Personal Finance


  • Teens: Mom and Dad Will Leave Me Enough to Retire Monday, 10 Sep 2012 | 7:24 AM ET

    Young Americans who grew up during the Great Recession apparently did not learn much from their parents' money woes.

  • Has America's Passion for Plastic Cooled? Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 12:04 PM ET

    American credit card debt--and the number of credit-card accounts--have tumbled since peaking in 2008, suggesting that the country is slowly healing itself from a crazy credit boom.

  • What’s It Take to Be Middle Class? A Job Thursday, 6 Sep 2012 | 2:13 PM ET

    A Pew Research Center study finds that a secure job and health care top the list of what makes a person middle class, replacing home ownership.

  • Joe Mihalic, Author of "Destroy Student Debt: A Combat Guide to Freedom."

    Paying back the minimum means it can take years to make a significant dent. But is it smart to pay off student loans as aggressively as one Harvard MBA did?

  • Greed's Out, Fear's In for Rank-and-File Investors Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    Market volatility has killed Americans' appetite for risk in favor of building cash reserves that will be there on short notice if another credit crunch comes.

  • Your Mutual Fund Picks Mostly Fail? It's Not You: Pro Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 11:52 AM ET
    Mutual Funds

    The myth that you can pick outperforming actively managed funds through "research" is a cruel hoax. It makes ordinary investors feel inadequate when their efforts fail.

  • The Four Financial Tools for Living Abroad Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012 | 4:20 PM ET
    Mature couple living abroad

    One key to feeling at home during a long term stay is knowing you can stay in touch with your money while you're away.

  • SEC Study Flunks Americans on Financial Skills Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    A new study by the Securities and Exchange Commission confirms past studies that have found that investors do not understand the most elementary financial concepts.

  • American healthcare reform

    An Urban Institute study estimates that 3 percent of Americans younger than 65 -- about 7.3 million uninsured -- will be required to purchase coverage on their own or pay a penalty

  • Postponing Retirement Indefinitely Thursday, 30 Aug 2012 | 12:00 PM ET
    Investor Concerns

    More than a third of adults near retirement age — 35 percent — said last year that they simply don’t expect to retire. That was up from just 29 percent two years earlier.

  • How the Weird Market Is Changing Asset Allocation Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 1:46 PM ET

    Asset allocation is the centerpiece of any investment plan, but the basic theory may be badly out of date in today's unusual financial environment.

  • Who's Profiting From Your 401(k)? Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 12:11 PM ET

    Why investors have suffered below-market returns even as mutual fund management company owners enjoyed market-beating results.

  • Negotiating Home Delivery of Your New Car Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 10:59 AM ET
    2013 Cadillac XTS

    Having the car come to you eliminates wait times and inevitable hard sells for additional products and services, Edmunds.com advises.

  • American Express

    Customer satisfaction for credit cards is up overall after several years of new rules roiled the industry, but Amex leads the pack, with top grades on customer service and rewards.

  • Why You Have 49 Different FICO Scores Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | 1:50 PM ET
    Credit Score

    Each credit rating agency has its own score, plus versions customized for  automobile loans, a mortgage or credit card. It adds up pretty quick.

  • Financing Student Housing Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | 1:13 PM ET

    Investing in housing for your college student may reduce his or her room-and-board bill, provide a revenue source, and in some cases a tax deduction.

  • No College Degree Required: $100,000 Jobs Saturday, 25 Aug 2012 | 7:00 AM ET

    Making a six-figure salary without earning a college degree can be achieved.

  • Big Income Losses for Those Near Retirement Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 2:22 PM ET
    elderly woman with financial advisor

    Americans nearing retirement age have suffered disproportionately after the financial crisis: along with the declining value of their homes, which were intended to cushion their final years, their incomes have fallen sharply.

  • Half of Homeowners Under 40 Are Still Underwater Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 8:28 AM ET

    Younger borrowers have had less time to build equity. The good news is they tend to be less underwater and more likely to be current with their payments.

  • Pharmas Offer Coupons to Compete With Generics Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | 11:05 AM ET

    Pharmaceutical companies have begun offering patients coupons to reduce copayments on brand-name medicines and compete with new generic versions of the drugs.

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