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  • Why Net Neutrality is Important Money Talks News - 4 hours ago

    If you’re a huge Internet service provider, such as Comcast, AT&T or Verizon, you’re a “gatekeeper” because before any Internet traffic reaches your subscribers, it has to first travel through your network. For example, if you’re Comcast, you might make it faster to stream your pay-per-view movies rather than those of …

  • FCC Votes ‘Yes’ on Net Neutrality Rules Money Talks News - 5 hours ago

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a new set of rules supporting net neutrality. The regulations, which classify broadband Internet service as a public utility, passed on a party-line 3-2 vote. The new rules are meant to prohibit the Internet from becoming “pay to play,” with fast lanes for Internet …

  • Who’s Downsizing? Not These Retirees Money Talks News - 5 hours ago

    Contrary to a common belief, half of American retirees didn’t downsize in their last move, according to a new home retirement study by Merrill Lynch. The study also projected that retirees and others nearing retirement age (every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65) will have a big impact on the housing market in the United …

  • Don’t be surprised if you’re perusing the cereal aisle when your smartphone suddenly receives a push notification with a coupon for Cheerios. According to Internet Retailer, many retailers, including supermarkets, are installing beacons in their stores as a way to improve their customers’ shopping experience. Beacons …

  • From Palm Beach to Palm Springs, Panama City to Punta Cana, Myrtle Beach to Montego Bay, winter-weary spring breakers are looking for warm getaways that won’t burn holes in their wallets. Fortunately, Money Talks News savings expert Stacy Johnson is here with some tips to help — and they’re not just for college students. …

  • The Federal Trade Commission, trying to curb deceptive ads, recently took a Texas car dealer to task for misleading consumers with enticing prices and terms while hiding crucial cost-revving information. The dealer, which placed the ads in newspapers, ran them on television and posted them on its website, Facebook and …

  • Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top Dollar Money Talks News - 19 hours ago

    If you have brand-name or designer duds in good condition, your best bet is to take those items to a local consignment shop. Different stores cater to different clientele, and consignment shops tend to be picky about what they accept. If you live in an area with no consignment shops nearby, you could use an online option …

  • The Tooth Fairy Index is Up! What Kids Are Getting Under Their Pillows Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 1:07 AM EST

    The tooth fairy left a record $255 million under kids’ pillows in 2014. In New York, the tooth fairy is very charitable, leaving a whopping $13.25 per tooth. Delta Dental said the tooth fairy poll, which started in 1998, is a good indicator of the direction of the economy. In 11 of the last 12 years, the tooth fairy …

  • Lawsuit Claims Dog Food Brand Is Killing Canines Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 1:02 AM EST

    A recent class-action lawsuit claims that man’s best friend is getting sick, and worse, from eating Nestle Purina’s Beneful dry dog food. The lawsuit, filed in California federal court, says Beneful dry kibble dog food has caused more than 3,000 dogs to become sick or die in the last few years, NBC News reports. “The …

  • Medical ID Theft Cost Americans $20 Billion in 2014 Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 12:53 AM EST

    Medical identity theft is costly, and it’s on the rise in the United States. According to a new study by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance, medical ID theft surged 22 percent in 2014, leaving more than 2 million victims in its wake. As we’ve already seen this year, the health care industry is and will continue to be …

  • Is Getting a 401(k) Loan a Good Idea? Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:45 AM EST

    The chance you may reduce your 401(k) contributions to afford the loan repayment amount, which again could affect your fund balance at retirement. “It’s not free money,” Vandevelde says. Keith Klein, a CFP and owner of Turning Pointe Wealth Management in Phoenix, agrees with Vandevelde that a 401(k) loan shouldn’t be …

  • 5 Tips for Renting a Home When Your Credit Is Poor Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:35 AM EST

    It may be especially difficult right now, because in many U.S. cities, rental properties are in short supply, and demand is high. If you know that the property manager will perform a credit check, beat him to the punch and lay everything on the table.

  • FTC Gives Thumbs Down to Claims That App Can Detect Skin Cancer Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 4:46 AM EST

    Relying on an app to detect skin cancer is probably too good (and easy) to be true. Now the Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers that some skin cancer detection apps, including MelApp and Mole Detective, lack the scientific evidence to support their claims. The apps analyze the photo and information and assess …

  • Cable Networks Speed Up TV Shows to Fit in More Ads Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 4:37 AM EST

    The number of commercials you’re forced to endure while watching reruns of some of your favorite TV shows is increasing. Many cable networks are speeding up shows and movies so they can cram in more advertisements, The Wall Street Journal reports. Cable networks have long made room for ads by shortening the opening credits. …

  • Feds Target 10 Big Banks for Possible Price Rigging in Precious Metals Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 12:30 AM EST

    At least 10 big banks are facing a probe by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for allegedly rigging the prices of precious metals. According to The Wall Street Journal, DOJ prosecutors are looking into the process used to set prices for gold, silver, platinum and palladium, while …

  • Disney Raising Prices Again, But You Can Save With These Tips Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 2:49 PM EST

    At Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, a one-day adult ticket jumped to $105, up from $99 on Sunday. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure went up $5, to $99. Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando’s Epcot and Animal Kingdom theme parks cost $97. At Walt Disney World, a three-day adult ticket for one park …

  • Obama to Wall Street: It’s Time for Honest Financial Advice Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 11:00 AM EST

    On Monday, President Obama directed the Labor Department to force Wall Street advisers to treat you fairly, at least when it comes to advising you on your retirement money. As it turns out, Wall Street objects. Yes, the same Wall Street that taxpayers bailed out when the economy collapsed. Some on Wall Street apparently …

  • Public Wi-Fi: Are You Getting a Side of Identity Theft with Your Latte? Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 10:50 AM EST

    Another is in our local coffee shop. “When I use public Wi-Fi hotspots, I always assume somebody else is watching what I am doing,” he says.

  • Target Drops Minimum Order for Free Shipping by Half Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 4:43 AM EST

    Target has slashed its threshold for free shipping on online orders from $50 to $25. Target now has one of the lowest free shipping thresholds among retailers, beating Amazon ($35) and Walmart.com ($50). “We’ve enhanced our year-round shipping offer to be one of the best in all of retail,” Jason Goldberger, president …

  • Financial advisers should put the interests of their clients’ retirement accounts first. President Obama said some Wall Street brokers and financial advisers aren’t doing that, and it’s costing working class families up to $17 billion a year in potential retirement savings. The president is proposing new rules aimed at …

  • Wal-Mart could learn a thing or two about customer satisfaction from fellow retailers Nordstrom, Costco and Amazon. According to the recently released American Customer Satisfaction Index retail report ...

  • Tax Hacks 2015: Don’t Overlook These 8 Deductions and Credits Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 23, 2015 3:37 PM EST

    If you itemize deductions, you surely already know you can deduct your charitable contributions. What you might miss is that you can also deduct your travel expenses when you’re volunteering for a charity. Generally, you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for travel expenses necessarily incurred while you are …

  • When Foods Go ‘Natural’ — Does That Really Make Them Healthier? Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 23, 2015 12:06 PM EST

    According to Ida, Nestle USA conducted research on brands like Butterfinger, which indicates that U.S. consumers prefer candy brands they know and love to be free from artificial flavors and colors. It may be that consumers will buy more Nestle chocolate bars with the switch to natural ingredients.

  • 6 Ways to Make Cheap Foods Taste Delicious Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 23, 2015 10:40 AM EST

    If you’re living on a tight budget, you’re probably well acquainted with the bargain bin at the grocery store. You’re constantly on the lookout for the cheapest foods possible, even if that means they’re ...

  • Amazon Expands Near-Instant Delivery Service Money Talks News - Sat, Feb 21, 2015 1:59 PM EST

    Amazon might not have drone deliveries, but that hasn’t stopped the e-commerce giant from offering near-instant delivery in Manhattan and now in Brooklyn. Amazon is offering free, two-hour delivery to Prime customers in several neighborhoods in Brooklyn, including Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene and Prospect Heights, Re/code …

  • 90 Percent of Americans Just Say No to Mobile Payments Money Talks News - Sat, Feb 21, 2015 1:51 PM EST

    Americans love their smartphones, but they’re not quite ready to ditch their wallets and embrace their phones as a mobile payment option. A new study by marketing firm Placeable found that just 9 percent of consumers use a mobile payment when it’s available. Interestingly, although 70 percent of survey respondents reported …

  • 10 Jobs With the Biggest Pay Gap Between Men and Women Money Talks News - Sat, Feb 21, 2015 1:47 PM EST

    This is the 21st century, and although the United States has made considerable strides in closing the gender pay gap, women are still paid less than their male counterparts. For instance, female personal financial advisers made a mere 61.3 percent of what males were paid in 2014, earning it the top spot in 24/7 Wall St.’s …

  • 10 Ways to Fight the Record Cold and Save Money Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 11:01 AM EST

    In summer, fan blades should rotate counterclockwise, pushing cool air down. In winter, fan blades should move clockwise. If your fan has a remote switch or control, watch the direction of the fan blades and adjust the setting if necessary. After that, you should be able to lower your thermostat’s daytime setting while …

  • 10 Tips to Spend Less on Clothes Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 11:00 AM EST

    My vote is the local consignment shop, assuming your clothes are in good condition and don’t look like something Austin Powers would try to save the world in. If the consignment shop won’t take them, you could try holding a garage sale. When it’s time to buy, I want you to again head to the consignment shops and thrift …

  • After all, airfares rise pretty quickly when gas prices rise. In some cases, they can lose money on a ticket if they don’t raise prices.

  • Wal-Mart’s Pay Raises Could Pack a Positive Punch Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 4:35 AM EST

    Wal-mart announced it’s bumping the wages of about a half-million full-time and part-time workers. All its employees will make at least $9 this year and a minimum of $10 by Feb. 1, 2016. Sure, the raises are good news for Wal-mart’s lowest-paid employees, but as America’s largest private employer, Wal-mart’s move will …

  • Survey: Remote Workers More Productive and Reliable Than In-Office Peers Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 12:29 AM EST

    The survey, conducted by ConnectSolutions, suggests that employers who allow remote workers benefit from cost-savings and productivity gains, while the employees enjoy other advantages. “Even the personal benefits workers experience can be viewed as employer benefits since workers tend to be happier, less stressed out, …

  • Cheap, Painless Tattoo Removal Cream? It’s In The Works Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 12:16 AM EST

    A Canadian PhD student is developing a topical tattoo removal cream that could help fade your ink to a distant memory. The cream is the invention of Alec Falkenham, a 27-year-old student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada’s CBC News reports. “When comparing it to laser-based tattoo removal, in which …

  • The Happiest Employee Award Goes To… Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 19, 2015 2:26 PM EST

    Construction workers, it turns out, are the happiest employees in the workforce. Construction workers’ happiness is primarily driven by two factors: working with great colleagues and being excited about the nature of their job and the projects they work on. Sure, other variables like work environment, professional growth, …

  • Fun for Less: 19 Ways to Save on Entertainment Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 19, 2015 11:23 AM EST

    To get a gauge of your own spending, consider that American households (of all sizes) spent an average of $2,625 on food outside home in 2013, according to the latest numbers in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey. Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson explains how this works in the video …

  • 6 Reasons Why Hiring a Personal Trainer Is Worth the Money Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 19, 2015 10:30 AM EST

    Do you want to hire a personal trainer to help you get in shape, but wonder if you should spend the money? Working with a trainer can push your fitness level forward much more quickly than working out on your own. Here are six reasons why hiring a skilled personal trainer is a great investment. He or she has a vested …

  • Why Your Next Candy Bar Might Taste a Little Different Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 19, 2015 2:54 AM EST

    In a few months, you’ll be able to down a Butterfinger candy bar, knowing it’s free of all artificial ingredients. Nestle announced it’s removing all artificial flavors and colors from its chocolate candies. We know that candy consumers are interested in broader food trends around fewer artificial ingredients. As we …

  • New Ads on Facebook Help Businesses Target Individuals Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM EST

    The way businesses advertise on Facebook is changing. Facebook’s product ads will compete with Google’s Shopping ads, which are based on a user’s search for products, The Wall Street Journal reports. Facebook will use the data it’s collected on the websites its users have visited, pages users have liked and ads that have …

  • 9 Reasons to Love Credit Unions (And Not Big Banks) Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 18, 2015 11:33 AM EST

    While out and about, you may have passed by the local credit union without looking twice. What exactly is a credit union and why is it better? MyCreditUnion.gov defines credit unions as “not-for-profit organizations that exist to serve their members rather than to maximize corporate profits.” They operate similarly to …

  • 25 Ways to Spend Less on Food Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 18, 2015 11:00 AM EST

    Actually, if you really want to make a dent in your budget, you should lay off the processed foods entirely. If you do want to buy processed foods, you should definitely be couponing. Even if you don’t relish the idea of clipping paper coupons, you should definitely sign up for your grocery store’s loyalty program and …

  • 5 Password Managers to Keep All Your Secrets Safe Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 18, 2015 10:45 AM EST

    It’s a password manager, and here are five of the best. This password manager is the top pick of Money Talks News finance expert Stacy Johnson.

  • In your 30s and still not rich? The odds are stacked against you Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 18, 2015 9:24 AM EST
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    The research, analyzing the career paths of nearly 5 million workers for 40 years, found that your first 10 years in the workforce will help establish what you will earn for the rest of your working life. “Across the board, the bulk of earnings growth happens during the first decade,” the report’s researchers said.

  • Here’s an Idea: Use Your Vacation Days or Else… Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 18, 2015 3:09 AM EST

    Japan is considering a proposal targeted at workaholics, which would require that all workers use at least a portion of their vacation days. Sounds simple enough, but Japanese workers have become some of the most notoriously diligent (read: stressed out) in the world since the country’s economic resurgence in the late …

  • Could Devaluing SSNs Stymie Security Breaches? Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 18, 2015 2:32 AM EST

    It seems like data breaches and cyberattacks are an all-too-common occurrence, and their impacts can be catastrophic for Americans whose personal information is stolen. Walsh said regardless of tighter regulations, improved technology and new data protection software, security breaches will continue to happen. “Let’s …

  • Ask Stacy: Is Another Recession On the Way? Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 17, 2015 11:00 AM EST

    It’s been nearly six years since the Great Recession officially ended. I’ve earned a CPA (now inactive) and spent 10 years working for Wall Street firms.

  • How to Find Thousands of Freebies Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 17, 2015 10:50 AM EST

    Go online, because Freecycle’s got company. Free beauty products, children’s items, restaurant meals, furniture, electronics or even cellphone service – all you have to do is look. Depending on where you live The Freecycle Network can mean a constant stream of fabulous freebie opportunities or a sluggish trickle of “meh”-ness. …

  • Feds Go After Mortgage Firms for Deceptive Ads, Targeting Elderly Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 17, 2015 10:46 AM EST

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is cracking down on three mortgage lenders for deceptive advertising. According to a press release, the CFPB has filed suit against All Financial Services for false reverse mortgage advertising. The CFPB has also ordered American Preferred Lending and Flagship Financial Group to …

  • 15 Ways to Insure Your Donated Dollars Will Make a Difference Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 17, 2015 10:45 AM EST

    Charitable giving topped $335 billion in 2013, the fourth straight year of gains, according to the latest research from Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The group spends 87 percent of its budget on programs and only $12 to raise $100, CharityWatch …

  • Report: Payday Loans Jeopardize Whole Communities Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 17, 2015 3:50 AM EST

    The authors contend that the negative economic impact of the typically small-dollar, high-interest payday loans goes beyond the individual borrowers. “Payday lenders drain income from the local disposable income base and, therefore, negatively impact the local economy,” the report stated. It went on to explain that borrowers …

  • Techie Gets Fat Bounty for Spotting Hole in Facebook Code Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 17, 2015 12:15 AM EST

    An Indian tech enthusiast found and reported a bug in Facebook that would have allowed a motivated hacker to delete anyone’s public photos posted to the social media site. The save won him a $12,500 “bug bounty” from Facebook, according to a report by SC Magazine. Laxman Muthiyah recently discovered a way around the code …

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