Personal Finance


  • Roth IRAs and college costs: A better way to pay? Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 8:06 AM ET

    Many invest for higher-education via 529 plans, but Roth IRAs also offer distinct, tax-free advantages as college savings investment vehicles.

  • Don't overlook these tax deductions Sunday, 2 Feb 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    Tax season is here after a great year for the stock market, making this a good time to tally up the deductions you can use. Try these.

  • Jack Bogle's advice for a rocky market Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Investing icon Jack Bogle discusses a simple principle that defines investment success even during the most volatile times: the magic of compounding.

  • Many tax preparers 'incompetent,' group warns Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    The consequences of a bad tax return are much more serious than a bad haircut. So why does every state regulate hair dressers but only four regulate tax preparers?

  • 4 ways to reduce your 2013 tax bill Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    The 2013 calendar year may be over, but opportunities to lower last year’s tax liability are not. Troll for overlooked deductions and tax credits.

  • Hate doing your taxes? Blame Congress, not the IRS Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | 9:13 AM ET

    If you are dreading doing your taxes this season, don't blame the Internal Revenue Service for making it so hard. Blame Congress.

  • The limits of Obama's 'MyRA' retirement plans Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 12:53 PM ET
    President Barack Obama signs a memorandum directing the Dept. of the Treasury to create the new “myRA” savings program in West Mifflin, Pa., on Jan. 29, 2014.

    The president's plan offers households with no retirement savings a place to start. But it comes with some serious shortcomings compared to IRAs.

  • NFL great Marino on creating a smart second act Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 8:28 PM ET
    Dan Marino

    Dan Marino had a brilliant career for the Miami Dolphins. Now he has teamed up with the AARP to educate Americans on how to create financial success.

  • 5 tax-advantaged investments for 2014 Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    The introduction of some new investment income taxes have increased the value of tax-advantaged investment strategies.

  • College textbook costs more outrageous than ever Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 1:52 PM ET
    A student reflects on the high cost of text books.

    The average student in this country now spends around $1,200 a year on books and supplies. A single book can cost as much as $200.

  • One in six people struggles to pay medical bills Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    U.S. families are burdened by having to pay for medical care, and some struggle to pay health care bills, NBC News reports.

  • Credit report changes  Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    A look at how the credit bureaus have changed the game and how they look at you as a borrower.

  • Are you about to get slammed by this tax? Monday, 27 Jan 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    It’s not the rich who have the most to worry about. Some 3.9 million taxpayers are expected to get hit with the AMT for 2013.

  • Again? First-class stamp price rises to 49 cents Monday, 27 Jan 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    It's going to cost you a few pennies more to mail a letter. The cost of a first-class postage stamp is now 49 cents — 3 cents more than before.

  • Gas prices ease from highest level since October Monday, 27 Jan 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. dropped 3.46 cents over the past two weeks, retreating from its highest level since mid-October.

  • In your 20s? It's not too early to start saving up Saturday, 25 Jan 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    Faced with debts, expenses and low income, some Gen Y workers put off financial planning for retirement, but it's best to save earlier and smarter.

  • How to get help with your taxes for free Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    The IRS and other agencies offer programs to help people file their taxes or get basic tax questions answered without paying fees.

  • Common (and costly) tax mistakes to avoid Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Form tax identity theft to deductions that may catch an auditor's eye, here are the most common taxpayer mistakes - and how to sidestep them.

  • Don't tear down the rich: Larry Summers Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 9:26 AM ET
    Larry Summers

    "America succeeds by raising everybody up. It doesn't succeed by tearing anybody down," Larry Summers tells CNBC.

  • How do porn stars prepare for retirement? Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 9:43 AM ET

    Porn is an industry where retirement can come without warning and with even less planning for the future.

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