Personal Finance

Household Wealth Rose by a Stunning 4.5% So Far in 2019

The Federal Reserve's Flow of Funds report issued each quarter might not sound like the most exciting topic to discuss over a happy hour, but something inside that report should ...
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The Car You’re Buying Says a Lot About Your Credit Score

Most people don't pay cash for cars. They either lease them or finance them. The credit rating range among buyers of car brands varies widely. Luxury car buyers tend to ...
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15 Great Dividend Stocks Retirees Should Own in 2019

There are many types of investors in America. Whether you are in your twenties or retired, it is important to know what strategy is the best fit for your portfolio. ...
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Social Security Is Running Out of Money: Here Are 11 Questions Everyone Must Ask

As we noted in our coverage of the 2019 annual report of the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare funds released on Monday, the Old Age and Survivors Insurance ...
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Retirement Shock: It’s Worse Than Social Security Going Broke in 2035

There has been a longstanding concern, some mythical and some based on math, that there will be no Social Security for retirees in the future. While this is not entirely ...
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As Tax Filing Deadlines Near, How the Obamacare Tax Can Surprise Many Investors

With taxpayers knee-deep in tax season, it's important to keep investments and taxes in mind when it comes to your tax bills ahead of the April 15, 2019 deadline. There ...
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US Drivers Can’t Wait to Dump These Cars

As of last November, the average age of a light-duty vehicle (passenger car, pickup and sport utility vehicle) currently traveling U.S. roads and highways was 11.6 years, exactly three years ...
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As Tax Filing Deadline Nears, Capital Gains and Dividend Tax Traps to Avoid

With the tax code having been changed yet again in 2018, many investors who have started filing their taxes will be getting some surprises around how much they owe for ...
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Americans Feel Better About Saving for Retirement Than They Have in Years

A recent survey from CNBC and Acorns found that Americans are more confident about their retirement savings now than three years ago. The Invest in You Savings Survey examined the ...
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Who Would Have Thought This Popular Car-Shopping App Is Among the Worst?

New car buyers are going to be a widely courted group this year. Sales are expected to decline by as much as 2.5%, and that's only if the economy remains ...
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More and More Americans Worried About Financial Security

A recent financial security survey has found that many Americans remain anxious about their long-term financial security. The 2019 Primerica Financial Security Monitor found that many families are not taking ...
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Powerball Lottery Hits $750 Million: 12 Things Not to Do If You Win!

It has become undeniable that winning the lottery is the new version of the American Dream. The odds of winning might be worse than being struck by lightning on a ...
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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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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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