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  • Weak economy means fewer babies (for now) Tuesday, 9 Jul 2013 | 6:41 AM ET
    Skye Pearce and Bryan Haas play with their dog, Lucky. The couple says the dog helps fill the void of not having kids.

    The fertility rate has fallen sharply since the nation went into recession in 2007. "When times are bad, births go down," one researcher said.

  • 'Vampire' Modems, Routers Waste $1 Billion a Year Sunday, 7 Jul 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

    Modems and routers are bigger energy hogs than laptops and cell phone chargers. On a national scale, it’s pretty staggering: $1 billion a year in electricity.

  • Didn't get a prenup? Try a postnup Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | 7:05 AM ET

    Postnuptial agreements—similar to prenups, but for married couples—are on the rise, with growing acceptance and DOMA changing the marriage landscape.

  • *Sigh* What's happening to the American Dream? Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET
    Mary Conti sorts through her daughter's princess dresses before listing them for sale on a consignment website. Conti thinks it's still possible to climb the economic ladder, but it takes both luck and hard work.

    The economy is slowly improving, but experts say the deep recession and weak recovery may have exacerbated trends that are putting the American Dream out of reach.

  • Guzzling printers can waste $100 of ink a year Tuesday, 2 Jul 2013 | 7:33 AM ET

    Some printers gobble a significant amount of ink—50 percent or more—for nonprinting functions such as cleaning the print heads, according to Consumer Reports.

  • What Doubling of Student Loan Rates Means For You Monday, 1 Jul 2013 | 4:59 PM ET
    Interns from around the city protest near the Senate steps to urge the Senate to act on a House passed bill, Smarter Solutions for Students Act, which would prevent student loan interest rates from doubling.

    Congress failed to reach a deal on student loans. Some federal student loans doubled to nearly 7 percent. Here are some points to consider about the student loan rate increase.

  • Paid Time Off: You Should Use It or Lose It Sunday, 30 Jun 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

    Many companies now offer paid time off instead of a set number of vacation and sick days. It's easier for employers and workers, but can make it hard to hold on to unused time off.

  • Student Debt Stalemate Will Hammer Undergrads Friday, 28 Jun 2013 | 7:27 AM ET

    More than 38 million Americans have student loan debt, totaling nearly $1 trillion, a massive number that has quadrupled in 10 years and keeps rising.

  • An 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course in the Office? Yep Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 4:18 PM ET

    Some people take the team on a retreat to mini-golf but if you're LinkedIn, you build the mini-golf course IN the office.

  • Introducing the Finance Whizzes of Tomorrow Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 | 1:15 PM ET
    InvestWrite Essay competition winners from left to write: John Petrie, Hudson Sneed, Carly O'Connell, Andrew Bent.

    We may be failing financial literacy as a nation, but you wouldn't know it from these contest winners.

  • Interest Rate Impact on Consumers     Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 4:27 PM ET

    Jean Chatzky, NBC Today financial editor looks at rising interest rates and the impact they can have on consumers.

  • Charitable Giving Remains a Victim of Recession Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 | 8:08 AM ET

    The amount of money donated to charity has been inching up in recent years, but a report finds that Americans still aren't giving as much as they were before the recession began.

  • These People Have the Best Jobs in the World Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 4:01 PM ET

    It's official! Australia has named the winners of its "Best Jobs in the World" contest — here are the winners, everyone from outback adventurer to chief funster.

  • How Not to Get Cleaned Out in a Hurricane Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 8:01 AM ET

    Hurricane season is here, and you have work to do with your homeowner's insurance. Insurers are seeking ways to limit their storm exposure.

  • How to Invest for a (Mostly) Tax-Free Retirement Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | 2:13 PM ET

    "Tax-free retirement" has a nice ring to it, but creating a completely tax-free income stream is difficult—and maybe self-defeating.

  • How to Know When You Need a Prenup Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 12:49 PM ET

    Prenuptial agreements are common among the financial elite. Divorce settlements can be astronomical. But in some cases, prenups may make sense for the 99 percent.

  • CNBC's Diana Olick looks at the growing market for jumbo loans. Fred Glick, US Loans Mortgage president, and Christopher Mayer, real estate professor at Columbia University, discuss the Fed's impact on jumbo loans and why they're increasing.

  • Millennials Look for Easy Credit Outside Banks Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | 8:47 AM ET

    While 92 percent currently use a bank, nearly half of adults under age 34 say they use prepaid cards, check cashing, pawn shops and payday loans, a new survey says.

  • Workers Over 60 Make More Than Younger Colleagues Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 3:15 PM ET

    People still working when they are near or past traditional retirement age are earning significantly more per hour, on average, than younger workers, new data show.

  • Rising Repair Costs Could Put Drivers on the Road Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 2:17 PM ET
    Car damaged by Hurricane Sandy

    Hurricane Sandy and the economic recovery may have raised repair costs in the Northeast, but drivers there are often close to cheaper ones.

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