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  1. What's the (credit) score? Now it's free

    Until now, it's been a nearly unknowable number, more revealing than your (real) waist size, more influential than the GDP growth rate, and more closely guarded than the combination to Fort Knox or the measurements of any random Kardashian.

  2. Looking to cash in those old gift cards? Sock it to me!

    According to CEB TowerGroup, about $43 billion in unused gift cards has piled up since 2005. This is no surprise when Aunt Mimi gives you a $30 gift card to someplace like Lawn Mower Parts R Us when she already knows you live in a condo.

  3. Do-nothing Congress hurts homeowners

    Cynical Republicans are holding mortgage writeoffs hostage in a feckless attempt to repeal a tax on medical devices that helps pay for the ACA. Spineless Democrats wants to delay any vote reaffirming the tax until after the election.

  4. Put down that remote, tune in to DIY project

    What's your time worth? Probably not much, unless someone pays you to watch cat videos on Facebook.

Personal Finance Editor & Columnist

Detroit News Finance Editor Brian O'Connor joined in The News in 2005. He is the winner of the inaugural Christopher H. Welles Memorial Prize for business writing from Columbia University, as well as a winner of the Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. O'Connor also is a two-time winner of the award for humor writing from the National Society of Newspaper columnists. A native Detroiter, he is a graduate of The Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he was a 2001 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in business and economics.

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