Latest News

Get the latest financial news, original data reporting and expert analysis of personal finance trends and hot topics from our award-winning editorial team.

6 ways to make home safer for elderly loved one

Age can mean big changes in daily life. Make your loved one's home safe in that transition.Read more

5 tips for finding senior travel discounts

There are deals available for the 55-plus crowd. Follow this travel guide to a cheaper trip.Read more

Mortgage rates rise as housing gains momentum

Mortgage rates float higher after the Fed signals that a rate hike will come this year.Read more

Reverse mortgage options after parents die

A reverse mortgage must be repaid after your parents die. There's more than one way.Read more

Obamacare: Is it good or bad for Americans?

Everyone has an opinion about the Affordable Care Act. Two experts debate the law.Read more

5 ways smartphones have changed prepaid cards

Smartphone innovations are changing the way we use prepaid cards.Read more

Will you be able to afford your student loans?

Doing some homework before you take out college loans can help you avoid crippling debt.Read more

Ugh! 9 awkward money conversations

Confronting someone may make you squirm, but these problems don't solve themselves.Read more

Financial security jumps 3% in June

Americans say their finances continue to improve in all but one area. Here's a breakdown.Read more

Student loan debt? 3 ways to tame it, buy a home

Overcome school debt in straightforward (or sly) ways and own a home.Read more

The end of smartphone passwords?

Data security is going sci-fi in a Wi-Fi world. Will we embrace eye scans over passwords?Read more

Is saving or investing more important over time?

While the two go hand in hand, you may be surprised at which one has more impact on wealth.Read more

Mortgages inch lower amid strengthening economy

Interest rates will rise in the long term, but mortgages were almost flat this week.Read more

Can't get free checking without direct deposit?

Can't find free checking unless you sign up for direct deposit? Try this option.Read more

Stop low-tech ID theft: Keep your financial paperwork safe

Think you're most vulnerable to ID theft when you're online? Think again.Read more

Blogs

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

How ‘big data’ can cut health costs

Health insurers tap "big data" to uncover cost savings. But is there a risk to patient privacy?Read more

Jean Chatzky: Watch those HELOC resets

Minimum monthly payments on many Americans' home equity lines of credit are set to spike soon. Here's how to prepare.Read more

Make remodeling worth the trouble

If you are going to spend money on improving your home, make sure it will pay off in comfort, satisfaction and, maybe, resale value.Read more

Jean Chatzky: Land that first job

Good news, grads: The job outlook for the class of 2015 is better than it has been in years. But that doesn't mean landing a job will be easy.Read more

The dirty secret about interest rates

This week brings the latest word from the Fed, plus updates on housing and inflation.Read more

Military finalizes new retirement plan

The new plan trims traditional pension benefits to give service people with less seniority some savings.Read more

Will pre-retirees lose Obamacare?

A Supreme Court decision later this month in favor of challengers to the Affordable Care Act could freeze many people age 50 to 64 out of the insurance market.Read more

Shopping for car insurance? Most aren’t

A new study finds that the vast majority of American drivers don't shop around for car insurance, even though they may be able to get a better deal elsewhere.Read more

Flood insurance a ‘melting iceberg’?

Outgoing chief says a key component of the National Flood Insurance Program is out of control.Read more

Peeking at presidential candidates’ taxes

White House wannabe Carly Fiorina, one of the many seeking the GOP 2016 presidential nomination, has released her 2012 and 2013 tax returns. Why do we care?Read more

A surge of shopping

In another sign of an improving economy, the government says shoppers did their thing in May.Read more

Why are millennials nervous?

Even millennials who are earning good salaries and saving money say they are worried about how they can retire comfortably.Read more

American Pharoah wins; stocks lose?

Horse-racing fans may want to pay attention to how a Triple Crown win seems to affect the stock market.Read more

Pirates pay stub highlights jock taxes

A pay stub with info on Pittsburgh Major League Baseball all-star Andrew McCutchen's income was found in a clubhouse. It shows the myriad taxes he has to pay to play professional ball.Read more

Study: We worry about the wrong risks

Statistics show we are at far greater risk from everyday life than from natural disasters.Read more

Don’t ignore your 401(k)

Lots of people sign up for a 401(k), then forget about it. But for best results, take a look regularly.Read more

Economic oasis or illusion ahead?

Retail sales and inflation reports may show whether the economy is still thirsty for growth.Read more

A jobs report just like ‘old times’

The government's May jobs report is reminiscent of the days way back in late 2014.Read more

Sandy backlash swamps flood program

FEMA will review role of private insurer in flood insurance following Superstorm Sandy complaints.Read more

Good, bad news for IRS on tax ID theft

All eyes are on the IRS after crooks were able to access data on 104,000 previously filed tax returns. But the agency actually is doing a better job of stopping tax ID theft.Read more

The economy walks in baby steps

A Fed survey shows the economy is growing but probably not ready for a rate hike.Read more

Smile, you can afford to retire

Graphing the typical pattern of retirement spending could make you happy.Read more

Consumers know more about credit

But there's still some work to be done to get more Americans to recognize the importance of their credit report and score.Read more

Jean Chatzky: 5 money tips for college

Every teenager should learn these financial lessons before heading off to college.Read more

Big health insurance rate hikes sought

Many health insurers are looking to increase premiums by 10 percent or more next year.Read more

Toasting 25 years of financial freedom

Ready to chuck your job? Learn some early retirement tips from a couple who left the workforce at age 38.Read more

Sen. Warren pens scathing letter to SEC

Elizabeth Warren, Democratic senator from Massachusetts, is disappointed in Mary Jo White. She zinged the chairman of the SEC in a letter on Tuesday.Read more

4 reasons to love annuities

Even if a millennial has a long way to go to retirement, an annuity can still make sense.Read more

Avg. dog-bite claim now costs $32K

Unwelcome mayhem from man's best friend causes one-third of all home insurance claims, experts say.Read more

New way to replace a Medicare card

If you lost or laundered your paper Medicare card, Social Security has a new way for you to replace it.Read more

Worst debit card ever?

In trying to prevent welfare recipients from squandering their cash benefits, Kansas may have created the worst debit card in history.Read more

Bankrate report prompts call for probe

A consumer group wants officials to investigate the use of ZIP codes in setting auto insurance rates.Read more

US coming back to credit cards

Credit cards are taking back market share from debit and prepaid ones -- a sign our Recessionary scars are healing. Read more

Cracks in China’s stock market wall

Stocks sold in mainland China are up over 80 percent since November. Revolutionary changes taking place in the Chinese market are the reason for the rally.Read more

Could a hacker hijack your flight?

A hacker claims he was able to nudge a flight -- raising huge concerns for insurers.Read more

The FCC has a plan to stop robocalls

The government proposals would make it easier for consumers to halt unwanted calls and would allow for technology to automatically block robocalls.Read more

6 habits of habitual savers

The rewards of saving regularly are greater than just accumulating a healthy nest egg.Read more

A ‘scarlet letter’ for Obamacare?

A Texas bill would require insurance ID cards to include a special label for Obamacare enrollees.Read more

Criminals steal 100,000 IRS tax transcripts

The IRS' online tax transcript feature was breached by crooks who used taxpayer data they stole elsewhere to get the filers' tax information, too.Read more

Federal gas tax flat, but up in some states

Congress is hesitant to hike the federal gas tax, which has been stalled at 18.4 cents a gallon for 22 years, but some states are bumping up their fuel levies.Read more

Richest Formula One drivers

Nico Rosberg might have claimed the jewel in the crown of the Monaco Grand Prix, but his net worth still lags that of his rival.Read more

Jean Chatzky: Learn to love stocks

These four steps can help get you started in the market slowly, but smartly.Read more

The bipolar economy

Economic reports have been up and down. Will this week bring any clarity?Read more

Share the ‘Golden Girl’ life

Bonnie Moore wrote the book on how to turn a house into a shared living arrangement fit for Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sophia.Read more

Should schools ban smartphones?

A study finds that banning smartphones in school has a big impact on student performance.Read more

Credit bureaus to change ways

The three big bureaus will pay a fine and change how information is added, reviewed and removed from credit reports.Read more

Jean Chatzky: Synthetic ID theft rises

Synthetic ID theft is piecing together a new identity using a combination of real and fake information. It accounts for up to 85 percent of all fraud, the government says.Read more

Same-sex couples can’t rely on default rules

Even if the U.S. Supreme Court says states have to recognize gay marriage, same-sex couples need good estate plans.Read more

Bad-credit car loans lowest since 2012

Car loans for consumers with the worst credit, so-called subprime and deep subprime, have fallen to its lowest share of auto loans overall since 2012.Read more

5 banks did very bad things

Five big banks are guilty of manipulating foreign exchange rates. They must pay some very big fines and the banks have promised to cease criminal activity. Read more

The Fed’s not ready yet

Fed meeting minutes suggest policymakers aren't eager to take the plunge to higher rates.Read more

New rules to stop college checking rip-offs?

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing new rules for the deals colleges strike with banks to promote checking accounts and other products to students.Read more

New slap at insurance ‘loyalty tax’

Another state has banned insurance companies from charging loyal customers higher premiums.Read more

PayPal to pay $25M over credit claims

The government alleged the online payments company illegally signed users up for unwanted credit. Read more

Tardy lenders plead for leniency

The mortgage industry is having trouble meeting a deadline that it knew about for 20 months. So its lobbyists are asking for a penalty-free extension lasting for five months.Read more

It’s like Siri for your bank account

This "virtual specialist" can answer routine and complex questions and perform tasks -- like paying a bill or offering up information on how much you spent at Starbucks.Read more

What’s the Rx for health hackers?

Another health insurer has been hacked. Can we stop it from happening again?Read more

SCOTUS rules for employees in 401(k) case

Employees won in the Supreme Court case Tibble v. Edison. The court says Edison had an ongoing duty to review investments, so the time limit argument was moot. Read more

Could you be an ‘elder orphan’?

Now's the time to figure out a plan to avoid being old, alone and vulnerable.Read more

Jean Chatzky: How to buy a used car

These four steps will help you get a quality car at a price you can afford.Read more

What’s in the Fed’s tea leaves?

This week: key updates from the housing market and a fuller look at the Fed's thinking.Read more

Scam alert: Starbucks mobile app

Looks like criminals are siphoning money from linked credit and debit card accounts. Read more

Electronics keep frail elderly safe

Radar and other technology can keep a watchful eye on people, allowing them to live independently but safely.Read more

Servers’ best tip comes as tax-free bequest

Two New York City waitresses' posthumous surprise tip is best ever because it's tax-free.Read more

Insurer ready to bail on Obamacare

New York specialty insurer blames Obamacare for limiting profits on its health insurance products.Read more

Retired and working: Love or hate it?

For 6 in 10 (59 percent) employed retirees, the primary reasons they work are nonfinancial, including to stay mentally alert (18 percent), to remain physically active (15 percent) or to have a sense of purpose (14 percent).Read more

Retail’s repression

The government's latest report shows U.S. retailers are still wondering where the shoppers have gone.Read more

When a company you hate buys one you love

This week Verizon announced it would be buying AOL in an effort to get new revenue streams. How could that be bad?Read more

Feds: Birth control is $Free.99

The Obama administration has reminded health insurance companies that they must cover contraceptives.Read more

Connect with us