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  • Millennials Make Most of Massive Inheritance Friday, 31 May 2013 | 12:46 PM ET

    Millennials are inheriting wealth at a greater rate than the two previous generations. The good news is they may be better suited to it than their parents or grandparents.

  • How the Media Gets Gays' Financial Picture Wrong Friday, 31 May 2013 | 12:20 PM ET
    Mitchell and Cameron from ABC's "Modern Family"

    Unlike the media depiction of gays as mostly white and wealthy, LGBT Americans are more likely to be poor than heterosexuals.

  • Beware: Many Checking Accounts Have Hidden Fees Friday, 31 May 2013 | 8:11 AM ET

    You can't comparison shop if you don't know what you're getting. And that's what happens, in many cases, when people open a checking account.

  • Refi Madness Is Finally Running Out of Steam Friday, 31 May 2013 | 7:48 AM ET

    Mortgage rates have been bouncing around since the Fed left the door open to early cuts in asset purchases. Here's why you may want to refinance now.

  • How to Bring Ethics Into Your Closet Thursday, 30 May 2013 | 9:12 AM ET
    Rescuers at the scene after the Bangladesh building collapse in April.

    It's not easy finding ethically produced clothing. But in the wake of the workplace disasters in Bangladesh, that may be changing.

  • Mother Lode: 1 in 4 Moms Now Make More Than Dads Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 12:01 AM ET

    Women are now the leading or solo breadwinners in 40 percent of U.S. households, compared with just 11 percent in 1960, according Census Bureau data analyzed by Pew.

  • No Paid Time Off? Welcome to 'No-Vacation Nation' Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | 10:28 AM ET

    The United States lags other countries when it comes to offering workers time off, and is especially tough on part-time workers.

  • How to Tie the Knot on a Shoestring Sunday, 26 May 2013 | 12:56 PM ET

    After plummeting in the wake of the financial crisis, spending on nuptials resumed its rise in 2010, and is once again approaching the record set before the financial crisis.

  • 8 Ways to Cut Wedding Costs Without Looking Cheap Sunday, 26 May 2013 | 12:54 PM ET

    If you are determined to keep your wedding costs in check despite the various pressures to spend big, here are a slew of suggestions.

  • In Tornado's Wake, Look For Insurance Rate Hikes Saturday, 25 May 2013 | 2:59 AM ET
    An aerial view of the devastation by a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

    The damage from the tornado that tore through Moore, Oklahoma may soon spread. Experts say homeowner insurance rates may rise.

  • The $1 Million Retirement Nest Egg Myth Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 11:50 AM ET

    Everyone's goal is to retire a millionaire, but too many personal finance headlines want to sell you on the idea that there's a surefire method for incubating the million dollar nest egg.

  • Gotta Give Her Credit: Women Score Better on Debt Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 9:22 AM ET

    Women averaged a credit score of 675 compared to the male average of 674, according to the credit score agency Experian.

  • Knowing When You Should Invest With ETFs Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 1:50 PM ET

    Many financial advisors like ETFs, which offer low fees and trading ease, but ETFs are not perfect for all occasions.

  • 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Retirement Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | 8:20 AM ET

    There's a lot at stake in how we plan for retirement, and most of us can't afford to screw up. Here are the top mistakes, according to financial planners.

  • Chief Funster? Yep, That's a Job Friday, 17 May 2013 | 4:27 PM ET

    Australia is looking to fill six dream jobs, from outback adventurer to chief funster. What sort of qualifications do you need to be the CHIEF funster? Read on.

  • How to Tell If the IRS Is Looking to Audit You Friday, 17 May 2013 | 6:46 AM ET

    Being audited is scary. Not knowing if you might be is almost as bad. Here is a roadmap to how the IRS decides on candidates for examination.

  • Class of 2013 Comes of Age in Weak Economy Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 9:52 AM ET
    Steve Heiss stands with fellow graduates before participating in commencement ceremonies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on May 11, 2013.

    The members of the class of 2013 are apprehensive and left to reroute their future due to their exposure to economic uncertainty and high unemployment.

  • How to Protect a Prepaid Debit Card Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 8:15 AM ET

    Prepaid debit cards were the tool of choice in a recent $45 million heist, but they are useful for some consumers. Here's how to protect yours.

  • Recession, Kids, Put $117,000 Hit on Retirement Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 3:01 PM ET
    Out of the blue: a New Jersey home damaged by Superstorm Sandy

    For most of us, retirement planning involves dreaming. But a new survey shows that reality can intrude in unexpected and expensive ways.

  • Stuck: When Moms Can't Afford to Work Sunday, 12 May 2013 | 6:46 AM ET

    You might think that being a stay-at-home mom is a choice. In fact, many moms are staying at home with their kids because they can't afford to work.

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