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Verizon launches rewards program with tracking

NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There’s a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their i…

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Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala — The man-in-the-know nursed a late-morning beer at a bar near the Suchiate River that separates Guatemala from Mexico, and answered a question about his human-smuggling business with a question: “Do you think a coyote is going to say he’s a coyote?”

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Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

Central American migrants ride a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors, most from Central America, were caught at the U.S. border from October to June.

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Many over 50 still saddled with student loans

Many over 50 still saddled with student loans

The lingering debt is beginning to affect millions now headed toward retirement.

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Tools to stay organized, entertained on the road

Tech writer describes 3 products that stand out.

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Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited

Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited

Amazon’s new “unlimited” e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you’ll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted.

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Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited

Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited

This screen shot taken from an Kindle Fire HDX shows “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, an audiobook available through Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited subscription service. The service will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant’s …

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Housing: Bankers reveal biggest red flags in loan requests

Housing: Bankers reveal biggest red flags in loan requests

A new survey offers buyers rare insights into credit-risk decisions.

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Travel Troubleshooter’s book branches out

A bad travel experience can waste your money as well as your time. And a good number of irate consumers get hold of Christopher Elliott.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Nov. 3

Two years ago my brother and his now-wife were preparing to get married and felt so much pressure, judgment and negativity from my parents leading up to the wedding that they almost uninvited them. My parents are now applying the screws to my relationship, my life and all of my decisions. Th…

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Getting a prepaid card carries some risks

Prepaid cards have become the go-to alternative to traditional bank accounts and credit cards, yet many still have hidden fees and lack basic safeguards, exposing consumers to risks that could leave them financially devastated.

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On the Money: Versatile Roth IRA can be backup emergency fund

If people have discovered anything about money during the past few years, it has to be that emergencies pop up without warning.

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On the Money: Bond investors are hurting as rates rise

In a harsh lesson, investors have recently learned that the safest of bonds become vulnerable when interest rates rise. U.S. Treasury bond funds, TIP funds and municipal bond funds have delivered sharp losses in the past two months.

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SEC allows ads for unregistered securities, but beware

Coming this fall: advertisements pitching the opportunity to buy into hedge funds, private equity funds or early-stage companies.

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Centsible Mom: Comparison shopping pays off when you tackle a home project

There's something to be said for doing your own home-improvement projects.

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How Mr. Money Mustache retired at 30

How Mr. Money Mustache retired at 30

To hundreds of thousands of devotees, Pete (he declines to reveal his last name) is Mr. Money Mustache, the creator of a no-nonsense personal finance blog. He and his wife retired from middle-income jobs in their 30s. Living frugally, the Longmont, Colo., couple saved more than half of what …

April 28, 2013 12:00 am

The Mortgage Professor: Paying off your mortgage is a sound investment

Don't let misconceptions prevent you from paying down your mortgage balance. In today's market, it is the best investment most borrowers can make.

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On the Money: Sooner or later, bear market will growl back

Could it happen again? Could your retirement plans end up in shambles, and your college savings tattered?

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Centsible Mom: Want added income? Look around: There's a wealth of ideas out there

Centsible Mom: Want added income? Look around: There's a wealth of ideas out there

Making ends meet can be tough. But if you've got a special skill set, a good eye or just a good idea, you can turn that into extra cash.

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Centsible Mom: All sorts of free or cheap ways to get exercise, improve your health

Centsible Mom: All sorts of free or cheap ways to get exercise, improve your health

Pam Traxler gets some exercise and helps some dogs awaiting adoption at the Pima Animal Care Center.

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