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  • Waiting in Line for an iPhone: What Makes Some People Behave Like Cows Money Talks News - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 2:26 AM EDT

    Most people claim to hate waiting in line, but that didn’t stop many Americans from waiting in line for hours, or sometimes even days, to purchase the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Friday. Apple started taking pre-orders for the new iPhones on Sept. 12, selling 4 million phones in the first day, USA Today said. So …

  • Walmart’s New Employee Dress Code Sparks Debate Money Talks News - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:34 AM EDT

    Many Walmart employees are not happy that the retail giant is revising its dress code. Updating a work wardrobe can be costly, and many Walmart associates have complained that they can’t afford the new look. According to The Huffington Post, the new dress code requires workers to wear a collared blue or white shirt, black …

  • America’s Most Overrated Jobs Money Talks News - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 12:27 AM EDT

    Have you ever dreamed about the glamorous life of a lawyer or advertising executive? It turns out both jobs are anything but, despite what you may have seen on television with “Mad Men” or “Suits.” High stress, weak hiring prospects for entry-level applicants and a so-so annual salary push advertising execs to the top of …

  • 10 Silly Sales Tactics You Fall for Every Day Money Talks News - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 2:56 PM EDT

    Every time you walk into the mall, the grocery store or a big-box retailer, remember it’s you against them. In addition, retailers have an arsenal of sales tactics that may seem silly but serve as heavy-duty artillery when it comes to persuading you to part ways with your money. Money Talks News finance expert Stacy Johnson …

  • Occupy Wipes Out Nearly $4 Million in Strangers’ Student Loan Debt Money Talks News - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 2:18 AM EDT

    More than 2,700 people were able to breathe a collective sigh of relief after being unburdened of at least part of their student loan debt by an Occupy Wall Street campaign. Rolling Jubilee, an initiative ...

  • America’s 10 Best Cities to Live In Money Talks News - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 2:14 AM EDT

    What makes a city a great place to live? While quality schools and a safe community might top your list, someone else might choose a city based on the vibrancy of the local economy or the affordability ...

  • Feds Target Suspected Payday Loan Scams Money Talks News - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 2:10 AM EDT

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sued online payday lender Hydra Group for allegedly making fraudulent loans to unsuspecting consumers, then scamming them out of millions of dollars. The allegations ...

  • The Most Counterfeited Products and 8 Ways to Avoid Purchasing Them Money Talks News - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT

    Last year, $1.7 billion worth of counterfeit goods were seized in the U.S., up 38 percent from the previous year, 24/7 Wall St. reports. The World Customs Organization estimates that “counterfeit goods account for almost 10 percent of worldwide trade, totaling $500 billion annually,” MarketWatch reports. In the video below, …

  • 5 Reasons to Take a Company Buyout (And Why You Might Think Twice) Money Talks News - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    United Airlines is flashing some cash in the hopes of persuading at least 2,100 of its senior flight attendants to stop flying the friendly skies. The company’s buyout proposal would put up to $100,000 ...

  • Some employers are purposefully misclassifying workers as independent contractors – not employees – cheating them out of earned wages and employee benefits in an effort to save their businesses money. Department of Labor, worker misclassification takes a toll on everyone, not just the worker. Misclassified employees are …

  • Family Caregivers Pay a High Price for Taking Care of Loved Ones Money Talks News - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:04 AM EDT

    According to a new survey from Caring.com, 46 percent of family caregivers (people who take care of a friend or relative for free) spend more than $5,000 a year to care for a loved one, and many people spend much more. “Caregiving can be a startlingly expensive endeavor that most people aren’t financially prepared for,” …

  • The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the US Money Talks News - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 1:57 AM EDT

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent figures, there were 4,405 fatal occupational injuries in 2013, compared with 4,628 in 2012. Click here to read more about them.

  • Thinking About Holiday Shopping? Do a Financial Reality Check First Money Talks News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 3:33 PM EDT

    “‘Ho-ho-ho’ turns into ‘owe-owe-owe,’” says Gail Cunningham of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Put another way: The first quarter of the year is busiest for NFCC, because consumers are facing the fallout of another season of excess.

  • Marriott Drops a Hint: Please Tip the Maid Money Talks News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 11:36 AM EDT

    It’s part of a new initiative called The Envelope Please, a partnership between Marriott and A Woman’s Nation, a nonprofit organization aimed at recognizing the value of women. According to a press release, A Woman’s Nation founder Maria Shriver said the idea for the campaign was the result of conversations she had with …

  • 10 Things We Pay Too Much For (And How to Spend Less) Money Talks News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 11:34 AM EDT

    With the average nuptials costing $25,200, we can probably all agree that plenty of people are overpaying for their wedding day. However, if you’re trying to live within your means, having a budget wedding ...

  • New Security Measure Targets Card Thieves at Gas Pumps Money Talks News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 1:20 AM EDT

    New anti-theft software is helping gas stations crack down on credit card fraud at the pump. Pay-at-the-pump terminals at self-serve gas stations are the perfect place for thieves to rack up charges with stolen credit or debit cards. According to Today, convenience stores and gas stations lose an estimated $250 million …

  • New California Law Protects Online Reviewers Money Talks News - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 1:06 AM EDT

    If you receive horrible food and even worse customer service the next time you eat out, you can post a scathing online review of the restaurant without fear of punishment, at least if you live in California. A new law in the Golden State provides legal protection for online critics, the Los Angeles Times said. The new …

  • The 5 Reasons People Fall for Scams and Gotchas Money Talks News - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    On a related note, most victims will also say, “Well, I did have this strange feeling … .” Those people, for some reason, have learned to NOT trust the little voice inside them that issues warnings. In the computer hacking world, they call this “third-party validation,” and it’s very effective.

  • Women: A Taxi Just for You Money Talks News - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 1:02 AM EDT

    Female-only drivers sporting hot pink pashmina scarves will distinguish New York City’s newest taxi service from all the rest — the scarves and the fact that SheTaxis caters to women passengers. According to The New York Times, SheTaxis, called SheRides in New York, was designed to attract women who feel more comfortable …

  • 7 Percent of US Workers Have Garnished Wages Money Talks News - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 12:53 AM EDT

    Among employees ages 35 to 44, 10.5 percent of employees’ wages were garnished, the highest rate of all ages. Half owed child support, but the rest mainly owed consumer debts. Also, the garnishment rate was highest (10 percent) among American workers earning $25,000 to $39,999 per year. More people were garnished for …

  • The Eagles Ban Cellphones During Their Classic Rock Concerts Money Talks News - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 12:45 AM EDT

    After repeatedly trying to use her smartphone, despite several warnings to put it away, an Eagles fan was ejected from a concert in Michigan. A better approach might be for fans and band to use common sense and, you know, just take it easy.

  • Fewer Americans Have Retirement Accounts, New Study Says Money Talks News - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 7:32 PM EDT

    The number of Americans who are saving for retirement continues to drop. The retirement data is part of the Federal Reserve’s 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances, which collected information from about 6,000 households.

  • How to Keep Your Grandparents From Being Ripped Off by Mail Scams Money Talks News - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 2:54 PM EDT

    Every day, she gets a new batch of letters emblazoned with words like “special notice,” “official survey due” and “final attempt: invoice enclosed.” Check out this inventive junk mail sent to a Maine woman in 2012. Marketers are counting on them not to realize that the survey didn’t come from the Census Bureau and the …

  • Tons of Simple Hacks for Stuff You Do Every Day Money Talks News - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 12:17 PM EDT

    It does more than just clean, according to Yazmin Cruz of the Bargain Babe website. The article “31 Secret Uses for Vinegar” extols the stinky stuff’s ability to act as weed killer, conditioner, fungus fighter and even room deodorizer (sounds counterintuitive, but Cruz swears it works).

  • More US Seniors Are Struggling With Student Loan Debt Money Talks News - Sat, Sep 13, 2014 1:51 AM EDT

    Student loan debt may be as big a problem for Grandma as it is for her grandkids. A new report from the Government Accountability Office found that more U.S. seniors are swimming in student loan debt, ...

  • Most US Families Aren’t Mired in Credit Card Debt Money Talks News - Sat, Sep 13, 2014 1:44 AM EDT

    You’ve probably seen headlines like this: Americans have an average of $15,000 in credit card debt! In fact, most families don’t carry a credit card balance from month to month. Between 2010 and 2013, the fraction of families with credit card debt … decreased. Median and mean balances for families with credit card debt …

  • 8 Reasons Your Parents Had an Easier Retirement Than You Will Money Talks News - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 4:08 PM EDT

    Regardless how old you are now, it’s likely you’ll have a harder time pulling off a financially secure retirement than your parents did. In the video below, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson explains why retirement was easier in the past and what makes it so tough now. After you’ve watched it, keep reading to learn …

  • Your Calls and Texts Could Be Intercepted by Fake Cell Towers Money Talks News - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 1:18 AM EDT

    It turns out your phone calls and texts may be even less private than you think. According to Popular Science, the ultra-secure CryptoPhone 500 smartphone detected 17 phony cell towers across the U.S. The fake towers, known as interceptors, look no different from an ordinary tower, but they can be quite snoopy and even …

  • Court Rules That Yelp Can Manipulate Ratings If It Wants To Money Talks News - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 1:14 AM EDT

    Some businesses accuse Yelp of manipulating its business-review ratings in an effort to sell more ads. Yelp denies the allegations. The online business review site said it doesn’t publish more positive ...

  • RadioShack: Circling the Drain? Money Talks News - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 1:12 AM EDT

    RadioShack is hemorrhaging cash, leaving the troubled electronics retailer to consider filing for bankruptcy. RadioShack has been on life support for some time. RadioShack’s survival plan is developing services that aren’t available online. It’s building in-store phone-repair operations and experimenting with concept …

  • How to Get the Best Deal on a Car Loan Money Talks News - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 1:56 PM EDT

    Car loans are growing bigger and bigger. The average amounts auto buyers financed hit highs this year, according to Experian Automotive: After you’ve watched it, keep reading for more tips on reducing the cost of a car loan. Here are 11 ways to get the best deal on a vehicle loan:

  • 6 Colleges That Guarantee Jobs With Their Degrees Money Talks News - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 11:57 AM EDT

    Perhaps to get students (and their checkbook-holding parents) back on board, some colleges and universities are now guaranteeing their degrees will translate into jobs after graduation. More than 150 years and a couple of name changes later, the school became Manchester University in 2012. The university (formerly known …

  • Study: US Wealth Gap Is ‘Unsustainable’ Money Talks News - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 1:41 AM EDT

    The study, based on interviews with 1,947 Harvard Business School alumni, said that although larger U.S. Instead, our “recovering” economy is doing just half its job: The typical large or midsized firm in America is rallying or even prospering, as are highly skilled individuals.

  • High Smartphone Bill? Facebook May Be to Blame Money Talks News - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 1:37 AM EDT

    Facebook can be a time drain. Some users are being slapped with costly mobile data bills because the social network’s autoplay video feature is sucking up their data allotment. You may have noticed this feature as you’re scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed and a video starts playing on its own, without you clicking …

  • Teens Are Big Believers in the American Dream of Homeownership Money Talks News - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 1:33 AM EDT

    More than half of teens (53 percent) responding to a new survey said they’d give up social media for an entire year if it would help them land their ideal home in the future. It’s not surprising that so many teens aspire to own a home, especially considering 82 percent of them listed homeownership as the most important …

  • Are You Being Victimized by a Student Debt Relief Scam? Money Talks News - Wed, Sep 10, 2014 3:11 PM EDT

    Unemployed and drowning in student loan debt? Receiving a call from a debt relief company claiming it can help sounds like a godsend. The industry is riddled with fraudsters who employ shrewd tactics and charge exorbitant fees to access government programs you can participate in free of charge. So why aren’t borrowers …

  • Beginner’s Guide to Buying Your First Car Money Talks News - Wed, Sep 10, 2014 2:39 PM EDT

    You don’t want to be bamboozled by a slick car salesman. As Stacy Johnson said, “Cars are for transportation, not status.” Consumer Reports recommends that you figure out how much car you can afford by looking at two factors:

  • Is Medicare a Budget Buster? Not Anymore Money Talks News - Wed, Sep 10, 2014 2:10 AM EDT

    You often hear about the potential for Medicare spending to skyrocket now that a growing number of baby boomers are retiring. According to The New York Times, the most recent report from the Congressional Budget Office revealed a reduced estimate for Medicare spending in upcoming years. So just how big is the anticipated …

  • Home Depot’s Massive Data Breach May Leave 60 Million Vulnerable Money Talks News - Wed, Sep 10, 2014 2:04 AM EDT

    Home Depot may bear the dubious distinction of having the largest known retail data breach to date. According to The New York Times, the home improvement superstore could surpass Target for the sheer number of stolen credit card numbers. If you used plastic to pay for a purchase at Home Depot at any time between April …

  • Compare Your Cell Bill to a Brit’s: You’re Paying a Lot More Money Talks News - Wed, Sep 10, 2014 2:01 AM EDT

    When it comes to the quality and affordability of cellphone service, Americans seem to be getting the shaft. According to The New York Times, American cellphone service is expensive.

  • Ask Stacy: How Can I Get a Delinquent Account Off My Credit Report? Money Talks News - Tue, Sep 9, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    My husband and I are trying to pre-qualify for a mortgage, and when we checked his credit report there was a delinquent account we were not aware of. Experian will not remove it from his credit report, and it has hurt his score.

  • Should You Spy On Your Teen Driver? Money Talks News - Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. Based on miles driven, teen drivers are three times as likely to be in fatal crashes as drivers age 20 and older.

  • Consumer Watchdog Warns Credit Card Companies About Deceptive Promotions Money Talks News - Tue, Sep 9, 2014 12:31 AM EDT

    Sometimes those attractive credit card offers of reduced or 0 percent interest for a specific purchase or balance transfers aren’t as great as they appear to be. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is warning credit card companies to tell the truth about their promotions and accurately disclose information in an easily …

  • The 5 Best and Worst States for Girls to Grow Up Money Talks News - Tue, Sep 9, 2014 12:23 AM EDT

    The analysis examined physical health and safety, emotional health, economic well-being, education and extracurricular activities, as well as demographic trends. “It has to do partly with strong education,” lead researcher Mark Mather, a demographer with the Population Reference Bureau, said. Overall, The Huffington Post …

  • More US Retirees Embrace Nomadic Lifestyle Overseas Money Talks News - Tue, Sep 9, 2014 12:21 AM EDT

    According to The New York Times, the international nomadic lifestyle is gaining in popularity with retirees. About 360,000 Americans received Social Security benefits at foreign addresses in 2013, about 48 percent more than 10 years earlier. Lynne Martin, a 73-year-old retiree and author of “Home Sweet Anywhere,” lives …

  • 7 Smart Ways to Save on the Latest Smartphones Money Talks News - Mon, Sep 8, 2014 4:28 PM EDT

    On Tuesday Apple is expected to announce its latest smartphone, the iPhone 6. EMarketer, covering digital media, commerce and marketing, projected that 4.55 billion people will use mobile phones worldwide this year, and about 1.75 billion of them will use smartphones. It expects that nearly 70 percent of people worldwide …

  • If you’ve shopped at Home Depot, Target or any one of thousands of other businesses, which covers pretty much every American older than 18, your credit card and other personal information have theoretically been exposed. At least in that scenario, however, you’re not out any money because your loss is limited by law.

  • Your Grocery Bill May Be Supporting Your Political Opponents Money Talks News - Sat, Sep 6, 2014 3:09 AM EDT

    A new smartphone app called BuyPartisan lets you scan the bar codes of grocery store items, then it reveals the political preferences of the companies that make the food. “Simply use your phone to scan a product’s bar code, or just search by individual company or product, and you can quickly see the political contributions …

  • It hasn’t been a good year for Malaysia Airlines, which suffered back-to-back crashes resulting in 537 fatalities. In an effort to lure travelers back, Malaysia Airlines launched a competition for free iPads and economy-class tickets. Criticism of the competition, most notably the name, prompted Malaysia Airlines to pull …

  • $139 Million House for Sale in Florida Money Talks News - Sat, Sep 6, 2014 2:58 AM EDT

    With 11 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, a 22-karat gold-leaf entrance gate, 465 feet of beachfront, 60,000 square feet of living space, and a $139 million price tag, a Florida home dubbed “Le Palais Royal” is the most expensive home officially on the market in the U.S. “Le Palais Royal … was the pet project of a very wealthy owner …

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