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How to haggle on your mortgage closing costs

The new Loan Estimate form is designed to make it easier for you to negotiate closing costs.Read more

What's on sale in October

Want a trip to Europe? You can find bargains on this and more in October.Read more

Tricks and treats: What not to buy in October

You probably won't find bargains in October on these items. Find out when they'll be on sale.Read more

Good news? Mortgage rates don't move much

The mortgage process is being transformed, even as rates remain the same.Read more

Check out the 10 states with the hottest job markets

Which states enjoy ultralow unemployment? Hint: They're the ones without big urban areas.Read more

Which states have the highest unemployment rates?

While improved since the recession, these states still struggle with high unemployment.Read more

Mortgage rates drop amid global market jitters

China's economy and other worries push mortgage rates lower. Find out by how much.Read more

How to survive a stock market roller-coaster ride

Investors can get whipsawed by the stock market at times. Experts tell how to enjoy the ride.Read more

Is it smart to buy stocks when the market tanks?

It takes guts to invest more when the stock market falls, but it's often a smart move.Read more

Mortgage rates climb

Interest rates on mortgages inched higher as monetary policymakers met.Read more

6 smart strategies for buying CDs when rates rise

These 6 tips will help you decide how to start buying certificates of deposit again.Read more

Will the Fed raise interest rates? 4 things to watch

Will they or won't they? Here's what to know ahead of this week's rate-hike ruling.Read more

Mortgage rates pause for upcoming Fed decision

Mortgage rates were virtually unchanged ahead of the Fed meeting.Read more

The 7 top career prospects for the Class of 2019

These fields are expected to grow the most by graduation time for college freshmen.Read more

3 top mobile banking alerts: Do you have them?

If you use your smartphone to bank, setting up these alerts can help protect your money.Read more


Why the Fed said, ‘Not yet’

Minutes from last month's Federal Reserve meeting explain why interest rates were left alone.Read more

VW exec talks recall in front of Congress

Congressional testimony on Volkswagen's diesel emissions issue includes how it will fix cars, the timing of the repairs and what owners can expect afterward.Read more

Feds: Let BP write off Gulf oil spill

A proposed settlement in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill would allow BP to write off most of its penalty.Read more

Tax relief for S.C. flood victims

In the wake of South Carolina's deadly floods, some storm victims will receive tax relief and special tax treatment. Read more

CFPB wants to let customers sue banks

The CFPB begins the process of crafting a rule that would force banks to let consumers join class-action lawsuits instead of going to arbitration alone.Read more

Over 65 health care costs skyrocket

Expect to spend more on Medicare and don't assume Medicare Advantage is the answer.Read more

5 things a new millionaire should know

If you got rich fast, the trick is to spend it slowly.Read more

Low tax receipts point to Nov. 5 debt deadline

If the federal debt ceiling isn't raised by Nov. 5, Uncle Sam won't be able to pay his bills. The deadline was adjusted in part because of reduced tax receipts.Read more

Medicare’s $30M magical mystery tour

Federal auditors say Medicare continues to overpay for inner-city ambulance runs.Read more

Jean Chatzky: The best way to buy a phone

Before you buy your next smartphone, do these 4 things first.Read more

How to complain about health care

Here's how you can get answers and explanations when you're loved one is seriously ill.Read more

Student debt is a homebuying obstacle

More than half of consumers say student loan debt is at least somewhat of an obstacle to buying a home, according to a new survey.Read more

Rich bargain-shop for Greek islands

Want a private retreat? Greece has some bargains. But don't do it for the investment potential.Read more

Singing the Federal Reserve blues

This week's economic playlist includes the Fed's version of the country classic, "Behind Closed Doors."Read more

Drug-impaired driving on the rise

A new study finds that drug-impaired driving is increasing while drunken driving is declining in the U.S.Read more

2 plans to halt elder financial abuse

NASAA is proposing model legislation to protect vulnerable adults from financial exploitation.Read more

Experian data breach hits 15 million

Hackers have stolen the personal information of 15 million in a data breach of Experian.Read more

September hiring fizzles, wages flatline

The Labor Department's September jobs report shows weaker-than-expected hiring.Read more

Will chip debit cards make tipping awkward?

This change might make bad tipping harder once restaurants adopt chip technology.Read more

Can’t afford college? Don’t feel guilty

Don't sacrifice your retirement to cover your children or grandchildren's education. Read more

The very real danger of device zombies

Like texting while driving, device use while strolling is also becoming a public safety hazard.Read more

Tax-free marijuana sales start today in Oregon

Oregon now allows recreational marijuana sales, but is postponing tax collection until next year.Read more

Bank branch networks shrinking

New FDIC data says finding a branch near is getting harder as branch networks keep shrinking.Read more

3 tips to find the holy grail of funds

All investors wants a fund that yields high returns, yet protects them when the market tanks.Read more

Making life’s final decisions simpler

Preparing an advance directive doesn't have to be costly or complicated.Read more

Auto lender fined for discrimination

Fifth Third Bank has discriminated against some minority borrowers by marking up car loan rates.Read more

US dragged into modern payment era

Soon, consumers get a full-fledged payment revolution with EMV cards. Will fraud decrease?Read more

Richest golf season ever

Jordan Spieth is in the money after a record-breaking season, but he's sharing it with charity.Read more

PBGC says union pensions facing less risk

A government report says most union pensions are stable, but some pensions face insolvency.Read more

Clinton proposes Obamacare tweaks

Skyrocketing health care costs prompt ideas from the leading Democratic presidential candidate.Read more

Want an awesome retirement? Save now

Millennials need to stop talking and start saving if they want to retire, researchers say.Read more

Trump’s ‘amazing’ tax plan is nothing new

Donald Trump releases "new" tax plan: a bunch of previously proposed tax changes.Read more

Income options for early retirees

Plan to retire before age 59 1/2? Know your options before dipping into retirement accounts.Read more

The golden age of the employer?

Will we hear more of the same this week when it comes to the employment outlook and wages?Read more

401(k)s may be equal, but not better

Researchers find that workers are saving about the same amount in their 401(k) plans as they might have acquired from an old-fashioned pension, but there are drawbacks.Read more

VW tax credits cost Uncle Sam millions

Volkswagen's manipulation of its diesel autos' emissions readings cost the company its reputation and the U.S. Treasury millions in improper tax credits.Read more

Retirement confidence rare worldwide

But it's worth the effort to achieve retirement security, and taking these 3 steps can help.Read more

What if your broker had worked in a boiler room?

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority tries to pull the weeds out of the broker garden, but more sprout up than it can handle.Read more

IRS makes progress against tax ID theft

IRS efforts, such as added return-processing filters, are making progress in stopping tax refund fraud by identity thieves. Read more

Bill Cosby battles his home insurer

The comedian's lawyers argue he can't battle defamation suits and his insurer at the same time.Read more

Jean Chatzky: How to combat child ID theft

Here are 4 things you can do to help protect your child from becoming an identity theft victim.Read more

An investment plan that pays

Income-hungry investors require a dose of creativity in designing a portfolio that delivers. Read more

Can the US avoid the China chill?

This week will have us thinking about housing, economic growth and the Muppets' late master.Read more

Fed: Circle calendar again for October?

The interest rates guessing game has resumed very quickly following this week's Fed meeting.Read more

Social Security — fix it or scrap it?

Should Social Security and Medicare be federal budget busters -- or do we need new priorities?Read more

Health fraud: The reality TV series

The latest alleged health insurance fraud ring may sound like reality TV, but it's no laughing matter.Read more

The Fed opts not to raise rates

Janet Yellen and her Federal Reserve team have decided that now is not the time for a rate hike.Read more

Fantasy sports cutting into casino tax revenue

Casinos are losing money and states are losing tax revenue as younger people turn to other entertainment options such as fantasy sports.Read more

Census shows it’s easy to be poor

22% of retired couples depend almost solely on Social Security. New census data shows how close that is to living in poverty.Read more

Interest rate elevator: Going up?

If the Fed hikes the federal funds rate on Thursday, it may be time to make some changes in your portfolio. But don't abandon the stock market.Read more

Lawsuit challenges Chicago’s cloud tax

Chicago's effort to collect a 9% tax on streamed entertainment is facing a court challenge.Read more

Jean Chatzky: Avoid solar energy rip-offs

These 5 tips will help you get the best deal on solar panels -- and avoid shady operators.Read more

How painful is the life insurance talk?

Suffice to say we would prefer a host of unpleasant experiences to confronting our own demise.Read more

The Fed’s starring role

The Federal Reserve meeting will be the scene-stealer in this week's economic news.Read more

Need help? Ram Nation to the rescue

Ram Nation connects Ram pickup owners with disaster relief and community service initiatives.Read more

Discover offers huge Apple Pay rewards

Earn 10% cash back by making an in-store purchase with your credit card via Apple Pay.Read more

Financial industry protects itself, not investors

As the Department of Labor pulls closer to locking in a rule establishing a fiduciary standard for advisers to retirement accounts, the horns are coming out.Read more

Medicare and the people who use it are stretched

Many Medicare recipients don't have much money, and their incomes aren't likely to increase over the next 20 years. Meanwhile, Medicare needs more money.Read more

Most hated weekday is best for homebuying

Monday is the best weekday to buy a home, according to real estate data firm RealtyTrac.Read more

Feds report dip in Obamacare numbers

Plan attrition cost Obamacare 2.8 million policyholders since mid-February, federal sources say.Read more

Federal workers, retirees owe $3.5B in taxes

Even federal workers have tax trouble sometimes. Current employees and retirees collecting pay and benefits from Uncle Sam owe $3.5 billion in delinquent taxes.Read more

Where did Mom’s legacy go?

Chances are if you inherited money, you spent it on something that didn't turn into long-term wealth.Read more

Many consumers think it’s a good time to buy

Nearly two-thirds of consumers think now is a good time to buy a home, according to a new Fannie Mae index.Read more

IRS limits $100 million tax payments

Starting in 2016, if you have to pay the IRS $100 million or more, you'll have to send Uncle Sam the huge amount in 2 checks, not 1 big payment.Read more

Jean Chatzky: Know when to sell stock

How do you know when it's time to sell some of your stocks? Let these 3 questions guide you.Read more

Could your keyless ignition kill you?

A lawsuit claims automakers knew about the fume risk of keyless ignitions but sold cars as safe anyway.Read more

Cutting through the financial glare

Fed officials facing a big interest rate decision get new inflation data to chew on this week.Read more

Jobs report makes Fed’s choice no easier

A so-so employment reading for August keeps the rate-hike guessing game going. Read more

Apps, hacks and insurance mishaps

For every app, it seems there's a hack. How will insurers adjust to this digital security dilemma?Read more

6 rules for homemakers

Getting your financial ducks in a row is particularly important if you are going to be a spouse without a job outside of the home.Read more

Congressman is tax ID theft victim

Rep. Jason Chaffetz chairs the House committee that looks at how well government, including the IRS, does or doesn't run. Now he's also a tax identity theft victim.Read more

Fed detects no downdraft in US

A report released ahead of the Fed's interest rate decision indicates the U.S. economy is doing OK.Read more

Will you get an A+ in retirement math?

Savings calculations don't add up for most workers, says management consultancy Aon Hewitt.Read more

Credit report complaints abound

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says credit report complaints to the agency increased 56% between June and July.Read more

Retiring behind bars

Keeping people in prison when they are old and troubled by the diseases of aging is expensive, but is it right to set lifetime criminals free?Read more

Lone voter scuttles tax hike

Every vote counts. And 1 voter in Missouri literally held a sales tax-hike vote in her hands. Read more

5 things to do after a data breach

Here are some critical steps you can take to protect your personal information.Read more

Americans unite against high drug costs

With 1 in 4 Americans struggling with pharmaceutical costs, at least 1 politician is calling for reform.Read more

Coming soon: Mall rewards

Would you like to earn rewards for shopping at any store in your local mall? In some places, you can.Read more

Get your no-cost flu shot

Medicare pays for preventive care. Get your flu shot and other cost-free care that can keep you healthy. Read more

Last week a bunch of 401(k) investors freaked

Goosed by stock market losses last week, some 401(k) investors sold out of stocks and bought fixed-income investments, HR consultant Aon Hewitt reported. Read more

Lower odds of a rate hike?

What the Fed will do next month is still an open question, despite comments from officials.Read more

Focusing on the jobs picture

The economic picture may get a little clearer with this week's employment report.Read more

Will employers treat moms better?

The battle for top talent leads U.S. corporations to expand maternity benefits for new parents.Read more

GDP may heat up Fed debate

A surprisingly strong growth reading may make the Fed's rate decision even tougher.Read more

Could Obamacare’s Cadillac tax kill FSAs?

The Affordable Care Act's Cadillac tax will apply to high-cost, employer-provided health coverage in 2018. To avoid the tax, some companies might end medical FSAs.Read more

Most popular city for second home

Millionaires from other countries are buying property in this well-established hub for the rich. Read more

Used car prices are at record high

Used car prices have risen to a record high, according to an analysis, but the higher prices aren't necessarily bad news.Read more

Medicare: Where’s the competition?

Competitive Medicare Advantage plans were supposed to help keep costs down, but competition is scarce and bargains are hard to find.Read more

Tip for servers: Gratuities are taxable income

Tips are taxable income. Some restaurants, however, are switching to no-tipping policies.Read more

Jean Chatzky: Online education done right

Want to keep your mind healthy? Consider enrolling in an online education course. Follow these 5 tips to make the best choice.Read more

Insurers balk over hole-in-1 payout

An unlikely pair of aces on the 18th hole of last month's Greenbrier Classic has underwriters crying foul. Read more

Is short-term care good enough?

Long-term care is pricey and many people think they'll never need it. Now insurers are suggesting a different solution.Read more

What to do when stocks fall off a cliff

Stocks crashed a little. Don't panic. Long-term investors should stay invested in the stock market and plan for the future.Read more

Who is the richest self-made woman?

She dropped out of college at age 19 to found a company that today is valued at more than $9 billion.Read more

The economy’s juggling act

The week ahead brings updated stats on housing and growth and maybe some Fed news.Read more

8,234 miles on less than $300 in fuel

A 2015 Volkswagen Golf traveled through 48 contiguous states on less than $300 in fuel, setting a Guinness World Record.Read more

Global turmoil hurt stocks this week

Stocks fell sharply this week on weak data from China. What does that mean for American investors and the Fed?Read more

Seniors should freeze credit reports

Seniors can take a proactive step against ID theft by placing a security freeze on their credit reports. Read more

Post-recession, the pain lives on

7 years after the meltdown, most people are still trying to recover, according to this study.Read more

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