Personal Finance


  • Why sticking with your health plan could cost you Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 10:46 AM ET
    Health Care insurance options in California.

    Many Americans spend more time picking a TV than they do a health-care plan. How to make sure you're getting a good value during open enrollment.

  • Pet owners: Beware of scary Halloween bills Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    The average bill for treating chocolate toxicity in pets is rising. Why it pays to keep dogs out of the candy bowl.

  • Americans spend this much on Halloween Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 7:59 AM ET
    Candy displayed at a Walgreens in Wheeling, Illinois.

    Americans now spend an estimated at $7 billion during Halloween, making it the second biggest holiday in terms of consumer spending.

  • 401(k) investors are ‘so dumb’ says Pro Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 5:19 PM ET
    Cracked nest egg

    If you’re saving for retirement and panicked by the volatility in the market, at least one pro questions your Street smarts.

  • Walking Down A New Career Path Friday, 4 May 2007 | 3:32 AM ET

    In my last column, I talked about a mid-life career switch. Today, we're going to chat about the tools needed to make this happen. Surveys show that finding a new job is one of the five leading forms of stress in our lives. So imagine how nerve-racking it is to actually find a new career.

  • Here's a little-known hack for nabbing holiday deals Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    As holiday sales ramp up to Black Friday, Oct. 30 may prove to be an important day for bargain hunters.

  • How the unbanked manage their money Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:35 PM ET
    A customer counts cash to pay for two iPhone 6 smartphones during the sales launch at the Apple Inc. store in New York.

    People without bank accounts adopt different strategies for managing their money. Some may actually help them stay on budget.

  • Banks need to do better serving military bases: Study Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 10:55 AM ET
    US Marines Afghanistan

    A Pew research study indicates that banks have a significant room for improvement in terms of military banking services. NBC News Reports.

  • Trick or treat! How to maximize Halloween hauls Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:12 AM ET
    Halloween Trick or Treaters

    School hours and curfews have compressed trick-or-treating timeframes, forcing kids to strategize for maximum candy collection.

  • The biggest robo-advisor just got bigger Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 1:23 PM ET
    Adam Nash

    Wealthfront just raised another $64 million, bringing total cash in hand to $100 million. It may need that war chest to fend off growing competition.

  • Middle class feel worse off and pessimistic: Survey Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Personal finance bills debt worries

    A pair of new surveys shows things aren't getting any easier for the middle class.

  • Leveraging the Home for a Car Tuesday, 17 Apr 2007 | 1:43 PM ET

    When I got the latest list of the fastest selling vehicles from J.D. Power, something jumped out at me. No, not the fact that 9 of 10 fastest selling vehicles is a foreign brand. It's the strength, again, of Lexus. According to J.D. Power, the Lexus LS, ES and GS models all moved off of dealer lots in less than 20 days during the month of March.

  • Orman: Let's not sell young retirement savers short Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 10:51 AM ET

    We don't need to change young retirement savers' portfolios. We need to change their mindset about raiding 401(k)s, Suze Orman says.

  • Saving for retirement just got easier Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:33 PM ET
    Savings tab file folder

    Higher contribution limits, more investment options, and auto increases and matches make it easier for you to save for retirement.

  • Annuities for retirement: Good or bad idea? Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:13 PM ET
    Senior man reading newspaper

    The Treasury Department has issued new guidelines designed to expand the use of annuities inside 401(k) plans. Should you invest in them?

  • New college hires don't last more than a year: Survey Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 10:27 AM ET
     quitting job, leaving job, young person quitting job

    Businesses don't have much faith that recent college hires will stick around for very long, a new survey says.

  • Uncle Sam wants you to consider this for retirement Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 9:47 AM ET
    Senior man reading newspaper

    To ensure retirees don't run out of money, the IRS and the Treasury just issued guidance to expand the use of these investment vehicles.

  • Colleges most likely to make you a billionaire Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:06 PM ET

    American universities produce the majority of the world's billionaires, according to this year's Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census report.

  • Simple mistake could thwart 401(k) savings Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:55 PM ET
    401 (k) statement

    Despite the swings in the market, favoring fixed-income or bond funds over equity or stocks in a retirement account could be a mistake. Here's why.

  • Unused vacation days at 40-year high Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:57 PM ET
    empty beach chairs, beach chairs, vacation, beach

    In 2013, Americans forfeited 169 million vacation days, amounting to $52.4 billion in lost benefits, according to a new study.

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