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5 investment risks created by global warming

If the Earth's climate continues to see more weather and temperature volatility, new types of risk will rise to the forefront of corporate and individual concern.
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Unlocking the secrets to a financially happy relationship

Fall is now second only to summer as the most popular time to tie the knot. However, before a couple says, “I do,” it is important to first have a truthful heart-to-heart talk about finances. More>>

Top 9 vacation destinations for Wall Street geeks

If you're geeky about Wall Street and investing, it may not matter whether you're placing trades with your broker or standing in line at the grocery store - the world of finance is never far from your thoughts. Here are some top spots! More>>

Protect your kids and pets with custom insurance

One of the best gifts a parent could give to their children is their financial security by way of life insurance. More>>

An introduction to student loans and the FAFSA

Even if you think you won't qualify it is important to fill out an FAFSA form. You may be surprised and you wouldn't want to miss an opportunity to access cheap funding options. More>>

Get a handle on medical expenses

Fast action can keep debt under control

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5 horrific things that can haunt your finances

There are many everyday events that can turn your life into a financial horror story More>>

Are you arrogant or just confident?

Are you arrogant or confident? It's critical you know how people see you.

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Start building solid credit at a young age

For consumers who are just hitting college age, or even still in high school, building a solid credit history seems like the least of their concerns. But in today's world, showing that you're responsible with your money matters more than ever. More>>

Should you refinance your mortgage?

Weigh the pros and cons before deciding. More>>

Top reasons to apply for an FHA loan

The FHA provides mortgage insurance on loans for single-family and multi-family homes made by FHA-approved lenders in the U.S. and its territories. More>>

6 good reasons to get renter's insurance

If you're renting an apartment or home, you'll need an insurance policy to cover your belongings.  More>>

What your employees are really doing on that conference call

The joy of conference calls is that you can do them from anywhere with a phone line or an internet connection--no more being chained to boardrooms or flying across the country to attend meetings. More>>

HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords

HP issued a voluntary recall, explaining that a recently discovered overheating issue made the cords a “fire and burn hazard.”
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Cheap car insurance for college students

If you're of college age – or have a college-age student in the family – you probably know it's a terrible time to buy auto insurance. More>>

The importance of an emergency fund

4 reasons you need to start saving now.

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Credit cards for people with bad credit

Consumers with poor credit scores were once locked out of the credit card game. But lenders are beginning to court those whose low scores once typed them as too risky to be offered a credit card. More>>

Know cost of living before taking a relocation package

Have you just been offered a new job or promotion that involves relocating? More>>

Types of social security benefits

Social Security isn't just for retired people. The program also pays benefits to the disabled, widows and widowers, children, stepchildren, divorced spouses and others.  More>>

Doing business in an American war zone: Scenes from Ferguson

Local business owners reflect on how they've been affected by another surge of looting and violence in Ferguson, Missouri over the weekend.

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Should you change banks?

Nearly 20 percent of consumers have considered switching their checking accounts to a different financial institution, a 2012 Consumer Reports survey found.  More>>

The top credit reporting bureaus: How different?

There are three major, nationally recognized consumer credit reporting agencies. They all collect information about consumers, calculate credit ratings and sell credit reports.. More>>

The best financial careers for women

Women and men don't always have the same wants and needs when it comes to careers.  More>>

Selling your house? Avoid these mistakes

Selling your home - especially if you've never done it before - can be surprisingly time-consuming and emotionally challenging. More>>

Where's the market headed now?

When stock prices are falling, the question on most investors' minds is "when will it stop?"  More>>

Job search do’s and don’ts

7 tips for landing a new job.

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Millennials: Prevent a bad credit score

Though no one plans to have a poor credit score, sometimes life throws you a curveball that results in exactly that – a credit history that's badly damaged.
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How to apply for unemployment insurance

Have you or somebody you know recently lost a job? You might be entitled to unemployment insurance through the federal and/or state government where you live.   More>>

Six financial steps to take when you move

How to avoid letting relocation damage your credit profile More>>

Wider face may give you an edge in negotiations

Successful negotiations may depend on more than diplomacy. When it comes to negotiating, men with wider faces may have an advantage, according to a new study. More>>

Wipe out debt for good

4 keys to free yourself of credit card debt. More>>

Minnesota family ordered off Southwest flight after dad posts critical tweet

Ever tweeted about poor service from a company? Course you have. Ever had any troublesome comeback from it? Probably not. More>>

Coffee: The cost of a cup

Coffee: Plenty of us swear by our daily caffeine fix. Coffee has to be one of the cheapest addictive substances in the world, and as an added bonus it doesn't give you cancer. 
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Five valuable credit report lessons

What you can learn from checking your credit profile.

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OMG, I think I've been scammed!

Americans lose an estimated $40 - $50 billion a year to investment scams, according to the Financial Fraud Research Center. And, contrary to popular perception, it’s not just the most vulnerable or gullible among us who fall prey. More>>

Affordable family fun

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7 inexpensive summertime activities.

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Websites that save you money on hotel rooms

Finding a reasonably priced hotel room is not necessarily a slam dunk in the Internet age. More>>

6 questions for your realtor

If you are like most home buyers and sellers, chances are you'll want a qualified real estate agent to help you through the process.
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Rebound from financial pitfalls

4 steps to getting your money affairs back in order.

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Make money off credit card sign-up bonuses

If you could easily make several hundred extra dollars a year with minimal effort, would you do it?
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Why gasoline costs what it does

Pulling up to the gas station can be an exercise in sticker shock, especially if you live in California or New York. But it’s not just the price of crude oil that determines gasoline prices. More>>

Avoid vacation debt by staying home this summer – and still have fun

  Make the most of a staycation with 10 local (and affordable) activities. More>>

Should you double-down on dorms?

Despite skyrocketing tuition (and student loan debt), many young adults are still enrolling in college.
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Why summer Fridays are good for business

Want to boost morale? Flexible working hours, at least during the summer, could help. More>>

Retirement costs: Men vs. women

As the large Baby Boomer generation moves into retirement, identifying and understanding these differences can help couples and singles of both sexes make more accurate financial plans for retirement.
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Save on moving expenses to stay out of debt

Seven strategies to cut relocation costs.

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Avoid the downsides of downsizing in retirement

Many people fantasize about financing a good chunk of their retirement by selling their current home,buying a smaller place and investing the difference for income. In reality, however, they often reap far less profit than they might have hoped. More>>

5 ways to get maximum student financial aid

As the price of a college education continues to soar,many American families are counting on significant outside help to foot the bill.
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Make time for a mid-year money checkup

Now is the time to get finances back on track and dig out of debt. More>>

How to automate job searches and find work faster

 Now that summer is fast approaching and many of you readers out there might soon be looking for employment, we wanted to share one of our favorite tech tricks with you — automated job searching.
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Plan an affordable vacation without going into debt

Stay within your means and still have fun.
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Plan a dream wedding on a dime

Say “I do” without breaking the bank.
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Say good riddance to debt

When you factor in mortgages, car loans, student loans and credit cards, the average American is more than $225,000 in debt. More>>

Tips for repaying student loans

Be smart about paying off education debt.
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4 places to provide money lessons for youngsters

Schools spend a lot of time teaching children reading, writing and arithmetic. Unfortunately, math lessons rarely include a course on how to manage finances.
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5 signs you are ready for home ownership

Owning a home is still many people’s idea of the American dream. Yet purchasing a home still requires a major financial investment and a long-term commitment.
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Test your money smarts

Take this quiz to gauge your financial IQ.
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Reduce your taxes for next year

5 ways to lower your 2014 tax bill. More>>

Make the most of your tax refund

6 ways to use Uncle Sam's check. More>>

Investing 101

Market investment tips for beginners. More>>

Secrets of debt collection agencies

It can be unsettling when a debt collector tracks you down and inquires about repayment. But owing money to a creditor does not place you completely at its mercy. More>>

Cash in on spring cleaning

6 ways clutter-busting can save you money. More>>

6 ways to cut child care costs

Ensure quality care at an affordable price More>>

Tax Tip: Beware of fake IRS emails and phone calls

Tax scams that use email and phone calls that appear to come from the IRS are common these days. These scams often use the IRS name and logo or fake websites that look real. More>>

Tax Tip: The child tax credit may cut your tax

If you have a child under age 17, the Child Tax Credit may save you money at tax time. Here are some key facts the IRS wants you to know about the credit. More>>

Form W-2 missing? IRS can help

Most employers give Forms W-2 to their workers by Jan. 31. If you haven't received yours by mid-February, here's what you should do. More>>

Save money with social media

Find discounts and deals on Facebook and more. More>>

Updated IRS smartphone app now available

Are you on the go but need the latest tax information at your fingertips? There's an app for that. More>>

Report name change before you file taxes

Did you change or a dependent change names last year? If the answer to either question is yes, be sure to notify the Social Security Administration before you file your tax return with the IRS. More>>

IRS small business tax center has everything you need

You don't need to be a tax expert to run a business, but knowing the basics about taxes can help you run it better. More>>

5 simple steps to creating a budget

A budget plays a vital role in helping manage your money, getting out of debt and staying that way. It is also a must for ensuring your long-term financial future. More>>

Romance on a budget

6 low-cost ways to show your love this Valentine's Day. More>>

5 things you need to know about the Affordable Care Act

Learn how health care reform may impact your finances. More>>

Businesses urge change to Obamacare's insurance mandate

Beginning in 2015, U.S. businesses with 50 or more workers must provide health insurance to "full-time" employees, meaning workers who log at least 30 hours a week, on average. More>>

Tax Tip: Top 10 tips about free tax preparation

Each year millions of people have their tax returns prepared for free by volunteers. These volunteers are part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. More>>

5 steps to protect your credit

Recent data breaches remind consumers to secure financial information. More>>

Get ready for tax season

April 15 might seem a long way off, but tax time has a way of sneaking up on people. Do not wait until the last minute to get your financial documents in order. More>>

5 new year's resolutions for financial improvement

As you resolve to make some changes in 2014, do not forget about improving your financial health. More>>

Make 2014 the year to save money

Whether you are recovering from a holiday spending hangover or simply resolving to do better fiscally in the future, the clean slate of a new year is a perfect time to reassess your finances. More>>

4 bad money habits to break in 2014

Make 2014 your fiscally fittest year yet by kicking these bad money habits. More>>

Make the most of charitable giving and tax breaks

Giving now can save money later on taxes.
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Avoid these 6 holiday spending mistakes

This may be the most wonderful time of the year. But the holiday season also can be one of the costliest. More>>

Save money this holiday season

Avoid a spending hangover with these 5 smart tips. More>>

Financial tips for adults returning to college

Returning to school requires an upfront financial commitment. But college can be affordable when you put these tasks on your personal syllabus. More>>

Keep yourself and your bank account healthy

5 steps to managing medical debt.
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Steps to saving for a down payment

Be smart with your money and move into your dream home sooner. More>>

The DOs and DON'Ts of applying for credit

Understand your risks and obligations. More>>

The changing face of debt settlement

The deeper Americans go into debt, the greater the need for debt relief assistance. If you find yourself in very serious debt, here is what you need to know about getting help. More>>

Financial survival tips for furloughed workers

Many of those who have suddenly find themselves without incomes are facing tough times. These steps can help see you through this lean time. More>>

Manage the costs of pet ownership

If your home is one of the 60 percent of U.S. households that have a pet, here are some things that you can do to ensure the well-being of your beloved furry family member without breaking the bank. More>>

Find your financial footing after bankruptcy

Six tips to get you back on track. More>>

6 financial tips for the savvy single

Taking care of business when you take care of yourself. More>>

How to survive a job loss

Here are 8 tips to help you get through lean times.
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Never too early or too late to plan for retirement

Retirement can sound almost too good to be true. Unfortunately, fewer than half know how much to save in order to maintain something close their current lifestyle. More>>

The company you're keeping on Facebook could affect your credit score Video included

There are a number of valid reasons why you need to keep watch of the people you add and keep on Facebook. More lending outlets are turning to checking social connections online to evaluate people's loan eligibility. More>>

Co-workers take dim view of women who seek flex time

Women seeking a better work-life balance are less likely than men to be viewed positively by their colleagues, a new study finds. More>>

Employees benefit from natural light

Natural light during the work day may benefit employees by improving their sleep and quality of life, according to a new study. More>>

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  • Bank of England remains split on rates

    Bank of England remains split on rates

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 5:12 AM EDT2014-09-17 09:12:06 GMT
    Bank of England policymakers remain divided on whether to raise interest rates, voting 7-2 at their last meeting in favor of keeping the main rate at a record low 0.5 percent.
    Bank of England policymakers remain divided on whether to raise interest rates, voting 7-2 at their last meeting in favor of keeping the main rate at a record low 0.5 percent.
  • Billionaire's house arrest sends stocks crashing

    Billionaire's house arrest sends stocks crashing

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 5:02 AM EDT2014-09-17 09:02:20 GMT
    The arrest of a Russian billionaire has sent shares in his holding company into a tailspin.
    The arrest of a Russian billionaire on Wednesday sent shares in his holding company into a tailspin, wiping away more than $2.5 billion in market capitalization.
  • World stocks mostly higher ahead of Fed statement

    World stocks mostly higher ahead of Fed statement

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 4:52 AM EDT2014-09-17 08:52:07 GMT
    World stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, buoyed by hopes that the Federal Reserve will not speed up plans to raise interest rates and reports that China is providing extra liquidity to major state banks.
    World stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, buoyed by hopes that the Federal Reserve will not speed up plans to raise interest rates and reports that China is providing extra liquidity to major state banks.
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