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Heroes 2014: Columnist's hard-nosed, biblical financial advice changes lives

Michelle Singletary watched and learned as her grandma raised five grandchildren on $13,000 a year.

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More Americans to buy homes with 3 percent down

Some Americans will soon be able to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3 percent, compared with the current minimum of 5 percent, the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say. Read more »

Dec. 8, 2014

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How to avoid becoming a financial burden to your kids

The U.S. Census notes that there are more than 77 million American baby boomers. If you're a recent boomer, check out some of the following tips to help you cut costs and save more money, so you... Read more »

Dec. 8, 2014

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How to make financial fitness part of your routine

Much like getting in shape, living a healthy financial life is easier said than done. If you’re like many people, finances may overwhelm you. How do you replace the fear with a roadmap and... Read more »

Dec. 8, 2014

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It's time to start thinking about reducing your 2014 income tax bill

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The end of the year may be uncertain with regard to a number of tax laws, but here are some tax steps that still make sense. Read more »

Dec. 7, 2014

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Gift Guide: Get better at sports with smart gear

Advances in technology present sports enthusiasts with plenty of options to train better and smarter. Read more »

Dec. 7, 2014

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How Legos can be used to discuss social mobility in America, factors that impact upward movement

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In a Brookings Institution video posted in August, Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves discusses social mobility, inequality and opportunity in America, using Legos to demonstrate how people can move... Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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Lawmakers: Sandy insurance concerns will be addressed

More help is on the way for homeowners who were devastated by Superstorm Sandy more than two years ago. Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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US consumer debt rises $13.2 billion in October

U.S. consumers increased their borrowing in October but at a slightly slower pace than in the previous month as credit card use slowed. Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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Why Utah is a great place for married millennials

Utah is not only filled with millennials, but it’s filled with millennials that are most likely married or living with roommates, according to the new U.S. Census data. Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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Everything you need to know before settling debt

It can be tempting to settle past debt amounts with collectors, but it's not a decision that should be made lightly. A debt settlement can affect your taxes, and it can actually have a negative... Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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The most inspiring Black Friday speech you've ever heard

One Target employee managed to turn last week's Black Friday frenzy into an epic quest for his co-workers. Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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US adds 321,000 jobs, the most in nearly 3 years

U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout... Read more »

Dec. 5, 2014

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UTA to offer 15-cent fares for last half of December

Beginning Dec. 15, the Utah Transit Authority will temporarily offer fares of just 15 cents for riders using the electronic Farepay card. The promotion celebrates the 15th anniversary of the... Read more »

Dec. 4, 2014

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The most popular Black Friday deals

Black Friday is long gone by now, but that doesn’t mean our wallets have recovered yet. So just how much did Americans spend? And what did they spend their money on? Read more »

Dec. 4, 2014

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The family is gathered after the meal — now you can talk about finances

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The holidays are the opportune time to talk about family finances. Don't shy away from it, but be sensitive in order to make it a productive conversation. Read more »

Dec. 4, 2014

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How do you find happiness with money?

Money given away brings more happiness than the money strived for. Read more »

Dec. 4, 2014

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Buying a home? Do a landscape inspection

house hunters usually await the results of a professional inspection before buying their dream home. All too often, though, one of the biggest contributors to a home's value is neglected: the... Read more »

Dec. 4, 2014

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Afraid you may outlive your money? Here's how to use your home equity to prevent it

Seniors who have equity in their homes can use the HECM reverse mortgage program to generate an income stream that becomes larger the longer they live. But the window for doing these deals will... Read more »

Dec. 4, 2014

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8 tax law changes you need to know about for 2015

Besides the Affordable Care Act, there are a few interesting changes that could affect you when you file that 2014 tax return next year. Read more »

Dec. 4, 2014

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The 10 wealthiest pop artists in the world

It may feel as if Taylor Swift has taken over the world of popular music, but she's not quite there yet, at least according to the financial data firm Wealth-X. Read more »

Dec. 3, 2014

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Justices weigh bias claim of pregnant UPS driver

Two of the three women on the Supreme Court vigorously questioned a UPS lawyer Wednesday over the company's refusal to give lighter duty to a pregnant worker, a closely watched case with... Read more »

Dec. 3, 2014

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Tips for managing 401(k) money after leaving a job

When you lose or leave a job, it's important to know what to do about any money that's stashed for you in a former employer's 401(k) retirement plan. There are lots of options. Read more »

Dec. 3, 2014

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