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  • Granada, Nicaragua

    Here's a contest that's offering a free "test drive" of retirement in a tropical destination for a month. Applicants "must be willing to relax." Think you got what it takes?

  • How the Student Loan Crisis Drags Down Home Prices Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 6:40 AM ET

    Outstanding student debt is beginning to impede the economy as a whole, a new report suggests, chiefly by robbing the housing market of its richest crop of new buyers: young college graduates.

  • Need Money? Score Big Cash for Fine Wine Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 2:05 PM ET

    Bordeaux Cellars makes loans against the best wines in the world. The company hears from about ten potential borrowers a week, and so far, there have been no defaults.

  • 401(k) Disclosures Make Funds Cheaper, Not Clearer Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 10:00 AM ET

    New rules have prompted companies to offer funds with lower fees, but half of workers still don't know how much they pay, according to a new study.

  • Do you believe in the Tooth Fairy economic indicator? Maybe you will now: There was double-digit growth in the amount left under the pillow in 2012!

  • Shop on a Budget (And Other Personal Finance Myths) Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 8:01 PM ET

    The latest research busts some everyday beliefs about handling our money that even the smartest of savers may believe.

  • Past Due: More Americans Are Behind on Auto Loans Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 6:21 AM ET

    More Americans fell behind on their auto loan payments in the last three months of 2012, when some borrowers' financial obligations temporarily take a backseat to spending on holiday shopping.

  • Firm Cuts 401(k) Fees, and Adds Personal Advice Sunday, 24 Feb 2013 | 10:37 AM ET

    Charles Schwab's model in the new low-fee 401(k) environment is to move to index fees, and hope customers will pay to take their advice.

  • More States Consider a Ban on Credit Card Surcharges Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 11:28 AM ET

    Charge a fee to use your credit card? It's legal for merchants to do that, unless barred by state law. Ten states already ban such surcharges and more may join the list. The legislatures in 11 other states are currently considering bills that would prevent these so-called "check out" fees.

  • 'Dear Customer: Your Identity Was Stolen.' Now What? Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 8:44 AM ET

    If your personal data is involved in a corporate breach, don't panic. Take these simple, low-cost measures to protect yourself.

  • 401(k)s Hold Risky Levels of Company Stock: Pro Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 5:13 PM ET

    Employees at some of the largest U.S. corporations have as much as 70 percent of their retirement savings invested in company stock, Morningstar's David Blanchett told "Power Lunch."

  • Unlike Boomers, Younger Americans Scale Back Debt Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 11:29 AM ET

    Americans under 35 are carrying substantially less debt than they were before the 2008 meltdown, according to an analysis released Thursday by The Pew Research Center. Yet they've also put off the big ticket purchases.

  • Traffic Ticket? Don't Let It Raise Your Insurance Rates Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 8:59 AM ET

    Whether your car insurance carrier charges you more depends on your age, recent driving record and even your credit score. Here's what you should know.

  • Boomers' Credit-Card Profile Resembles Gen Y's Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 10:46 AM ET

    Low- and middle-income households of Americans over 50 have an average balance of $8,278, more typical of young parents or college students.

  • The media await the final unloading from the crippled cruise liner Carnival Triumph February 14, 2013 in Mobile, Alabama.

    The first lawsuit over the Carnival cruise ship disaster was filed the day after all passengers landed safely on shore.

  • Should You Worry About Your Money Market Fund? Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | 3:14 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve says the money market fund industry needs more regulations to keep it from a collapse and a repeat of another run on assets. Money market management firms like Fidelity, are fighting back saying enough is being done to keep investors safe.

  • As Tax Time Nears, Can You Trust Your Taxman? Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 | 10:39 AM ET

    An attempt by the IRS to get new regulations to stop fraud among tax preparers has hit a roadblock. The issue raises the age-old question of credibility for those who prepare our taxes.

  • How to Prepare Financially for a Loved One's Death Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 11:28 AM ET

    Families can be torn apart or money forfeited by refusing to take death into account financially or attempting to glide over it legally. Here's how to avoid such a dismal scenario.

  • What Are Homeowners Doing With Refinance Savings? Friday, 8 Feb 2013 | 12:03 PM ET

    While prudent borrowers are using extra cash to pay down debt, many are either forgoing the savings to shorten the term of the loan, or spending it.

  • Rethinking Savings Plans as Americans Raid 401(k)s Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013 | 3:59 PM ET

    As companies switch to 401(k)s over traditional pension plans, policymakers are searching for ways to make employee-contribution plans adequate for retirement.

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