Personal Finance


  • College 'Fast-Track' Saving Plan - 3-Year Degrees Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 12:41 PM ET
    nascar race

    College kids have always crammed for tests. Now university administrations are cramming to cut costs. They are awarding students less expensive 3-year, 'fast-track' diplomas.

  • For 2012 Grads: 10 Best Job Tips From Around the Web Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 10:49 AM ET
    Frozen woman

    It's a tough, cold job market, and you need all the job tips you can get. We collected the best ideas from around the Web that tell graduates how to get over it and get hired.

  • Grim Prospects Could Scar College Grads Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 2:36 PM ET

    Graduates area entering a world where they could face long-term financial damage and barriers to success. Graduates say they are learning to manage.

  • Lost American ‘Values’: What Is Your Net Worth? Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | 5:07 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies during a hearing before the Senate Budget Committee February 7, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    What's your net worth? It fueled headlines as a symbol of America's lost value this week, but you do not need to rely on a Fed study to find your own.

  • What If You Inherit 401K Tax Penalty? Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | 12:56 PM ET
    The IRS building in Washington, D.C.

    When you inherit a 401k and it has a tax liability, do you have to pay? Even advisers muff the answer to this one sometimes.

  • Investor Uncertainty: Lower Retirement Expectations Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | 10:13 AM ET

    Wary investors are managing retirement the old-fashioned way: They are lowering their expectations. BlackRock says sentiment has "changed dramatically."

  • Add 'Tax Break' on Summer Camp Checklist Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 11:54 AM ET

    Parents who look forward to a break from child care when summer camp starts can also take a break on their taxes. Here's how camps for aspiring spies and fossil hunters help on tax day.

  • Planning a Financial Tuneup Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 3:31 PM ET

    The list includes the aspects of your financial life that may require regular maintenance, like bolstering your annual savings by another percentage point if you can afford it.

  • Unemployed Take Toughest Road to Retirement Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    Unemployment has morphed into early retirement for many boomers. Some long for a return to work and say they could prefer it to a lifestyle of Social Security checks and 'easy living.'

  • Banks Get Better at Hiding Charges Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 9:15 PM ET

    Despite lawsuits and investigations, banks are still making billions on hidden checking fees introduced in recent years to make more on their retail banking.

  • Amid pomp and circumstance, graduates are walking into the world with $1 trillion in school debt. But one personal finance expert says there are ways to avoid going over a cliff.

  • Keeping interest rates low on federally subsidized student loans – a challenge that has lately occupied Washington – would make only a dent in what student borrowers owe.

  • Own Munis? Worry About Wisconsin Now Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 | 1:28 PM ET
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

    A surprise defeat of Scott Walker in Tuesday's Wisconsin recall vote could cause turmoil for municipal bonds, but investors register no concern. Credit agencies are watching closely.

  • Forget 'If I had a Million Dollars' I want $3M! Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 | 12:18 PM ET
    Retirement savings

    If you were aiming for $1 million in retirement, time to reconsider. $3 million may be the new $1 million when it comes to building that golden nest egg.

  • The Curtain Opens on 401K Fees Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 12:27 PM ET

    Fees on 401K plans vary widely, but many participants do not know what they pay from workplace accounts or even who pays them. New rules pull back the curtain.

  • Should Boomers Say Bye to Retirement? Monday, 4 Jun 2012 | 8:26 AM ET

    Should boomers say bye to retirement? It's just one of the key questions facing the thousands from this generation hitting retirement age each day.

  • The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is widely expected to lower interest rates by 25 basis points to 3.50 percent at its next meeting Tuesday, however, slowing housing and retail sectors could push the central bank into a more aggressive rate cutting cycle with the market expecting up to 165 basis points in cuts over the year.

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    Take my mortgage, please! Reverse mortgages have been remodeled to provide cash for people not ready to retire but anxious to downsize debt.

  • Guest Blog: Workplace Guide for New Graduates Friday, 1 Jun 2012 | 3:59 PM ET

    A word of advice to all of the newly-minted MBAs out there: Most successful, high-powered leaders are known more for intangible skills than what they learned in business school. Here's what you need to know.

  • Mortgage Rates Lower: Should You Take Shorter Loan? Friday, 1 Jun 2012 | 11:30 AM ET
    Mortgage rates down

    With mortgage rates lower than ever, should you take a shorter-term loan so you can get debt-free quicker? Here is what to consider.

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