Personal Finance


  • American healthcare reform

    An Urban Institute study estimates that 3 percent of Americans younger than 65 -- about 7.3 million uninsured -- will be required to purchase coverage on their own or pay a penalty

  • Postponing Retirement Indefinitely Thursday, 30 Aug 2012 | 12:00 PM ET
    Investor Concerns

    More than a third of adults near retirement age — 35 percent — said last year that they simply don’t expect to retire. That was up from just 29 percent two years earlier.

  • How the Weird Market Is Changing Asset Allocation Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 1:46 PM ET

    Asset allocation is the centerpiece of any investment plan, but the basic theory may be badly out of date in today's unusual financial environment.

  • Who's Profiting From Your 401(k)? Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 12:11 PM ET

    Why investors have suffered below-market returns even as mutual fund management company owners enjoyed market-beating results.

  • Negotiating Home Delivery of Your New Car Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 10:59 AM ET
    2013 Cadillac XTS

    Having the car come to you eliminates wait times and inevitable hard sells for additional products and services, Edmunds.com advises.

  • American Express

    Customer satisfaction for credit cards is up overall after several years of new rules roiled the industry, but Amex leads the pack, with top grades on customer service and rewards.

  • Why You Have 49 Different FICO Scores Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | 1:50 PM ET
    Credit Score

    Each credit rating agency has its own score, plus versions customized for  automobile loans, a mortgage or credit card. It adds up pretty quick.

  • Financing Student Housing Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | 1:13 PM ET

    Investing in housing for your college student may reduce his or her room-and-board bill, provide a revenue source, and in some cases a tax deduction.

  • No College Degree Required: $100,000 Jobs Saturday, 25 Aug 2012 | 7:00 AM ET

    Making a six-figure salary without earning a college degree can be achieved.

  • Big Income Losses for Those Near Retirement Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 2:22 PM ET
    elderly woman with financial advisor

    Americans nearing retirement age have suffered disproportionately after the financial crisis: along with the declining value of their homes, which were intended to cushion their final years, their incomes have fallen sharply.

  • Half of Homeowners Under 40 Are Still Underwater Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | 8:28 AM ET

    Younger borrowers have had less time to build equity. The good news is they tend to be less underwater and more likely to be current with their payments.

  • Pharmas Offer Coupons to Compete With Generics Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | 11:05 AM ET

    Pharmaceutical companies have begun offering patients coupons to reduce copayments on brand-name medicines and compete with new generic versions of the drugs.

  • What to Tell Your College Kid About Credit Cards Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | 9:53 AM ET
    Credit card swipe

    College kids new to credit cards can ding their credit scores, inviting higher costs when taking on adult-size purchases, such as car loans and mortgages, down the road.

  • Why Do We Waste Food?  Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 4:42 PM ET

    Dana Gunder, National Resource Defense Council scientist, and Laura Cipullo, Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services, provides perspective on just how much food is wasted in the U.S. and why. Why do Americans waste 40 percent of all the food they buy?

  • Young Money Stock Plays  Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 2:19 PM ET

    Great investments for 20 year olds, with Howard Lindzon, StockTwits CEO, and Robert Luna, Surevest Capital Management CEO.

  • Trendy Scammers Go After Crowdfunding, Self-Directed IRAs Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 12:16 PM ET

    State securities administrators listed four new types of fraud among their annual list of investor threats, including crowdfunding scams and gold-related ripoffs.

  • Retirement Savings Improve, but Not Enough Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012 | 9:45 AM ET
    Woman counting change

    The proportion of people who say they are saving less than last year to retirement savings is down, but the retirement income deficit for the coming generation of retirees is estimated to be $4.3 trillion.

  • What Happens to Credit Card Debt When You Die? Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 11:06 AM ET

    When someone dies, the estate pays credit-card balances and other debts, but there are exceptions that could leave survivors on the hook for someone else's credit-card balance.

  • Most Workers Flub Their Health Benefits Enrollment Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 10:13 AM ET

    As the open-enrollment season for health benefits approaches, many workers will be making some bad choices.

  • Refinancing a Vacation Home Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | 1:39 PM ET
    Row of beach houses

    Taking advantage of lower mortgage rates for a second home may be stickier than refinancing your primary residence.

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