Personal Finance

5 Big-Ticket Home Repairs You’ll Want to Avoid

One of the downsides of owning a house is that mortgage payments and property taxes are not the only checks homeowners have to write. The average cost of making improvements ...
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Powerball Lottery Hits $750 Million: 12 Things Not to Do If You Win!

It is almost undeniable that winning the lottery has become the new version of the American Dream. The odds of winning might be worse than being struck by lightning on ...
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Powerball Lottery Hits $625 Million: 12 Things Not to Do If You Win!

It is almost undeniable that winning the lottery has become the new version of the American Dream. The odds of winning might be worse than being struck by lightning on ...
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Cars, SUVs and Pickups That Last for 200,000 Miles

An average American drives nearly 13,500 miles a year. At that rate, a new vehicle would reach 200,000 miles in about 14.8 years. The average length of new-vehicle ownership is ...
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2018’s Top Consumer Frauds

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received nearly 3 million reports of fraud, identity theft and other scams in 2018. The year's total dollar loss from fraud came to $1.48 ...
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Auto Loan Delinquencies Up on Record-High Monthly Payments

The best-selling light vehicles in the United States are pickup trucks, followed closely by sport utility vehicles. Automakers spotted the trend years ago and have raised prices on these popular ...
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Top 10 Vehicles to Buy Used, Not New

Buying a one-year-old used car can save consumers 23% compared to buying the new model of the same car. Depending on the model, savings could be more than double according ...
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How Much You Need to Earn to Buy a Home in 50 Largest US Cities

The partial federal government shutdown in December and January has delayed publication of what most economists consider the "official" data on any number of U.S. economic categories. One is new ...
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How to Get a Loan Now Based on a Coming Tax Refund

There is any number of possible reasons why a U.S. taxpayer may want or need to receive an expected tax refund early. And there likely are an equal number of ...
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January Data Breaches Expose 370,000 Personal Records

More than 370,000 sensitive personal records were exposed in data breaches during the month of January according to the latest monthly report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). Nearly ...
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Marriage: Still the Main Route to the 1% for Women

To reach the top 1% of households in 2016 required an income of $845,000 or more. On her own, a woman represents just one of 22 of those top-earning households. ...
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Growing Pains in America: Too Much Credit Card Debt vs Emergency Savings

It really should be nothing new that too many Americans have far too little saved up for a rainy day. It also shouldn't be all that shocking to hear about ...
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5 Billion Records Exposed in 2018 Data Breaches

Over the course of 2018, security firm Risk Based Security reported 6,515 data breaches that exposed more than 5 billion records. Year over year, the total number of breaches slipped ...
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Americans' Confidence About Their Own Finances Reaches Near-Record Highs

Americans are feeling more and more confident about their finances in 2019. It turns out that the stock market panic late in 2018, all the trade war fears and even ...
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Americans’ Confidence About Their Own Finances Reaches Near-Record Highs

Americans are feeling more and more confident about their finances in 2019. It turns out that the stock market panic late in 2018, all the trade war fears and even ...
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