Personal Finance


  • Estate planners shift gears in new tax environment Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    As trust beneficiaries feel the bite of Obamacare's 3.8 percent investment income tax and higher rates, estate planners look to reduce it.

  • Regulators: Consumers, be careful with bitcoin Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    Regulators are warning consumers interested in bitcoin that they could lose it all. Should you have any in your portfolio?

  • March Madness winning bets are taxable Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 5:56 AM ET
    Patric Young No. 4 of the Florida Gators and Julius Randle No. 30 of the Kentucky Wildcats vie for a rebound in the second half during the championship game of the 2014 Men's SEC Basketball Tournament in Atlanta.

    The IRS is depending on winners of March Madness bets to report that income on next year's tax return. Sorry, Uncle Sam. You are out of luck.

  • Stupid things employers ask job candidates Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 7:11 AM ET

    Many of the common questions people ask in job interviews aren't actually that helpful in predicting how well a person will do in a job, experts say.

  • 5 ways an IRA may beat a 401(k) Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 5:39 AM ET

    Following are five ways in which investing in an IRA may trump using a 401(k) plan.

  • Obama's budget plans bad for some 401(k) savers Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Copies of U.S. President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.

    Obama's proposed 2015 budget, reducing tax incentives for small businesses to offer retirement plans to employees, may harm Americans' savings plans.

  • Do you have to pay the alternative minimum tax? Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    The rich and the poor are not targets for the dreaded alternative minimum tax. It's the guy in the middle. Here's how to calculate your tax bite.

  • Financial advisors choose to rein in risk-hungry clients Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Financial advisors advise against riskier, potentially more profitable portfolio allocations in the interest of long-term stability.

  • Retirement confidence rises, but the data are grim Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    Workers' retirement confidence has recovered from record lows of the past five years, showing an increase in 2014. But that's not the whole story.

  • 7 states with no income tax Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 6:03 AM ET
    The Las Vegas strip.

    No one likes to pay income taxes. That's not a problem for residents of seven states that have no state income tax. Two others don't tax wage income.

  • What to do when you win the lottery Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    Record lottery payouts are rewriting the conventional financial wisdom about how the winners can best handle their good fortune, from tax advice to their reconfigured lives.

  • Sorry airlines, JetBlue wants your loyal customers Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    JetBlue is offering a Mosaic membership, or an upgraded rewards program, to fliers with a "certain status" on other airlines through 2014.

  • Big data used to catch fraudulent tax returns Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 9:26 AM ET

    Some states have put procedures in place to spot the most obvious warning signs of identity theft on tax returns. The solution: Lexus-Nexus.

  • What the 401(k) test lab is experimenting on next Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 8:13 AM ET

    Retirement plans have been rewritten by behavioral finance in the past decade, but that's just the start of what's cooking in the 401k test lab.

  • What do women want? Financial advisors who get it Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    Women are making inroads financially, but with their financial advisors, not so much. Find out what women want from advisors, and why it matters.

  • Is your financial advisor cheating on you? Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    Is your financial advisor being honest? Sharon Epperson and Suze Orman point out the red flags to look out for and what to do if you think you're being scammed.

  • Why baby boomers are turning to reverse mortgages Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 3:36 PM ET

    U.S. baby boomers, desperate for retirement income, are increasingly turning back to reverse mortgages, but big banks stay away.

  • Who uses food stamps? Millions of kids, that's who Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 7:33 AM ET
    A sign painted on top of a mural says 'We accept food stamps,' in Harvey, Ill. About 45 percent of food stamp benefits went to children under 18 in 2013.

    Amid all the wrangling over how much the government should spend on the modern-day food stamp program, many may not realize who gets these benefits.

  • Cut your taxes without itemizing Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 5:38 AM ET

    What do teachers, divorcees and people paying off student loans have in common? They can cut taxes, without itemizing.

  • Tax breaks for every life stage Saturday, 15 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    When life changes, so will your taxes. Breaks and pitfalls to be aware of before you file.

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