Personal Finance

Data Breaches Top 500 to Date in 2017

The latest count from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reports that there have been 516 data breaches recorded this year through April 25 and that nearly 9.3 million records ...
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Speak Up, Your Digital Devices Want to Hear From You

Voice-activated devices like smartphones, tablets and digital home assistants get a lot of attention and, in the case of smartphones at least, a lot of use. Overall, 76% of U.S. ...
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Wal-Mart Cuts Money Transfer Fees

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) announced Wednesday morning that it is cutting fees beginning today on its Walmart2Walmart money transfer service. Next month the company plans to introduce another transfer ...
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Fill Up on Monday to Get the Best Price on Gas

Gasoline pump prices are currently at a 19-month high and are expected to continue rising right into the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the traditional start of the summer driving season. ...
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Selling Your Home? Pay Attention to Comps

When preparing to sell a home you might have lived in for years and that you've adapted to fit your own tastes and needs, it's only natural to think that ...
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Rules of Appreciation: Why Small Homes Pay Off Big-Time

Whether we admit it or not, when we set out to buy a home one of the things most of us think about is how much the home's value will ...
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Being Young Is Not What It Used to Be

In the 1970s, eight of 10 Americans were married by the time they reached 30 years of age. In 2016, eight in 10 of Americans weren't married until they reached the age ...
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Data Breaches on Track to Reach 1,500 in 2017

The latest count from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) indicates there have been 456 data breaches recorded this year through April 18 and that nearly 8 million records have been ...
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10 US Cities with the Most (and Least) Overleveraged Homeowners

When buying a home, the most important numbers for mortgage lenders are the buyer's credit score and the buyer's debt-to-income ratio. The first is a summary of how the buyer ...
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Most Americans Don’t Mind Paying Taxes, but They Want Everyone to Pay

2016 individual income tax returns are due by midnight tonight. And if you haven't filed yet and if you're like most Americans, you think the taxes you pay are fair. ...
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10 Most Eco-Friendly Cars for Earth Day 2017

On the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, the average fuel economy of the cars and light trucks on U.S. roads and highways was less than 15 miles per gallon ...
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What to Do If You Haven’t Filed Federal Taxes

It is too late to file federal taxes on time. This can, and in some cases should, create anxiety for those who missed the deadline. However, the IRS has some ...
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What Default Rates on Subprime Auto Loans Are Telling Us

About 17% of all U.S. consumers are likely to default on a loan payment over the next year, according to a recent report from UBS. More interesting, perhaps, is who ...
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US Drivers Distracted by Their Phones on 88% of Trips

According to a new study released Monday, U.S. drivers used their smartphones on 88% of the 570 million trips they took between December and February. That works out to 5.6 ...
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7 Landscaping Trends to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Aside from location, location, location, your home's landscaping is one of the first things to make an impression on a potential buyer. And it's not just curb appeal, although that ...
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