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August 28, 2019 - 6:31 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla owners can now buy insurance policies from the electric car company in what may be an essential step toward it selling driverless vehicles. The company said Wednesday it's now selling policies in California and will go nationwide at an undisclosed date. Tesla said its...
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August 22, 2019 - 7:39 am
When it comes to credit card rewards, it's not all about gas, groceries and restaurants anymore. Issuers are moving beyond suburban staples to include millennial-friendly categories such as transit and streaming subscriptions. The trend toward streaming rewards, in particular, is hard to miss, with...
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August 20, 2019 - 9:34 am
"Renting is just throwing money away." "Renting is like paying someone else instead of paying yourself." You may have heard these opinions from family and friends, but it's not that simple. In some areas (looking at you, San Francisco), renting is far more economical than buying a home. But renting...
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FILE- In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo a sign stands at the construction site for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new headquarters in Washington. The Trump administration has hired a longtime student loan industry executive to be the federal government’s top watchdog for the $1.5 trillion student loan market. Robert Cameron will serve as the CFPB’s new student loan ombudsman, the bureau said Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
August 16, 2019 - 3:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration has hired a longtime student loan industry executive to be the federal government's top watchdog for the $1.5 trillion student loan market. Robert Cameron will serve as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new student loan ombudsman, the bureau said...
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August 15, 2019 - 8:03 am
If you find yourself short on cash while on vacation, it might seem easiest to hit up the nearest ATM. But if that handy machine is not in your bank's network, you could get a double whammy of fees: The ATM owner will probably charge a few dollars for the convenience, and your own bank may tack on...
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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)
August 05, 2019 - 8:42 am
Variable annuities are complex insurance products — so complex that what people actually buy and what they think they're buying may be quite different. Those misunderstandings can end up costing them, or their heirs, a lot of money. For the uninitiated: Variable annuities are insurance company...
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FILE- In this June 1, 2018, file photo, commuters look at their phones in Los Angeles. While some apps help you save money, others have a way of encouraging you to spend more. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
August 01, 2019 - 10:51 am
While some apps help you save money, others have a way of encouraging you to spend more. Changing how you connect with these types of apps by deleting them, not downloading them in the first place or limiting your interaction with them can help you rein in your spending. SUBSCRIPTION-BASED APPS...
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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)
July 29, 2019 - 9:03 am
Some of us in the personal finance realm have a weird little hobby: We try to scam the scam artists. We're not out to steal their money — just their time. When fraudsters call to say we're about to be arrested for tax debt, our Social Security number has been "suspended," or a loved one is in...
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In this Friday, July 19, 2019 photo, a For Sale sign is posted in front of a home in Miami. On Thursday, July 25, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
July 25, 2019 - 1:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, edging toward three-year lows amid signals from Federal Reserve officials that they could cut their benchmark interest rate at their meeting next week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the key 30-year...
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In this June 4, 2019, photo two people walk along the water in the early morning sunrise near downtown Miami in Key Biscayne, Fla. Some debts that bring the promise of opportunity, like student loans or mortgages, might seem “good,” but that's not always the case. And having credit card debt isn't always bad. What makes debt “good” or “bad” depends on how it fits into your overall financial picture. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
July 25, 2019 - 10:50 am
Are student loans good debt that can open the door to a career or an insurmountable burden? Is all credit card debt a sign of reckless spending, or can it be a smart way to cover an expense? In general, no form of debt is inherently "good" or "bad." What makes it good or bad is how it fits into...
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