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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Can the Super Bowl Save the Planet? Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 11:45 AM ET

    One company found that energy usage in the US drops by more than 5% during the game and as much as 7.5% during the half-time show, even though it would take 10 coal-fired power plants to fire all the televisions being watched.

  • Facing Foreclosure? Don't Just Sit There—Act Now: Brown Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 2:48 PM ET

    New projections suggest that another four to 10 million foreclosures will occur by 2016. This is definitely a quiet, but devastating catastrophe. Here's how you can protect yourself and your home.

  • Feds' 'Fixer-Upper' Loan Helps Tidy Up Foreclosures Friday, 25 Jan 2013 | 3:35 PM ET

    A federally backed loan program rolls the cost of fixes into a mortgage, so buyers can yield a quick return on their investment.

  • Credit scores from online mortgage shoppers have increased by four points since Mortgage Marvel.com ran a similar tabulation in 2011.

  • Eight Ways You Can Improve Your Home Appraisal Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 8:58 AM ET

    A few simple steps that will protect the value you see in your home before that guy with the clipboard gets to your house.

  • Holiday Shoppers said 'Good Deal or No Deal': Study Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013 | 1:23 PM ET

    More than a quarter of Americans spent less than they had expected during December's holiday rush, according to a Bankrate study.

  • How to Get Your Health Plan to Cover Specialty Drugs Saturday, 19 Jan 2013 | 4:02 PM ET

    Medications for rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and other difficult-to-manage conditions can average some $1,766 per prescription, but there are steps patients can take now to help ease the path to the medication they need.

  • Advice for More Modest Retirement Investments Saturday, 19 Jan 2013 | 2:06 PM ET

    More companies are popping up to help the vast majority of people who have at most several hundred thousand dollars to invest when they retire.

  • US Mortgage Applications Rebound in Latest Week: MBA Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | 7:16 AM ET

    Applications for U.S. home mortgages rose for a second straight week following three weeks of declines, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.

  • Payroll Tax Hike Not Seen by Some Workers Yet Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 12:10 PM ET

    Not all American workers have seen the higher payroll tax in their paycheck yet, particularly those employed by small businesses, Carlos Rodriguez, CEO of ADP, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Over the Hill at Work: Why 50 May Be the New 70 Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 11:06 AM ET

    Are careers over much sooner these days than in the past? Is the younger generation, Gen X, taking over? Or is it the even-younger Gen Y?

  • How Obamacare Changes Health Benefits This Year Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 10:25 AM ET

    A preview of new out-of-pocket costs and newfangled ways you'll be getting your medicine as employers get ready for Obamacare to start in earnest.

  • Why It's Time to Stock Up on Stamps, TVs and Insurance Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 8:54 AM ET
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    Now is the time to stock up on essentials whose prices are going up, like stamps, apps for your smart phone, and maybe even a house.

  • Good Time to Buy a House? Yes. A Car? Not So Fast... Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 5:05 PM ET

    With interest rates predicted to stay low for the rest of the year, prospective borrowers can save for their down payment and improve damaged credit scores.

  • Threat of New Curbs Looms for Singapore Property Thursday, 3 Jan 2013 | 12:20 AM ET

    Sluggish economic growth and six rounds of property cooling measures over the past three years, yet Singapore home prices remained on the boil in 2012. That can only mean one thing, say analysts: fresh curbs to cool the housing market in the months ahead.

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