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Dave Ramsey says: Pay what's owed on old bills if possible

When it comes to paying off bills or debt, you should always pay what’s owed if you have the money.

Low oil complicates struggle to raise eurozone inflation

Low oil prices are complicating life for the European Central Bank in its struggle to push up the worrisome low inflation in the 19 nations that use the euro currency. Read more »

Jan. 20, 2016

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Anxiety in the air as Davos World Economic Forum kicks off

A prevailing sense of anxiety was in the air in the Swiss ski resort of Davos as the World Economic Forum kicked off Wednesday with delegates fretting about the turbulence in financial markets,... Read more »

Jan. 20, 2016

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Who has spent the most money on their campaign so far?

2016 is an election year. Here's what candidates have spent so far, and what they are expected to spend this year. Read more »

Jan. 19, 2016

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Tax season begins as IRS begins to accept returns

What's new when you file your taxes this year? Taxpayers without health insurance will face larger penalties, and those insured by their employers will get a new tax form. There also have been... Read more »

Jan. 19, 2016

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Faced with array of risks, CEOs increasingly pessimistic

Facing a cocktail of risks from the economic slowdown in China to the rise of the Islamic State group, chief executives around the world are more pessimistic about the global economy than at any... Read more »

Jan. 19, 2016

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Delta posts $980 million 4Q profit on lower fuel prices

Cheaper jet fuel thanks to falling oil prices helped Delta Air Lines earn $980 million in the fourth quarter despite lower revenue than a year ago. Read more »

Jan. 19, 2016

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AP EXPLAINS: What Congress can do about Puerto Rico's debt

Puerto Rico's $72 billion public debt crisis has forced congressional leaders to pay attention to a U.S. territory that's usually on the sidelines of American politics. Read more »

Jan. 19, 2016

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China's slowdown challenges government, companies

China's slowdown is ratcheting up financial stress on companies while the country's leaders scramble to avoid a spike in job losses. Full-year 2015 growth of 6.9 percent was the lowest in 25 years,... Read more »

Jan. 19, 2016

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Bank of America 4Q profit rises 10 percent, beats forecasts

Bank of America profits rose nearly 10 percent in the fourth quarter as the bank cut costs and generated better results from lending and other activities in its consumer banking division. Read more »

Jan. 19, 2016

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Michelle Singletary: When it comes to debt collectors, know your rights

Don’t ignore a debt-collection action, but don’t let anyone intimidate you, either. Read more »

Jan. 18, 2016

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Balancing act: Controlled trial shows benefits of workplace flexibility

For the first time, a randomized controlled trial shows the positive effects of workplace flexibility on a company and its employees. And that's kind of a big deal. Read more »

Jan. 18, 2016

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You don’t have to wait until spring to buy or sell a home. Looking in winter also has its advantages

Buying or selling a home in winter has its own set of challenges. Here's how to get the best deal possible, no matter which side of the transaction you're on. Read more »

Jan. 18, 2016

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David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom: 7 leadership habits to ditch in 2016

Becoming a great leader isn’t all about the resolution list of “do's.” Eliminate these “don’ts” first to see the biggest impact. Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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How true are Obama's claims about the economy?

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, Obama boasted great economic progress. We've looked at various sources checking his facts. Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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IRS chief sets April 18 filing date; promises better service

Taxpayers nationwide will get a few days' grace this year to file their returns thanks to a little-known holiday in the nation's capital. And the head of the IRS promises 1,000 more customer... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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Volkswagen CEO understands 'impatience' on emissions fix

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller told workers at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee that recovering from a diesel emissions cheating scandal "won't be a walk in the park," but that... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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Best Buy reports weak holiday shopping results, outlook

Best Buy's shares sank Thursday after the nation's largest consumer electronics chain reduced its sales outlook for the fourth-quarter as it reported weak holiday business in mobile phones and... Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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US stocks open mixed, stabilizing a day after a plunge

Stocks are mixed in the early going as the market stabilizes following its worst drop since September. Read more »

Jan. 14, 2016

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What to do after you lose the Powerball lottery

Most Americans will lose in this week's Powerball drawing, yet they keep buying tickets. Read about what happens to those who lose the lottery and where all the money goes. Read more »

Jan. 13, 2016

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World shares rise as China exports improve

World shares rose Wednesday after China reported improved exports in December, salving nerves about the world's No. 2 economy, though a rally in Shanghai's stock market was short-lived. Read more »

Jan. 13, 2016

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Airbus tops Boeing in jet orders, but both face China risk

Airbus overcame technical toilet troubles and engine delays to win hundreds more plane orders in 2015 than rival Boeing, but a bigger problem may cloud this year for both companies: China's... Read more »

Jan. 12, 2016

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Are unlimited data cellphone plans on their way back?

AT&T is once again experimenting with offering unlimited data plans to smartphone customers while promoting its DirecTV service, signaling a potential reversal of industry trends toward data... Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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Balancing act: Study shows work stress, anxiety on the rise worldwide

After two fun holiday weeks, I've jumped back into workday stress. That's not ideal, and I'm pretty sure many of you are in the same boat right now. What's more, according to some new data, the... Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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Michelle Singletary: To move forward financially, first face your past

The reason you can't keep your financial resolutions can usually be traced to the issues, resentments or childhood memories you just can't release. Think hard. What’s holding you back from... Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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Dave Ramsey says: Order your financial priorities to reach your goals

You have some things in your life that are pulling at you financially. At some point, you may have to take a long look at the situation and ask the hard question, “What is more important to... Read more »

Jan. 11, 2016

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Despite job gains, US stocks slip a day after sharp plunge

Stocks slipped Friday morning, a day after the market had its worst day in three months. Indexes gave up an early gain driven by a report of strong job growth in December. The week is shaping up to... Read more »

Jan. 10, 2016

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Financial firsts: Know what kind of insurance you do and don't need

Knowing what sort of insurance you need can be confusing to an inexperienced shopper. Here's a helpful guide for young people buying insurance for the first time. Read more »

Jan. 8, 2016

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Friday's US jobs report: Will hiring survive global turmoil?

For months, U.S. employers have steadily added jobs even as global growth has flagged and financial markets have sunk. Friday's jobs report for December may provide some hints of whether that trend... Read more »

Jan. 8, 2016

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Financial firsts: 7 things first-time investors should consider when saving for retirement

Thinking about investing your money for the future? Here's an explanation of the most basic type of investment and some ideas to keep in mind when looking at investing. Read more »

Jan. 7, 2016

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Small business crystal ball: Don't look for boom in 2016

Don't look for a small business boom in 2016. Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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IRS watchdog warns of scaled-back service in agency plans

The official IRS watchdog is warning that the agency may soon dramatically scale back telephone and face-to-face service as part of a plan that would focus more on online accounts for taxpayers... Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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Financial firsts: Prepare for added expenses and a lot of joy with first baby

First-time parents can feel a lot of stress as they dive into parenting and all the expenses involved with it. It is especially hard when there is no good go-to rule for preparing for parenting.... Read more »

Jan. 6, 2016

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US auto sales hit an all-time high in 2015

Americans are buying more new cars than ever before. Read more »

Jan. 5, 2016

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Chinese investors swearing off stocks after price turmoil

Yang Lihua was one of millions of small investors Beijing encouraged to join a stock-buying frenzy last year. But the Shanghai newspaper editor sold after prices collapsed in June and she vowed... Read more »

Jan. 5, 2016

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Michelle Singletary: Planning for a new financial you? You got this

I want to push you, but I also recognize that you can only do what you can do. So if you've got a plan, you got this. Read more »

Jan. 5, 2016

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Randy Shumway: Effective teachers can have a tremendous impact

Without a focus on improving teacher effectiveness within the dialogue on improving public education and student outcomes, we will fail to fully capitalize on and support one of the greatest... Read more »

Jan. 5, 2016

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Balancing act: Here's why 2015 was 'the year of work-life balance'

I may be biased, but as I reflect on 2015, I believe it was the year in which the issue of work-life balance gained the momentum it will need to become a primary topic of business conversation for... Read more »

Jan. 5, 2016

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Dave Ramsey says: Start saving now for a debt-free Christmas next year

Christmas always falls on Dec. 25. Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to realize it’s right around the corner. You could even get a real jump on things and set a little bit aside each month... Read more »

Jan. 5, 2016

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Financial firsts: Buying a new car requires careful consideration

Your first new car is an exciting experience for most people. But make the most of it by knowing how to go about getting the best deal possible. Read more »

Jan. 5, 2016

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Financial firsts: How to take the uncertainty and emotion out of homebuying

First-time homebuying can be overwhelming. Here are seven things to keep in mind when looking for that first home. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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Global stocks sink after China index dives 7 percent

U.S. stocks are opening 2016 on a grim note, dropping sharply after a plunge in China and declines in Europe. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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Target's turnaround gets shoppers back into stores

Target's efforts to draw shoppers back into its stores are paying off. Read more »

Jan. 4, 2016

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US stocks ended 2015 mostly flat, capping volatile year

Stock market took investors for a wild ride in 2015, but in the end it was a trip to nowhere. Read more »

Jan. 3, 2016

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How to spend $5 trillion: a record-breaking year in deals

Companies around the world spent a record $5.04 trillion on acquisitions in 2015, according to Dealogic, as slow worldwide economic growth and low interest rates pushed companies to combine forces. Read more »

Dec. 30, 2015

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Who will benefit from a rise in minimum wages next year?

Jan. 1 will ring in a new year and a slew of new minimum wages for 13 U.S. states, not unlike the first day of 2015, when 20 states and the District of Columbia saw minimum wage increases. Read more »

Dec. 30, 2015

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Consumer confidence down, spending up in December

The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index registered at 108.9 for December — down 5.1 points. Declining expectations for the next six months was the main reason for the decline, as... Read more »

Dec. 29, 2015

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Top 10 moneywise stories of 2015: Fantasy sports betting, cutting the cord on cable and more

The unexpected consequences of financial choices surfaced repeatedly throughout the year in some of our best stories on financial responsibility, from the impact of marijuana legalization in... Read more »

Dec. 29, 2015

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Michelle Singletary: Become a Jedi money master

Here are 10 of Yoda's maxims, taken from previous Star Wars films, that you can use to become a Jedi money master. Read more »

Dec. 29, 2015

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