Personal finance

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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July 23, 2019 - 8:02 am
A typical July includes vacations, travel, shopping, weddings and beaches. Budgets? Not really. But the year's halfway point provides a great opportunity to take a close look at your financial health and goals. Now's a good time to "check yourself before you wreck yourself," says Nora Yousif,...
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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 22, 2019 - 9:11 am
As a spokesperson for the insurance industry, Loretta Worters often gives tips to homeowners on preventing water damage. Some of her knowledge comes from personal experience. Worters says she had owned a home in Bellmore, New York, for only a month when she noticed the clothes washer in the...
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FILE - This June 13, 2019, file photo shows a new home is for sale in Mechanicsville, Va. On Thursday, July 18, Freddie Mac reports on this week's average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
July 18, 2019 - 1:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week after three weeks of holding steady, tipped higher by expectations that the Federal Reserve could reduce interest rates soon. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the benchmark 30-year mortgage increased to 3.81...
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In this June 20, 2019, photo a student walks past a mural in the library at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. College students working a summer job likely shouldn’t sweat how it will affect their financial aid: Dependent students can earn up to $6,660 before it increases their expected family contribution, or EFC. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
July 18, 2019 - 10:30 am
Roughly one-third of teenagers have summer jobs, according to the Pew Research Center. Some of these jobs may make you very familiar with the letters "SPF." But every working student should know a different abbreviation to avoid getting burned: EFC. While you may be working to help pay for college...
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