Personal Finance


  • Bureau Takes Swipe at Hidden Debit Card Fees Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 10:47 AM ET
    Visa Pre-Paid Credit Cards

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken a swipe at hidden debit card fees. Volume on the prepaid cards is seen rising 40 % within two years.

  • Gold Standard for Your IRA: Little Bit Goes a Long Way Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 5:10 PM ET

    This has been tough year for gold bugs, and especially for those who crammed precious metals into retirement accounts. Should you put gold in your IRA? Warren Buffet would say no.

  • BankRate Survey: Consumers More Secure Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 4:07 PM ET

    Consumers are feeling more confident than any time since BankRate Financial Security Index started measuring personal finances. Here is why.

  • 10 Ways to Save Money by Spending More Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    Spending more on some things can save you money. Shopping smarter does not always mean spending less. Here are 10 ideas for 'thrifty buys.'

  • Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg wed in ceremony held in the backyard of their home in Palo Alto, May 19 2012.

    The speculation about who gets what in the Facebook marriage reflects a common problem in any marriage of (financial) unequals. Experts give views on Zuck's pre-IPO nups.

  • 20 Ways to Save Cash on Summer Getaways Monday, 21 May 2012 | 4:32 PM ET

    Summer vacations are making a comeback after a stay-at-home recession, but consumers still say they want to watch costs. Here are 20 ideas to lighten the load.

  • Retiring Abroad: Pitfalls of Paradise Monday, 21 May 2012 | 4:26 PM ET

    Those places look great when you are on vacation. But financial advisers say retiring abroad is not for everyone, and many will return.

  • Refinancing Now: Lower Rates, Fees Coming Soon Monday, 21 May 2012 | 4:25 PM ET

    The government is about to make refinancing FHA mortgages more affordable — and potentially easier — for hundreds of thousands of homeowners.

  • Slowly, as Student Debt Rises, Colleges Confront Costs Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 1:50 PM ET
    cost of education

    Student loans are near the $1 trillion mark and educators are studying harder so they might avoid failing a critical test of advanced college finance.

  • Australia is headed for the “mother of all hard landings,” according to Société Générale strategist Albert Edwards, who says the country’s “credit bubble” could burst if China’s economy suffers a sharp slowdown.

  • Child holding dollar currency notes

    Who wants their kid to be a millionaire? Ron Lieber of the New York Times looks at books advising upwardly mobile parents.

  • Has Australia’s Rate Cut Put the Carry Trade at Risk? Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 4:27 AM ET
    Australian Notes - Mixed

    The Australian dollar carry trade, popular among investors to cash in on the interest rate differential between countries, is losing its appeal following the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) interest rate cut, say forex strategists, who expect further policy easing by the central bank this year.

  • Here are three strategies that could help self-employed workers maximize their investment portfolios over time.

  • American Tax Havens Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 3:48 PM ET
    Tax season is safely behind us, so it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. But if you paid more to the IRS than you feel you should have, maybe it’s also time to start thinking about doing things a little differently. Maybe it’s time to think about living in a state where the tax burden is less than it is where you are now.Some states have low property taxes, low gasoline taxes and low sales taxes. Some have low income tax rates, and some expect not one cent of income tax revenue from its residen

    If you paid more taxes than you feel you should have, maybe you should think about living in a state with a lower tax burden. See which states qualify as American tax havens.

  • The Bear Case for the Aussie Dollar: a 30% Drop Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 2:17 AM ET
    Australian Notes - Mixed

    The Aussie dollar surged on Thursday, rising one percent versus the U.S. dollar on strong jobs data, but one strategist is calling for a sharp correction - forecasting the currency will fall as low as 70 cents against the greenback over the longer-term.

  • Some Basics About Investing in This Kind of Market Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 | 2:16 PM ET

    The market is going down, up, down again ... and maybe sideways for a little while. What should you do? It depends on who you are.

  • Globally central banks are increasingly diversifying their foreign exchange reserves away from the U.S. dollar and the euro, according to latest data from the IMF’s Currency Composition of Foreign Exchange Reserves (COFER), and forex analysts tell CNBC the Australian dollar could be among the main beneficiaries.

  • US Union Pensions Hole Deepens to $369 Billion Sunday, 8 Apr 2012 | 11:04 PM ET

    The hole in the pension plans of US labor unions now stands at $369 billion, Credit Suisse has calculated with the aid of new reporting standards. This raises the prospect of higher pension contributions for employers and deteriorating industrial relations. The Financial Times reports.

  • Why Diamonds Are Great for Diversification     Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 | 8:35 PM ET

    David Riedel, President & Founder, Riedel Research Group says diamonds have almost no correlation with commodities, gold and equities, making them a great way for investors to diversify.

  • Pensions Find Riskier Funds Fail to Pay Off Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | 11:37 AM ET

    Public workers’ pension funds across the country are increasingly turning to riskier investments in private equity, real estate and hedge funds, and they aren't paying off, reports the New York Times.

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