Personal Finance


  • Good News for Those with Low Credit Scores Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 | 2:41 PM ET

    Auto loans, particularly to buyers with credit scores of 679 or lower, are becoming easier to get as credit gets cheaper.

  • Laid Off Workers Tap Into Retirement Money Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 4:39 PM ET

    During the recession, more workers took loans from their 401(k)s to help with daily living expenses. But as the unemployment rate remained high, the rate of 401(k) loan defaults went up.

  • More Women Are Breadwinners? It's Complicated Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 2:47 PM ET
    Woman doing bills

    A biennial Prudential study finds that 53 percent of women are the breadwinners in their households, but they still lack confidence when it comes to dealing with money.

  • Are Company Cutbacks Helping or Hurting Pension Plans? Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 12:59 PM ET

    Why are companies rushing to reduce pension plan payments? The answer is simple: Because they can.

  • Health-Care Act Winners and Losers: Two Case Studies Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 10:28 AM ET
    American healthcare reform

    Some middle-earners will be paying more under the reform plan, but even those "losers" will likely enjoy better coverage than they have now.

  • The 5 Most Common Financial Mistakes of Divorce Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 3:47 PM ET

    Emotions can get the best of us, whether we're getting into a marriage or getting out of it. Here's how to make sure your heart doesn't rule over your head during your divorce.

  • How High Earners Afford College: Let the Kids Pay Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 12:06 AM ET

    As the cost of college continues to rise, many students are finding even the Bank of Mom & Dad has tightened its lending practices.

  • Are Self-Directed IRAs Too Good to Be True? Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 3:02 PM ET

    An IRA can contain anything that makes you money, but as with any DIY investment, caution is required.

  • 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  "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.

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