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Military need more backup against some predatory loans

Military need more backup against some predatory loans

Some lenders are skirting the law with products that squeeze through existing loopholes.

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Review: Music player learns your tastes over time

Review: Music player learns your tastes over time

Speakers that know you. 

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Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

Just in time for the holidays, children's books about cats, snow and more.

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Tighter standards on reverse mortgages

Tighter standards on reverse mortgages

The changes scheduled to take effect in less than four months.

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Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

This image released by Disney-Hyperion shows Dinosaur vs. Santa," by Bob Shea. A smiley little dino wears a bright orange snowsuit, makes gifts for his parents and sneaks downstairs on Christmas Eve only to scurry back to bed due to someone in red ho, ho, ho-ing in the dark. (AP Photo/Disney…

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Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

This book cover image released by G.P. Putnam's Sons shows "The Animals' Santa," by Jan Brett. Meticulously drawn forest creatures await the arrival of this special Santa. The animals recall gifts of Christmases past. There was a puzzle for the crows hanging from their tree branch and a brus…

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Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

This book cover image released by Harper shows "Pete the Cat Saves Christmas,"created and illustrated by James Dean and story by Eric Litwin. (AP Photo/Harper)

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Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

This product image released by Puffin Classics shows the Puffin classic box set including classics "A Little Princess," "Anne of Green Gables," "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Secret Garden," "The Wind in the Willows" and "Peter Pan." (AP Photo/Puffin Classics)

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Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids

This book cover image released by Atheneum shows "Star Bright: A Christmas story," by Alison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds. The newest angel, a girl in a pilot's cap and goggles, tries to come up with a gift for baby Jesus. She hurtles down to Earth and becomes the star that lights up the nig…

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Investors find better balance in their 401(k)s

Investors find better balance in their 401(k)s

Fewer investors are going all-in with their retirement savings.

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Why homemaking doesn't accrue Social Security benefits

Why homemaking doesn't accrue Social Security benefits

Earnings-sharing proposals fail the fairness test.

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Traveling with 3 kids in tow loses its appeal

Traveling with 3 kids in tow loses its appeal

Trips to visit family becoming a hassle, so adapt to changing conditions.

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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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