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3 ways technology will improve elder care

Detecting health problems early is vital to senior care. Here's how technology will help.Read more

Would a life insurance company 'friend' you?

Your social media posts, tweets, pics and pins could make it tougher for you to find an affordable life insurance policy.Read more

Is it last call for the Fed's record-low rates?

The Fed has been gun-shy about raising rates. Will its aim get sharper this week?Read more

ID theft victims tell of paying a high price

Victims may fight for years to clear their name, fix their credit and mend their finances.Read more

Summer tuneup tips to keep a car in tiptop shape

For a long car trip, take these steps to prepare for the dog days.Read more

Long-term care insurance if you retire abroad

It turns out that policies are all over the map on paying for care outside the U.S.Read more

Mortgage rates go for a dip as stocks sag

Mortgage rates fell as stocks sank and Greece was no longer the word.Read more

Financial security stays positive for 14th month

Survey: Despite heightened concerns about jobs, Americans feel good about their finances.Read more

Cheap checks may leave you vulnerable to fraud

We put one check-ordering company to the test. See how it failed miserably.Read more

Swing for the fences: Lessons from baseball on managing your money

Financial experts see parallels between America's pastime and money management.Read more

Psych yourself up to save for retirement

Put the right mental framework in place so you can coast into your golden years.Read more

Can mergers ruin customer service?

Business marriages can be good for investors. But are customers left at the altar?Read more

Mortgages bounce higher after Greek debt deal

Mortgage rates moved slightly higher on signs of a debt relief deal for Greece.Read more

2 tricks to score online shopping deals

Try one of these strategies and you could save as much as 25% off the asking price.Read more

10 terrible money habits to ruin your finances

These money pitfalls could bankrupt you. Good news: They can be easily avoided, too.Read more

Blogs

Is free-home offer a good deal?

At first blush, the offer of a fixer-upper in Sicily seems like a dream, but beware the potential nightmare.Read more

3 ways to outsmart Uncle Sam

Retirement tax planning isn't just for millionaires. Read more

Homeownership falls to level last seen during Beatlemania

The national homeownership rate is at its lowest level in 48 years, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.Read more

Moving to escape state estate taxes

Most estates won't face the federal tax, but it's a different story in states that still collect them. Would you relocate to protect your estate from taxes?Read more

Anthem-Cigna deal would create ‘Big 3′

Regulators will question whether the proposed merger would cost consumers more for health insurance. Read more

Jean Chatzky: Emotions that fuel spending

Spending money to improve your mood might work in the short term, but it won't keep bad feelings away forever.Read more

Chrysler gets largest fine in recall history

Fiat Chrysler must pay a $105 million fine for recall problems and issued two new recalls affecting more than 1.7 million cars. Read more

Ways to keep disability honest

Social Security Disability is in trouble. Here are some ideas for controlling costs by changing the rules.Read more

Gunslinger Yellen pats the holster

The Federal Reserve chief and her posse may close on a rate hike at this week's meeting.Read more

Keeping a roof over your head

There are many types of housing to consider, but getting a reverse mortgage can be a good option for staying put.Read more

Take me out to the ballgame — ouch!

With injuries mounting, one fan takes legal action to force foul-ball netting at baseball stadiums.Read more

Same-sex marriage to boost state tax revenue

A few states resisted same-sex marriage. Now that it's the nation's law, however, it could help boost their states' tax collections.Read more

Records shattered in existing-home sales

Existing-home sales reached record highs in June, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.Read more

Social Security: No COLA in 2016

The Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the program's health, and the news was so-so.Read more

Fight over investor protection rule gets ugly

The financial industry has picked sides in the fight over the DOL's proposal to impose the fiduciary standard to retirement account advisers. Will investors win?Read more

Family caregivers face financial strain

Family caregivers provide billions in free care to family members, but the time, emotional and financial pressures weigh heavily.Read more

Surprising way low wages hurt young people

Low wages are putting millennials at a huge disadvantage -- and it may have lasting effects.Read more

Time to end 401(k) matches?

Some policy experts say 401(k) matches cost taxpayers more than they are worth and may actually hinder retirement savings.Read more

Tax evasion is a global problem

Greece's financial troubles are partially due to the country's widespread tax evasion. It's a worldwide problem, even in the United States.Read more

Does your surgeon make the cut?

A new "Surgeon Scorecard" helps consumers pick a surgeon based on their past performance.Read more

Jean Chatzky: Best job interview questions

These seven questions will show you're engaged and ambitious -- and get you the information you need to know about a prospective employer.Read more

Deck stacked against women

Women earn less and claim less Social Security, which makes it more likely they'll be poor in retirement.Read more

Clinton targets the rich

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has made it clear she's gunning for the wealthy.Read more

The economy’s next big test

We find out this week whether an important economic sector is making the grade.Read more

Housing starts and sales on the rise

Housing starts jumped nearly 10 percent from May to June, a sign that the housing market is getting stronger.Read more

Stock plans with a foreign twist

Fidelity opens an office in Germany to expand its ability to manage equity compensation on a global scale.Read more

Tax ID theft victims need one IRS contact

Tax identity theft can be a mess to fix. That's why the National Taxpayer Advocate says the IRS needs a single point of contact for tax ID theft victims.Read more

Honda pays fine over lending practices

Honda will pay $24 million in restitution and change its car loan practices as the result of discrimination against certain borrowers.Read more

How will we insure domestic partners?

Employers ponder whether to insure unwed spouses following the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling.Read more

An optimistic shade of Beige Book

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says higher rates are "likely" this year as the Fed releases an upbeat survey. Read more

Retired and back on the job

Retiring to rock on the porch isn't a reality for about one-third of middle-income boomers.Read more

How not to lose the family fortune

With the right guidance, families can improve the younger generations' chances of fiscal responsibility.Read more

Mortgage tax break safe this election cycle

Presidential candidates want to simplify the tax code, but not at the expense of homeowners.Read more

Uncle Sam’s new rules for retirees

At the White House Conference on Aging, the government announced several changes to programs that assist older Americans.Read more

Will Aetna-Humana deal make rates pop?

A merger of two health insurance giants comes as their competitors petition to raise rates.Read more

Jean Chatzky: Warehouse club do’s, don’ts

Five deals and five duds you're likely to find at your nearest bulk goods membership club.Read more

What’s next for Greece?

A deal has been struck between Greece and the country's European creditors. But now what happens? It's up to a vote and then it's time for Greece to get to work.Read more

We need life — not death — counseling

Have we outlived the need for end-of-life counseling?Read more

Let’s check the consumer’s pulse

This week brings a reading of shopper strength, plus a truly "happy" birthday.Read more

Government hack hits 21.5M people

The affected consumers include 19.7 million former, current and prospective federal employees who applied for a background investigation, and 1.8 million of their family members.Read more

No retirement for Sarah Bernard

Millennial media darling Sarah Bernard is a retirement spokesperson, but she doesn't think she'll ever retire in the traditional way.Read more

The hidden danger of selfie sticks

What's the danger in selfie sticks? The answer is probably lurking right behind you.Read more

IRS urged to go more digital

Taxpayers are demanding more digital solutions. The IRS needs to respond, but also ensure the online options are secure.Read more

Fed minutes hint at rate-hike timing

Minutes from the last Fed meeting suggest policymakers are getting closer to raising interest rates.Read more

Chase fined $216M over debt collection

The bank had been accused of selling bad credit card debt and illegally "robo-signing" court documents.Read more

Is Greek tragedy our odyssey?

Greek retirees have it bad, but their troubles aren't likely to be our troubles.Read more

Major technical issue halts NYSE

Technical glitch halted trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.Read more

Down to the wire for Greece

The Greek crisis has reached a climax. Greece must submit proposals for reforms by Thursday. EU leaders will meet over the weekend to decide its fate.Read more

Changing the way rich people give

Former Facebook president wants the new rich to use startup-company principles in philanthropy.Read more

Medicare considers telemedicine

Making telemedicine more available requires changing long-standing Medicare rules, but there are good reasons to do it.Read more

Washington rakes in $70 million in pot taxes

Washington state's first 12 months of taxable marijuana sales were much better than expected.Read more

Jean Chatzky: A credit report primer

Here's a tour of your credit report in four steps.Read more

Insurance mergers are all the rage

Analysts say market changes are prompting a feeding frenzy of consolidation among insurance companies.Read more

Greece votes ‘no.’ Now what?

Greek citizens voted in a "yes-no" referendum on Sunday. The "no" votes won with more than 60 percent.Read more

Financial abuse growing problem

Take the team approach to protecting the aging and vulnerable.Read more

Second-act suspense for the economy

Welcome to the second half of 2015! What will it bring for the economy and interest rates?Read more

Seeing red, white and blue on the road

Here's how red, white and blue cars rank in popularity by brand and model.Read more

HUD clarifies rule on reverse mortgages

In 2011, the courts established that HUD had violated the law by triggering payment of the loan while the non-borrowing spouse was still in the house.Read more

Stale jobs report, crisp mortgage rates?

The June jobs report was less-than-stellar. Find out what it means for mortgage rates.Read more

Read the fine print in jobs report

The June jobs report offers less than meets the eye, despite falling unemployment. Read more

Chicago now taxing some cloud services

If you live in the Windy City and stream television shows, movies or music, you'll now face a 9% tax on that service.Read more

Are you insured for Shark Week?

Though the odds of a shark attacking you are astronomical, you're probably covered -- just in case.Read more

Financing a tiny house

Some people see tiny homes as a liberating lifestyle, enabling them to free up resources for other things besides a big house payment. Read more

Americans hit the road this July 4th

Low gas prices and rising household incomes mean lots of Americans will travel this holiday weekend.Read more

6 things same-sex couples must do

Now that same-sex marriage is legal everywhere, it is important for couples to take another look at their retirement planning.Read more

Obama wants to spread overtime pay

The president is proposing to raise the income threshold for workers eligible to earn overtime.Read more

6 tax tips for newlyweds

It may not be romantic, but taking care of these tax tasks after you return from your honeymoon can save you some money.Read more

Time to rewrite same-sex health plans

Domestic partner health coverage may decline now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.Read more

Jean Chatzky: Maximize job benefits

Your compensation package is more than just pay. Do you know the benefits your company offers?Read more

Meanwhile in China, the bear roars

China's mainland stock market dove into a bear market despite the weekend rate cut from the central bank -- and Greece shut down its stock exchange entirely.Read more

Falling on your assets is expensive

Avoiding a fall is a lot cheaper than recovering from one.Read more

Money fears put the brakes on life

Financial worries are increasingly causing Americans to delay major events such as getting married or buying a home.Read more

Will the jobs report be a sparkler?

The shortened holiday week brings the government's latest jobs reading. Will it be worth celebrating?Read more

Jean Chatzky: Find the high yields

Is high-yield checking right for you? First, you should consider the fine print.Read more

Same-sex marriage now law of the land

The Supreme Court has ruled same-sex marriages are legal nationwide.Read more

Obamacare battle over? Not likely

Obamacare opponents don't sound ready to give up, despite their latest loss at the Supreme Court.Read more

Free-home offer hard to refuse

If you dream of living in Sicily, one town has an offer that appears too good to pass up. But there's a catch.Read more

The day lightning risk struck home

When you first hear thunder, seek shelter in a home, building or hard-top vehicle to avoid lightning's danger.Read more

Saving at work makes a difference

Employers who offer retirement benefits get a lot of bang for their bucks.Read more

Next Obamacare target: medical devices

Now that the Affordable Care Act and the tax credits that make it possible will remain, Congress is focusing on repealing parts of it, such as the medical device tax. Read more

High court rescues Obamacare (again)

The U.S. Supreme Court has saved the Obama health care law's money-saving subsidies.Read more

1,000% tip is no joke!

Waiters work hard for the money and no one appreciates that more than a former waiter.Read more

Disconnect between love and money

Do you know your spouse's income or the size of his or her nest egg? If the answer is no, you're not alone.Read more

Millennials best their elders

Millennials are committed to good money management habits and in many ways show up boomers and Gen X.Read more

Don’t step in the Greece

With loan deadlines looming and no cash, Greece is hammering out an eleventh-hour deal to get more bailout money. Here's what American investors should know.Read more

No NBA title, but big Cleveland tax take

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost the 2015 NBA title, but the games brought the city $1.4 million in added tax revenue.Read more

4 percent rule vs. buying an annuity

Don't rely on one or the other. Do both, says one financial researcher.Read more

Brokers: We can’t put customers first

The Department of Labor wants to protect consumers from conflicted advice in retirement plans. Some Republicans want to stop the DOL. Read more

Hoping for a good read on the economy

More of the recovery story will be fleshed out with this week's readings on growth and housing.Read more

New car quality up, Korean brands lead

New car quality has risen three percent over the last year, with Korean brands leading the industry and Japanese makes struggling.Read more

Cut the fat from savings plans

One retirement plan, one set of rules and limited fees should be enough for retirement savers, says economist John Friedman.Read more

Could Wal-Mart spur tax reform?

A new report charges Wal-Mart with using international loopholes to lower its U.S. tax bills. With the world's largest retailer now part of the conversation, corporate tax reform might finally happen.Read more

Why taxpayers lose on stadium funding

Government loves to support shiny new sports stadiums, but one expert says taxpayers should cry foul.Read more

Feds delay new mortgage docs

The rollout of easier-to-use mortgage documents has been delayed three months.Read more

Too many retirees; too little money

A new report emphasizes that Social Security is spending more than it is taking in and we need to collect more taxes or spend less on the program.Read more

Health insurance mergers coming?

The two largest health insurers are looking for merger partners. What does it mean for your wallet?Read more

Charitable giving made easy

The ease and flexibility of donor-advised funds make them a popular choice.Read more

‘Old coots’ need not apply

Age discrimination is a growing problem, as people are living longer and need to work longer.Read more

Breach alert: LastPass

Time to change the password guarding your passwords.Read more

IRS, tax industry unite to fight tax ID fraud

Uncle Sam, state tax departments and the tax industry private sector have united to fight tax identity theft and fraudulent refund filings.Read more

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