the Garden State, when compared with the same time last year.Read more

Paying taxes on Social Security

Social Security makes it a little easier to pay Uncle Sam what you owe him.Read more

Fixes fail, so cars recalled again

NHTSA is recalling over 2.12 million previously recalled cars after the original repair was not effective in some cars.Read more

Wage gain-train is overdue

This week's highlights will include updates on jobs and wages and a birthday for the euro.Read more

Jean Chatzky: Exercise on the cheap

Here are five cheap -- or even free -- ways to exercise in 2015.Read more

Super car ads for Super Bowl Sunday

Numerous automakers will be presenting Super Bowl commercials and viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite ads.Read more

Military pension overhaul proposed

Blue ribbon panel releases proposal to reform military retirement plans and give service people with fewer than 20 years some benefits.Read more

A card to combat climate change

The new biodegradable Sustain:Green MasterCard rewards cardholders with carbon offsets for their purchases. Read more

Obamacare enrollment up for 2015

Obamacare news includes increased enrollment, more Medicaid expansion and lower cost projections.Read more

Fed keeps spigot open to aid economy

The federal funds rate will remain ultralow, targeting between zero and 0.25 percent.Read more

Tax breaks for 529 plans are safe

Parents worried about how they'll pay for their kids' college educations can rest easier. The White House has backed off a proposal to tax 529 plan earnings.Read more

6 stunning facts about Apple’s earnings

The world's biggest company, Apple, released earnings for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015. The results were stunning. Read more

The storm’s flurry of insurance issues

Homeowners affected by this week's nor'easter need to check their coverage and take protective measures.Read more

4 hurdles to great Wi-Fi phone service

Cable giant Cablevision will offer a nationwide Wi-Fi only mobile service beginning next month. Here's why it won't keep cellular carriers up at night.Read more

Beware tax ID thieves

Tax season 2015 is officially underway. That means some taxpayers already have become victims of tax identity theft. Don't become the next one to fall prey to this crime.Read more

Home, auto rates outpace inflation

Home insurance rates edged up 3.5 percent in 2014, auto insurance 2.1 percent, according to report.Read more

Why isn’t gas even cheaper?

If gasoline comes from oil, why isn't the price falling as fast?Read more

Deflation and the ‘big game’

The "big game" among this week's economic events is the Federal Reserve meeting. The Federal Open Market Committee huddles just days after Europe's Central Bank took a page out of the Fed's playbook, embarking on a trillion euros in asset purchases intended to lift the region's economy. It says something about our time that there'sRead more

Jean Chatzky: 5 money moves in 2015

Make this the year you'll complete everything on your financial to-do list. Start with these money moves.Read more

Florida No. 1 in home insurance rates

Average home insurance premium tops $2,000 for first time, despite a decade-long absence of a major storm.Read more

Wal-Mart offers cash tax refunds

Want your tax refund in cash? Wal-Mart's new Direct2Cash program gives filers the option to pick up their refund money in cash at the retail giant's stores.Read more

Poll: Majority wants to break up big banks

A poll released this week by the Progressive Change Institute showed 58 percent of Americans support breaking up big banks like Citigroup.Read more

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