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Credit lines are fashionable again

Credit lines are fashionable again

New home equity line borrowing is up 79 percent in Arizona.

August 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Cold cash just keeps washing in from ALS challenge

In the couple of hours it took an official from the ALS Association to return a reporter’s call for comment, the group’s ubiquitous “ice bucket challenge” had brought in a few million more dollars.

August 27, 2014 2:49 pmLoading…
Despite health-care overhaul, insurers still being selective

Despite health-care overhaul, insurers still being selective

Three ways they can discourage sickest people from enrolling for coverage.

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Obama administration is picking on for-profit colleges

Obama administration is picking on for-profit colleges

Gainful employment rules would limit options for non-traditional students.

August 25, 2014 6:45 pmLoading…

Review: MLB online packages good, but blackouts problematic

Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.

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No rush to a new credit score

No rush to a new credit score

WASHINGTON — You may have noticed the big media splash recently when Fair Isaac, developer of the iconic FICO credit score, announced the debut of a new score version that no longer would penalize consumers who have medical debt-collection issues in their credit files.

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USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

WASHINGTON — A message for new parents: Get ready for sticker shock.

August 18, 2014 10:50 amLoading…
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…

November 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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.

August 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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.

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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.

May 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
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?

March 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
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.

March 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
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.

March 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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