Personal Finance - Page 2

The Best Online Brokerage Firms

Buying and selling stocks online is easier and cheaper than ever. In fact, there's so much competition that at least one brokerage charges nothing for trades and does not require ...
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Mortgage Delinquency Rate at 10-Year Low

The share of home mortgage loan payments that are 30 days or more past due fell from 6.4% in January 2016 to 5.3% in January 2017. That's the lowest 30-plus ...
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For Large Purchases and Small, Credit Cards Pay the Bill

There was a time, not so long ago, when some merchants displayed signs setting a lower limit for credit card transactions of around $10. It becoming more common for U.S. ...
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Use These 4 Tips to Sell Your House More Quickly

There's little doubt that the 2017 home-buying season is going to begin with more buyers looking for a home that sellers looking to sell. The lack of inventory is a ...
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As Tax Season Arrives, 8 Ways You Can Get Taxed on Municipal Bonds

It's tax season and the April tax filing deadline is less than two weeks away. Death and taxes are both supposed to be unavoidable. Most people do eventually come to ...
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Are International Visitors Really Avoiding the US?

Just a week after his inauguration, President Trump issued the administration's first travel ban on visitors from certain countries. The ban, along with the president's campaign statements and stricter enforcement ...
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What You Must Know Before Subscribing to a VPN

When the U.S. Congress voted recently to overturn a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to get a customer's permission before selling personally identifiable information, that ...
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Nearly 400 2017 Data Breaches Have Exposed More Than 7 Million Records

The latest report from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) indicates that there have been 392 data breaches recorded this year through March 28, 2017, and that nearly 7.4 million ...
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14 Million Credentials Stolen from US Universities for Sale on Dark Web

A single email address ending in the domain name suffix ".edu" sells for as much as $10 on the so-called "dark web," that part of the internet that is inhabited ...
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Americans Pay More for Gas When It Is Cheap

U.S. drivers could save more than $60 a month on gasoline by shopping around. That is especially true during periods, like now, when pump prices are relatively low. This seeming ...
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15 Million American Households Have Cut the Cord on Pay TV

One in six American households that pay for broadband internet access is no longer buying a multi-channel pay-TV package. They're not buying from a cable company, a satellite company or ...
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10 Suburban Cities With Big-City Feel at an Affordable Price

Where moving to the suburbs may once have been a dream for many Americans, the revival (gentrification) taking place in some of the country's largest cities has made the cities ...
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More Than 1 Million New Defaulted Student Loans in 2016

At the end of last year, some 42.4 million Americans owed $1.3 trillion in federal direct student loans. The total number of defaulted federal direct loans rose by 1.1 million, ...
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Easter Spending Expected to Reach $18 Billion

Although its lags behind the big year-end holidays, Easter is a boom time for many retailers. Consumers will spend $18.4 billion on Easter this year, up 6% to an all-time ...
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2017 Data Breaches Soar Above 350

The latest count from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reports that there have been 353 data breaches recorded this year through March 21, 2017, and that over 1.3 million ...
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