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  • Necessities, Not Fun, Fuel Credit Card Spending Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 12:44 PM ET
    Credit card and magnifying glass

    The Fed's recent report showing a rise in consumer credit spending in May shows that Americans are increasingly putting essentials, not discretionary purchases, on their plastic.

  • Prepaid Cards Move Beyond the 'Underbanked' Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    As competition for the growing 'underbanked' business rises, banks keep lowering their fees on prepaid accounts — prompting some to re-work their business models.

  • 8 Ways You Can Go to College for Free Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 5:58 PM ET

    As schools continue to raise prices, students are taking on an increasing amount of educational debt. But even if you aren't rich or a genius, there are ways to get an education for free.

  • How Exposed Is That Company to Europe? Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 6:41 AM ET
    European Union Flag

    If a company gets more than 20 percent of its revenue from the Continent, you need to know.

  • Commodity Funds Can Dilute Your Risk Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 4:56 PM ET
    Wheat field

    Because commidities often do well when stocks decline, and commodity funds offer so many different markets to choose from, they can provide a little stability when the market is waffling.

  • Clearance sale

    Getting an extra half-size lotion for free is roughly equivalent to getting 35 percent off. But a new study found that consumers prefer the free product, and pay more.

  • Just to Be Safe, Retire at 70: Study Thursday, 5 Jul 2012 | 2:04 PM ET

    Retirement experts say that even those hit by the Great Recession can retire comfortably if they are willing to work a few years longer than expected.

  • 5 Ways to Grow an Emergency Fund Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 1:12 PM ET
    Money in Mattress

    Life rarely goes as planned. That's why it's always good to have an emergency fund in the bank.

  • US Consumers Face Higher Risk of ATM Theft Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 11:16 AM ET
    ATM

    ATM  "skimming," a low-tech form of bank card fraud, is not a new problem. But security experts say it's now a bigger problem for the United States than other nations who have implemented the technology to prevent it.

  • When to Cut Off the Kids Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 5:49 PM ET

    More than half, 54 percent, of today's parents say there's no set time when kids should stop living at home. But for the other 46 percent: When should you cut the financial cord?

  • Cities With the Best Credit Scores 2012 Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 2:09 PM ET
    Average Credit Score: 789Average Debt: $22,439Average Number of Late Payments: 0.27Average % Credit Available: 77.52Average Number of Open Credit Cards: 1.71The highest-ranking city is Wausau, Wis., a remarkable development considering that in the previous year, it didn’t even make the list. Interestingly, of all 10 cities on this list, four including Wausau, are located in the state of Wisconsin. When it comes to managing personal credit and debt, the people of Wisconsin must be doing something

    What U.S. cities have the best credit scores for 2012? Click to find out.

  • What the Health Care Ruling Means for Families Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 | 4:44 PM ET

    How much the Affordable Care Act will affect your pocketbook depends on how much you already make.

  • Mortgage

    Four million Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac borrowers could stand to save hundreds of dollars per month refinancing their home mortgages under new programs that were not available until just a few short years ago.

  • Why Hidden Fund Fees May Ignite July Fireworks Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 3:46 PM ET
    fireworks

    "What you are about to learn will shock you," say pundits of the July 1 deadline to disclose all 401(k) fund fees. What are funds hiding? Here's the big bang theory.

  • 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.

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