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    • 9:38 PM, Aug. 24, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Bonus paychecks can get you into the buff(er)

    I've got a number of good financial reasons to celebrate here in August. First, my boy, Funny Money Jr. or, as I call him, Li'l Money ('cuz that all he leaves me) will soon return to school, ending his constant and costly assault on America's strategic lemonade reserve.

    • 9:48 PM, Aug. 24, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    How much equity can you tap?

    Home equity loans are back. The opportunity to get a cash-out refinance, home equity loan or home equity line of credit is once again alive and well. But how much equity can — or should — you extract from your home?

    • 9:40 PM, Aug. 24, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    The American consumer is back, with an asterisk

    Written off in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the U.S. consumer is back. Not quite with a vengeance, but definitely back.

    • 10:43 PM, Aug. 24, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Women-owned businesses may still struggle to get bank loans

    New York — Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank.

    • 9:39 PM, Aug. 24, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Think strategically to advance despite dismissive manager

    Q: My recent promotion has turned into a disaster. About three months ago, I was made an assistant manager at the fast food restaurant where I worked. Almost immediately, I was told that I was being transferred to another location because the manager there needed help. However, 'Mark' has made it clear from the beginning that he doesn't want me around.

    • 10:41 PM, Aug. 24, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Everyone's job to initiate the new guy

    A relative of mine is settling into a new job and feeling typical 'new guy' discomfort. As often happens, there's one person who's being downright unfriendly.

    • 10:40 PM, Aug. 24, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    401(k) survey suggests workers lag in research

    Americans know that 401(k) retirement plans are important, but they spend only a moderate time researching investments and are often confused about how to pick the best funds, according to a new survey.

    • 10:06 PM, Aug. 24, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Taking out loan on your 401(k) may not be worth the risks

    Q: My wife stopped working and started staying home when we had our little ones. Now we have a lot of credit card debt we'd like to get rid of. Assuming I have a solid 401(k) balance for my age, is it wise to take a loan from my 401(k) to pay off the credit cards? I'm 40 and have $165,000 in my 401(k).

    • 10:00 PM, Aug. 24, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Talking finances can heat up a relationship

    Financial planning may seem like an unlikely source of romance. But it turns out that swapping credit scores and setting savings goals is one of the best ways to build attraction.

    • 9:46 PM, Aug. 24, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    If disaster strikes, are you ready?

    Disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. It's not just wildfires that threatens our safety and financial well-being. It could be a flood, earthquake, landslide, or even a home or office break-in.

    • 9:45 PM, Aug. 24, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Is there a way out from car title loans?

    Q: My nephew got a title loan. The vehicle is not repairable, and he cannot make the loan payments since he has no transportation. He called them and told them he is going to give up his title and they can have the vehicle. They told him they don't want the vehicle — they want the money.

    • 10:02 AM, Aug. 18, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Even if you have flood insurance, basements are probably sunk

    Federal flood insurance covers only structural and some mechanical items in a basement. So if the walls or floor buckle or your water heater or electrical panel drowns, you're good, but that's it.

    • 8:47 AM, Aug. 18, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Tempted by the discount? There's a price with retail credit cards

    The next time you're tempted to sign up for a retailer's credit card to get a discount on your purchase, think again if you don't pay off your credit cards each month.

    • 6:42 AM, Aug. 18, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Many Americans are still struggling financially

    Washington — Four in 10 U.S.

    • 10:59 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    4 tips for sensible back-to-school spending

    Students may not be thrilled about their summer break drawing to a close, but retailers couldn't be happier.

    • 9:58 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Millions to get break in new credit score calculation

    The formula for calculating the most widely used credit score will soon change to lessen the impact of bad medical debts and old accounts that are paid off.

    • 10:00 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Millennials could hold the key to housing recovery

    Dustin Walsh could've bought a house in his 20s, except he saw no point. The 31-year-old had the income, but preferred the financial freedom of renting a room ...

    • 9:59 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    ID theft among challenges facing funeral business

    Michael Blasberg will tell you he loves to talk. But in his job as a third-generation funeral director, he also recognizes the importance of listening.

    • 9:57 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Painful waiting game with job recruiter

    Q: I do not understand how recruiters can be so thoughtless. After a networking contact gave my resume to a recruiter for a large local company, I received an ...

    • 11:02 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    What you want to do may determine where you retire

    When you think about retiring — really retiring, no longer working — where do you ultimately want to settle down? The answer to one question may hold the key.

    • 10:01 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Lower-paying jobs dominate economic recovery, study finds

    The U.S. economy earlier this year recovered all the jobs lost during the recession, but those new jobs pay an average of 23 percent less than the ones lost in ...

    • 10:01 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Pay raises slowly begin to edge upward into '15

    Smidgen by smidgen, employee pay raises are edging higher.

    • 11:23 PM, Aug. 10, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Wealth gap grows into golden years

    William Kistler views retirement like someone tied to the tracks and watching a train coming. It's looming and threatening, but there's little he can do.

    • 10:48 PM, Aug. 10, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Kids older than your Scotch? No tax break

    With just three weeks until Labor Day, summer is nearly over, which raises a perennial August quandary. To wit: If I haven't slimmed down for bikini season yet, ...

    • 11:25 PM, Aug. 10, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Live-in home stagers enjoy fantasy lifestyle in mansions

    Craig Craft only sleeps on the left side of his queen-sized bed so as not to unduly muss it up. Most of the toiletries in the bathroom are unopened, high-end ...

    • 10:55 PM, Aug. 10, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Higher fees cause closing costs to rise

    It's no secret that purchasing a home this year is more expensive than last. But rising home prices aren't the only factor straining homebuyer pocketbooks.

    • 11:20 PM, Aug. 10, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Average 30-year mortgage rate inches up to 4.14 percent

    Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly last week but remained near their lows for the year.

    • 10:57 PM, Aug. 10, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    It's not what but how you say it

    Whether you're at the bottom or top of the company ladder, your words — and how you deliver them — make a difference.

    • 11:07 PM, Aug. 10, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Families say 'no' to expensive colleges

    The practice of choosing the college you adore, and paying whatever it takes to go there, is eroding as more families turn down schools they consider too ...

    • 10:56 PM, Aug. 10, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Families borrowing less to pay for college

    Americans are borrowing less for college, and instead relying more on savings and income, a study from a student lender found.

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