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  • 6 Steps to Declutter Your Home US News - 5 hours ago

    Sometime within the next few years you're probably going to relocate -- whether it's from a four-bedroom suburban house to a two-bedroom condo, or a two-bedroom condo to an independent living facility. Decluttering is a move to take control of your life. One rule of thumb suggests you budget one full day of decluttering …

  • Retirement

    A retirement of leisure is no longer the goal of most Americans. While over half (58 percent) of retirees report they followed the traditional model of working full time until they left the workforce altogether, only about a quarter of workers (26 percent) who have thought about retirement plan to pursue the same type …

  • Martin Yate, author of "Hiring the Best: A Manager's Guide to Effective Interviewing and Recruiting" and the upcoming "Knock 'em Dead 2015: The Ultimate Job Search Guide" lists a few behaviors to watch out for:

  • 3 Job Search Myths -- Busted US News - 9 hours ago

    Job seekers frequently go into the process with assumptions about how to present themselves and what employers want to hear. Often, job seekers try to include everything they have ever done on a résumé. Think differently! Consider your résumé a marketing document that presents your most attractive features to the people …

  • You are being offered a position as the fund manager for a large-cap mutual fund. The benchmark index against which the performance of large-cap fund managers is measured is the Standard & Poor's 500 index. After all, the fund manager of an S&P 500 index fund is required to track the returns of the index. According to …

  • A Sallie Mae and Ipsos survey of 1,601 college students and parents of undergraduate students found that 7 percent of families took a withdrawal from a retirement account to help cover college costs in 2014, up from 5 percent in 2013. The average retirement account distribution also grew from $2,710 in 2013 to $8,870 in …

  • If you own a house, your bank will require you to have homeowners insurance. In fact, "if someone loses their homeowners insurance for some reason -- cancellation, nonpayment, nonrenewal, then the bank is notified," says Dan Weedin, an insurance consultant in Seattle. Unless you've paid off your mortgage, there's really …

  • 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 ...

  • Moving out of the dorms means one thing to most college students: sweet, sweet freedom. After all, they know you're on a tight budget.

  • Students heading to college this fall should look beyond debit and credit cards they may be offered on campus, particularly those that sport a school's logo. While arrangements between financial and educational institutions can be lucrative, they may exact a toll on students. For example, the Federal Deposit Insurance …

  • The Best Months to Buy Everything US News - Mon, Sep 1, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Prices can fluctuate depending on the time of year and a retailer's inventory, but experts say there are months that offer predictably better deals on certain products than others. While some sales cycles are consistent from year to year, retailers occasionally throw in curveballs, notes Mark Di Vincenzo, longtime journalist …

  • 5 Cheap Ways to Streamline Dinners for the School Year US News - Sun, Aug 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    No, you don't have to use a huge color-coded meal planning calendar (unless that floats your boat). In fact, meal planning can be pretty simple and quick with options like these: There are a bunch of ways to do freezer cooking. Some people plan a monthly freezer cooking day when they cook enough dinners for several  …

  • 8 key retirement dates you don't want to miss US News - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 2:42 PM EDT
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    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. …

  • 5 Retirement Planning Must-Haves US News - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 1:12 PM EDT

    If you plan to retire at 65, you can typically expect to enjoy 20 or more years of retirement. No one wants to retire before they are ready, but if your finances are in order and you are anxious to make the move, it's time to compare where you currently are with where you need to be to take your first steps toward a happy …

  • How to Fire Back Against a Lousy Landlord US News - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 11:56 AM EDT

    With 43 million Americans renting properties, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, some are finding that not every landlord is responsible and ethical. This is advice from Kyle Birkemeier's ex-landlord. Birkemeier, a marketing director, says that two years ago, he, his wife and young …

  • 4 Reasons Why Investors Should Be Careful With Bonds US News - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 11:54 AM EDT

    Last year, after the Fed announced its intentions to buy fewer U.S. Also, as interest rates plummet to rock bottom levels in other developed countries, U.S.

  • Fix Up or Buy New: What's Your Best Housing Option? US News - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 11:03 AM EDT

    Is staying in your current neighborhood important to you, and, if so, does the kind of home you want exist in that neighborhood?

  • 5 Retirement Myths That Can Derail Your Saving US News - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:32 AM EDT

    Retirement planning can be difficult at any age because we have many competing financial obligations in our lives. It's too early to save for retirement. Retirement saving is the last thing on the mind of new graduates who are starting a career. Why should I save when retirement was 40 to 50 years away?

  • How to prepare for retirement overseas US News - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:29 AM EDT
    Retirement

    Here are 10 ways to get ready for a move overseas.

  • Should You Skip College to Save Money? US News - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 9:53 AM EDT

    With the average student loan debt in the United States at $33,424 this month, it's no wonder the worth of college has been called into question. These findings suggest that it isn't necessarily the college education that creates talent or success;

  • The One Way to Know How Much You're Really Spending US News - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 8:49 AM EDT

    According to a study presented by the Brookings Institute in March, as many as 38 million families are currently living paycheck to paycheck, and that includes more than 25 million families who are considered middle class with a median income of $41,000 per year.

  • Or the new person is a valued employee who his or her old boss will smart at having to replace. Depending on whom you ask, poaching could mean purposefully trying to hire an employee from a competing firm, or it could mean trying to hire a colleague from a different department within your company. A noncompete agreement, …

  • How to Adjust Your Budget When Your Income Drops US News - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 3:11 PM EDT

    Whatever your situation, if your budget is taking a big hit due to an income drop, here are some suggestions from people who have been there or are there now. Dan Cumberland, a blogger who owns a photography company in Seattle, says he and his wife, Stacia, quit their jobs four years ago to move across the country so he …

  • How to Navigate the Complicated World of 401(k) Fees US News - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 10:31 AM EDT

    Unfortunately, it is very difficult for investors to truly understand the fees associated with plan administration, investments and individual services. Recent Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) regulation from the Department of Labor requires the disclosure of fees from covered service providers, such as …

  • 3 Questions to Answer Before Quitting Your Job US News - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    If you are at the point in your career where you are ready to leave your employer, consider these factors before giving your two weeks' notice: Your employer will usually remember you as you were at the end of your employment -- not as you were when you started. First, every time a new employer goes to check a reference, …

  • 9 Top Havens for Expat Retirees US News - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 10:20 AM EDT
    10 best caribbean bargains this winter

    Estimated expat population: 2,000+ There's no shortage of flip flops or floral shirts either, and Jimmy Buffett, Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones jam from most speakers. The most developed, established and fully appointed beach community in Panama is this "city beach" area, which is less than two hours from Panama …

  • How to Interview Your Interviewer US News - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 9:27 AM EDT

    A candidate was once put in a difficult position when two interviewers suddenly made a joke about her current employer out of the blue.

  • 10 Step Checklist for Labor Day Car Shopping US News - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 9:27 AM EDT

    Labor Day is a federally-recognized holiday which celebrates hardworking Americans with a day off from work. TrueCar.com estimated that Labor Day weekend last year would boast 1.13 million unit sales among the country's leading automotive manufacturers. With the car-buying trend likely to pick up at a similar speed from …

  • 6 Ways to Save Money on School Lunches US News - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 9:03 AM EDT

    The first step is to write a shopping list. This can be made even easier by planning your purchases around the weekly specials at your grocery store. Build your lunch shopping list to include the best deals -- but be careful to only purchase food you know your children will likely eat (even if it's on sale, if it doesn't …

  • There's nothing arbitrary about mandatory arbitration clauses, but you can be purposeful in how you scrutinize them. Such clauses are in the fine print of virtually every contract you read from securities brokers, says Howard Prossnitz, a Chicago attorney who specializes in investment disputes. You might be able to change …

  • 5 Ways Millennials Can Achieve Financial Independence US News - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 8:33 AM EDT

    Financial independence is a rite of passage for 20-somethings. Yet, between student loans, expensive urban housing markets and pressure to start saving early for retirement, those first paychecks are in high demand and there's little room for error. Here are five steps toward achieving financial independence:

  • How to Gracefully Turn Down Requests for Money US News - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 4:57 PM EDT

    Most of us have perfected the art of hanging up the phone when a telemarketer calls, but it gets harder when you're approached by your alumni association, a favorite charity and especially family or friends. If the request is from a close friend or family member, you may feel that you have to give a reason why you're saying …

  • The Cost of Caring for Aging Parents US News - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:53 AM EDT

    As the best-selling author Gail Sheehy famously documented in her 2010 book, "Passages in Caregiving," caring for an ailing loved one can be an overwhelming, chaotic and stressful task. A report released this summer, "Caught in the Middle: How Does the Sandwich Generation Woman Not Get Squeezed?" from the Family Wealth …

  • How to Get the Job by Thinking Like a Hiring Manager US News - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:44 AM EDT

    Raj Sheth, CEO of Recruiterbox, a company that provides small businesses with an applicant tracking and résumé management tool based in the cloud, suggests you consider the following advice when applying for jobs: When you evaluate a job, highlight the parts of the description that pertain to you. If the majority of the …

  • Bet on Positive Expected Outcomes and Retire Earlier US News - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:23 AM EDT

    Investing the whole lump sum is likely better than dollar-cost averaging into the market. While there are many psychological reasons to dollar-cost average into the market whenever you get a big sum to invest, investing the whole lump sum as soon as you receive it turns out to be better most of the time due to the general …

  • In truth, it's alarming whenever a person's investment portfolio has subpar performance. Simply put, if a person's investment portfolio can't perform well during favorable periods, how can they expect to do well during less favorable times? This week's portfolio report card is for Charles in Sweetwater, Oklahoma. Charles …

  • Career mistakes come in all forms of dread, and everyone makes them. Fresh out of college, Gottsman was a fundraiser for a nonprofit.

  • 10 Smart Money-Saving Tips for Time-Strapped People US News - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 9:57 AM EDT
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    It also helps you plan your savings while creating a shopping list on the app. If you only have a certain window of free time to shop and getting to the store is hard, Amazon can be your default plan for finding low-priced items.

  • 11 Tips for the Newly Unemployed US News - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 9:07 AM EDT

    Volunteer, and join professional associations and networking groups for job seekers. Before you begin connecting with people on LinkedIn, be sure your profile is up to date. Your LinkedIn network should represent your real-life network, so start building it. Learn how to use LinkedIn to stay in touch with your network, …

  • If you need to take high-quality pictures for school projects or just want to invest in a digital camera or camcorder this year, you'll find the best prices on these electronics right after September. You'll find the best discounts on school supplies after the first week of the semester, but your choices may be limite …

  • Why Financial Education Might Not Work US News - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:19 PM EDT

    The findings have flamed an ongoing debate in the financial education community: What is the best way to teach students about money? A 2012 paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, "Financial Literacy, Financial Education and Economic Outcomes," wades through multiple studies on the impact of financial literacy …

  • 37 Personal Finance Experts to Follow on Twitter US News - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:12 AM EDT

    140 characters doesn't offer a lot of room to impart financial wisdom. But when it comes to money advice on Twitter, these experts, reporters and bloggers use the microblogging site to make their followers ...

  • 5 Career Lessons From Extreme Athletes US News - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 10:44 AM EDT

    Meet Paul Cayard, a yachtsman and professional sailor who has competed in the America's Cup seven times and has circumnavigated the globe twice. This two-time Olympian describes the Volvo Ocean Race, which circles the globe and involves traversing 38,739 nautical miles. In my second round-the-world race on Pirates of …

  • 5 Tips for Millennial Managers US News - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 9:47 AM EDT

    As Paul McDonald, senior executive director of the specialized staffing firm Robert Half International, puts it, the oldest millennials are entering management roles as baby boomers enter the "sunset of their careers." So how do you -- a rookie manager with the weight of being a lazy, entitled [insert other stereotypes] …

  • 4 Websites That Help You Save on Textbooks US News - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 9:19 AM EDT

    Public Interest Research Group study found that about two-thirds of students surveyed had opted not to buy a textbook because of the high cost of books and supplies, which totals an average of $1,200 per year. This type of financial pressure has many students turning to textbook websites as a cheap alternative to campus …

  • 5 Money Topics for Parents to Discuss With College Freshmen US News - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 9:15 AM EDT

    As college freshmen prepare for the fall semester across the country, parents and students have a lot to think about: what to bring for the dorm room, where to buy textbooks and how to register for classes. "A lot high schools don't do a lot of education on saving money and staying out of debt," says Brian Hayes, father …

  • 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 ...

  • 6 Ideas for an Inexpensive Labor Day Weekend US News - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 8:51 AM EDT

    Those strategies work well for any weekend, but what about Labor Day weekend? Labor Day weekend is often seen as the last weekend of summer, as it's followed by the gradually cooling temperatures of autumn. Barbecues are one of the traditional ways to celebrate a Labor Day weekend, but many people avoid them because of …

  • 5 Easy School Lunches to Pack US News - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 8:03 AM EDT

    For kids, back to school means meeting new teachers, swapping summer stories with friends and showing off new school supplies and clothes . But back to school has a different, sometimes dreadful, meaning ...

  • 5 Investing Myths May Stop You From Retiring On Time US News - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 9:45 AM EDT

    Investors are battered daily with an avalanche of financial information. The securities industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually sponsoring all forms of financial media, a great portion of which is little more than an infomercial for its services. Investors accept many myths propagated by the securities …

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