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  • Warning: This article is only for those committed to making a retirement savings change! One out of five individuals near retirement, or between the ages of 55 and 64, have absolutely zero money saved, according to the Federal Reserve's latest Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Unfortunately, most people aren't …

  • The 7-Step Interview Playbook US News - 16 hours ago

    "The key to this story is to demonstrate that you have the resilience and insight to utilize failure as an opportunity for learning and personal-professional growth," says Susan Jewkes Allen, a career counselor. There's no need to send thank-you cards via snail mail;

  • There are many ways to figure how much money you need in retirement, just like there are different methods to make money in the stock market. How do you estimate how much money you'll spend in retirement? It provides a baseline number for how much you'll spend in retirement. Obviously, after you retire, you won't be …

  • LinkedIn has become the common ground for job hunters, recruiters and employers to scout each other out. But LinkedIn also serves a third function that can be a powerful tool for job hunters. It is a place where you can learn what you need to know in order to understand your target companies. Here are five ways LinkedIn …

  • Plus, listening isn't a bad skill to present to your interviewer. "If the company values collaboration, that means people are listening to one another," points out Paul Donoghue, psychologist and co-author of "Are You Really Listening? Heather R. Huhman, public relations and marketing expert and a hiring manager, describes …

  • My cleaning routine consisted of taking out my huge and heavy upright vacuum, dragging it from room to room, including upstairs and downstairs, and then following it with a smaller handheld vacuum to pick up anything small that was missed in action. If you're still on the fence about giving up that heavy upright vacuum …

  • Some mutual fund companies are tapping into growing interest among millennials and women to invest in funds that account for environmental and social issues. Sixty-five percent of women versus 51 percent of men say they think it's important to consider the impact of investment decisions on society and the environment, …

  • Ten years ago, when Tim Justice, then in his mid-40s, suggested to his wife Doreen Orion that they leave their jobs as psychiatrists and travel the country in an RV, she wasn't thrilled. "It can be very daunting to change a lifestyle, especially when that involves work, which so many of us define ourselves by," she sa …

  • Customized by a variety of organizations, including the Center for a New American Dream and Jews United for Justice, credit card sleeves force shoppers to pause before they buy. The credit card sleeve is designed to help people "apply their highest values during the most mundane parts of their lives -- everyday purchases," …

  • Attending a top-ranked business school carries a hefty price tag. The 10 costliest business programs charged nearly $62,000 on average for tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 school year, according to data ...

  • 4 Best Budget Laptops for School US News - 18 hours ago

    This 2-in-1 Windows 8 model (starting at $350) easily transforms from a laptop to a tablet. Reviewers say the detachable keyboard is comfortable and they're impressed by the high-quality 10.1-inch touchscreen. This option is a traditional Windows 8 laptop with a 15.6-inch touchscreen (starting at $448). The E1-510P-2671 …

  • I have three children in preschool and elementary school, so I know from personal experience how expensive, and sometimes stressful, back-to-school shopping can be. When the school year starts up again, do your first run of school supply "shopping" by running through that box.

  • Why Market Downside Has Upside for Millennials US News - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 11:16 AM EDT

    For the opposite approach, look no further than two of Wall Street's most famous "value guys," namely Warren Buffett and David Dreman. "But I'm not Warren Buffett." The main takeaway here is not that you have to be one of the most successful investors of our time to see good returns.

  • Ways to Spend Less at the Grocery Store US News - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 10:41 AM EDT

    Not so long ago, extreme couponing started trending in the United States. The idea of extreme couponing is attractive, but who has the time or space? If you're like me, you have a habit of leaving the grocery store with way more than you need.

  • 8 Things New Employees Should Never Do US News - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    When you're new to a job , you're subject to a whole different set of rules than you are once you've been there longer. Co-workers don't know you well yet, so small behaviors can carry more weight. Actions ...

  • Building Career Development Skills at MBA Orientation US News - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 9:30 AM EDT

    On a recent August day in College Park, Maryland., Jeffrey Kudisch coaches a group of people he calls shareholders on their latest investment. They are a brand new group of full-time MBA students at the Smith School of Business at University of Maryland--College Park; They've gathered for orientation week in Van Munching …

  • 6 Credit Card Truths I Learned From Playing Fantasy Football US News - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 8:59 AM EDT

    As football season approaches, millions of Americans' thoughts are turning to fantasy football. Add it all up, and the consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimates fantasy football costs companies more than $13 billion due to lost productivity. It's a tremendous amount of time -- far more than the average American …

  • Have You Outgrown Your Credit Card? US News - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 8:53 AM EDT

    For example, there's a strong possibility that you've outgrown your credit card -- and don't even realize it. Moving to a new area is a great time to take a look at your regular credit card and decide if it's still the best one for you. Of course, you want to use a credit card that provides primo rewards on your spending, …

  • 5 little-known ways to boost your retirement savings US News - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 2:58 PM EDT
    Money

    Saving for retirement is no easy task. Fortunately, we have several tools and strategies that can help us reach our retirement goals. Maintain your asset allocation. When you begin investing you typically select an asset allocation that suits your risk tolerance and investment goals.

  • Mortgage rates have been hovering near historic lows for five years. While the current average rate of 4.13 percent for a fixed, 30-year mortgage is not the lowest it's ever been -- that was 3.35 percent in December 2012 -- it's still lower than at any time between 2010 and 1971, when Freddie Mac started keeping records. …

  • 5 tricky résumé questions -- answered US News - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 11:06 AM EDT
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    They may wonder if they should use a résumé template, for example, or if they should list volunteer work. The answers can help guide you as you put your résumé together for the first time, update it or simply work to improve it. As a recent college graduate, I'm having trouble filling in my résumé with things employers …

  • 8 key retirement dates you don't want to miss US News - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 10:58 AM EDT
    Age 65

    In the words of Forrest Gump, blind dates are like a box of chocolates -- "you never know what you're gonna get." While the uncertainty may be fine for a blind date, surprises are the last thing you want when it comes to retirement. Age 50: At the half-century mark, future retirees get some extra help in saving for retirement. …

  • What I Look Forward to Most in Retirement US News - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 10:49 AM EDT
    The 17 Most Bizarre Tech Company Interviews Ever

    As someone on the cusp of retirement, I occasionally pause to picture life ahead when I will take my first steps toward senior citizen status. There are so many things I enjoy doing, and retirement is by definition the perfect opportunity to pursue my interests and feed my passions. A reader of my retirement blog has …

  • 7 secrets credit card companies don't want you to know US News - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 10:34 AM EDT
    Credit Card Shreds

    If you think about it, you've got a close, intimate relationship with your credit card. You treat it right by paying off your monthly balance on time. You know all your card's important details, such as its credit limit and interest rate, right down to memorizing every reward and benefit. Your credit card company may …

  • Great Expectations: Millennials, Motherhood and Money US News - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 10:14 AM EDT

    Kristin Selvaggio works from December to April each year as a senior associate in the Flexible Talent Network at the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Selvaggio, a 29-year-old based in New York, calls the arrangement the perfect combination for her. Selvaggio's desire for such workplace flexibility might be more …

  • How to Fund Your Retirement With Passive Income US News - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 10:06 AM EDT

    Here is the standard formula for retirement saving. Many financial planners recommend that you save 10 percent to 15 percent of you income for retirement as soon as you start your first full-time job. After retirement, you can withdraw about 4 percent from your retirement fund every year. Here are the rules of thumb …

  • More Ways to Save on Back-to-School Shopping US News - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 9:29 AM EDT

    While cheap notebooks and markers aren't nearly as thrilling as bargain flat screens and tablets, the throngs of parents and students crowding the stores suggest otherwise, as do the numbers. According to data from the National Retail Federation, the average family with children in kindergarten through high school will …

  • Land vs. Sea? A Cruise May Be More Affordable Than You Think US News - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 8:27 AM EDT

    During your days at sea, you'll eat fancy meals in the ship's main dining room, relax at the pool and spa, and see Vegas-style shows the whole family can enjoy. Fortunately, cruising is a real vacation option for families. Nearly 21 million people cruised globally last year, with about 17.6 million setting sail from North …

  • How Immigrants Without Legal Status Can Pay for College US News - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Two major barriers -- a lack of information and assistance -- often prevent immigrant teens without legal permission from continuing their education, says Laura Bohorquez, coordinator of the DREAM Educational Empowerment Program at United We Dream, a nonprofit immigrant advocacy organization. "Unfortunately, we're still …

  • 3 Reasons Managers Should Help Their Virtual Team Network US News - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 10:45 AM EDT

    Team members with the specific expertise you seek might not live around your geographic location. One common concern is if a virtual team member really needs to network at events or industry conferences. It's interesting that the sentiment "out of sight, out of mind" sets the tone for virtual team members. Since these …

  • Should a Single Number Guide Your Investment Decisions? US News - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 10:33 AM EDT

    Can you rely on one score to make smart investment decisions? Take your IQ, credit score and blood pressure, for example. Despite their appeal, single summary scores intended to crystallize a segment of market dynamics are only useful when taken in context. Two scores, Fidelity's Equity Summary Score and Vanguard's Active …

  • Portfolio Analysis: A $1 Million Portfolio Built Like a Rock US News - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 10:21 AM EDT

    Poorly constructed investment portfolios are a worldwide global epidemic. This time I will grade the portfolio of R.T. in Northern, California.

  • How to Save on Wedding Gifts US News - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 9:12 AM EDT

    Wedding traditions are changing and many couples choose to put a more modern spin on older ones. Another ritual that could use a fresh take is wedding gifts. Fortunately, you don't have to be embarrassed to see your gift amongst larger, shinier boxes on the gift table because there are plenty of creative ways to show …

  • 5 Tips to Spend Less on Labor Day Travel US News - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 9:09 AM EDT

    Labor Day marks the end of summer and a chance to slip away for a relaxing retreat. With a little research, you can plan the perfect weekend getaway without breaking the bank. Here are five tips to help you stay within budget when planning your Labor Day getaway: The big online travel sites, such as Orbitz, Travelocity …

  • 10 Things You Should Know Before Working for a Startup US News - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 12:28 PM EDT

    "Be prepared to roll with the punches and respond to questions you may not have expected," says Matt Mickiewicz, co-founder of several startups and CEO and co-founder of Hired, a tech career marketplace. "You just may be offered the job on the spot after your first in-person interview," Mickiewicz says. "There's simply …

  • 10 Smart Ways to Spend $1,000 US News - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 11:30 AM EDT

    As Bankrate Chief Financial Analyst Greg McBride puts it, "Going on a shopping spree is probably not a real good use of the money, particularly if you have other financial fish to fry." So we asked personal finance experts what would be a smart way to spend a $1,000 windfall or maybe an extra grand sitting in your savings …

  • Cheap Home Repairs That Could Save You Thousands US News - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    Home improvement experts Cindy Dole and Eric Stromer, co-hosts of the "Home Wizards" radio show, share some easy home fixes that could prevent disasters or lead to significant savings.

  • 4 Common Misconceptions About Index Investing US News - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 10:18 AM EDT

    Index investing can be a tricky topic to tackle at parties, but I love telling people about the strategy because I want my friends to benefit from their money working for them with less stress than investing in active strategies. I outline a few common misconceptions about investing in index funds below. Index investing …

  • How Homebuyers Can Cope With a Money Pit US News - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 10:02 AM EDT

    Karen Carlson and her husband bought their house last year and encountered problems almost from the start. When the washing machine or dishwasher ran, so did the downstairs toilet. She and her husband thought flushing the toilet upstairs might be causing the downstairs toilet to go berserk.

  • 3 Keys to Finding Your Perfect Career US News - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 9:49 AM EDT

    The 2013 Philips Work/Life Survey states that 68 percent of working Americans would be willing to take a salary cut to work in a job that better applied their personal interests. With the advice to "do what you love" and "follow your passion" abounding online, many strive to match their vocations with their personal interests …

  • 5 Future 401(k) Changes to Look Out For US News - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 9:39 AM EDT

    Defined contribution plans, such as 401(k)s, are the most popular employer-sponsored retirement plan in America, according to the Department of Labor's June 2013 Employee Benefits Security Administration report. We have seen significant changes within this field, such as required disclosure of fees and conflicts of interest, …

  • 5 Best Beauty Rewards Programs US News - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 9:19 AM EDT

    While many of the same beauty products can be purchased at each store, the rewards you receive in return for your shopping loyalty vary tremendously depending on the retail outfit you frequent. In order to make sure that you are getting the best rewards for your purchases, consider this list of what I consider to be the …

  • How to Save When Visiting Napa US News - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 9:08 AM EDT

    While Napa Valley is known for its lush rolling hills with endless wineries and some of the best food in the world, it doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg to enjoy the luxuries that it has to offer you. From visiting castles, dining at world-renowned spots to getting a world-class spa treatment, I have five Napa …

  • 8 Crazy Kickstarter Campaigns That Actually Got Funded US News - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 9:01 AM EDT
    Kickstarter Serves Up Potato Salad By The Numbers

    Surely there must have been more to it than potato salad? All Zack Brown set out to do was make a batch of potato salad (he had never made potato salad before), and the Internet got involved, in a big way. Most such campaigns fall far short of the Potato Salad's haul. Zack Brown has set a high bar for insane Kickstarter …

  • What Happens If the Post Office Is Your Bank US News - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Today, the U.S. Postal Service is best known for delivering packages and letters. One day in the future, though, customers might also be able to take care of their banking needs, including prepaid cards, bill payments and small loans, at post office windows. At an event hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts last month, …

  • Homeowners insurance claims can be especially messy, says Bob Freitag, president and founder of AmeriClaims, a public adjuster firm headquartered in Indian Trail, North Carolina. "We see time and time again that insurance companies bring in their approved vendors, who promise to clean everything rather than replace items. …

  • Investors Deserve a Mea Culpa From Financial Journalists US News - Tue, Aug 12, 2014 9:51 AM EDT

    The book, "Clash of the Financial Pundits," co-authored by Jeff Macke and Joshua M. Brown, is a fascinating insight into the real agenda of many financial news outlets. Their mandate is to entertain, ...

  • 7 Ways to Save on Dental Care US News - Tue, Aug 12, 2014 9:37 AM EDT

    Don't have dental coverage? You're in good company. The National Association of Dental Plans reports that in 2012, more than 40 percent of Americans lacked dental coverage. The Affordable Care Act now ...

  • How to Avoid the Résumé Black Hole US News - Tue, Aug 12, 2014 9:37 AM EDT
    Lie on a Resumé and You May Lose More Than a Job

    I've applied online to numerous positions, and I never get a response. My résumé just gets swallowed up in some black hole, and it never even gets seen by a recruiter or hiring manager . This a common ...

  • 7 Tips for Acing the Initial Screening Interview US News - Tue, Aug 12, 2014 9:32 AM EDT

    For many candidates, it's easier to demonstrate their worth through rounds of interviews than to break the initial barrier to land that coveted first conversation.

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