Personal Finance


  • How to Pay College Debt and Avoid a FICO Hangover Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 10:56 AM ET

    With student loan levels rising over $1 trillion, grads need more than the perfect resume to get started. Credit ratings matter, too. Here are 8 tips on managing loans and FICO scores.

  • Legacy From Perfect Series Game, Grandkids' College Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 4:47 PM ET
    Don Larsen Baseball Card.

    It was the perfect game at the perfect time, and now, 56 years later, Yankee World Series no-hit pitcher Larsen hopes the uniform he wore will fund his grandsons' college costs.

  • Niche Retirement Communities for Boomers Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 4:34 PM ET
    in Fremont, Calif., is a retirement community catering to Chinese-American retirees. According to its website, “our focus on Chinese culture is reflected in everything we do.”The community features architecture based on the principles of  and activities include both Chinese pursuits like  and  as well as American standbys like bingo and bridge. The staff is Chinese- and English-speaking and health-care providers include several from China who are fluent in multiple languages and dialects.

    According to AARP, 78 million baby boomers are reaching retirement age. Read ahead to learn about the niche retirement communities serving the needs of silver-haired boomers.

  • To Give or Not to Give, Up to $5.12 Million Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 9:51 AM ET

    Time may — or may not — be running out for one of the biggest tax breaks for wealthy Americans. The chance to give up to $5.12 million to heirs tax-free.

  • Rainy-Day Savings Drying Up for More Americans Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 6:22 PM ET
    Woman doing bills

    Despite the recent sting of the financial crisis, 28 percent of Americans have no emergency savings, up from 24 percent a year, according to a new Bankrate.com survey.

  • Getting Lost in the Labyrinth of Medical Bills Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 3:02 PM ET
    Doctor Writing

    Even experts are sometimes baffled by what gets put into medical bills. The health care bill, now facing a court test, tries to clarify what you pay.

  • Is Your 'Safe' Money Market Floating on Quicksand? Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 2:43 PM ET

    Yields are near zero and regulators issue regular warnings about money market fund risks. Do you really need one?

  • Savings Bonds

    U.S. 10-year Treasury yields will hit 1 percent by the end of the year, as the so-called “fiscal cliff” has investors running to the safety of government debt, several market watchers told CNBC on Monday.

  • $100,000 Income: No Big Deal Anymore Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 1:48 PM ET

    Not only has standard inflation steadily eroded the real value of a $100,000 income, but the cost, of housing, health insurance and college tuition have risen dramatically in recent years.

  • College 'Fast-Track' Saving Plan - 3-Year Degrees Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 12:41 PM ET
    nascar race

    College kids have always crammed for tests. Now university administrations are cramming to cut costs. They are awarding students less expensive 3-year, 'fast-track' diplomas.

  • For 2012 Grads: 10 Best Job Tips From Around the Web Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 10:49 AM ET
    Frozen woman

    It's a tough, cold job market, and you need all the job tips you can get. We collected the best ideas from around the Web that tell graduates how to get over it and get hired.

  • Grim Prospects Could Scar College Grads Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 2:36 PM ET

    Graduates area entering a world where they could face long-term financial damage and barriers to success. Graduates say they are learning to manage.

  • Lost American ‘Values’: What Is Your Net Worth? Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | 5:07 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies during a hearing before the Senate Budget Committee February 7, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    What's your net worth? It fueled headlines as a symbol of America's lost value this week, but you do not need to rely on a Fed study to find your own.

  • What If You Inherit 401K Tax Penalty? Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | 12:56 PM ET
    The IRS building in Washington, D.C.

    When you inherit a 401k and it has a tax liability, do you have to pay? Even advisers muff the answer to this one sometimes.

  • Investor Uncertainty: Lower Retirement Expectations Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | 10:13 AM ET

    Wary investors are managing retirement the old-fashioned way: They are lowering their expectations. BlackRock says sentiment has "changed dramatically."

  • Add 'Tax Break' on Summer Camp Checklist Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 11:54 AM ET

    Parents who look forward to a break from child care when summer camp starts can also take a break on their taxes. Here's how camps for aspiring spies and fossil hunters help on tax day.

  • Planning a Financial Tuneup Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 3:31 PM ET

    The list includes the aspects of your financial life that may require regular maintenance, like bolstering your annual savings by another percentage point if you can afford it.

  • Unemployed Take Toughest Road to Retirement Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    Unemployment has morphed into early retirement for many boomers. Some long for a return to work and say they could prefer it to a lifestyle of Social Security checks and 'easy living.'

  • Banks Get Better at Hiding Charges Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 9:15 PM ET

    Despite lawsuits and investigations, banks are still making billions on hidden checking fees introduced in recent years to make more on their retail banking.

  • Amid pomp and circumstance, graduates are walking into the world with $1 trillion in school debt. But one personal finance expert says there are ways to avoid going over a cliff.

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