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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

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

Perfect-credit hack: Pay off holiday debts

Hurry up and pay off that holiday debt so you can keep your credit score in check.Read more

Burdened by credit card debt? You're not alone

See how many Americans would have trouble paying off credit card debt.Read more

Reverse mortgage and telling your adult kids

Should you inform your adult children of your reverse mortgage? If so, how and when?Read more

Safe & Sound: Credit unions on firm footing?

Credit unions weathered 2014 well, but 2015 brings a raft of new rules to contend with.Read more

Have American banks become more stable?

Bank failures have slowed in recent years. Find out which banks are Safe & Sound.Read more

Mortgage rates reach highest level of 2015

At an unpredictable time for the economy and for the euro, mortgage rates edged up.Read more

Don't let your tax break get washed away

Sold a loser stock? If you're thinking of buying it back, watch out for wash-sale rules.Read more

Job hunting could help cut taxes

The IRS can't help you find a job, but looking for work can trim your tax bill.Read more

Americans' worst retirement fears

What do people worry about most for their retirement? See what our survey found.Read more

Millennials: Any hope of retiring?

Forces outside of their control have hindered financial progress for many just starting out.Read more

Smart Banking: Checking versus savings accounts

Checking and savings accounts serve different purposes. Should you have both?Read more

Are 'smart beta' funds really smarter or just hype?

These funds have sprouted like mushrooms. But are they good for your portfolio, or poisonous?Read more

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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

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

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

Cellphone robocalls coming soon?

Should a bank be able to make an automated call to a smartphone without first verifying the phone number's owner? Read more

The worst passwords of 2014

Consumers are still opting for the all-too-easily discernible "password" and "12345."Read more

The state of retirees’ union

The president's State of the Union speech will focus on ways to help middle-class savers while preventing high-earners from escaping taxes.Read more

Obama tax test for Congress

The president will present some tax law changes in his 2015 State of the Union address. The speech really is a tax reform test for Congress.Read more

Legal pot cooks up insurance trouble

A rise in home explosions triggered by legal pot processing may pique the interest of insurers.Read more

Obama: New top taxes can help middle

The president's State of the Union address will pitch new help for the middle class.Read more

Housing market’s ‘interesting times’

This week's economic reports shine a spotlight on the housing market. Read more

Jean Chatzky: Navigating Medicare

Medicare open enrollment is over, but that doesn't mean your job is done. Here are five things to do after selecting your coverage.Read more

Millennials thaw on credit cards

New research shows more young adults are coming back to the payment method. Read more

Investors were shocked this week

On Thursday the Swiss National Bank abruptly removed the peg against the euro and everything went haywire. What does it mean for small investors?Read more

Free File 2015 opens Jan. 16

The IRS is letting Free File users get a head start on their 2015 taxes. The free online tax prep and e-filing option opens Jan. 16, days before the full Jan. 20 filing season starts.Read more

5 ways for Congress to back retirees

The National Council on Aging has a to-do list for Congress to ensure more older Americans achieve health and economic security.Read more

Don’t expect much IRS filing help

The IRS commissioner and National Taxpayer Advocate both warn taxpayers that they shouldn't expect much help from the agency this tax-filing season.Read more

Return to rescinder, Court says

According to the Supreme Court, you can rescind, or cancel, the mortgage any time within three years. All you have to do is send a letter to the lender.Read more

Feds take on college debit cards

The CFPB is working on a tool to help colleges strike deals with banks that don't stick students with high fees and skimpy features. Read more

Fed’s not completely gushy about oil

The Fed sees falling oil prices as good news and bad news for the economy.Read more

Warm your car unattended? That’s risky

You may be putting yourself at a financial risk by warming up your car ahead of time. Read more

Grading 5 retirement plans

Sen. Tom Harkins' proposal for a national savings plan got an A-, the best score, and so did the New Brunswick, Canada, plan for public employees.Read more

Facebook to push Amber Alerts

The social media network has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send out information when a child has been abducted.Read more

TurboTax changes could cost filers

Tax software giant Intuit made changes this year to its TurboTax program that could cost users more. Will they pay or switch to rival H&R Block?Read more

Auto insurance from Google?

Google reportedly plans to launch online U.S. auto insurance shopping this spring. Read more

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