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    • 3:44 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    A rental car grace period? Better say your prayers

    The nuns at old St. Mary's taught me that there were two kinds of grace: sanctifying and actual. But I don't think Sister Theresa traveled much, or she would have known there's a third kind of grace: rental car.

    • 10:53 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Cash hoarding reflects consumer unease with the economy

    With wounds from the Great Recession still fresh, chastened Americans are hoarding more cash in their checking accounts than at any time in the last 25 years.

    • 10:51 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Most voters say stock market is rigged, poll finds

    Nearly two-thirds of voters say the stock market is rigged against them, and a majority say Wall Street and big banks hurt average Americans, according to recent poll results released by a pro-regulation group.

    • 3:38 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Verizon rewards program includes tracking

    Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program for its 100-million-plus subscribers.

    • 3:30 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Don't overspend on exchanging currency

    Headed overseas for summer vacation? It's easy to get hit with extra fees and expensive exchange rates when switching currencies.

    • 3:27 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Questions surround the value of lower unemployment rate

    As the unemployment rate has been shrinking to June's 6.1 percent rate, some analysts have been wringing their hands about the potential negative implications for stocks and the economy.

    • 3:42 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Securing financial freedom paves way to retiring happy

    In 2012, there were 43.1 million Americans age 65 and older. By 2050, that number is expected to reach 83.7 million, according to two recent reports from the U.S. Census Bureau.

    • 3:35 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Social Security offices will keep verifying benefits

    Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration has said its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits.

    • 3:29 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Professionals share tips to stay on task

    A quick check of Facebook and next thing you know, a half-hour's passed. Start chatting with a co-worker and suddenly 20 minutes is gone and the report you were supposed to finish by lunch is late.

    • 3:26 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Silly grammar mistakes that sink job applicants

    Some employers won't care — or won't catch them — but mistakes in word usage can put your application in the reject pile.

    • 3:25 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Debt charged off — do I still have to pay?

    Q:If a debt is charged off, am I responsible for paying off that debt?

    • 3:24 PM, Jul. 27, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Husband's loan to subordinate crossed workplace boundary

    Q: Two weeks ago, my husband 'Barry' unexpectedly came home from work with a large flat-screen television. He explained that one of his employees gave it to him as repayment for a loan.

    • 9:51 PM, Jul. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Likelihood of a pricier mortgage discourages people from selling

    Washington Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.

    • 9:57 PM, Jul. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Beware if you're meeting far afield

    If you buy stocks on your own but aren't confident you are proficient enough with financial data to spot threats to your investments, here's one easy test that even a novice can master: Watch if a company you own schedules its annual meeting far from its headquarters.

    • 11:40 PM, Jul. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Yes, you can: Five tips to beef up your savings

    Dreams of financial independence often center on fantasies about sudden wealth.

    • 9:49 PM, Jul. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Workers not ready to retire try hands at 'encore' careers

    After Fred Wallace was laid off from a high-paying job in 2011, the 56-year-old knew the odds of landing a comparable position were slim.

  1. Websites ease car-buying process

    Want to take some of the stress and mystery out of the car-buying process? Get on the Internet.

    • 9:01 PM, Jul. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Chiding colleague for texting at wheel was the right call

    Q: I'm afraid that I could be hurt or killed by colleagues who insist on texting while driving. Recently, one of my co-workers offered to drive us to a meeting ...

    • 11:41 PM, Jul. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Try boosting credit score on your own

    Q: I make pretty good money, but my credit score is low.

    • 12:15 AM, Jul. 14, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Debt collectors take chase to social media

    After more than a decade of eluding phone calls, a Pittsburgh man said his experience with a third-party collection agency hired to recoup his student loan ...

    • 12:16 AM, Jul. 14, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Investors lack clear game plan in 2nd half

    As investors enter the second half of the year, they are faced with a conundrum.

    • 12:17 AM, Jul. 14, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Many over 50 are still saddled with student loans

    Lingering student-loan debt — which in recent years has been a drag on the economy as borrowers delay big-ticket purchases such as homes and cars — is ...

    • 6:01 PM, Jul. 13, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Summer offers work life reboot

    As the temperature rises and the day lengthens, summer slowdown creeps into almost every workplace. But this summer, a growing number of professionals are ...

    • 6:01 PM, Jul. 13, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Your resume should show what you know

    A mid-level manager with hiring responsibilities at a Kansas City company called me in frustration. 'Luke' had just read 84 resumes and was disappointed.

    • 5:50 PM, Jul. 13, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Share your expertise in a way that shows it came from you

    Q: I can't decide whether to share some information with my colleagues. I am in the final year of a master's degree program, and I recently started a new job. ...

    • 9:39 PM, Jul. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Americans will soon carry new technology on their familiar charge cards

    Stores in North Jersey and around the country are gearing up for the next generation of credit cards, and consumers can expect to see changes in checkout ...

    • 9:35 PM, Jul. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    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 ...

  2. Average rate on 30-year mortgages dips this week

    Washington — Average U.S. mortgage rates are near historically low levels.

    • 9:36 PM, Jul. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Looking for a job? Think small

    If you're looking only at top-of-your-mind companies for your next job, you may be disappointed. They're not hiring at nearly the rate of places you've never ...

    • 3:52 PM, Jul. 6, 2014
    • TECHNOLOGY

    Filling jobs in science, tech, engineering getting tougher

    The difficulty of filling STEM jobs is a challenge, and it's going to get worse. That's the assessment of a report published recently.

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