Personal Finance


  • Check Your Mail—Credit Card Changes Are Coming Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 3:37 PM ET
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    Credit card companies are making major changes to  customer agreements that could mean new fees and lower credit limits. Not being aware of the changes could prove costly or even embarrassing.

  • It’s Tax Time for the Savvy and the Quick Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 | 10:23 AM ET

    With the holidays in full swing, tax season seems like a long way off. But there are only 10 days left to lower your 2009 tax bill. The New York Times has some advice.

  • Junk bonds have returned a monstrous 56% thus far this year. “For performance-chasing investors, junk was the only game in town,” says one pro.

  • Why Your Prenup May Need A Postnup Monday, 7 Dec 2009 | 3:42 PM ET
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    You don’t have to be in the shoes of Tiger Woods to be wondering about that prenup you signed years ago. If life is messy, divorce is probably messier. So the question is: do prenups hold up when it really counts?

  • Why Many Home Loan Modifications Fail Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 11:24 AM ET
    Thousands attend a mobile foreclosure prevention clinic in Daly City, California.

    Why are so few temporary mortgage modifications turning permanent? The New York Times tries to answer that question.

  • Foreign Bonds Provide Buffer If Dollar Declines Saturday, 31 Oct 2009 | 6:41 PM ET
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    Investors typically buy foreign bonds as protection against inflation but some strategists say they're really more of a bet against the dollar.

  • Clauses Aimed at Keeping the Heirs Quiet Saturday, 31 Oct 2009 | 7:50 AM ET

    To deter lawsuits, many estate plans include a no-contest clause, which provides that anyone who formally challenges the plan gets nothing, according to the New York Times.

  • Inflation Might Be Tame, But College Costs Keep Soaring Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 11:13 AM ET

    The cost of attending a four-year private college in the US increased 4.3%, to an average $35,636, this year. The cost of a public college grew even more.

  • Prepaid, but Not Prepared for Debit Card Fees Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 11:02 AM ET
    Credit Card swipe

    For many people who do not have bank accounts, or cannot get a credit card, the pre-paid debit cards are irresistible. But their convenience comes with a catch. The New York Times reports.

  • More Upper-Income Workers Living Paycheck to Paycheck Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | 11:48 AM ET

    Thirty percent of Americans with salaries of $100,000 or more said they are living paycheck to paycheck, up from 21 percent last year, according to a survey.

  • Investors Regain Confidence in 401(k) Plans Friday, 11 Sep 2009 | 11:10 AM ET

    Some of the money that fled stocks for safe harbors like money-market funds and government bonds  is beginning to return. Even with trillions still sheltered on the sidelines, some $56 billion has poured into equity funds since April.

  • It’s Time to Admit it: Money Funds Involve Risk Saturday, 29 Aug 2009 | 10:55 AM ET

    Investors have come to expect that money market funds are as safe and stable as bank accounts. It's time to look at reality: money funds involve risk, says the New York Times.

  • Maybe It's Time to Switch Credit Cards Saturday, 22 Aug 2009 | 10:29 AM ET
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    If you’re like most credit card customers, you’ve gotten notes from your bank in recent weeks.

  • How To Save Time Looking For a Place to Put Your Money Wednesday, 29 Jul 2009 | 10:56 AM ET

    Those looking for ways to maximize their return on cash will find a myriad of new options with relatively attractive interest rates, but they often come with convoluted guidelines. Here's a way to cut through the maze.

  • Edmunds.com "Cash for Clunkers" Calculator Friday, 24 Jul 2009 | 4:32 PM ET

    Does the Cash for Clunkers program make sense for you? Use this calculator from edmunds.com.

  • Family Finances: Talking to Your Children About Money Thursday, 23 Jul 2009 | 3:05 PM ET
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    As children, we probably learned that it was impolite to ask how much someone paid for something. These learning’s generally follow us into adulthood and make it difficult for us to talk about our money situations….with our financial planners, our friends and even our spouses and children.

  • Protecting Your IRA Before Retirement Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | 2:24 PM ET

    Dear Bill: This stock market is nuts! How am I supposed to protect my IRA from losing money when I’ve only got three years until I retire? -Joan, NY

  • 60 years old, divorced, and forced into early retirement... One viewer's 401(k) is down 25% from its all-time high. How should a 401K account be allocated?  What’s an appropriate allocation for someone in this situation? What's the possibility of another market freefall?

  • Lenny Dykstra: 'Bank Fraud' Led to Bankruptcy Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 6:44 PM ET

    Lenny Dykstra sat down with CNBC at his $24 million hilltop estate behind the gates of Sherwood Country Club.

  • Many With Insurance Still Bankrupted by Health Crises Wednesday, 1 Jul 2009 | 8:12 AM ET

    Health insurance is supposed to offer protection — both medically and financially. But as it turns out, an estimated three-quarters of people who are pushed into personal bankruptcy by medical problems actually had insurance when they got sick or were injured.

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