Personal finance

FILE - In this June 20, 2019 photo a vendor with Talking Trees Farms a Northern Humboldt County sustainable cannabis farm, offers a taste of their latest crop of crafted marijuana flower to an attendee of WeedCon West 2019 in Los Angeles. Experts recently dubbed cannabis the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
June 25, 2019 - 11:00 am
Marijuana is having a moment. Experts recently dubbed cannabis the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. Legal weed generated $10.4 billion in the United States in 2018, and the number of "plant-touching" jobs is expected to pass 500,000 by 2022 , according to New Frontier Data, a cannabis market...
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FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
June 24, 2019 - 7:35 am
Certified financial planner Sean Fletcher of San Francisco knew his dad had an estate plan, complete with a health care directive detailing what medical treatment should be given in an emergency. When the father had a massive heart attack, though, no one knew where he kept those documents. Fletcher...
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FILE- In this May 19, 2019, file photo a line of unsold 2019 sedans sits at a Hyundai dealership in Littleton, Colo. More Americans are falling behind on their car payments. If you’re one of them, you have options. Here’s how to get back on track: Know your budget, see how you can rework your car payment, then call your lender. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 20, 2019 - 10:46 am
Your monthly car payment is not only a ticket to freedom, letting you enjoy summer road trips, but also a lifeline that gets the kids to school and you to work. But if it consumes too much of your budget, your ticket to ride could turn into a ticket to financial trouble. More than 7 million...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, Campaign Chair Larry Silbermann announces a goal of $8,133,333 at the United Way of the Coastal Empire 2018 Campaign Kick-Off at the Civic Center in Savannah, Ga. Charitable giving by individual Americans in 2018 suffered its biggest drop since the Great Recession of 2008-09, in part because of Republican-backed changes in tax policy, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans' giving patterns released on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 11:37 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Charitable giving by individual Americans in 2018 suffered its biggest drop since the Great Recession of 2008-09, in part because of Republican-backed changes in tax policy. That's according to Giving USA, the most comprehensive report on Americans' giving patterns. The new report,...
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FILE - In this Dec 21, 2018 file photo, audience members join the Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade Combat Team to salute the colors during the Casing of Color and Departure Ceremony for their deployment to Afghanistan from Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Ga. Military deployments provide extra income that, when managed properly, can be incredibly important to young service members. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 11:22 am
While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Erik Goodge was severely wounded during a deployment to Afghanistan. After returning home, the veteran became passionate about finances as he navigated his post-military life and benefits. At the time of his service, however, he didn't know nearly as much...
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FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
June 17, 2019 - 7:20 am
Many people worry about running out of money in retirement. That's understandable, since we don't know how long we'll live, what your future costs might be and what kind of returns we can expect on our savings. There are several ways, however, to boost the odds that your money will last as long as...
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This Thursday, June 6, 2019, photo shows the U.S. Treasury Department building at dusk, in Washington. The Treasury Department issued final rules Tuesday, June 11 that would clamp down on taxpayers trying to circumvent a new cap on state and local tax deductions. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
June 11, 2019 - 8:39 pm
The Treasury Department issued final rules Tuesday that would clamp down on taxpayers trying to circumvent a new cap on state and local tax deductions. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act, promoted by the Trump administration and passed in late 2017, limits the amount of state and local taxes that can be...
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FILE - This March 20, 2018, file photo shows the Venmo app on an iPad in Baltimore. Millennial couples are less likely to combine finances than other generations. But there are benefits to merging accounts and not using Venmo to split bills forever. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
June 11, 2019 - 10:58 am
As a millennial couple, you and your partner might not be planning to blend finances even if you've been together for a while. Venmo is convenient, after all; the peer-to-peer money transfer app makes it easy to split costs like rent and utilities. Or perhaps you've each agreed to pay specific...
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FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
June 10, 2019 - 10:35 am
Researchers tell us that most people would be better off waiting to claim Social Security benefits. Yet most people file early. More than half apply for Social Security before they reach full retirement age, which is currently 66 and rising to 67 for people born in 1960 and later. More than 30%...
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FILE - This April 13, 2019, file photo, shows rows of homes, in suburban Salt Lake City. On Thursday, June 6, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
June 06, 2019 - 12:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell for the sixth consecutive week, with the key 30-year loan average running below 4% and at its lowest point since September 2017. The declining rates have been a boon to potential purchasers in the spring home buying season, and the number of...
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