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  • Are You Too Good at Your Job? US News - 57 minutes ago

    Just how companies that have been leading their industries for years can be blindsided by a startup with a new approach, your career can get derailed by the very thing you do best. You can fall into the ...

  • Retirement Milestones to Look Forward To US News - 1 hour 6 minutes ago

    Retirement is a transition into a new stage of life. Retirees get the freedom to choose how to spend their time, but they also walk away from the comfort of a steady paycheck and need to make important financial decisions. Here are some retirement rites of passage. "Once you reach that inflection point, you can leave …

  • What to Buy and What to Skip in March US News - 1 hour 24 minutes ago

    Descendents of the Emerald Isle will have recovered from St. Patrick's Day celebrations, and frugal shoppers will have scored serious savings by buying the right things at the right time. March brings a unique opportunity to save when grocery shopping.

  • How to Score End-of-Winter Bargains US News - 1 hour 28 minutes ago

    The winter winds are still blowing strong, the average temperature for the 48 contiguous states has dropped below freezing and snow now officially covers nearly 1.5 million miles of our country, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Your back could probably use a break now, don't you think?

  • After three decades of working in different areas of the real estate business, including owning a number of rental properties, the three T's of landlording, tenants, toilets and trash, were wearing thin on Don DeMarco. The Silver Spring, Maryland-based real estate entrepreneur has seen a lot, making a lot of money and …

  • 1. Apply for a better credit card. If you've been drooling over one of the hot new credit cards on the market, especially the ones offering primo rewards, now might be the time to apply. Usually, credit card issuers reserve their best products for folks with excellent credit. Each credit card application will cause your …

  • 5 Alternative Sources for College Financial Aid US News - 2 hours 10 minutes ago

    The average cost for a year of in-state public college tuition and fees for 2014-2015 is $22,410, according to the College Board. When you see those numbers, it's not surprising the national student loan debt balance has reached $1.32 trillion. Filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step most …

  • As families file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid -- making sure to get it in before state and institutional deadlines in February and March -- they shouldn't forget about one important, final step. About one-third of FAFSAs are selected for verification, says Nancy Coolidge, associate director of student financial …

  • 5 Tips for a Cheap Kid's Birthday Party US News - Sun, Mar 1, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    It seems like birthday parties for kids have gotten out of control these days. So what if you want to give kids great birthday party memories -- without dipping into your 401(k) to foot the bill? The two-and-up crowd is likely to have at least some ideas for the birthday party. Conversations with older kids can be tougher, …

  • How Millennials are Transforming the Homebuying Process US News - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 11:47 AM EST

    For decades, the telephone has been the real estate agent's tool of the trade. Millennials, those born between 1980 and the late '90s don't want to talk. "We're on our phones all the time, and this generation does not like to pick up the phone," says Player Murray, managing broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices York …

  • When to convert your traditional IRA to a Roth US News - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 10:37 AM EST
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    Roth individual retirement accounts are one way to reduce taxes in retirement. Here's an example: A 30-year-old man investing $5,000 in an IRA now would have $73,927 in his account at age 65. Under this scenario, with a Roth IRA, the man would pay taxes on only the $5,000 contribution and nothing on required minimum distributions …

  • Avoid These Common Mistakes New Retirees Make US News - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 10:20 AM EST

    Whatever the particular oversight, being blindsided by the unexpected threatens to put a damper on an otherwise smooth transition into retirement. Here are a few potential stumbling blocks to be aware of as you begin your retirement journey. It is impossible to know ahead of time exactly how your retirement journey will …

  • Great Value Stocks for a Hot Market US News - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 9:05 AM EST

    In today`s article, we will use the principles of value investing to search for stocks that remain undervalued, in spite of current market conditions. Value investing as an investment discipline is not a set of hard-and-fast rules. Find companies with a long-term track record of growing revenue and earnings per share. …

  • How to Embrace Spending in Moderation US News - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    Two years ago, I got a gift certificate to Drybar, the hair salon famous for its $40 blowouts, for my birthday. I sat on it for months.

  • 6 Ways to Lower Your Taxable Income US News - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 8:25 AM EST

    The IRS has already given out $125 billion in tax refunds as of Feb. 20, with an average refund of $3,120. Here are a few moves you can make to lower your taxable income (without fudging your 1040). Through April 15, 2015, you can contribute to an HSA to lower your taxable income for 2014. Working from home really can …

  • 5 Things to Consider Before Leaving Your 9 to 5 US News - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 8:20 AM EST

    Self-employment is the dream of many would-be entrepreneurs. Holly Johnson is the founder of personal finance website, Club Thrifty, which provides tips for frugal living, budgeting, and more.

  • 5 Ways to Build Rapport With Your Interviewer US News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 10:55 AM EST

    More often that not, job interviews give people the jitters. If you present yourself honestly and you and the interviewer don't click, maybe it's not the right company for you. While you can't change who you are or whether you're going to get along well with your interviewer, there are some ways to make yourself more …

  • Essential Branding and Networking Tips for College Seniors US News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 10:38 AM EST

    The hugeness of the question can be paralyzing for college students, but "the biggest mistake is taking no action at all," says Lindsey Pollak, millennial workplace expert and spokeswoman for The Hartford Financial Services Group.

  • 6 Rules for Texting at Work US News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 10:01 AM EST

    A 2011 Pew Research Center report found that Americans ages 18 to 29 send or receive an average of 88 texts per day, compared to 17 phone calls. Keep it professional.

  • 5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Becoming a Better Investor US News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 9:59 AM EST

    It's counterintuitive, because Americans tend to equate activity with progress, but less fiddling with your portfolio will likely yield better results, says Brad Barber, professor of finance at the Graduate School of Management of the University of California--Davis. Assuming that current trends will keep on is called …

  • As the boss, you might grapple with an employee who has many outstanding professional qualifications, but far fewer personal qualities to make him or her a joy to be around. "We rarely take time to separate the specifics about a person that annoy us from who they are," says Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert and …

  • Spring Clean Your Way Into Cash US News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 9:25 AM EST

    Hold a garage sale. Granted, on your own you probably won't get rich -- after all, the price of the average item sold at a garage sale is 85 cents. You can post a free ad on Craigslist or on sites like GarageSales.com. In other words, if you have a lot of stuff in your house that you think someone would pay good money …

  • 15 Ways to Save for Vacation US News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 9:21 AM EST

    You still have plenty of time to make small adjustments to your everyday life that can result in a big impact on your travel fund. Make your vacation fund separate from other savings and checking accounts. Factor saving for travel into your budget, and then automate deposits into your vacation fund so you don't have to …

  • 5 Things Newlyweds Need to Know About Taxes US News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 8:55 AM EST

    Your marital status for the tax year is based solely on your marital status as of Dec. 31. The first step is to notify the Social Security Administration so your filings (and refund!) aren't delayed. Once you are married, you and your spouse will automatically be moved into a new filing status -- married. In addition, …

  • 3 Reasons You Should Freeze Your Credit US News - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 8:50 AM EST

    If your personal information has been stolen recently, you may have been advised to "freeze your credit." But what exactly is a credit freeze? A security freeze, sometimes called a credit freeze, is a block that prevents people from accessing your credit report without your permission. It will remain until you remove …

  • 13 Types of Meeting Attendees You Don't Want to Be US News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:57 AM EST

    Volunteer to keep meeting minutes or keep track of time. If you need to deliver a status update, be sure you have outlined your talking points.

  • 10 Investing Apps to Supercharge Your Portfolio US News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:23 AM EST

    Remarkably, it now only takes a tap or two to locate valuable investment information or move your money from one asset to another. "Investing is an inherently fast-paced, on-the-go industry, rendering it an especially good fit for mobile technology," says Raul Moreno, co-founder and CEO of iBillionaire, an app and website …

  • 3 Ways to Save Money on Every Purchase US News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:17 AM EST

    Use a cash back credit card. Some people sign up for multiple cash back credit cards and use whichever one provides the best discount for each purchase, but I just use one that gives 2 percent back on everything.

  • The Cheapest Place to Buy Property in the Americas US News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:15 AM EST

    Cuenca, Ecuador, has been a top retirement choice for people on a budget for years. The costs of living and of real estate in this colonial city have long been more affordable than other comparably appealing retirement options in Latin America until now. Thanks to the U.S. dollar's continuing surge against the Colombian …

  • 5 Ways to Save Money While You're on the Road US News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:02 AM EST

    A financial planner by day and travel blogger by night, George Papadopoulos of TravelBloggerBuzz.com enjoys buying groceries from a local shop no matter where he travels. Popular tours tend to book up quickly and you'll need ample time to plan.

  • The Costs and Benefits of the Blended Family US News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 10:00 AM EST

    When Carrie Smith was growing up with her stepmother, stepbrother and four younger siblings, her parents took care to treat each child equally. Blended families like Smith's often face extra hurdles when it comes to managing their money, according to recently released data from Allianz's LoveFamilyMoney survey, which included …

  • Speculating Is a Dumb Way to Invest US News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 9:16 AM EST

    It's understandable that most investors do not achieve market returns which are theirs for the taking. A cautionary note: Although I am going to use the returns of the Standard & Poor's 500 index in the examples that follow, that index is not a proxy for the U.S. stock market.

  • 7 Ways to Take Bulk Buying Beyond Costco US News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 8:55 AM EST
    A Costco shopping cart is shown at a Costco Wholesale store in Carlsbad, California

    Many local big-box hardware and building supply chain stores offer discounts if your purchase crosses a certain threshold (it's $2,500 at Home Depot, for example). If you've got a big job coming, ask the Home Depot "Pro Desk" for a list of bulk supply items -- nails, screws, insulation, floor tile, etc. -- which can be …

  • 3 Reasons You Should Consider a 2-Year Apartment Lease US News - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 8:45 AM EST

    While renewing your lease when the year is up may be an option, you risk changes to the terms, including an increased rental rate. There's a way to avoid the hassle of moving or renegotiating: signing a two-year apartment lease. In most cases, your landlord cannot increase your rental rate for the duration of your one-year …

  • Living Abroad? Expat Taxpayers Face Special Challenges US News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 1:39 PM EST

    For frequent traveler Rebekah Voss, tax time poses a particular set of challenges. Voss publishes The Happy Passport, a travel inspiration website for women, and has spent a significant amount of time in Vietnam, Thailand and other exotic locales. She's found that the complicated world of U.S. tax law only becomes more …

  • Adopting Through Foster Care: a Less Expensive Alternative US News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 10:59 AM EST

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau reports that nearly 400,000 American children were in foster care in 2012, and about a quarter of those were waiting to be adopted. Many potential adoptive parents don't realize that "because these children are in the custody of the county or the state, …

  • 4 Ways to Invest in Millennials US News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 10:32 AM EST

    The mass of millennials in this country is surpassing the bulge of baby boomers. According to recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates, millennials now log in at 75.3 million people, outnumbering the 74.9 million baby boomers. Millennials are those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s -- in other words, the children …

  • Why You Shouldn't Dump Your Brick-and-Mortar Bank US News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 9:51 AM EST

    In fact, it's never been easier to do so, thanks to the long-dependable automatic deposit and the advent of smartphone deposits and online services such as PayPal.com and Google Wallet to transfer money to another bank account. "Over the past two decades, banks have worked incredibly hard to remove people from their lobbies …

  • What Men Can Learn From Female Investors US News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 9:07 AM EST

    The man says, "Here's what I'm thinking of doing with our money." The woman says, "I read about this investment and find it interesting. It's the type of conversation, however, that shows the classic difference in how men and women approach money and investing, says financial planner Sheryl Garrett, founder of The Garrett …

  • How to Break 4 Enigma Codes of the Job Market US News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    You might feel the need for a genius like the one Benedict Cumberbatch plays in "The Imitation Game," which is about breaking the Nazis' enigma code in order to win World War II. Often, the combination of a job seeker's curiosity and desperation can lead to inaccurate assessments. Deciphered: The recruiter probably wants …

  • 10 Colleges Where Graduates Have the Least Student Loan Debt US News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate ...

  • What 20-Somethings Should Know About Taxes US News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    So make sure to coordinate with them, especially if you're still living with them or otherwise getting support from them, says Mark Luscombe, principal federal tax analyst for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting US, formerly Wolters Kluwer, CCH. Student loan interest is eligible for a deduction up to $2,500, says tax expert …

  • 5 Warning Signs of a Bad Credit Card US News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 8:50 AM EST
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    It doesn't take much effort to find dozens or even hundreds of credit card offers. All you have to do is visit the websites of the largest credit card issuers, such as JP Morgan Chase, Citibank and Bank of America. Here are five clear signs of a credit card you should skip right past. Reward programs are common features …

  • How Millennials Should Handle Lifestyle Inflation US News - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 8:40 AM EST

    Lifestyle inflation is a natural part of growing up. Promotions, raises and bonuses offer millennials (and members of all generations) the opportunity to start living more comfortably, or even extravagantly. While the lifestyle inflation creep often sends personal finance enthusiasts into a panic, millennials can embrace …

  • 6 reasons to turn down a job offer US News - Mon, Feb 23, 2015 10:39 AM EST
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    Job seekers can get so focused on landing a new gig that they may not pay attention to signals that the job, boss or company isn't all that great. You pretend you don't hear the interviewer complain about a colleague or working long hours. Your interviewer is late. Your interviewer might be overworked or disorganized, …

  • 4 Reasons to Consider an Off-Peak Vacation US News - Mon, Feb 23, 2015 9:25 AM EST

    Going on a summer vacation is a rite of passage for many American families. In fact, a recent study by AAA revealed that 66 percent of American families planned a summer vacation in 2013, so we can safely assume that number is similar to plans for this year.

  • How to Buy Budget-Friendly Wedding Gifts US News - Mon, Feb 23, 2015 9:11 AM EST

    The couple's wedding registry is a helpful place to start, but there are a few tips and tricks to purchasing the perfect wedding present without breaking your budget. Registry clerks know that brides are in a shopping mood when they come in to pick out potential wedding gifts for their new home. If the list is focused …

  • Modern Money Lessons From Mary Todd Lincoln US News - Mon, Feb 23, 2015 9:02 AM EST

    The play, which just ended its run at the historic theater in the District of Columbia, explores the days after President Lincoln's assassination, when Mary struggles to regain her sense of identity and live amid her grief. As her character, played by Mary Bacon, faces dozens of unpaid bills for home furnishings, clothes …

  • When Is It OK to Call In Sick? US News - Mon, Feb 23, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    What if you don't have paid sick leave? What should managers do to encourage good sick leave practices among employees?

  • The Evolution of E-gifting US News - Mon, Feb 23, 2015 8:35 AM EST

    While cyber gift cards undoubtedly make gift-giving easier on the sender, online shopping has also altered the way recipients approach gift exchanges. For example, Tiffany & Co. lures hopeful gift recipients with an online feature called "Drop A Hint." As shoppers browse the store's online inventory, they'll see a Tiffany …

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