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  • Students with a career-oriented major, such as communications or computer science, are more likely to enter the workforce directly after college, according to an October report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. A career-oriented major, according to the College Board, is one that prepares students …

  • Are You Cut Out to Work From Home? US News - 2 hours 50 minutes ago

    There are some people who know instinctively that it won't work for them, because there are too many distractions and things they'd rather be doing -- and would do while at home. According to Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs, a professional job service that helps people find flexible jobs, these are the most …

  • Financial advice is a field unlike any other. The term, "financial advisor," can have different meanings depending on who you ask. There are also varying degrees of services a financial advisor can offer. Find out what your financial advisor's qualifications are.

  • A young doctor recently contacted Clint Pelfrey, president and chief compliance officer of Prosperity Capital Advisors, a Cleveland, Ohio-based investment management firm. Faced with crushing student loans, the costs of starting a practice and the responsibilities of a new family, the doctor wanted to know how to get a …

  • Shopping

    Now that holiday shopping season is here, you may be even more vulnerable to advertising tactics and marketing schemes that encourage an impulsive buy -- or full on shopping marathon.

  • Do you occasionally daydream about responding to an impossible deadline request by laughing in your boss's face and dumping your coffee on her shoes? If you've been spending lots of time in La La Land, just thinking about how to diss your boss, chances are, you're actually doing that in real life. Here are eight ways …

  • Kids can eat free at a number of restaurants, including Outback Steakhouse, IHOP, Chili's, Olive Garden, Boston Market and Sbarro. Adults can get $3 burritos, bowls, salads or tacos at Chipotle and free donuts at Krispy Kreme when they wear a costume. Since Halloween is on a Friday this year, there are festive events …

  • GOBankingRates recently polled 790 respondents to learn more about their concerns about digital banking. Here's a list of the six biggest fears Americans have about the growing digital presence of their banking information, as well how to avoid these problems if you're worried they could happen to you. According to the …

  • Most people either love or hate credit cards. While you probably know all about your credit card's rewards program, there are usually other perks baked into the agreement with your provider. Before you begin holiday shopping or traveling to visit loved ones, make sure you look at your credit card agreement to see whether …

  • retirement

    Those who spend time plotting their way to a comfortable retirement are certainly doing themselves a huge favor. Here are a few errors retirement planning enthusiasts can make: While that's a worthy goal, it may not be possible to achieve it without unnecessarily reducing your lifestyle before or after retirement. A …

  • An undiscovered Caribbean retirement option US News - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 11:58 AM EDT
    Taganga, Colombia

    Cartagena is a great place to visit, but it's Santa Marta where you might want to think about settling in retirement. Santa Marta doesn't have Cartagena's impressive collection of colonial structures, but neither does it have that city's prices or tourism annoyances. If you're shopping for a retirement in the Caribbean, …

  • 5 Investing Factors to Consider After a Plunge in Oil Prices US News - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 10:58 AM EDT

    For consumers, the recent drop in oil prices is a relief. Lower prices at the pump means more cash to spend on discretionary items like clothes, electronics, dining out and more. Certain businesses, such ...

  • How to Get a Mortgage After a Divorce US News - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 10:32 AM EDT

    After all, lenders tend to give mortgage loans to people with good credit and a solid stream of income. "If you make $10,000 a month and give $3,000 to your ex-spouse, the lender doesn't look at it like you're making $7,000 a month.

  • 5 Questions References Should Be Prepared to Answer US News - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 9:28 AM EDT

    LeBron endorses Nike, Beyonce endorses Pepsi and you endorse Susan, a former co-worker who needs your help landing a job. Stop cringing, and answer honestly.

  • Tips for Not Overspending This Holiday Shopping Season US News - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 9:20 AM EDT

    Before you start shopping this year, be sure to check out these tips that will help you not get caught up and overspend this holiday shopping season.

  • Here's the thing: Most people should not make their passions their professions. In the passing moments that are yours and yours alone, your passion can fill you up, nurture your insides and fulfill you.

  • Do Teens Know More About Money Than Their Parents? US News - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Growing up, Josh Seides often helped his parents with their computer problems. "I question whether or not parents realize how much their kids turn to them when it comes to guidance on money."

  • 5 Tips for the Networking-Averse US News - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Opening a conversation is sort of like shopping for clothes: You have to actually try it on to see how it fits! Here is a list of questions you may consider testing at the next event you attend. Listen carefully, and ask follow-up questions to keep the conversation going. If the event has speakers, these are some appropriate …

  • Flexible Jobs: How to Find Success -- Not Scams US News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 10:56 AM EDT

    Despite Marissa Mayer's decree ending telecommuting for Yahoo's workforce, nationally, 67 percent of employers allow some of their employees to work from home on an occasional basis. "One of the things, from a philosophical standpoint, that drives me crazy about the market is that the general perception is that these types …

  • 7 surprise retirement expenses US News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 10:18 AM EDT
    Retirement Ahead

    What's the scariest thing about retirement? There are bound to be some surprises in retirement. We carefully plan our monthly budget. In addition to your monthly budget you also need a supplemental annual budget, figuring in a realistic lump sum to cover uncertain but inevitable emergency expenditures.

  • How to Bounce Back From a Financial Crisis US News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 9:48 AM EDT

    So if you're in a tight spot and haven't the foggiest idea how to deal with a financial crisis, here's your three-step plan. If things just got bad, "take a deep breath," urges Commie Stevens, managing director of strategic and financial planning for Beacon Pointe Advisors in Newport Beach, California.

  • Coming Next Fall: More Chip and PIN Cards in the U.S. US News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 9:21 AM EDT

    Americans traveling in other parts of the world are sometimes bewildered to discover that their debit or credit cards don't work at automated kiosks that use new chip and PIN technology rather than magnetic stripes. Chip-based cards also contain cryptographic keys, Camejo adds.

  • 5 Holiday Items You Should Buy at a Thrift Store US News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 9:15 AM EDT

    One of the rare times of the year that I actually go shopping at thrift stores is during the holidays. With thrift stores, you're bound to find something really interesting or needed and the prices you just can't beat. Besides the prices, I go to the thrift stores during the holidays because more often than not I've found …

  • 6 Last-Minute Tactics for a Cheap Halloween US News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 9:05 AM EDT

    Halloween is just a few days away. Whether you're a parent with children who plan on trick-or-treating or anticipate a number of costumed children coming to your door with big smiles on their faces, Halloween can be an expense that sneaks up on you. Here are six simple strategies to handle last-minute Halloween costs. We …

  • 10 Colleges Where In-State Students Pay the Most Tuition US News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    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 ...

  • The Top 5 Myths About Leadership US News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Leadership coach Jené Kapela agrees that the best leaders rely on their employees to share expertise and leverage that shared knowledge when making decisions. She served on the board of directors of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association in New York and San Francisco.

  • "It's been doubling once a decade," says Peggy Blumenthal, senior counselor to the president at the Institute of International Education. As more students contemplate studying overseas, they are seeking the best global colleges and universities to fit their needs. To help students compare universities around the world, …

  • Calculate the Cost of Earning an Overseas Degree US News - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    For students sick of the impenetrable financial aid processes and ever-increasing costs of an American college education, earning a degree abroad can look like an attractive alternative. Some even extend free tuition to international students. "Getting a degree abroad is much more affordable than at an American university," …

  • 5 Social Security changes coming in 2015 US News - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 11:07 AM EDT
    Social Security

    Social Security recipients will receive 1.7 percent bigger checks in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today. Here's a look at the new Social Security benefits, taxes and services workers and retirees will experience in 2015: Social Security payments are automatically adjusted each year to keep up with …

  • 5 Ways Halloween Can Save You Money US News - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 10:52 AM EDT

    Halloween is one of those holidays you either love or you hate. If Halloween really isn't your thing, don't let the ghouls and goblins scare you away from saving a buck. Papa Murphy's was the first pizza joint to announce its Halloween promotion this year, but if 2014 is anything like last year, you can expect to see …

  • How to Handle Nightmarish Interview Questions US News - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 10:40 AM EDT

    Or maybe your interviewer doesn't crack a smile or provide any nonverbal feedback the entire time. Some job seekers have gone to interviews only to be kept waiting for hours to meet the potential employer. A common (and perhaps not unfounded) fear among job seekers is the seemingly bizarre interview question that comes …

  • A Guide to Investing in Real Estate US News - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 10:31 AM EDT

    Investors are attracted to investing in real estate because the potential for profit is tremendous. Successful real estate investing is achievable at any point in time, despite the economic conditions. Here's what a few seasoned real estate investors have to say about investing in real estate through different market …

  • The financial services industry is also in the throes of a transformation. The baby boom generation is retiring en masse, registered investment advisors are replacing traditional stock brokers, regulatory scrutiny is on the rise and so-called "robo-advisors" are offering investment management outside the confines of a …

  • 401(k) and IRA changes coming in 2015 US News - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Retirement savers will have a new retirement account option in 2015. Here's a look at how retirement accounts will change in 2015. The Treasury will offer a new type of retirement account, the myRA, beginning in late 2014 that is guaranteed by the government to never lose value.

  • 5 Rules for Celebrating Halloween at Work US News - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Halloween can be scary at work, and not just because of the sugar-induced behavioral changes in colleagues who overdo it on the candy. Here are five rules for celebrating Halloween at work that will ensure you have a good time -- without becoming the office fright show. You might not mind being the only person in your …

  • The 5 Scariest Credit Card Fees -- And How to Avoid Them US News - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 8:35 AM EDT

    You'll get hit with a late fee if you're (you guessed it) late in making a payment on your credit card bill. Since payment history makes up 35 percent of your credit score, failing to make prompt payments could result in a serious ding. Some credit cards charge a yearly fee to keep your account open. There are a lot …

  • A Guide to Getting Your First Mortgage US News - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 2:32 PM EDT

    If you have good credit, a healthy income and money in the bank, you'll be able to secure mortgage preapproval quickly and proceed straight to the homebuying process. "You have to get a copy of your credit report," says Don Frommeyer, chief executive officer of the National Association of Mortgage Professionals and a mortgage …

  • Fun and Frugal Ways to Propose Marriage US News - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 12:17 PM EDT
    SA man’s marriage proposal goes viral after he ropes in Hollywood A-lister to help him!

    Heather Mulae, an executive in Chicago, says her favorite thing to do is go to the zoo. So last December 23, her now-fiancé, Chris Friederich, took her to Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo to see the zoo lights. It was an inexpensive date, given that the zoo's admission is free, but Friederich gets points for picking something …

  • 7 Ways to Not Spend $730 on the Holidays US News - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 11:55 AM EDT

    This year, the National Retail Federation forecasts that consumer spending around the holidays will increase by 4.1 percent from last year. But just because it's forecasting that, it doesn't mean you need ...

  • What Investors Should Do in a Market Correction US News - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 10:58 AM EDT

    Despite the uncertainty you may feel when a volatile market takes you on a roller-coaster ride, one thing is clear: As investors, we should prepare for the bumpier experience ahead. Although market movements over the last few weeks may have caused you anxiety, what we're actually seeing is a return to normal market conditions. …

  • 5 easy ways to simplify your retirement savings US News - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 10:30 AM EDT
    Saving

    For many people, thinking about mutual funds, asset allocation and retirement accounts is akin to eating their broccoli. A Charles Schwab survey found that 401(k) participants spend twice as much time researching a new car purchase as they do managing their retirement investments. Yet, we all know how important investing …

  • 4 Ways Retirement Goes Wrong US News - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 10:17 AM EDT
    Early retirement

    Most people nearing retirement hope to enjoy a second act where they can explore and experiment with all life has to offer beyond the working world. Retirement affords ample free time to spend however we choose.

  • Frugal Alternatives to Traditional Financing US News - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 9:14 AM EDT

    Because financing comes with interest, which is going to make your final cost more expensive than the original price. The current average interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is just over 4 percent, which certainly beats out that current average interest rate on a credit card, which is almost 15 percent. When used …

  • As many as 2.6 million families lost their chosen health insurance plan in 2013, since their plans did not meet standards required by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, according to an analysis by the Urban Institute.

  • 12 Financial Terms Every Investor Should Know US News - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 2:41 PM EDT

    Growth versus value stocks -- what's the difference, and why do you need to know? Growth stocks are shares of companies investors believe are poised to grow faster than the industry norm.

  • Beware of These 10 Scary Investments US News - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 1:37 PM EDT

    Do you want to see a financial advisor jump? Bring up one of these frightening investments. Investments bought through credit cards. Using a credit card to buy stock or other investments is essentially creating your own high-risk margin, says Donna Skeels Cygan, a certified financial planner and author of "The Joy of …

  • 5 Open Office Nightmares and How to Survive Them US News - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 10:25 AM EDT

    A 2011 Hong Kong Polytechnic University survey of 259 office workers revealed that sound (along with temperature) mattered most to their productivity. Say something to the loud talker if he or she is distracting, urges Diane Gottsman, national etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas.

  • When to Dial Down Your Stock Market Exposure US News - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 10:07 AM EDT

    If you have been following the stock market closely over the last month, then you might be giving yourself an ulcer. Every investor knows that the stock market is volatile. If you are investing for the long run, then a big stock market correction is actually a good thing. The average investor is notoriously bad at timing …

  • Is an IPO Investment Right for You? US News - Thu, Oct 23, 2014 10:05 AM EDT

    With the initial public offering (IPO) market the strongest it's been since 2007, according to data provided by Thomson Reuters, and e-commerce giant Alibaba's record-setting IPO still attracting attention, many average investors are picking up on these new-to-market, buzzworthy securities and wondering if they can (and …

  • Any financial dread you feel when you start looking into after-school activities is understandable. If you want to see results for what you're paying, you may need to be an active cheerleader, says Nick Ambrosino, who owns Music Simply Music, based in Long Island, New York.

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