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7 things to know about refinancing credit card debt

How to understand whether refinancing credit card debt into a personal loan is right for you.


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Why truly great teams operate like orchestras

Musicians are some of the best communicators you'll ever meet. Here's what they can teach you about running a powerful team.

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9 things to know about your credit score

FICO scores, the new Vantage Score and how a credit profile helps or hurts

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Introverts will soon rule the business world

While introverts innovate, extroverts are mostly talk. So in a business world where innovation is crucial, do we really need the extroverts? More>>

Freddie Gray and five ways to heal Baltimore

We need to fix our city and other struggling urban centers. More>>

3 ways we can make more time for ourselves

It is never been so hard or so important to make time for ourselves. More>>

6 things you must make sure to do when interviewing job candidates

Are you wondering what a candidate would really be like to work with? Here's how to find out.

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These 10 cities are home to the world’s wealthiest families

Sotheby's reveals the global cities home to the world's ultra-high net worth individuals and families.

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5 reasons you should hire someone who has been fired

Lots of companies reject any candidate who isn't currently employed. Don't make that mistake.

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9 remarkable foods to conquer your stress right now

Most of us feel stress -- on the job and in our lives. You can help tone down the stress you feel by adding the right things to your diet. More>>

9 things to know about living within your means

New grads – and everyone else – can get on track for a healthy financial future. More>>

These gadgets are changing the way we relax

A campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill is getting a boost from the first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator.

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Khloe Kardashian is working on a new messaging app

The reality TV star is helping to develop an app that lets users manage their social lives.

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5 tips to cope with tax-season stress

Does tax season have you feeling down in the dumps? Learn how to use proven cognitive behavior therapy techniques to lift your spirits and heal your wallet. More>>

Don't have enough money to pay your taxes? Blame these two words

So where's the money? The answer lies in two words. More>>

10 smart ways to use an income tax refund

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Why you should run your company like a co-op video game

The gamification industry is trying to make the workplace more collaborative by incorporating data into games. More>>

Why co-workers fear co-workers with mental illnesses

Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who committed murder-suicide by flying a plane full of people into a mountainside, has brought the conversation about mental illness at work to the forefront. More>>

15 (more) hilarious tales of job interview embarrassment

Have you ever been the crazy candidate? Or interviewed someone off the wall? These are good for a chuckle.

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Older execs bring pluses, minuses to the job

Older executives have some better mental skills than their younger counterparts, but lag behind in others, according to a new study. More>>

6 ways spring cleaning can save money and reduce debt

Start national financial literacy month with money-saving spring cleaning.

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Debt negotiation vs. credit counseling: What’s the difference?

Things you need to know before seeking help for serious financial hardship.


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9 money-managing steps every self-employed person should take

Contract workers or “1099ers” must follow these steps to stay financially healthy. More>>

6 things to do now if you cannot pay your income tax bill

On-time action is important to avoid trouble with the IRS. More>>

9 ways to overcome retirement savings setbacks

Worried you won't be able to retire? Try these tips.

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8 best moments to teach your kids financial responsibility

These tools teach money management -- now and in the future


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Ready to buy a home? Good credit and planning are the keys

9 ways to overcome obstacles to owning a home.

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6 cost-conscious routes to boosting your home's value

Balance debt and value when choosing home improvement projects.
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Finding love (or just a hookup) using an app could be a massive security threat

According to researchers at IBM, using a seemingly innocent app to find a date may be the devious first step in an evil plan to bring down the company you work for, or even kickoff the next Sony-style cyber attack. More>>

Unemployment may fuel a fifth of suicides worldwide

Being jobless may play a role in about one-fifth of suicides worldwide each year, a new study suggests. More>>

Rent or sell your home?

How to choose the best way to handle a house you are leaving. More>>

RadioShack files for bankruptcy, Sprint to take over some stores

RadioShack, the consumer electronics retail business that started out 94 years ago, officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. More>>

Smartphone device detects HIV, syphilis

A smartphone accessory that can detect HIV and syphilis has been developed by Columbia University researchers. More>>

How to have a baby without having a financial crisis

6 tips to help new parents put their money in order before bringing a child home


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Revive these 6 New Year’s resolutions to perk up your tax prep process

There is still time to resolve to make tax day easier this year.

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A beginner’s guide to applying for financial aid

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Buried in holiday debt? Pay it off fast

8 steps to eliminate credit card debt and work toward financial freedom in 2015.

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Get fit while keeping your wallet in shape

If you resolved to get healthier in the New Year, try these eight tips to do it affordably

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4 big trends to watch for at CES 2015

Check out this list of tech one expert predicts will be all over the place at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
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8 ways to make 2015 better financially than 2014

New Year's resolutions to save money can come true this year

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Smartphones may charge up your thumbs

Regular use of touch screens on smartphones changes the way your fingers and brain work together, a new study reveals. More>>

Work steals valuable sleep time, study finds

Chronic sleep loss is rampant in America, and work commitment is a big reason why, new research suggests. More>>

10 ways to change your spending habits to save big

Planning to save money can bring future peace of mind. More>>

Constant email checks can leave you stressed

Looking for a way to help reduce your stress? Try checking your emails less often, researchers suggest. More>>

Women can outperform men in financial negotiations

Although people often think of men as better negotiators, new research suggests that women are more effective than men in certain types of financial negotiations. More>>

9 smart tax moves to make before the new year

A little prep now can minimize the pain of paying income taxes. More>>

Best to be honest about your relationship with your boss

Your job performance will be better if you and your boss have the same opinion about your relationship, even if it's a bad one, a new study finds. More>>

10 tips for cutting winter costs

Preparing for cold weather can help keep winter expenses manageable.

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Plan to save this holiday season

Avoid holiday debt and New Year regret by planning ahead.

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Could your job help preserve your aging brain?

Jobs requiring intellectually challenging tasks may help preserve thinking skills and memory as workers age, a new study suggests. More>>

Fixes for 5 common financial mistakes

Keep slip-ups from damaging your credit.

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Save money on holiday meals

10 tips to host a delicious dinner without going into debt.

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End-of-year car buying tips

Score a new set of wheels with less hassle. More>>

The pros and cons of debt settlement

Four years after FTC changes, consumers still need to be cautious.

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Coping with financial stress

5 ways to handle money worries.

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Answers to kids' tough money questions

Smart ways to have the money talk. More>>

Scare up Halloween savings

Halloween has quickly become one of the top consumer-spending holidays. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans spent close to $7 billion last year on costumes, candy, decorations, pumpkins and more.  More>>

Avoid these 5 costly money-saving mistakes

Tips for maximizing your savings potential More>>

Protect yourself against identity theft

More than 13 million Americans were victims of identity-theft fraud last year. The number of victims has increased by half a million people since 2012.  More>>

Unlocking the secrets to a financially happy relationship

Fall is now second only to summer as the most popular time to tie the knot. However, before a couple says, “I do,” it is important to first have a truthful heart-to-heart talk about finances. More>>

Get a handle on medical expenses

Fast action can keep debt under control

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Should you refinance your mortgage?

Weigh the pros and cons before deciding. More>>

HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords

HP issued a voluntary recall, explaining that a recently discovered overheating issue made the cords a “fire and burn hazard.”
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The importance of an emergency fund

4 reasons you need to start saving now.

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Co-workers take dim view of women who seek flex time

Women seeking a better work-life balance are less likely than men to be viewed positively by their colleagues, a new study finds. More>>

Should you change banks?

Nearly 20 percent of consumers have considered switching their checking accounts to a different financial institution, a 2012 Consumer Reports survey found.  More>>

Employees benefit from natural light

Natural light during the work day may benefit employees by improving their sleep and quality of life, according to a new study. More>>

Job search do’s and don’ts

7 tips for landing a new job.

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Six financial steps to take when you move

How to avoid letting relocation damage your credit profile More>>

Wider face may give you an edge in negotiations

Successful negotiations may depend on more than diplomacy. When it comes to negotiating, men with wider faces may have an advantage, according to a new study. More>>

Wipe out debt for good

4 keys to free yourself of credit card debt. More>>

Minnesota family ordered off Southwest flight after dad posts critical tweet

Ever tweeted about poor service from a company? Course you have. Ever had any troublesome comeback from it? Probably not. More>>

Five valuable credit report lessons

What you can learn from checking your credit profile.

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Affordable family fun

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7 inexpensive summertime activities.

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Rebound from financial pitfalls

4 steps to getting your money affairs back in order.

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Avoid vacation debt by staying home this summer – and still have fun

  Make the most of a staycation with 10 local (and affordable) activities. More>>

Save on moving expenses to stay out of debt

Seven strategies to cut relocation costs.

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Make time for a mid-year money checkup

Now is the time to get finances back on track and dig out of debt. More>>

How to automate job searches and find work faster

 Now that summer is fast approaching and many of you readers out there might soon be looking for employment, we wanted to share one of our favorite tech tricks with you — automated job searching.
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Plan an affordable vacation without going into debt

Stay within your means and still have fun.
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Plan a dream wedding on a dime

Say “I do” without breaking the bank.
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Say good riddance to debt

When you factor in mortgages, car loans, student loans and credit cards, the average American is more than $225,000 in debt. More>>

Tips for repaying student loans

Be smart about paying off education debt.
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4 places to provide money lessons for youngsters

Schools spend a lot of time teaching children reading, writing and arithmetic. Unfortunately, math lessons rarely include a course on how to manage finances.
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5 signs you are ready for home ownership

Owning a home is still many people’s idea of the American dream. Yet purchasing a home still requires a major financial investment and a long-term commitment.
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Test your money smarts

Take this quiz to gauge your financial IQ.
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Reduce your taxes for next year

5 ways to lower your 2014 tax bill. More>>

Make the most of your tax refund

6 ways to use Uncle Sam's check. More>>

Investing 101

Market investment tips for beginners. More>>

Secrets of debt collection agencies

It can be unsettling when a debt collector tracks you down and inquires about repayment. But owing money to a creditor does not place you completely at its mercy. More>>

Cash in on spring cleaning

6 ways clutter-busting can save you money. More>>

6 ways to cut child care costs

Ensure quality care at an affordable price More>>

Save money with social media

Find discounts and deals on Facebook and more. More>>

5 simple steps to creating a budget

A budget plays a vital role in helping manage your money, getting out of debt and staying that way. It is also a must for ensuring your long-term financial future. More>>

Romance on a budget

6 low-cost ways to show your love this Valentine's Day. More>>

5 things you need to know about the Affordable Care Act

Learn how health care reform may impact your finances. More>>

Tax Tip: Top 10 tips about free tax preparation

Each year millions of people have their tax returns prepared for free by volunteers. These volunteers are part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. More>>

5 steps to protect your credit

Recent data breaches remind consumers to secure financial information. More>>

Get ready for tax season

April 15 might seem a long way off, but tax time has a way of sneaking up on people. Do not wait until the last minute to get your financial documents in order. More>>

5 new year's resolutions for financial improvement

As you resolve to make some changes in 2014, do not forget about improving your financial health. More>>

Make 2014 the year to save money

Whether you are recovering from a holiday spending hangover or simply resolving to do better fiscally in the future, the clean slate of a new year is a perfect time to reassess your finances. More>>

4 bad money habits to break in 2014

Make 2014 your fiscally fittest year yet by kicking these bad money habits. More>>

Make the most of charitable giving and tax breaks

Giving now can save money later on taxes.
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Avoid these 6 holiday spending mistakes

This may be the most wonderful time of the year. But the holiday season also can be one of the costliest. More>>

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