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  • How to Make the Most of Your Income Tax Refund Sunday, 10 Mar 2013 | 11:53 AM ET

    Despite Americans' reputation as reckless spenders, most do the responsible thing and use the windfall to build up savings or to pay down debt.

  • Your Company's Next Health Plan: Drop the Doughnut Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | 8:43 AM ET

    A new survey on corporate health benefits draws a picture of a world where companies go beyond building gyms and banning smoking, to rewarding employees for lowering their cholesterol and being monitored by a "primary nurse case manager."

  • Mortgage Apps Surged Last Week as Rates Fell: MBA Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 7:37 AM ET

    Applications for home mortgages rebounded last week as interest rates tumbled, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.

  • Distressed Home Sales Bolster Recovering Market Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 6:35 AM ET

    U.S. home prices rose as more homeowners turned to distressed sales rather than foreclosure, in another sign the recovery in the housing market is gaining traction, data from CoreLogic showed on Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • Calls for ending the mortgage interest deduction are circling through Washington. Proponents of the deduction say they're prepared to fight to the bitter end.

  • Housing Market May Not Be as Healthy as It Appears Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 1:43 PM ET

    Despite evidence to the contrary, housing is "not going to gain momentum" this year, the NAHB's economist told CNBC.

  • Despite Drop in Rates, Mortgage Applications Sag Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 7:08 AM ET

    Applications for U.S. home mortgages sagged for a third straight week last week, even as mortgage rates eased slightly, an industry group survey showed on Wednesday.

  • Boom! Home Prices Log Biggest Gain Since 2006 Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 9:20 AM ET

    U.S. single-family home prices picked up in December, closing out 2012 with the biggest yearly gain in more than six years as the housing market got back on its feet.

  • Downsizing the Home for Retirement: Is It Worth It? Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 9:59 AM ET

    Living on a smaller scale may mean fewer expenses in retirement, but a move to a smaller home does not necessarily guarantee savings.

  • Savings or Loan? Paying for a Remodeling Project Sunday, 24 Feb 2013 | 8:01 PM ET

    Most homeowners use personal savings to pay for renovations, but borrowing makes sense when the updates will pay you back.

  • Despite Aid, Borrowers Still Face Foreclosure Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 7:28 AM ET

    Homeowners who received help on their second mortgage are still facing foreclosure on their first mortgage, according to housing advocates, the New York Times reports.

  • US Homeowners Rise Above Water on Mortgages Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 11:14 AM ET

    Fewer U.S. homeowners owe more on their mortgages than their homes are currently worth, according to a new report.

  • 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.

  • Four Ways to Make Your Tax Refund Pay You Back Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 | 2:17 PM ET

    For the nearly half of Americans expecting a refund on their taxes this year, four ideas for maximizing the money that's coming back.

  • 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.

  • Applications for U.S. home mortgages rose last week even as interest rates climbed, while refinancing demand accounted for a slightly smaller proportion of total activity, an industry group said on Wednesday.

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