Personal Finance


  • 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.

  • Keeping interest rates low on federally subsidized student loans – a challenge that has lately occupied Washington – would make only a dent in what student borrowers owe.

  • Own Munis? Worry About Wisconsin Now Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 | 1:28 PM ET
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

    A surprise defeat of Scott Walker in Tuesday's Wisconsin recall vote could cause turmoil for municipal bonds, but investors register no concern. Credit agencies are watching closely.

  • Forget 'If I had a Million Dollars' I want $3M! Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 | 12:18 PM ET
    Retirement savings

    If you were aiming for $1 million in retirement, time to reconsider. $3 million may be the new $1 million when it comes to building that golden nest egg.

  • The Curtain Opens on 401K Fees Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 12:27 PM ET

    Fees on 401K plans vary widely, but many participants do not know what they pay from workplace accounts or even who pays them. New rules pull back the curtain.

  • Should Boomers Say Bye to Retirement? Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 8:26 AM ET

    Should boomers say bye to retirement? It's just one of the key questions facing the thousands from this generation hitting retirement age each day.

  • The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is widely expected to lower interest rates by 25 basis points to 3.50 percent at its next meeting Tuesday, however, slowing housing and retail sectors could push the central bank into a more aggressive rate cutting cycle with the market expecting up to 165 basis points in cuts over the year.

  • Nantucket

    Take my mortgage, please! Reverse mortgages have been remodeled to provide cash for people not ready to retire but anxious to downsize debt.

  • Guest Blog: Workplace Guide for New Graduates Friday, 1 Jun 2012 | 3:59 PM ET

    A word of advice to all of the newly-minted MBAs out there: Most successful, high-powered leaders are known more for intangible skills than what they learned in business school. Here's what you need to know.

  • Mortgage Rates Lower: Should You Take Shorter Loan? Friday, 1 Jun 2012 | 11:30 AM ET
    Mortgage rates down

    With mortgage rates lower than ever, should you take a shorter-term loan so you can get debt-free quicker? Here is what to consider.

  • Fed Says Student Loans Soar Even as Consumers Cut Debt Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 3:01 PM ET

    The Fed reports that cash-strapped students are taking out ever more loans while debt-wary consumers are reducing what they owe to lenders.

  • Help in Buying Digital Savings Bonds Thursday, 31 May 2012 | 11:16 AM ET
    U.S. Savings Bonds

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  • What is the Break-Even Point on Hybrid Gas Savings? Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | 3:18 PM ET

    With fuel efficiency rising for competitively-priced gas cars a hybrid is not always the clear winner in energy economic terms. There's an 'ap' to figure the break-even point.

  • 10 Money Mistakes: Which Ones Did You Make? Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 2:22 PM ET

    There are many ways we  mishandle financial decisions on spending and saving.  They can add up over time.  Check yourself. Have you made any of these 10 money mistakes?

  • Euro Bargains Beckon: Rising Fares Bite Back Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 10:39 AM ET

    Europe's crisis has created euro bargains for American travelers, but getting there is costlier. Air fares have risen even more than the dollar.  

  • Signs of 'Housing Spring': Bidding Wars  Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    The long-depressed housing market shows signs of life as the number of homes for sale in some places dwindles and home bidders compete for real estate.

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