Personal Finance

With $1.6 Billion Up for Grabs, 12 Things Not to Do If You Ever Win the Lottery

There soon will be some new rather filthy rich people in America. There have been no Mega Millions jackpot winners since July 24, so the jackpot will be at least $1.6 ...
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Mortgage Fraud Risk Rises for Eighth Straight Quarter

The national mortgage application fraud risk index rose from 149 to 151 quarter over quarter in the third quarter of 2018, according to researchers at CoreLogic. In the third quarter ...
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New Auto Loans Up 3.5% in First Half of 2018

In the first half of 2018, U.S. car buyers borrowed some $279 billion to purchase a new or used vehicle. That total is up by 3.5% year over year. A ...
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As Mega Millions & Powerball Lotteries Hit $1 Billion, 12 Serious Things Not to Do If You Win

Winning the lottery has become the new version of the American Dream. While the odds of winning are astronomical, it's easy to see what is drawing so many people each ...
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10 Vehicles That Depreciate Fastest (and Slowest)

Depreciation accounts for nearly 40% of the average annual cost of operating a vehicle, according to a report last month from AAA. After five years, the vehicles that depreciate least ...
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More Than 14 Million Personal Records Exposed in September

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reported Thursday morning that there were a total of 57 U.S. data breaches in the month of September, resulting in the exposure of 14.45 ...
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With $750 Million Up for Grabs, 12 Things Not to Do If You Ever Win the Lottery

There soon will be some new rather filthy rich people in America. The two major lotteries have combined jackpots worth more than $750 million! Tuesday night's Mega Millions lottery drawing ...
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10 US Cities With the Lowest Number of Homes for Sale

It's no secret that the homes-for-sale inventory has been low for months. If we tack on the affordability, the inventory available to first-time buyers has been even lower. While this ...
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Since the Housing Crisis, Foreclosed Homes Have Appreciated Most Rapidly

Following the housing bust of 2007, the value of a foreclosed home in Denver dropped by 21%. Since then, that same home has appreciated in value by 116%. While Denver ...
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Are Parents Risking Their Retirement by Financially Helping Their Adult Children?

Parents might think that once their kids move out of their house as adults that their adventure of expenses is coming to an end. A new study from Merrill Lynch ...
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Secret Service Warns Banks of Attacks on ATMs

The U.S. Secret Service issued a non-public alert to the country's banks this week informing them of recent reports of a complicated kind of ATM-skimming that involves thieves cutting a ...
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Losses From Hurricane Florence Could Reach $30 Billion

As of Monday, 10 days after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, 43 deaths have been blamed on the storm and property damage could reach as high as $30 ...
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Average US Credit Score Reaches All-Time High

A credit score could make the difference in qualifying for a mortgage or car loan, a new credit card, or, in some cases, whether you can get a new job. ...
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A New STD: Sexually-Transmitted Debt

Love, they say, is blind, and what makes the world go around is money. Sometimes the two happily walk through life hand in hand. But nearly a third of the ...
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Holiday Season Shoppers Set to Spend More This Year

With plentiful jobs, (slightly) higher pay and consumer willingness to spend, analysts at Deloitte project that the 2018 holiday shopping season will see a 5.0% to 5.6% year-over-year increase in ...
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