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High-stakes debate over credit reporting heating up

High-stakes debate over credit reporting heating up

Figuring out how to treat everybody fairly could be a challenge.

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Household net worth has rebounded since financial crisis

Household net worth has rebounded since financial crisis

The net worth of American households is now 20 percent higher than it was before it began to decline in 2007, the Federal Reserve reported this week. It said the households together were worth $81.5 trillion at the end of the second quarter, higher than ever and up 10 percent from a year earlier.

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Review: Devices, apps act like one under iOS 8

Review: Devices, apps act like one under iOS 8

This screen shot made Sept. 17, 2014, shows the interactive notification feature available with Apple’s iOS 8 software update. The free update is available to owners of iPhone and iPad models going back to 2011, though older devices won’t get all the new features. The new software will also …

September 17, 2014 9:20 pmLoading…

Family is not always fair, but it still matters

There is undoubtedly a lot of unfairness in the alimony system.

September 12, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Underwater homeowners hold their breath

Underwater homeowners hold their breath

Is Congress finally going to help out consumers? 

September 11, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
Startups offer no-frills banking for smartphone users

Startups offer no-frills banking for smartphone users

What makes them different is their apps.

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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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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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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

When you're on a tight budget, joining the gym or buying a home gym isn't on top of the to-do list.

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