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  • 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.

  • What College Tuition Will Look Like in 18 Years Friday, 25 May 2012 | 11:13 AM ET

    It’s not just the nation heading for a fiscal cliff. In 18 years, the average price for a private university could be as much as $130,428—a year.

  • Record-Low Mortgage Rates: Basement for Sellers? Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 4:04 PM ET

    Mortgage interest rates are fallling so slowly you might not have noticed. Now the debate is whether home mortgages are in the basement. Or is there living room for more.

  • 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
    Gold

    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.

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