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The top 10 insurance myths that people think are true, but they aren't

When it comes to insurance, misunderstandings can end up costing thousands of dollars.

12 things your auto insurance agent doesn't tell you

Car insurance companies employ armies of underwriters and actuaries who crunch insurance numbers all day, but it’s the auto insurance agents who really know the score. Read more »

Oct. 10, 2014

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5 big mistakes when buying health insurance at work

A new survey by Aflac found that 41 percent of Americans devoted 15 minutes or less to making their selections during their employer's open enrollment period, and 24 percent spent 5 minutes or less. Read more »

Oct. 10, 2014

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Liberia children orphaned, ostracized by Ebola

First 16-year-old Promise Cooper's mother complained of a hurting head and raging fever, and she died days later on the way to the hospital. Read more »

Oct. 9, 2014

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How to answer 10 weird questions you'll get in an interview

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Yes, you might get some weird questions during an interview. Here are 10 of the strangest. Read more »

Oct. 8, 2014

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Hacking a big danger for small businesses

It's not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too. Read more »

Oct. 8, 2014

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Date night is getting more expensive, and income isn't catching up

Middle class luxuries are getting more expensive, but the average U.S. income is staying the same. Read more »

Oct. 7, 2014

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Balancing act: Survey — Workers choose telecommuting to avoid office politics, interruptions

Fifty-four percent of respondents in a new survey said that their home, not the office, was their location of choice to undertake important job-related assignments.When asked why, avoiding office... Read more »

Oct. 7, 2014

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Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for some part-timers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private... Read more »

Oct. 7, 2014

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Are your adult children destroying your retirement?

The 70- and 80-year-olds of the Greatest Generation, folks who had been careful about finances to the point of always searching for the best savings account rates, were called upon to help bail out... Read more »

Oct. 6, 2014

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Get a 401(k) or die poor

If you work for a company that doesn't offer a retirement plan, hand the boss this column. Read more »

Oct. 6, 2014

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5 financial discussions you need to have with your spouse

The weight of financial responsibility can be heavy, so here are five financial discussions you need to have with your spouse, based on advice from local experts. Read more »

Oct. 6, 2014

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How to not be intimidated by investing

How one writer learned to invest, one small step at a time. Read more »

Oct. 3, 2014

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Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.19 percent

A key long-term U.S. mortgage rate dipped this week, the second drop after a large increase two weeks ago. Read more »

Oct. 2, 2014

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How not to buy a rental property

When we bought our rentals, we were too dumb to be afraid. We were too young and inexperienced to understand the many things that could go wrong, and what those things really meant for us. Simply... Read more »

Oct. 1, 2014

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7 ways to help your loved one when they've lost their job

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Your loved one just lost their job. So what can you do to help them? Here's a look at the different things you can do. Read more »

Oct. 1, 2014

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Overdraft and ATM fees higher than ever

The penalty for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank went up 5 percent over the past year. Read more »

Sept. 29, 2014

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How to get the best deals this fall

What to buy October through December to get the most bang for your buck. Read more »

Sept. 29, 2014

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Something that may have caused the Great Recession of 2008 is coming back

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Subprime lending is back. This time for auto loans. The question is whether or not subprime lending to borrowers with poor credit will lead to another financial bubble bursting and Round 2 of the... Read more »

Sept. 26, 2014

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The power of girls and tech could change the world

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What would you like the world to look like in 2030? World leaders, acclaimed activists and a few celebs put their heads together at the annual Social Good Summit in New York City. Read more »

Sept. 25, 2014

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6 lessons to remember from the Great Recession

Credit monitoring firm Equifax recently reported that the issuance of consumer credit has risen to a six-year high. This could be a sign that the economy is finally getting back to normal, but it... Read more »

Sept. 25, 2014

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The Mortgage Professor: Conventional versus FHA

Choosing between a conventional and Federal Housing Authority-backed mortgage is not an academic question. My calculations show that the wrong choice can cost as much as $33,000 over 15 years on a... Read more »

Sept. 25, 2014

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How the fashion industry drives your shopping choices

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The fashion industry operates at high speeds. Consumers take advantage of low prices, buying clothes often. Why are some industry insiders trying to pump the brakes? Read more »

Sept. 25, 2014

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Most family businesses fail, but parenting might be their saving grace

Only 12 percent of family businesses make it to the third generation, and some experts think that parents can fix that with financial education. But local bookseller Tony Weller thinks about... Read more »

Sept. 24, 2014

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Middle-class squeeze: From day care to health care

Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son — so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child. Read more »

Sept. 24, 2014

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Why we should stop loaning money, and start betting on our students

Students have massive debt; but instead of just bailing them out, economist Daniel Altman thinks we should buy shares in their future. Read more »

Sept. 24, 2014

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