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  • In the midst of a record-breaking stock market run, investors continued shifting money from actively managed mutual funds to passively managed funds last month. Actively managed U.S. stock funds saw $20.8 billion in outflow in January, according to the report. Over the same period, passively managed U.S. stock funds — …

  • What will you do with your tax refund? If you’re like the average American who will receive a refund — and knows what they want to do with it — you will most likely put it in savings, according to a recent ...

  • 21 Restaurants Offering Free Food Right Now Money Talks News - 1 hour 55 minutes ago

    Visit a website, fill in a few details and get free food — all in less than a minute. Many chain restaurants have e-club offers that can save you up to $10 — or even more — simply for giving up your email or cellphone number. Sign up for the email list at Arby’s, and you’ll get a free Roast Beef Classic with the purchase …

  • 14 Super Smart Ways to Save on Travel Money Talks News - 7 hours ago

    According to Travel + Leisure, average ticket prices on Sundays for U.S. travelers are nearly 50 percent lower than on Fridays, one of the worst days of the week to book for savings,. Use airline and airfare search sites with flexible schedule booking features that let you see the best price within a window of dates.  …

  • 7 Ways to Get the Job With the Best Benefits Money Talks News - 7 hours ago

    Today’s high-employment economy can be great for job hunters with the kind of skills and experience that are in demand. Job seekers need to be able to identify the employment benefits with real value to their bottom line. Many attractive perks — ping-pong tables, bocce ball teams, juice cleanses and team-building beer …

  • If you have a credit card with microchip, you need to protect the card from harm if you want it to work properly the next time you whip it out. Many financial institutions and credit card companies have swapped out traditional magnetic stripe cards and replaced them with newer chip-equipped credit cards. Chip cards — …

  • Although wealthy Americans can have their pick of vehicles from those luxury brands, many prefer to own the same modest models as Average Joes and Janes. A study conducted by business research organization MaritzCX reveals that the top vehicle for wealthy Americans — those who earn more than $200,000 annually — is a Ford …

  • 8 Ways to Take Control of Your Finances — and Be Happier Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 21, 2017 5:22 PM EST

    Whether low-income or high, people who think they have power over their finances are happier than those who think they have very little power over their finances, says Morningstar, the investment research company. “People who feel powerful are happier, and people who feel powerful do save more,” Sarah Newcomb, a behavioral …

  • 15 Golden Rules for Saving on Every Purchase Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 21, 2017 5:15 PM EST

    Jewelry, furniture, appliances and even video games and movies can depreciate faster than you can say “impulse buy.” Check out Craigslist, eBay and Half.com for practically new items being sold for a song. If you don’t pay off your balance in full each month, the amount of interest you pay can negate any rewards you r …

  • 4 Restaurant Chains to Offer $2 Margaritas on Wednesday Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 21, 2017 4:30 PM EST

    With President Donald Trump yet to act on the tariff on Mexican imports that he proposed last month, National Margarita Day deals abound again this year. The tequila will flow cheaply at the following restaurant chains, which are among the largest celebrating the “holiday” with discounts. Each will serve up margaritas …

  • Amazon Just Made It Easier to Qualify for Free Shipping Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 21, 2017 12:34 PM EST

    Almost one year after Amazon raised its free-shipping threshold from $35 to $49, the e-commerce giant has dropped it back down to $35. While Amazon has not formally announced this change, several deals websites reported it Friday. The “help” section of Amazon’s website also reflects the change.

  • 14 Ways to Maximize Your Social Security Checks Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 21, 2017 12:15 PM EST

    If you have focused all your retirement planning energy on your 401(k), you may be missing a key piece of the puzzle: Social Security. The time to get started pumping up your Social Security checks is now, even if you’ve got decades to go before retirement. You must work at least 10 years to collect Social Security.

  • The Best Affordable New Cars of 2017 Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 21, 2017 5:02 AM EST

    Yes, they are, promise reviewers at Car and Driver, USA Today, Forbes and beyond. Car and Driver chose the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LS Sedan for its handsome look mixed with an array of extras including 10 air bags, a review camera and OnStar — a subscription-based automotive communications system. Its roomy interior and …

  • 3 Keys to Switching Careers After Age 50 Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 21, 2017 2:45 AM EST

    As Americans live longer and face the possibility of outliving our funds, working into retirement is becoming more commonplace. As we explain in “ Will Working Longer Rescue Your Retirement? ” older workers ...

  • How to Avoid the World’s Worst Rush-Hour Traffic Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 21, 2017 2:00 AM EST

    Do you feel like you’re constantly stuck in rush-hour traffic on your way to and from work? If so, you’re not alone. Los Angeles is the world’s most gridlocked city, with drivers there spending a whopping ...

  • 7 Free Sources of Manufacturer Coupons You Can Find Online Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 20, 2017 5:20 PM EST

    Coupons can now be found in multiple forms accessible through various means, from newspapers to mobile apps. Digital coupons are found in so many places that it can be hard to keep up. To boost your savings at no cost and with little effort, start by determining which type of digital coupon works for you.

  • Is Olive Oil About to Get More Expensive? Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 20, 2017 4:30 PM EST

    The price of olive oil is expected to soar this year, thanks to dismal olive harvests in Spain and Italy, the world’s top producers of the popular oil. “2017 will be very bad for olive oil,” Walter Zanre, head of Filippo Berio UK — which has been selling olive oil for more than 150 years — tells The Telegraph. While an …

  • 4 Websites That Pay You to Go Shopping Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 20, 2017 1:45 PM EST

    How much money did you make shopping last year? I got paid $101.56 to go shopping in 2016. Well, technically, I earned $101.56 in cash back by shopping online through a cash-back portal, Ebates.com . But ...

  • House Hunters: Beware of These 6 Mortgage Mistakes Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 20, 2017 12:48 PM EST

    If you’ll be in the market for a new place soon, make sure you avoid the following six mortgage mistakes. You’ll need your credit score to be in great shape if you want the best terms on a mortgage. In addition to your credit reports, it’s also critical that you check your credit score.

  • Americans’ Debt Approaches All-Time High: Reel Yours in Now Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 20, 2017 2:01 AM EST

    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Thursday that household debt balances “increased substantially” in the fourth quarter of last year, totaling $12.58 trillion as of Dec. 31. It is now only 0.8 percent below the peak of $12.68 trillion in total household indebtedness seen in the third quarter of 2008. Several …

  • 6 Presidents Day Sales You Should Know About Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 20, 2017 1:54 AM EST

    Seemingly everything — from clothes to electronics to home goods — can be found at deep discounts this holiday weekend if you know where to look. Highlights include $250 off an Apple MacBook Air laptop. This sale also offers a lot of deals on desktop and laptop computers and electronics — as much as $400 off.

  • 26 Top Tips to Save on Spring Break 2017 Money Talks News - Sat, Feb 18, 2017 4:27 AM EST

    Spring break is around the corner, and you’re ready to chill. A good spring break doesn’t require a ton of cash: a place to go, a way to get there, somewhere to stay, cheap food, and — for those of proper age — perhaps a drink or two. Depending on your spring break dates, it might already be too late for thorough planning …

  • Fixing Your Credit? Do These 5 Things, Avoid These 3 Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 5:15 PM EST

    Watch the video of ‘Fixing Your Credit? A higher credit score can especially pay off in lower interest rates when you go to acquire a mortgage or car loan. In truth, there is nothing a credit repair company can do for you that you can’t do for yourself.

  • Say Goodbye to Confusing Date Labels on Foods Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 5:05 PM EST

    The expiration and “sell by” labels affixed to food can be confusing. BEST If Used By : This label “describes product quality, where the product may not taste or perform as expected but is safe to use or consume,” explains the GMA.

  • This Airline Is Bringing Back Free Meals for Travelers Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 4:30 PM EST

    There are few things people love more than free food. Delta Air Lines will soon find out. The Atlanta-based airline recently announced that beginning March 1, it will again offer free meals to main cabin passengers on some of its longest domestic flights.

  • 11 Tips for Surviving an IRS Audit Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 12:15 PM EST

    The Internal Revenue Service is severely underfunded, which means the odds are low that your federal tax return will be audited. The chance of an audit is under 1 percent on average — but soars to nearly 35 percent in the uppermost income brackets, according to a breakdown by the nonprofit Tax Foundation. After the shock …

  • Ask Stacy: Should I Try Multilevel Marketing? Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 12:15 PM EST

    Ever consider trying to make some extra money — or even a living — working with Amway, Nu Skin, Herbalife or some other network marketing company? What intrigues me is that this isn’t the same Amway that I was approached by about 20 years ago — it’s online shopping, shipping directly to the consumer.

  • What’s the Best Way to Invest a Lump Sum? Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 2:50 AM EST

    Congratulations! A lump sum of cash has just fallen into your lap. For its research, Vanguard compared the historical performances of both investing strategies across rolling 12-month periods in the financial markets of the U.S., the United Kingdom and Australia. In all three of those markets, immediate investing led …

  • Charging Stations Might Expose Your Phone to Hackers Money Talks News - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 2:05 AM EST

    If you plug your phone into a USB port that has been hacked, you might unwittingly share everything on your phone with a criminal. It’s a type of cyberattack known as “juice jacking,” a term that dates back to 2011, CNN Tech reports. But an expert says many people still use public charging ports without realizing the security …

  • 4 Items You Should Consider Buying at Thrift Stores Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 5:40 PM EST

    I was introduced to the art of thrifting a few years back when I was going through a rough patch and desperately needed attire for an interview. I had frowned at the thought of shopping at Goodwill, Salvation ...

  • 3 Reasons You Should Switch Credit Cards Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 5:38 PM EST

    If you’re like many Americans — 32 million to be exact — you haven’t changed your preferred credit card company in at least 10 years. Is your credit health is better than it was when you got your current credit card or last searched for a new piece of plastic? In addition, if you have good credit and you’re carrying a …

  • Feds Say Funeral Homes Hide Their Prices Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 5:12 PM EST

    It can be difficult to get an accurate cost estimate for the price of a funeral these days. Because some funeral homes are effectively burying their costs from consumers. A Federal Trade Commission regulation known as the Funeral Rule is intended to protect consumers in part by requiring funeral homes to provide transparent …

  • The Federal Communications Commission, which sets the country’s rules on TV, phone, internet and radio access and pricing, is in new hands. President Donald J. Trump last month appointed Ajit Pai as chairman of the FCC – and he is moving quickly to make changes that could impact what you pay for everything from internet …

  • The Browser Extension That Can Earn You Thousands of Dollars Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 2:50 AM EST

    The author of “Side Hustle From Home: How to Make Money Online With Amazon Mechanical Turk” earned the money on Mechanical Turk. Mechanical Turk, also referred to as MTurk, is a platform through which businesses and other organizations can crowd-source small tasks to individual workers like Naab — or you or me. For Naab, …

  • 32 Retailers That Pay You to Shop Through Presidents Day Money Talks News - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 2:30 AM EST

    What’s better than holiday-weekend sales? Getting as much as 12 percent cash back on top of sale prices. That’s what the cash-back portal Ebates.com is offering now through Monday , which is Presidents ...

  • 7 Surefire Ways to Save on Your Next Restaurant Meal Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 6:06 PM EST

    Good ol’ H2O is the foundation of life — and of a healthy bank account. One surefire way to save on every restaurant meal is to skip the soda, booze, coffee or other pricey beverage and simply sip the free stuff instead. Several years ago, Paul Michael at Wise Bread did some calculations.

  • Get Married at Taco Bell for $600 — or Save With These Tips Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 5:07 PM EST

    The fast-food Mexican chain wants taco lovers to get hitched in the wedding chapel of its flagship cantina restaurant in Las Vegas. The package includes a wedding ceremony, officiant, sauce packet bouquet and tacos, of course. Taco Bell is also hosting a Love and Tacos contest.

  • 2 Websites Help You Find Unclaimed Money Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 4:45 PM EST

    A total of $41.7 billion in unclaimed money is up for grabs in the United States — and some of it could be yours. The billions in unclaimed assets include payroll checks, tax refunds, certificates of deposit, ...

  • The 10 Best Cars for a Long-Term Relationship Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 12:15 PM EST

    Highlights: The comfortable ride mimics a passenger car, according to the Edmunds review. Highlights: Roomy interior, unobstructed views and engine options were among the features praised by Car and Driver.

  • What You Need to Know About Buying or Selling a Timeshare Property Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 11:45 AM EST

    Often you’re a deeded owner, and your portion of the property can be passed along in an estate or sold as with any other piece of real property. Others call themselves “vacation clubs” and dole out points that can be redeemed at other units or resorts owned by the same developer. Remember, you’re a part owner in the property …

  • The 5 Best Apps to Make You Money in 2017 Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 2:59 AM EST

    Do you need some help earning money? If you know which apps to download, you can make some extra cash snapping pictures, shopping for groceries, running errands or completing small tasks. BookScouter.com is available for iOS and Android.

  • Tips for Singles and Couples Searching for the Best Mortgage Money Talks News - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 2:30 AM EST

    Mortgage shopping as a single person is arguably less complicated in that you have no other half to consider. As the CFPB notes: “If you have enough money for a down payment, enough income to support the monthly payments, and if you meet the other eligibility criteria … then you can qualify for a mortgage as a single person. …

  • Pop quiz: Can your car insurance company raise your rate after you get into an accident that wasn’t your fault? Unless you live in states such as California or Oklahoma — where this practice is prohibited ...

  • 10 Ways to Save Big on Your Next Rental Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 4:59 PM EST

    Landlords are always anxious to rent their properties to qualified tenants as quickly as possible. Landlords are entrusting their valuable property to your care. Landlords also want you to look good on paper — meaning a good credit score, a stable job history and stable rental history.

  • 9 Awesome Worker Benefits Beyond Vacation and Insurance Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 4:30 PM EST

    Worker benefits go beyond paid vacation and health insurance these days. In an effort to compete for — and retain — the best employees, some companies are upping the ante on worker perks. Ikea : The Swedish furniture giant offers all employees who have been with the company for at least a year — including both full- and …

  • Watch Showtime for Free This Holiday Weekend Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 12:24 PM EST

    You might know the upcoming long weekend as Presidents Day weekend, but Showtime is calling it Free Preview Weekend. Just click this yellow “Start Your Free Trials” button for the Showtime trial or this yellow “Start Your Free Trials” button for the HBO trial.

  • Boost Your Credit Score Fast With These 7 Moves Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 12:15 PM EST

    Like it or not, your credit score dictates everything from whether you’re approved for a credit card to what rate you’re offered on a mortgage. As the economy has recovered from the Great Recession, many Americans have managed to get on better footing, but nearly one-third still have “bad” credit scores (under 600), according …

  • Is Congress About to Supersize Your Health Savings Account? Money Talks News - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 4:01 AM EST

    President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have the Affordable Care Act squarely in their sights, with plans to repeal and replace the landmark health care reform legislation passed in 2009. Several proposals — including the Better Way white paper authored by House Speaker Paul Ryan, would increase HSA contribution …

  • Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top Dollar Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 13, 2017 5:15 PM EST

    While a yard sale can be a quick and easy way to unload all those extras, you’ll never get top dollar for items sold to local bargain hunters. If you have brand-name or designer duds in good condition, your best bet is to take those items to a local consignment shop. In addition, you might make more if you accept a store …

  • Join Stamps.com and Get $5 in Free Postage Money Talks News - Mon, Feb 13, 2017 4:55 PM EST

    The internet-based mailing and shipping service typically costs $15.99 a month, but new users can try out Stamps.com without spending a dime. The company is offering a complimentary four-week trial and $5 in free postage to new users. Use your free $5 in postage during your trial period.

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