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  • It joins Wendy's Co. (WEN), Restaurant Brands International (QSR) subsidiary Burger King, McDonald's Corp. (MCD) and Yum! Brands (YUM) eatery Pizza Hut in offering similar-priced meals. Interestingly, these offerings are taking off while consumers are "becoming more financially healthy," says Will Slabaugh, an analyst …

  • If stock market roller-coaster rides make you queasy, there are sectors that historically offer investors a little more stability. The utilities sector, which includes electric, gas and water companies, traditionally offers investors a solid income stream through steady dividend payments, but it also tends to outperform …

  • Goodbye FICO, Hello VantageScore? US News - 16 hours ago

    For more than 25 years, credit scores have been practically synonymous with FICO, the shortened name of the Fair Isaac Corporation. "VantageScore Solutions is an effort to provide more choice in the marketplace," says Ezra Becker, vice president of research and consulting for the credit bureau TransUnion. The credit scoring …

  • Since 2004, Yelp (YELP) has mounted a lively platform to air gripes, sing praises and assign ratings to any kind of consumer business you can think of, from airbrushed nails to zoos. Not even Yelp's much-promoted mobile app will give you that kind of information (let alone the phone number for Chinese take-out from the …

  • 20 Valentine's Day Gifts Under $50 US News - 17 hours ago

    With Valentine's Day fast approaching, it's time to put on your creative hat and find gifts for your loved one that are both affordable and unique. From cozy to delicious, there's a bounty of gifts to ...

  • Employers used to be more hesitant to consider hiring job applicants who earned their degrees online. "I think employers, generally speaking, are getting more inclined, more receptive to looking at people with online degrees -- especially in experienced roles that they're looking to fill.

  • In the competitive market for a home that exists in many parts of the country, more buyers are embracing a novel tool: adding to their offers a heartfelt letter and a family photo in hopes of swaying the seller to choose their bid. "They can write the best letter in the world, but if they can't verify that they're qualified, …

  • 10 Ways to Maximize Your HSA in 2016 US News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 11:13 AM EST

    With open enrollment officially closed for the federal health insurance marketplace and most employers, plenty of Americans are getting acquainted with a new health insurance plan for 2016. If you now have a high-deductible plan and a health savings account, here are 10 ways to make the most of your money this year. High-deductible …

  • Give Your Portfolio a Jolt With Coffee Investments US News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 11:11 AM EST

    There are several ways to invest in coffee: the futures market, exchange-traded notes and publicly traded companies -- and all offer different ways to bet on full cycle of coffee production, from bean to cup. People who want to trade commodities must keep a close eye on what's going on with supply and demand since it has …

  • Investing for (Chocolate) Lovers: How to Buy Cocoa Stocks US News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 10:33 AM EST

    Cocoa beans are grown in equatorial regions in West Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia before they are roasted, ground and made in to chocolate. U.S.-listed confectioners with exposure to the chocolate market include Hershey Co. (HSY), Tootsie Roll Industries (TR), Mondelez International (MDLZ) and Rocky Mountain …

  • 8 Surprising Things That Are Taxable US News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 10:16 AM EST

    Any money that comes into your life can be taxable, says San Diego-based tax attorney Sam Brotman. On a practical note, Brotman says most people don't report that $20 bill, and "the reality of the situation also is that the IRS does not have enough enforcement resources to come after people who forget to declare little …

  • 7 Top Places to Avoid Spring Break Crowds US News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 9:48 AM EST

    Of course, you'll want to skip popular party destinations like Miami Beach, Florida, and Cancún, Mexico, in lieu of quieter locales. Whether you're clamoring to flee to a less-trodden beach retreat or an outside-the-box cosmopolitan city, we found seven destinations that offer plenty of relaxation and inspiring scenery …

  • It might not be as thrilling as riding the Coney Island Cyclone, but it seems to work. It was then that one of Rebecca Kennedy's clients at her fee-only financial advice company in Denver decided to invest in his son's pot-growing startup. "The son was in his early 20s and was a college dropout," says Kennedy, who runs …

  • Thoughtful Valentine's Day Gifts for Under $10 US News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 9:21 AM EST

    Valentine's Day is a little over a week away. The Date Night Jar is a thoughtful yet frugal gift for your significant other on Valentine's Day. The best part about this gift is you can enjoy it all year long, not just on Valentine's Day.

  • You've got yourself a job offer, but you are not pleased with the proposed salary . That's okay. Most employers expect that you will try to negotiate on an offer. Before you do so, make sure that you have ...

  • Boost Your Productivity: 4 Steps to Get More Done at Work US News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 8:56 AM EST

    Successful employees (at all levels) have to master the balance between connection and productivity when on the job. More seasoned employees are often the best source of this knowledge -- so it makes sense that the best and brightest staff members are used as real-life Google at work.

  • Why You Need Financial Cheat Days US News - Thu, Feb 4, 2016 8:45 AM EST

    Josh Felber, a serial entrepreneur and high performance coach, focuses on helping people design, develop and deliver their passion and expertise to the world so they can have the time, freedom and lifestyle they want.

  • How Refinancing Impacts Your Investment Portfolio US News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 1:55 PM EST

    In December, the Federal Reserve made headlines by increasing its short-term federal funds rate for the first time in nearly 10 years. While the Fed controls some very short-term rates, long-term rates that guide fixed-rate mortgages are governed by investors' views about future conditions.

  • 9 Growth Funds That Will Turbocharge Your Portfolio US News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 1:23 PM EST

    Get excited about growth. Growth funds are something investors can actually get excited about. In addition to mining for the stocks and funds that will put your portfolio over the top, growth investing ...

  • 3 Reasons to Eat Lunch With Your Co-Workers US News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 10:10 AM EST

    "There's a different kind of intimacy that comes with sharing food and drink with somebody," says Kevin Kniffin, visiting assistant professor of organizational behavior and leadership in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University who authored the study.

  • "We'd like to schedule a video interview." If you haven't experienced this yet, expect to hear this request soon. Organizations use video interviewing to save time and money. The video can also be shared and reviewed more than once to help the interviewer evaluate the applicant.

  • Chipotle Earnings: Look Beyond These Hideous Numbers US News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 10:03 AM EST

    Well, at least Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) is E. coli-free. Chipotle's fourth-quarter earnings report, issued after the market closed Tuesday, had shares of the embattled stock falling by more than 5 percent in after-hours trading. The numbers were ugly, but expectedly so -- after all, Chipotle was dealing with E. coli …

  • Portfolio Analysis: A Captainless $1.58 Million Portfolio US News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 9:45 AM EST

    Has your financial advisor contacted you lately? It matters because global stock markets are down and if you're portfolio is down even more, it could be a sign of major flaws with your portfolio's design. ...

  • What the Super Bowl Can Teach You About Money US News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 9:42 AM EST

    For football players, managing money is easy to fumble. HBO even created an entire television series, "Ballers," starring Dwayne Johnson, around the concept. Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, former quarterback Dan Marino and former quarterback Vince Young have filed for bankruptcy, lost millions in bad investments …

  • Alcoa: Should You Buy Aluminum Stocks? US News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 9:25 AM EST

    Aluminum prices that have plunged in the past year are driving down stock prices for Alcoa (AA), Rio Tinto (RIO) and other companies that smelt the metal. Aluminum prices on the London Metals Exchange have fallen about 20 percent in the past year as global demand slows. China's slowing economy has led the drop, as it …

  • 4 Questions to Ask About Financial Aid for Business School US News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 9:00 AM EST

    Knowing there's somewhere to enroll takes away some of the stress that comes with business school admissions. It's important for accepted students to speak with financial aid experts about their options for paying for school as they make plans for where to attend, experts say. "This is one of the biggest financial obligations …

  • 5 Valentine's Day Gifts That Are a Waste of Money US News - Wed, Feb 3, 2016 8:50 AM EST

    Stores are fully stocked with conventional Valentine's Day gifts such as stuffed toys, oversized boxes of chocolates and glittery cards this month. Here are five Valentine's Day gifts that are a waste of money -- and what you can buy instead. A bouquet of flowers will most likely be forgotten shortly after delivery and …

  • Instead, your library card could be the key to accessing an array of items, as public libraries across the country expand beyond books and other media. This so-called "library of things" isn't an entirely new concept -- a Newark, New Jersey, library started circulating framed paintings over a century ago, according to …

  • Starbucks: 4 Things To Know About SBUX Stock US News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 10:39 AM EST

    Through efforts in food, supplying grocery store aisles and international expansion, Starbucks has become a coffee conglomerate. Starbucks has transitioned from a coffee shop into one of the stronger growth companies in the consumer space. In 2014, Starbucks made a commitment to double sales of food items in its coffee …

  • Alphabet Earnings: The Sweet Spell of Success for GOOG Stock US News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 10:24 AM EST

    OK kiddos, how do you spell Alphabet? Hint: It begins with "A plus-plus-plus." And so far as Wall Street is concerned, Alphabet (GOOG) spells big revenues and big profits. It's the stock that can't be beat, even as it beats Wall Street.

  • Here's How to Network Your Way to Success US News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 9:46 AM EST

    In the classic film, "The Graduate," the character Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, is a befuddled young man, totally unsure of his future. While nobody can predict with certainty which career will be right for you, it is a pretty sure bet that you'll find it and progress over time if you develop your networking …

  • The 5 Best Places to Retire on the Beach in 2016 US News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 9:40 AM EST

    Mountain lifestyles and city living can be great options, but the promise of a beachfront retirement draws many people abroad. If you, like so many others, dream of a coastal retirement, here are five of your best choices. Thanks to its tucked-away position in the Gulf of Guayaquil, which protects it from the open Pacific …

  • Top Money Mistakes for the Newly Single US News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 9:37 AM EST

    You might emerge from a breakup or divorce feeling liberated and self-assured and wondering why you stayed in the relationship so long -- and not find yourself anywhere near the throes of money trouble. Obviously, if you're extremely depressed, hopefully you will consider finding a therapist or counselor or doctor to talk …

  • Time to Rebalance Your Portfolio US News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 9:33 AM EST

    Let's say you have a baseline portfolio allocation of 70 percent stocks and 30 percent bonds. If the equity markets posted strong gains since you last looked at your portfolio, you may now be sitting at an allocation of 75 percent stocks and 25 percent bonds. "This larger allocation brings with it more market exposure …

  • The Hidden Cost of Freebies US News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 9:12 AM EST

    You've probably heard that there's no such thing as a free lunch. Well, that logic applies in the shopping world, too. Even when something is advertised as free, there's a good chance that it requires ...

  • Why Frugality Is So Important US News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 9:00 AM EST

    Sometimes I think, why would anyone even want to be a frugal shopper ? It's definitely a pain to master the art of frugality. Then I remember all the benefits it's brought me and I snap back into line. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 5 Tips for Saving Money on a Super Bowl Party US News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 8:37 AM EST

    It's Super Bowl season, which means a lot of households are planning parties for this weekend. Of course, a big party can mean big expenses, but if you're smart with your planning, you can save money and ...

  • How to Get the Biggest Tax Refund This Year US News - Tue, Feb 2, 2016 8:15 AM EST

    This is the time the majority of taxpayers are filing their taxes so they can get their tax refund. According to the IRS, about 75 percent of taxpayers received a tax refund close to $2,800 last tax season. For taxpayers using tax software, you most likely got the most out of deductions and credits, since tax software …

  • 10 Affordable Places to Retire Overseas in 2016 US News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 3:21 PM EST

    A move here will be made easier by the established expat community, low-cost retiree residency program and significant English-speaking population. There's a great variety of classic and charming Spanish-colonial homes with high ceilings, painted tiles and private courtyards that you can own for as little as $40,000.

  • 6 Romantic Spa Getaway Deals to Book Now US News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 12:37 PM EST

    If the combination of indulgent massages, decadent body treatments and spectacular scenery doesn't entice you to restore romance with your better half, perhaps the attractive packages will seal the deal. From desert oases that emphasize boosting health with wellness treatments to sumptuous hotel spas filled with decadent …

  • You might even wind up saving more by jetting off to a warm, sunny locale with swaying palms and crystal waters in Mexico or the Caribbean than to major cities across the U.S. While you may be concerned about the latest travel advisories from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

  • How Married Couples Can Max Out Their Retirement Accounts US News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 11:38 AM EST
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    Married couples can often claim twice the retirement savings tax breaks of single people. Couples can also strategically save in their respective workplace retirement accounts to get the best possible employer contributions and investment options. Here's how to maximize the value of retirement accounts as a couple.

  • Stock Market Showdown: Facebook Stock Vs. Apple Stock US News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 11:00 AM EST

    Here's the bottom line, so far as many market mavens are concerned: Facebook (FB) continues to prove its social net worth, while Apple (APPL) is a victim of its own success. "For the full year 2015, Facebook said their revenues were $17.93 billion, an increase of 44 percent year over year. FB stock was up a stirring 15 …

  • 11 Hot Investing Ideas for Millennials US News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 10:44 AM EST

    Millennials make up the largest generation in U.S. history, so companies are paying lots of attention as they enter their peak spending years. Stocks over the next two decades will likely rise and fall from the spending power of the millennial generation, so you might as well harness the power of that while investing in …

  • 5 Factors for Retirees to Consider for Their Investments US News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 9:53 AM EST

    Investors have no control over markets, but they can control planning decisions concerning taxes, withdrawal sequences and even strategies for claiming Social Security. Here are some top planning considerations when saving for retirement. Academic studies have shown that poor market conditions during the early years of …

  • 10 Experts Share the Best Career Advice They Ever Received US News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 9:26 AM EST

    The best career advice I received was to be persistent and resilient and to not let detours or failures derail my career. Instead, include specific examples that demonstrate your excellent communication.

  • 11 Frugal Ways to Look Great All Winter Long US News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 9:16 AM EST

    Chapped lips. Dry skin. Static hair. Itchy scalp. These are just a handful of the problems that arise in the winter months , when the sun rarely shines and the weather becomes cold and dry. With a solid ...

  • 5 Workplace Laws Your Employer Might Be Violating US News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 9:11 AM EST

    You might assume that your employer understands labor law and always follows it, but in reality many employers regularly violate employment law, either knowingly or unknowingly. Here are five of the most common ways that employers break labor laws -- with some of them being so common that most employees don't even realize …

  • The Best TV Sales for Super Bowl 50 US News - Mon, Feb 1, 2016 9:05 AM EST

    You've bought your jersey, fired up your grill and invited your friends. Now there's just one thing left to do before you host the hottest football viewing party on the block: Upgrade your entertainment ...

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