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Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire; old assumptions costly

If you have health insurance on your job, don't make the assumption to not think about each year's renewal.

Shocked into reality by the Great Recession

Anna Newell Jones knew she was living well beyond her means when the Great Recession struck: She was $24,000 in debt. What surprised her, though, was how quickly she climbed out of that hole during... Read more »

June 30, 2014

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A chip on the old card: Americans will soon see a new patch of technology on their familiar charge cards

Stores in North Jersey and around the country are gearing up for the next generation of credit cards, and consumers can expect to see changes in checkout aisles and in their wallets in coming months. Read more »

June 30, 2014

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Debt collectors turn to social media to track down delinquents

After more than a decade of eluding phone calls, a Brighton Heights man said his experience with a third-party collection agency hired to recoup his student loan debt went from marginally annoying... Read more »

June 30, 2014

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Retirees resume their moves to less taxing climes

Steven Ramos, a retired letter carrier, estimated his cost of living would drop 80 percent when he moved from New York to a rental community in central Florida. Read more »

June 23, 2014

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Double job loss disrupts a family’s smooth financial path

For Victor and Shannon Macias, the good old days were as recent as 2012, when the couple could afford to take their two daughters to Disneyland or out to dinner without worrying about the bill. Read more »

June 23, 2014

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McCain urges military supporters to back Cochran

U.S. Sen John McCain and other supporters of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran are playing up his support for the military in their push before Tuesday's Mississippi Republican runoff, when the six-term... Read more »

June 23, 2014

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Olive Garden, Red Lobster sales continue to slide

Darden said Friday that sales continued to slide at Olive Garden and Red Lobster in the latest quarter, with other costs dragging down its profit by 35 percent. Read more »

June 20, 2014

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Spain's new King Felipe aims to inspire his people

Taking the Spanish throne on Thursday, King Felipe VI sought to inspire his beleaguered countrymen amid troubled economic times and lift patriotic spirits a day after the national team's humbling... Read more »

June 19, 2014

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Rising college costs push students to technical schools

While most high school students still plan to go the traditional route of attending four-year colleges and universities when they consider educational options after graduation, a significant number... Read more »

June 18, 2014

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Randy Shumway: Positive lessons from free trade with Mexico

Taking a cue from Mexico’s success, the U.S. can improve its economy by emphasizing free trade — particularly with the European Union. Read more »

June 17, 2014

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‘Kids to college’ savings programs take root

Like many busy mothers of young kids, Sylvia Suarez never thought too much about college for her two boys, much less saving for it. College simply seemed a long way off. Read more »

June 16, 2014

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Pamela Yip: Make sure your financial adviser is worth what you’re paying

I recently wrote a column about how important it is to pay attention to fees and costs when investing. Read more »

June 16, 2014

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Cutting down: What being a minimalist is all about

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Minimalists may not want a lot of things, but the minimalist culture is growing to new heights. Read more »

June 14, 2014

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The economics of the World Cup

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The World Cup is set to kick off. But what role do economics play? Read more »

June 12, 2014

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The economic lessons of video games

What do video games have to say about economics? According to The Week’s John Aziz, quite a lot. Read more »

June 12, 2014

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Can poor Americans really relate to wealthy politicians?

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Hillary Clinton said she was broke. And that has raised some questions about whether Americans relate to wealthy politicians. Read more »

June 11, 2014

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Susan Tompor: Baby boomers need to figure out how much to spend in retirement

After raising six children and working nearly 25 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Elroy Grandy says he spent his first few years in retirement spending a bit too much. Read more »

June 9, 2014

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The Journey: Weigh pros and cons before rolling your 401(k) into IRA

Question: What do you think of ETFs? Also, what is your opinion of moving significant funds — one-third to one-half of one’s 401(k) — from an institutional account to a retail... Read more »

June 9, 2014

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Study: Drivers’ premiums, credit scores not unrelated

In case you needed another reason to pay your bills on time, a new study by WalletHub has found that credit scores have a surprisingly big influence on what you pay for car insurance. Read more »

June 9, 2014

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Getting Started: Despite low rates, you can find best savings accounts

Interest rates on savings accounts have been close to zero for a while. But if you’ve been building an emergency cash fund or got money as part of a graduation gift this spring, you need to... Read more »

June 9, 2014

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Veterans deal with financial learning curve

When he retired from the Marine Corps in May and became a manager for a defense contractor, Col. Mark Desens knew he was entering new territory in many ways. Read more »

June 9, 2014

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Why you can't find a job, even though the new jobs report says there's a bunch

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The new jobs report shows that more than 200,000 jobs were added and the U.S. has made up for the Great Recession's losses. But still, no one's working. Why? Read more »

June 6, 2014

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Wal-Mart to face scrutiny at annual meeting

Wal-Mart stakeholders should get a deeper insight into new CEO Doug McMillon's plans to shape the future of the world's largest retailer in an era of changing consumer habits, a tough global... Read more »

June 6, 2014

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How America's love for cars is changing

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Having a car is as American as it gets. Right? Well, maybe not so much anymore. Read more »

June 4, 2014

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Automakers see big US sales gains in May

Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks — and a strong Memorial Day weekend — was expected to push U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May. Read more »

June 3, 2014

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