Personal Finance


  • First loans, now this: Student book bubble menace Monday, 16 Sep 2013 | 10:39 AM ET
    A student reflects on the high cost of text books.

    Already grappling with skyrocketing tuition and fees, college students also must contend with triple-digit inflation on the price of textbooks, NBC News reports.

  • 43% of households pay no income tax: Study Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Mitt Romney

    The share of households who aren't paying any federal income tax has fallen, and an analysis from the Tax Policy Center predicts that it will continue to shrink in years to come.

  • Health savings accounts: An $18 billion honey pot Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | 8:34 AM ET
    Chief pharmacist Ali A. Yasin (L) injects Juan Castro (R) with influenza vaccine as assistant Agripinno Camiolo looks on at New York City Pharmacy in Manhattan.

    A growing number of employees are required by companies to set up savings accounts but over time, they are also encouraged to invest a portion in financial instruments.

  • Into e-books? Here's how to cut your costs Friday, 6 Sep 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    Avid readers can use new subscription plans and bundles to get more value for their e-book purchases. But they may still be overpaying.

  • Credit card confusion: How do I earn rewards? Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 2:53 PM ET

    Credit cards that offer rewards are more popular than ever. And yet, many people who have these cards don't really know how they work.

  • What financial crisis? Consumers saving less Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 1:11 PM ET
    Customers shop at a T.J. Maxx store in Washington.

    The stock market's recent strength is boosting consumers' savings, and they're responding by saving less, a new study shows.

  • Simple steps to avoid hit from growing bank fees Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | 7:39 AM ET

    Banks' laundry lists of fees are growing, with the average account carrying 30 different potential charges. But avoiding them is still relatively easy.

  • Subprime deja vu: Car lending standards ease Tuesday, 3 Sep 2013 | 10:04 AM ET

    Banks are making more of their car loans to subprime borrowers as delinquencies fall and as auto manufacturers' finance subsidiaries draw more-reliable customers.

  • Gen Y managers perceived as entitled, need polish Tuesday, 3 Sep 2013 | 12:02 AM ET

    If you don't like your new boss, it may not be your fault. Gen Y is moving into management in a big way, and a new survey finds a rough transition.

  • Beg, borrow and deal: Clever ways to fund college Friday, 30 Aug 2013 | 12:19 PM ET

    As college costs rise, students are looking for more ways to cut the costs and pay the bills after graduation. Crowdfunding and massive open online courses are among the choices.

  • Tooth fairy’s generosity skyrockets to $50 Friday, 30 Aug 2013 | 6:31 AM ET

    The tooth fairy's generosity is skyrocketing, according to a new survey, which revealed that some American children are pocketing up to $50 per tooth.

  • Apple's planned trade-in program: Should you bite? Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 10:46 AM ET

    Apple is expected to announce a new trade-in program. But you can already get enough money for some older iPhones to cover the cost of a new one.

  • Store brands often beat big names in taste test Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 8:12 AM ET
    Ketchup taste test at Consumer Reports.

    A recent marathon taste test by the experts at Consumer Reports found that store-brand foods are serious contenders on the taste front.

  • Retailers entice shoppers with elite loyalty perks Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 12:43 PM ET

    Elite status isn't just for airlines anymore. Retailers are increasingly adding elite tiers to their reward programs to entice big spenders.

  • Retiring with more: Don't wing it on your 401(k) Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 12:41 PM ET

    Americans are saving more for retirement, but it's probably still not enough, according to a new analysis released by Fidelity. As of June, the average 401(k) balance was $80,600.

  • Expedia-Travelocity deal may be bad trip for users Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 5:44 AM ET

    The companies say they will remain independent, "but what it really means for travelers is, sadly, the loss of a credible competitor," one analyst said.

  • Decades to pay off school debt—worth it? Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 6:44 PM ET

    With half of graduates struggling to get full-time employment, people should consider alternatives to a four-year degree, a former secretary of education argues.

  • Why T. Rowe Price had to ban AA traders Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 4:52 PM ET
    American Airlines at JFK International Airport.

    The move to terminate the trading rights of 1,300 American Airline employees is actually a sign that T. Rowe Price is looking out for customers.

  • How to get the most out of your college savings Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 2:36 PM ET

    When it's finally time to start drawing down that 529 account, here's how to make sure you take advantage of tax breaks and make smart choices.

  • The 5% recovery: Why most are still in recession Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 12:22 PM ET
    People looking for work stand in line to apply for a job during a job fair in Miami on May 2.

    For those in the top 5 percent, the recovery has been pretty good. As for the other 95 percent, maybe not so much.

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