Personal Finance

10 Cities With the Most McMansions

Sometime in the mid-1980s, many home buyers and some builders really bought into the "your home is your castle" meme (before there was even such a thing as memes). The ...
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2018 Data Breach Count Remains Below Year-Ago Levels

The latest count from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reports that there have been 124 data breaches recorded this year through February 16 and that nearly 3 million records ...
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Most Americans ‘Happy’ With US Tax Law Changes

The Republican tax cut that was enacted in December is reaching Americans' paychecks beginning this month. The result is that take-home pay is increasing and the fatter paychecks are raising ...
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IRS Warns US Taxpayers of New Scam

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Tuesday warned taxpayers that of a new tax scam that involves a claim by the scammers that the IRS has erroneously deposited a ...
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What Americans Are Willing to Go Into Credit Card Debt For

More than half of all Americans have, at one time or another, owed money to a credit card issuer. An even larger proportion — 86% — have regretted it. The ...
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Rent or Buy: US Counties Offering the Better Choice

Homeownership may be a lodgepole of the American dream, but over the past several years it has become more difficult to realize. Home prices are rising at around 6% annually ...
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2018 Data Breach Pace Slows

The latest count from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reports that there have been 141 data breaches recorded this year through February 7 and that nearly 3 million records ...
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America’s Most Unequal Cities

Over the past 30 years or so, the gap between household incomes of those who earn a lot and those who earn less has widened. The top 10% of U.S. ...
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Global Data Breaches Exposed Nearly 8 Billion Records in 2017

Over the course of last year, security firm Risk Based Security reported 5,207 data breaches that exposed some 7.89 billion records. The five largest breaches alone exposed 5.7 billion (72.2%) ...
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9 Cars to Buy New Rather Than Used

Everyone has heard or read about how much value a new vehicle loses as soon as the proud owner drives it off the dealer's lot. Not all vehicles are created ...
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Tom Brady Football Cards and Memorabilia Prices Off the Charts

This weekend's big game is another one for the records, and Tom Brady's share of the attention is off the charts. It's hard to imagine that Brady wouldn't get so ...
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2018 Data Breaches Slightly Lower Year Over Year in January

The latest count from the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reports that there have been 116 data breaches recorded this year through January 31 and that more than 3 million ...
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How Home Equity Loans Have Become a Worse Deal for Homeowners

One of the main reasons homeowners take out a home equity loan is to consolidate unsecured debt (typically credit card debt) so they can pay it off at a lower ...
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The 2018 Home Buying Market

Most analysts who look at the housing market for 2018 expect to see price increases continuing, although at a somewhat slower pace, and inventory of houses for sale to increase, ...
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More Than 1500 Data Breaches in 2017, Up 45% Year Over Year

The number of data breaches in 2017 tracked by the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) totaled 1,579, easily a new annual record and 45% higher than the previous record of ...
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