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  • Why You Might Not Be Able to Delay Retirement U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 4:03 PM EDT

    Delaying retirement for as little as a year or two can significantly improve your retirement finances. Continuing to work can also qualify you for bigger Social Security payments when you sign up. A recent HSBC survey 18,207 people in 17 countries found that employees are planning to save for retirement for seven years …

  • 10 Beautiful Underrated Places in Italy U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 3:21 PM EDT

    Italy may conjure images of iconic ruins, enchanting canals, Renaissance paintings, rolling vineyards and remarkable cuisine, but there's much more to include on your itinerary than world-renowned cities such as Rome, Florence and Venice. With flourishing food, fashion and art scenes and alluring tucked-away coastal retreats …

  • The Most Dense Cities in America U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 2:51 PM EDT

    The U.S. News Best Places Data Drill Down, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that sheds light on multiple data points in order to help readers make the most informed decision when ...

  • Yahoo Acquisition Is a Smart Move for Verizon Communications (YHOO, VZ) U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 12:24 PM EDT

    Verizon Communications (VZ), the largest wireless service provider in the U.S., has outbid four other bidders -- including rival AT&T (T) -- and is set to absorb Yahoo's core internet business and intellectual property for a reported $5 billion. Originally, Verizon had bid between $3.75 billion and $4 billion for the core …

  • What Happens if You Work After Signing Up for Social Security? U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 11:18 AM EDT

    You can sign up for Social Security retirement benefits as early as age 62, and you do not actually have to be retired to get them. "The Social Security election point is one of the largest financial decisions you'll make in your life," says Larry Rosenthal, president of Rosenthal Wealth Management Group in Manassas,  …

  • 5 Myths About Online Travel Agencies U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 10:58 AM EDT

    U.S. News spoke with industry experts to dispel common OTA myths. Myth: There are myriad OTAs to choose from. While hotels and airlines have been duking it out with online booking sites for years, there's been increasing consolidation among OTAs, explains Clem Bason, CEO of hotel booking site goSeek.

  • How to Find Hidden Deals in Your Car and Homeowners Insurance Policies U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 10:52 AM EDT

    While commercials for the nation's largest insurance companies will tell you that shopping for insurance (and preferably with them) is your best bet toward saving serious money, there are other, less-difficult ways to save more than a few dollars. After my insurance agent retired last year, I was surprised when the new …

  • The Gap Year: Good Idea or Bad for Your Teen? U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 10:42 AM EDT

    While that may not quite be true, the concept of a "gap year" got a big lift recently, when the White House announced that Malia Obama would be taking a gap year before attending Harvard University. According to the American Gap Association, a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon, surveys have shown that fewer than 1 percent …

  • Why the ETF World Could Double by 2021 U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 9:48 AM EDT

    Exchange-traded funds have stolen fizzy lifting drinks! In appreciation for the untold billions of dollars in fees that investors have saved since ETFs' inception in 1993, the investing world has sent the industry's assets under management into the sky. ETFs are expected to grow to $6 trillion by 2021.

  • The Irrational Investor and Behavioral Finance U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Jul 22, 2016 9:00 AM EDT

    Welcome to the world of behavioral finance, where academics, researchers and market observers strive to connect how investors behave, the forces that drive that behavior and bottom-line impact. Here irrational exuberance and its just-as-evil twin, irrational anxiety, get their due in the rational, statistical world of …

  • CMG Stock: Chipotle Misses, But Bought Back $116 Million in Stock U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 4:58 PM EDT

    Fast-casual pioneer Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) posted sharply lower revenue and earnings Thursday as the company continues to struggle following a serious drop-off in business caused by a series of E. coli, salmonella, and norovirus outbreaks linked to its restaurants. Before Thursday's report, CMG stock had fallen 38 …

  • How to Make the Most of Your Internship U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 4:48 PM EDT

    The quality of internships varies greatly. It doesn't really make a difference whether your internship is paid or unpaid. When an organization has a formal internship program, you may have opportunities that you wouldn't get in the absence of one.

  • The Last VCRs Ever Will be Made This Month U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 3:26 PM EDT

    This may come as a shock to well, everyone, but the video-cassette recorder (VCR) wasn't dead -- until now, reports Quartz . Baby boomers, Gen X and Y, fight back your tears; Gen Z, pretend to follow along. ...

  • How to Buy Property With a Spouse, Friend or Business Partner U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 12:56 PM EDT

    When buying a home or investment property with someone else, whether it's a spouse or your tennis partner, you have some important decisions to make. The best choice for any individual property will depend upon your relationship with your partner or partners, your goals, your estate plan, whether the property is an investment …

  • 6 Ways to Handle Pushy Debt Collectors U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 11:41 AM EDT

    Don't let a debt collector threaten or scare you into reacting. If you feel a call from the collection agency is not going well, request to have the conversation put on hold until another time. Thankfully, there are laws that prohibit debt collectors from crossing the line and harassing consumers.

  • 15 Money Tips You Should Ignore U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 11:18 AM EDT

    Of course you want to make the most money possible off your investments, but going for the highest return isn't always a smart strategy. "It may not necessarily suit your goals," says Michelle Hutchison, money expert for personal finance site Finder.com. The risk on these investments may be too high, or they could come …

  • How to Be a Bridesmaid on a Budget U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 10:52 AM EDT

    Attending a wedding can be an expensive feat on its own -- you need to get there, possibly book a hotel room and shell out for a wedding gift. You'll need a wedding gift, bachelorette party gift and shower gift. You'll need to attend the bachelorette party, which almost always includes popping for at least one night in …

  • Why You Should Explore Quebec and Its Lesser-Known Regions U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 10:48 AM EDT

    With the U.S. dollar at its strongest against the Canadian dollar (currently $1 U.S. dollar equates to around $1.3 Canadian dollars), travel to Quebec is a bargain. The second largest province in Canada, Quebec shares its borders with the states of New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Its two major historic and …

  • Someone Could Steal Your Apple (AAPL) Password Through a Text U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 10:02 AM EDT

    Apple software has been vulnerable to hackers, who could gain people's passwords just by sending one text message, reports Fortune. Hackers could send a multimedia message that's dangerously encoded in a "tagged image file format," which would immediately permeate the device. The hack could break into a computer's memory, …

  • 7 Easy Tips to Stage Your Home's Exterior U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 9:55 AM EDT

    Walking through different neighborhoods it's unbelievable how many homes, whether represented by an agent or not, have For Sale signs in the yard with overgrown grass, dead flowers beds, crumbling stoops and the home's exterior missing pieces of roof shingles or siding.

  • Gray Divorce: What Women Who Divorce Later in Life Need to Know U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 9:55 AM EDT

    Aviva Pinto, certified divorce financial analyst at Bronfman E.L. Rothschild in New York, says because of divorce's emotional trauma, many women want it done quickly without thinking about the long-term ramifications. "That is financial suicide," Pinto says. Patty M. Estopinal, certified divorce financial analyst at Baird …

  • How to Invest in Municipal Bonds U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 9:36 AM EDT

    In general, interest paid on municipal bonds is not taxed at the federal level, or by the state or city that issues them as long as the buyer also lives there. In June, despite elevated supply and typical historical weakness during that month, the municipal bond market posted its best returns of the year and the best June …

  • Top College Majors for Finding Full-Time Work U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 8:30 AM EDT

    A college degree -- for many -- is the first major financial decision, and picking a major that is highly employable is one way to improve the odds of making a return on that investment more quickly. There's been a recent push for college students to "know before you go" on understanding labor market performance for a …

  • Savings Alert: Back-to-School Sales Tax Holidays of 2016 Are Rolling Out U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    A shiny "Frozen" lunchbox: $7.99. A pair of new Converse: $49.99. A copy of "Expresate" Spanish Level 3 textbook: $72.35. The cost of back-to-school gear can add up quickly. That's ...

  • How to Tell a Company Is In Trouble U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Jul 21, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

    Fifteen Justin Bieber downloads pop up in your iTunes account. Justin Bieber, a buddy of the CEO, is named to the board of directors. Case in point: Tyco stock tanked nearly 80 percent in 2002, as CEO Dennis Kozlowski and other senior executives looted the company.

  • Leslie Jones of 'Ghostbusters' Highlights Twitter's Trolling Problem (TWTR) U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 3:17 PM EDT

    "Ghostbusters" star and "SNL" member Leslie Jones abandoned Twitter (TWTR) this week, highlighting one of the most glaring issues stifling the social network's growth. After receiving a barrage of hateful, sexist and racist tweets, Jones repeatedly appealed to Twitter itself to step in and end the incendiary slurs and …

  • Buying or Selling Your Home? Think Like a Real Estate Investor U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 12:39 PM EDT

    It can be difficult to separate the emotional aspect of where you're going to live with the fact that you need to make a smart decision on what is likely the biggest investment you'll ever make in your life. Fortunately, there are people who make this kind of investment their business to show us how it's done. Real estate …

  • Krispy Kreme Teams With Cheerwine for Doughnut-Flavored Soda U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 11:20 AM EDT

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (KKD) has done what will likely anger health advocates everywhere -- but leave investors with an appetite. The chain, which announced in May that it would be acquired by European investment fund JAB Holding Co. and taken private, teamed up with soft-drink bottling company Cheerwine, also based in …

  • Get Paid What You're Worth Using These Tips U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 10:58 AM EDT

    One reason you want to change jobs is to land a big fat pay increase, right? Before you begin searching the job boards or apply for any jobs, you will want to understand some things about today's hiring ...

  • The Pros and Cons of Hiring a Financial Advisor U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 10:40 AM EDT

    Before you hire a financial advisor, whether for advice on paying off debt or investing your extra income, be aware of the pros and cons of such a choice. There are many potential benefits to hiring an investment advisor. This is especially true when it comes to complicated money matters like investments and taxes.

  • Macy's (M) Is Using AI to Help You Shop U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 10:02 AM EDT

    The retailer is partnering with intelligent engagement platform Satisfi and leveraging International Business Machines Corp.'s (IBM) Watson to improve customers' shopping experience. Macy's On Call is currently being tested in 10 U.S. stores in Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, California, Florida, Georgia and New York. "This …

  • 6 Apps and Websites That Pay You for Shopping U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 9:56 AM EDT

    You can also get cash back on some eBay purchases so you'll need to check the site regularly to see if there are any special offers for things you are in the market for. Whether you just wrapped up your grocery haul or spent the day shopping for furniture, you can upload a picture of your receipt, take a paid survey or …

  • Mobile Home Parks Are a Viable Investment U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 9:42 AM EDT

    It's hard for small-time real estate investors to imagine competing with the likes of Sam Zell and Warren Buffett. When it comes to sheer number of mobile home parks (lots owned) the competition pales in comparison to Zell's Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), a real estate investment trust that owns more than 140,000 lots …

  • Is the Stock Market Hooked on Low Rates? U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 9:00 AM EDT

    Wall Street is booming -- the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index have both hit all-time highs, and equities have nicely tracked progress in the wider economy. The booming stock market may be more Federal Reserve-fueled fantasy than bonafide bull rally. Throughout the seven-plus year streak …

  • 6 Ways to Protect Your Pocketbook From Sky-High Medical Bills U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 9:00 AM EDT

    Dan McGrath, the co-founder of Jester Financial Technologies, a small health care data company in Beverly, Massachusetts, remembers being in the dentist office with his retired mother and realizing he'd made a grave mistake. "Health insurance is a big problem," McGrath says. Mitigating potential health care expenses can …

  • What to Do When a Company Buys Back Stock U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 9:00 AM EDT

    Investors in individual stocks are familiar with notices of corporate buybacks -- when a company goes to the open market to repurchases shares it had once sold to the public. Reducing shares in circulation raises earnings per share, which should push share prices up, and buybacks are usually touted as a signal executives …

  • 5 Ways to Save on College Visits U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Jul 20, 2016 9:00 AM EDT

    Come fall, families with high schoolers will embark on pilgrimages to college campuses across the country to ask questions and decide where to apply. Incorporate college visits into family vacations. When Tim Beyers and his family of five vacation in Arizona this summer, they'll make a stop in Prescott, Arizona, so Beyers' …

  • Microsoft Crushes Earnings, MSFT Stock Pops U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 4:51 PM EDT

    Software giant Microsoft Corp. (ticker: MSFT) easily beat analysts estimates in its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report Tuesday afternoon, wrapping up a year that saw the company make its biggest deal ...

  • 5 Alternatives to Overpriced Vacation Souvenirs U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 2:17 PM EDT

    Who hasn't experienced this: You're traveling somewhere on a wonderful family vacation and enjoy something spectacular, something that you really want to remember. Somewhere, nearby, is a vendor offering goods of varying quality (most of it questionable).

  • What Happens When Your Debt Goes to a Collector? U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 1:58 PM EDT

    You're behind on your debt payments -- big time -- and you know that you should pay what you owe, and that if you don't, your credit score will tank, and your credit report will signal to lenders that you're a risky bet. In other words, you cannot pay off the debts anytime soon, and the phone is constantly ringing, with …

  • New 'Making A Murderer' Episodes Coming to Netflix (NFLX) U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 1:57 PM EDT

    The new episodes, currently in production, will continue featuring the legal saga of convicted murderer Steven Avery and co-defendant Brendan Dassey, examining the post-conviction process and its emotional ramifications. "Because of [executive producers/directors, Laura] Ricciardi's and [Moira] Demos' incredible vision, …

  • 10 Top Budget-Friendly Disneyland Hotels for Frugal Families U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 12:13 PM EDT

    Disneyland, and its neighboring sites, California Adventure and the Downtown Disney District, are popular destinations for cost-conscious families. From a property with an on-site indoor water park and evening pajama parties to a hotel with a rooftop pool and fresh cookies prepared daily, these low-cost retreats near Disneyland …

  • Artificial Intelligence Stocks: 10 Companies Betting on AI U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 11:13 AM EDT

    Artificial intelligence is here to stay. Reliable, pure-play artificial intelligence stocks are tough to find in this day and age. While the following 10 companies might not be pure AI plays, many of them may be close to that level in just a few years as machine learning and deep learning become more sophisticated, useful, …

  • Answers to Your Burning Questions for a Recruiter -- From a Former Recruiter U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 11:05 AM EDT

    One of the main reasons I left corporate recruiting was so that I could share insights to empower job seekers . Every time I extended an offer, there was so much left unsaid, but I had to bite my tongue. ...

  • A Beautiful and Affordable Caribbean Isle U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 10:47 AM EDT

    Many scuba divers have drifted through the Bay Islands of Honduras on a quest for Caribbean adventure. Roatán, the largest of the Bay Islands, provides some of the best diving in the world. About 20 years ago, small hotels and resorts began to appear on Roatán to accommodate the increasing number of scuba divers.

  • Why Your Credit Card Application Was Rejected U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 10:46 AM EDT

    A rejected credit card application stings -- but perhaps not as much as the letter you get afterward, full of vague and unsatisfying reasons for the denial. Although credit card issuers are required to disclose the main reasons for a rejection, they "need not describe how or why a factor adversely affected an applicant," …

  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Real Estate Agent U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 10:22 AM EDT

    Making good, informed decisions is imperative to a successful home sale, and it starts with listing your property with a real estate agent. In particular, it's crucial to find a real estate agent who can educate you as a homeowner, properly and effectively promote your home and gain your trust from the beginning. From …

  • Is a Donor-Advised Fund Right For You? U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 10:09 AM EDT

    While there's no way to avoid paying income taxes altogether, there are vehicles that allow investors to receive specific tax benefits. One such vehicle is a donor-advised fund, or DAF. A donor-advised fund allows a donor to make a charitable contribution and receive an immediate tax benefit.

  • Apple (AAPL) Music Gets a Matching Makeover U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 10:03 AM EDT

    Apple (AAPL) just leveraged its existing iTunes Match algorithm for its Apple Music service, further solidifying it as a major player in the streaming wars. While Apple Music's release last year ensured iTunes libraries -- even music not purchased from Apple -- could be sent to the cloud, there was a caveat, reports Mashable. …

  • 10 Law Schools Where Alumni Have the Least Debt U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Jul 19, 2016 10:02 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 ...

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