Personal Finance


  • The Credit Crunch: The Best and Worst States Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | 12:55 PM ET
    Las Vegas

    A survey of credit conditions in each of the 50 states found a considerable difference in the credit profiles of the best and worst states.

  • Women are gaining financial independence to an unprecedented degree, yet most remain uneasy or uninvolved when it comes to talking about and managing money.

  • How a Cashless Economy Could Cost You Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 11:13 AM ET
    Google Wallet

    The rise in mobile payments may not be so good for the bottom line of consumers, who could find themselves spending more as a result, academic research suggests.

  • United States Post Office

    Retired law enforcement is the most common profession receiving $100,000-plus pensions, but postal workers, social-security officers and a zoologist also make six-figures.

  • Lenders Mobilize to Help College Kids Manage Student Loans Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 11:24 AM ET

    As student debt explodes, private lenders, credit rating agencies, and nonprofits have begun offering consumer-friendly programs to take the financial anxiety out of college loans.

  • 12 Financial Habits for Early Retirement in Paris Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 3:50 PM ET

    The home you buy today may help finance your life in Paris. I rent my home in California and it pays for my living expenses.

  • Americans Are Carrying More Credit Card Debt: Study Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 8:27 AM ET
    credit cards

    Americans are carrying more credit card debt than a year ago, yet the late-payment rate for card holders remains near an 18-year low, an analysis of consumer-credit data shows.

  • Study: 78 Money Funds Risked 'Breaking the Buck' Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 8:13 AM ET
    Mutual Funds

    A recent study says that 78 money-market mutual funds had to seek help from their sponsors to keep from having their share prices drop below a dollar from 2007 to 2011.

  • Problems Riddle Moves to Collect Credit Card Debt Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 8:10 AM ET

    The same problems that plagued the foreclosure process are now emerging in the debt collection practices of credit card companies. The New York Times reports.

  • A Mutual Fund Master, Too Worried to Rest Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 | 10:29 AM ET
    John Bogle

    With this kind of medical history, any other man of 83 might simply enjoy his success. But not John Bogle. He is still on a mission, as outspoken as ever and nearly as vigorous — thanks, he says, to the heart of a younger man. He’s not done yet, reports the NY Times. 

  • Consumer Stocks Thriving Despite Sour Mood Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
    Credit Card swipe

    Anxiety persists three years after the recession officially ended. Consumer confidence remains well below the level that would suggest a healthy economy.

  • Shopper Alert: Price May Drop for You Alone Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 7:16 AM ET
    Woman bagging groceries

    Using personalized coupons and store cards, supermarkets are pricing products individually to reward loyalty and maximize sales.

  • Stodgy Dividend Stocks Suddenly Rock Stars of Wall St. Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 3:51 PM ET

    Searching for profits, investors have rediscovered stocks that pay dividends, which have out-gained non-payers by more than 9 percentage points in the past year.

  • How to Do a Reverse Mortgage Right (Or Not At All) Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 2:23 PM ET

    Reverse mortgages have a lot of allure for seniors who own their homes, but high fees and tricky provisions can make avoiding them the best course of all.

  • Cash Out of Gold and Send the Kids to College: Pro Wednesday, 8 Aug 2012 | 10:47 AM ET
    Gold coins of Byzantine emperor Constantine VI and his mother Irene from the 8th century.

    Gold bugs may hate to admit it, but their favorite has become just another financial asset, and one whose price has simply become too rich to be a haven any longer.

  • What Influences Consumers to Buy or Rent Their Homes Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | 5:37 PM ET
    Young couple with keys to house

    Income, marital status and other life question influence our decisions to buymore than the economic factors involved, according to a Fannie Mae study. But we rent for the savings.

  • US Investors Abandon Foreign Stocks for Domestic Firms Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | 12:28 PM ET
    Protesters march during a demonstration ahead of an EU summit, on March 24, 2011 at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. Trade unions hold a protest rally as European Union leaders gather for a summit aimed at agreeing joint budgetary policies to prop up the euro from attack. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

    American companies are already beating Asian and European counterparts on revenues, with more economic uncertainty still expected abroad.

  • People retiring today are part of the first generation of workers who have paid more in Social Security taxes during their careers than they will receive in benefits after they retire.

  • Bonds Keep Selling, Despite Rock-Bottom Yields Monday, 6 Aug 2012 | 1:06 PM ET
    Bill Gross

    The stock market's wild ride have convinced investors to value the fixed returns of bonds. But analysts say most people would be better off with a few well-chosen stocks.

  • Without a broad agreement by lawmakers a series of automatic tax increases will take effect next year. Here’s what some affluent investors are doing to prepare. The NYT reports.

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