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Costs come in 3 big waves when you buy a home

Here are the phases of the homebuying process when you write the big checks.Read more

A bad credit score could be a romantic turn-off

If your date knew your credit score, you might not be in a relationship, our survey shows.Read more

Raise your credit score by making this simple request

Almost 80% of credit card holders who ask for a higher credit limit get it, our survey shows.Read more

How to leave your family a Roth IRA windfall worth millions

With a modest investment, it's possible to leave your kids or grandkids a fortune.Read more

Quiz: Prince wasn't ready for the end. Are you?

Prince's death highlights the importance of wills. See if you have the right documents.Read more

Bank says, 'Psst! Want to buy a Jaguar?'

Your bank probably knows you well enough to recommend a car brand.Read more

7 roomy rides you'll actually want to drive

These fun road-trip cars offer a good fit for families.Read more

5 dumb car-leasing mistakes to avoid

Car leasing can save you money. Steer clear of these goofs or you'll pay more than you expected.Read more

Mortgages tiptoe up as homebuying season starts

The rise could be due to homebuying demand or uncertainty about the Fed.Read more

Here's how much the 4 ex-presidents cost taxpayers

Guess which former president racks up more than $1 million a year in expenses.Read more

8 diverse strategies to pick investments for your IRA

Advisers are divided about how risky investments should be in a traditional or Roth IRA.Read more

What to do if your tax refund is wrong

You got a check that's less, or more, than you expected. Here's how you deal with it.Read more

You like low rates? The Federal Reserve does, too

See how the Fed has explained its decision not to give interest rates a new nudge.Read more

3 households who wiped out student loans to buy homes

These people paid off their student loans quickly so they could own homes.Read more

Personal loan rates fall to 2016 low

Now may be the right time to take out a loan for debt consolidation or home improvements.Read more

Blogs

Why LeBron gets a Social Security tax break

The NBA's King James and other professional athletes and entertainment personalities don't have to pay much into Social Security. Why? The annual earnings cap.Read more

Prices rise for your data on the black market

Your credit card is worth more to crooks on the Internet today than it was last year.Read more

Mortgage rates for Tuesday, May 3

Mortgage rates mostly fell today. Borrowers with excellent credit typically get a better-than-average rate.Read more

Ask your lender to compare FHA with PMI

Unless you have stellar credit, you'll get a lower monthly house payment with an FHA loan than you will with private mortgage insurance with a tiny down payment.Read more

Nissan recalls 3.8 million cars

Nissan recalls 3.8 million cars for problems that could prevent airbags from deploying. Read more

Mortgage rates for Monday, May 2

Mortgage rates inched down today. Be sure to shop around to find the best rate.Read more

Job outlook is strong for new college grads

A survey from CareerBuilder.com finds 67% of employers plan to hire recent graduates.Read more

Venmo addresses blocked payments

Faced with customer complaints of discrimination, Venmo and its parent company have made efforts to prevent future false positives in enforcing U.S. sanctions.Read more

Those crazy rents and home prices

Maybe the rent isn't too high. Or maybe it's way out of whack. It depends on your perspective.Read more

Mortgage rates for Friday, April 29

Rates on mortgages fluctuate daily, but keep in mind that rates overall are around historic lows.Read more

Sign of the times: Prince, his estate, half-siblings

With the news about the untimely death of Prince, who left no will but is survived by a sister and 5 half-siblings, you're probably wondering what might happen if you died without a will. The answer depends on whether you are Marcia Brady (of "The Brady Bunch") or Claire Dunphy (of "Modern Family"). And itRead more

3 things that won’t ding your credit score

A new Equifax survey of American consumers reveals some of the misconceptions we have about credit.Read more

How your tax dollars are spent

Social Security, Medicare and defense spending get most of our tax dollars every year.Read more

Mortgage rates for Thursday, April 28

Anyone looking to purchase or refinance a home will find it's a great time to be in the market.Read more

Accused fraudsters brag of crime in song

Group tied to credit card thefts allegedly spent $258,000 at Barneys, then rapped about it.Read more

Future retirees are scared of inflation

If you're worried about how inflation could eat into your savings during retirement, you're not alone.Read more

The Fed hits ‘pause’ again

Policymakers at the Federal Reserve have opted to keep interest rates frozen.Read more

Market takes a bite out of Apple

Apple, among a group of four companies dubbed "FANG" by CNBC's Jim Cramer, has seen its shares decline sharply after reporting its 1st drop in quarterly revenue in 13 years. Read more

Mortgage rates for Wednesday, April 27

Mortgage rates may fluctuate day to day, but they are currently around historic lows.Read more

Prince left no will, but you can, frugally

Even if you're heartbroken over Prince's death, take a minute to reflect on the extra cost to his family. According to his sister, Prince died without a will.Read more

Confusing gear shift prompts big recall

More than 800,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep cars are being recalled because of a gear shift that confuses drivers, who are getting out of vehicles without putting them in park.Read more

IRS doesn’t take iTunes cards as tax payment

The latest telephone tax scam wants targeted victims to send the calling crooks iTunes gift cards. The IRS might like music, but it wants money.Read more

I think millennials aren’t weird

In the past few days, I've learned that a third of millennials plan to buy a home in the next year, 43% of them have subprime credit scores, and 1 in 5 expect their parents to contribute to the down payment.Read more

Mortgage rates for Tuesday, April 26

Rising home prices and a lack of inventory are sidelining prospective first-time homebuyers in many markets.Read more

Mortgage rates for Monday, April 25

Looking to buy a home? Mortgage rates remain attractively low.Read more

Misunderstood Fed fights off attacks

A federal feud: The central bank and Congress members often find themselves at odds.Read more

Mortgage rates for Friday, April 22

Average mortgage rates are up across the board, but it's still a great time to be in the market.Read more

How long to pay with a chip card? Outrageous!

Visa announced the rollout of new software that it said will allow cardholders to dip and remove their cards at the payment terminal in about 2 seconds.Read more

Mortgage rates for Thursday, April 21

Mortgage rates are currently near historic lows -- good news for anyone looking to purchase or refinance a home.Read more

Congressman shares tax ID theft story

Another member of the House Ways and Means Committee is a tax identity theft victim. Rep. Jim Renacci shared his story with his colleagues and introduced a bill to fight the crime.Read more

Harriet Tubman’s face to adorn the $20

Harriet Tubman's portrait will be going onto the front of the $20 bill, according to Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew.Read more

Mortgage rates for Wednesday, April 20

It's a great time to be in the market if you're a prospective homebuyer or looking to refi.Read more

Save by all means necessary

Saving is harder than it used to be, as many worried Americans can attest. But waiting until times get easier just isn't an option.Read more

Save big on gas-frugal cars for Earth Day

Drivers can save serious cash and help the environment with Earth Day discounts on fuel-efficient cars.Read more

Obamas file last tax return from White House

The Commander in Chief files taxes just like the rest of us. The Obamas (and Bidens) released their 2015 returns. But we're still waiting for more from folks who want to take their place in the White House. Read more

Mortgage rates for Tuesday, April 19

Mortgage rates are low. And if you have great credit, you can typically find even better deals.Read more

Mortgage rates for Monday, April 18

Mortgage rates fluctuate daily. Be sure to shop around to find the best deal.Read more

Mortgage rates for Friday, April 15

Mortgage rates are historically low, a boon if you're looking to purchase a home or refinance an existing mortgage.Read more

Senator wants IRS to provide free online tax-filing

Sen. Elizabeth Warren doesn't like the IRS partnership with TurboTax and other tax software companies. She wants the tax agency to provide its own free filing system.Read more

Nest egg: Spend it or save it?

A new study on retirement spending finds attitudes are all over the map and continuing to change.Read more

Mortgage rates for Thursday, April 14

Mortgage rates are low right now -- something prospective homebuyers should be happy to hear.Read more

Mortgage rates for Wednesday, April 13

Current mortgage rates are varied. Be sure to shop around to find the best deal.Read more

High yields no match for my laziness

Opting for a high-yield checking account seems like an obvious choice, but the hassle of switching bank accounts is a significant barrier.Read more

Sluggish global economy gets downgrade

The International Monetary Fund downgrades the outlook for global economic growth, citing diminished momentum in the U.S. and Japan among the reasons.Read more

Tesla recalls Model X SUVs

Tesla issues a recall for 2,700 Model X vehicles after a seat hinge slips during testing. All cars are expected to be repaired within 5 weeks.Read more

Fintechs are ‘prime’ personal loan players

Fintech lenders may be thought of as catering to customers with damaged credit, but new data suggests they've become powerhouse lenders to consumers with fair to good credit scores.Read more

Time running out for tax procrastinators

You've got less than a week to file your tax return, unless you get an extension. Either way, though, remember that you must pay any tax you owe by April 18.Read more

Mortgage rates for Tuesday, April 12

People looking to purchase a home will find that it's a great time to shop for a mortgage.Read more

Millennials rate quality of work life over pay

A majority of millennials say the quality of their work life is more important than financial benefits when it comes to evaluating a job offer. Read more

John Oliver takes a swing at credit bureaus

Comedian John Oliver takes a decidedly NSFW whack at the big 3 credit bureaus and the number of errors contained in consumer credit reports.Read more

6 reasons boomers worry and 6 ways to fix it

Worrying about retirement is a baby boomer preoccupation -- but there are solutions.Read more

US tops philanthropy ranking — again

A new index reveals where the most generous donors live and how much of their fortune they plan to leave to charity.Read more

Pay taxes in cash at 7-Eleven stores

If you don't have a credit or debit card or a bank account, the IRS has a tax payment option for you. You can pay your federal taxes in cash at some 7-Eleven stores.Read more

Medigap Plan F the most costly, yet popular

This plan costs more but pays the most, especially if you get really sick.Read more

Alaska Airlines to acquire Virgin America

Alaska Airlines will acquire Virgin America in a $4 billion deal that will expand the airline's West Coast presence, the airlines said.Read more

Free dinner for you; your savings for them

Four investment advisers used the time-tested free dinner investment seminars at a Tampa restaurant to scam $3.9 million from more than a dozen investors, many of them retirees.Read more

Democrats more optimistic about economy

Guess who had the most confidence in the market and the economy last year: Democrats or Republicans?Read more

Used car buyers: Watch for flood damage

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) warns that cars damaged in the recent Texas and South Central U.S. floods are likely to be sold by fraudsters.Read more

U.S. makes Panama Papers list

A massive batch of leaked financial documents sheds light on possible global tax havens of world leaders. Some of that cash is stashed in the United States. Read more

If commissions are out, will savers win?

Proposed rules will hold stockbrokers and other investment advisers to a tougher standard that the U.S. government thinks will protect savers.Read more

How time flies with your portfolio

Investors face 2 major r risks: risk to principal and risk to purchasing power. Savers are more concerned about one, and investors are more concerned about the other. Read more

Tesla buyers have long wait for Model 3

Tesla has received so many orders for its new Model 3 that many would-be buyers will be waiting two years or more to get their cars.Read more

Starbucks rewards changing; customers rebel

Starting April 12, Starbucks Rewards will be based on what you buy rather than on how many times you visit its shops, the company's website says. You'll earn 2 stars for every $1 you spend.Read more

FTC sues VW for ‘deceptive’ car ads

The Federal Trade Commission says it's suing Volkswagen Group of America over deceptive ads created to promote its "clean diesel" cars.Read more

Consumer gripes about banking issues rise

Consumer complaints against banks, mostly regarding checking accounts, rose in 2015, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.Read more

What personal loan complaints reveal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now taking complaints about online personal loans. Here's what consumers have had to say.Read more

Car sharing does not impact buying

Using a car-sharing or ride-sharing service does not mean that Americans are less likely to own their own car, says a new study by Kelley Blue Book.Read more

Jobless rate ticks up even as jobs grow

Job creation has proceeded slowly and steadily for many months now. On the positive side, the long economic recovery, dating back to the summer of 2009, appears to be sustainable. While at first glance, the slight increase in the unemployment rate to 5% might appear to be negative, it happened as more people were inRead more

What it’s like being the only U.S. bank in Cuba

Want to use a debit card in Cuba? Have I got a bank for you -- the operative word being "a." Just 1 U.S. bank can currently issue a debit card that's usable in Cuba: Stonegate Bank, based in Pompano Beach, Florida. Why Stonegate does it To find out how a bank with just overRead more

Crossovers lead rise in car sales

Car sales have been steadily rising and the entry-level crossovers are the hottest segment, according to new data from Experian Automotive.Read more

Chase mistakes dog for ISIS, freezes check

A bizarre mix-up over a dog's name sheds light on the massive screening effort going on behind the scenes to choke off funding to ISIS.Read more

Planning for the ‘good death’

Helping a patient grapple with the financial and other details related to his death can bring peace.Read more

$403B in tax refunds issued in fiscal 2015

Every year, the IRS sends refunds to most tax filers. In fiscal year 2015, total refunds came to more than $403 billion, with $208 billion of that going to taxpayers in 10 states.Read more

Keys to the March jobs report

There's virtually universal agreement that the job market can still do better than this. Read more

Kid is detained cashing money order; tweetstorm follows

A student on scholarship to learn coding was detained by police at a check-cashing store for trying to cash his stipend.Read more

Where you live impacts personal loans

State banking and securities authorities have a lot of say over whether peer-to-peer lenders and P2P investors can operate in their states.Read more

Managing end-of-life finances

The high cost of long-term care seems at odds with a low-risk, low-yield investment plan.Read more

Customers may not notice a big-bank breakup

A big-bank breakup may sound a little scary for accountholders who value safety and soundness. But would customers even notice being spun off?Read more

Money Madness: Your Financial 4

The top 4 responses from all bracket participants were: 1. Live within your means; 2. Start saving early; 3. Rein in debt, and 4. Use credit responsibly.Read more

Don’t miss foreign account tax-reporting deadline

Federal laws require a couple of reports on taxpayers' foreign accounts. The deadline is June 30.Read more

What will you do when you grow up?

Interesting work in retirement can bring happiness, but study your options first.Read more

The ‘Brussels’ effect in investing

Allowing global news to impact your investing strategy is more common -- and harmful -- than you think.Read more

Autonomous cars drive in snow

Ford has been working with its Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Research Vehicles to ensure that they can safely transport occupants during white-out conditions. Read more

Shining light on government pensions

Legislation to mandate disclosure of shortfalls in government pensions is back for another round in Congress. Will it ever pass?Read more

IRS security could slow tax refunds

Some federal tax refunds might be a bit slower in arriving, but one security company exec says that's good. It means the IRS is implementing more security features.Read more

Housing isn’t blooming everywhere

The calendar tells us winter is over. Are there any signs that the key spring home-selling season is beginning to bloom now that we've seen this week's twin reports on home sales? It is a mixed picture, as it turns out. "The housing market is improving, though in fits and starts and not uniformly acrossRead more

Seinfeld races away with $22 million

Jerry Seinfeld sold a chunk of his famous Porsche collection at auction this month.Read more

Home equity peaks for senior citizens

The National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association reports that America's seniors have $5.83 trillion in home equity, which is 16% more than the pre-recession peak.Read more

Subaru dominates Brand Image Awards

Subaru is tops among new-car buyers, according to Kelley Blue Book's 2016 Brand Image Awards, where it was ranked highest in three categories.Read more

Retirement confidence gotchas

Those who aren't worried about retirement probably should be, a survey finds.Read more

Americans put losing weight ahead of saving

Nine in 10 working Americans believe they should be investing for retirement, but only three-quarters are taking any action.Read more

Automatic braking to be standard on new cars

Automatic emergency braking systems will be standard on all new cars within 6 six years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announce.Read more

Trump facing legal, tax questions

The front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination faces challenges that could complicate his run for the White House.Read more

The rich pick presidential faves

Affluent investors weigh in on which presidential candidates would be better for their wallets.Read more

Personal loan vs. a credit card

The most popular reasons to take out a personal loan are for paying off credit cards and refinancing existing loans. Read more

Americans afraid of self-driving cars

75% of U.S. drivers feel "afraid" to ride in a self-driving car, yet most are interested in semi-autonomous features on the cars they own.Read more

Shirley Temple’s stunning ring for sale

Bidding will start at $25 million, but the diamond ring is estimated to be worth much more.Read more

Watch a thief install a skimmer in 3 seconds

A dramatic video shows how thieves are able to install a card skimmer in seconds. Find out how skimming continues to flourish even after chip cards.Read more

Personal loans keep rising in popularity

Overall, the number of consumers with personal loans jumped by 18% from the 3rd quarter of 2013 to the 3rd quarter of 2015, according to recent data from TransUnion.Read more

Attention septuagenarians: It’s RMD Time

If you turned 70 1/2 in 2015 and have an IRA or a 401(k), the IRS says you must take a withdrawal by April 1.Read more

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