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Incomes Rise for Bottom 99% Even as Inequality Worsens

Getty Images By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABE WASHINGTON -- Solid job growth is finally boosting paychecks for the rest of us. Incomes for the bottom 99 percent of American families rose 3.3 percent last year to $47,213, the biggest annual gain...Show More Summary

Travel Checklist: 7 Money To-Dos to Tackle Before Your Trip

Getty Images By Emma Miller The lead-up to a much-awaited vacation can be thrilling -- from researching the best day trips to ogling a resort's online gallery of amenities. Three outdoor pools! But to successfully leave real life behind...Show More Summary

How Does Your 401(k) Stack Up?

Getty ImagesIs your 401(k) overflowing with cash or riddled with high costs and poor investment options? By Emily Brandon A good 401(k) plan can help propel you to a secure retirement. Your 401(k) plan often gives you a tax break, employer contributions and investment growth, all at the same time. Show More Summary

5 Best and Worst Things to Buy Generic

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images By Caroline Hailey Whether you're single or married, have a large or small family, finding ways to save money is always a challenge. And with so many generic options out there, it's often tempting to just...Show More Summary

The Pros and Cons of Sharing Your Money Goals

Getty ImagesUnveiling your financial aspirations on social media can lead to supportive connections and advice. By Kimberly Palmer After Matthew Robinson heard about Linkagoal, a social networking site for people who want to share their goals, he decided to join. Show More Summary

Market Wrap: Stocks Tumble as Greek Debt Crisis Woes Worsen

Richard Drew/AP By Sinead Carew NEW YORK -- U.S. stocks fell sharply Monday in heavy trading, and the S&P 500 and the Dow had their worst day since October after a collapse in Greek bailout talks intensified fears that the country could...Show More Summary

NBC Severs Business Relationship With Donald Trump

Charlie Neibergall/APRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters in Iowa during a rally in June. NEW YORK -- NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate...Show More Summary

6 Sneaky Summer Expenses to Avoid

Getty ImagesThis summer, save some cash and BYOU (bring your own umbrella) to the beach. By Sabah Karimi Summer is the time kick back, relax and just take things easy for a few months. While this means you may be feeling a little lax...Show More Summary

The Right Ways to Split the Bill at a Restaurant

Getty Images By Miriam Cross Dining out should be an opportunity to relax with friends, impress a client or bond with someone special, not fret over the protocol for paying and tipping. Here's how to handle three awkward situations. When I try to pay the check, I get an argument. Show More Summary

What Retirement Without Savings Looks Like

Getty Images By Paul Sisolak In a perfect world, the perfect retirement is where life begins. But for people like Debra Leigh Scott, there's the very bleak possibility that retirement is where life might end. "Suicide is my retirement plan," Scott, a 60-year-old adjunct professor, said in an interview with Vitae. Show More Summary

4 Ways to Save Money at Universal Orlando This Summer

John Raoux/APShops on Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. Orlando's theme parks have been pretty crowded this summer, once again positioning the country's top tourist destination for another season of record attendance. Show More Summary

Optimize Your Portfolio With the Right Rebalancing Strategy

Getty Images/Hemera By Donna Fuscaldo Portfolio rebalancing is a topic investors come across often. The advice may vary depending on whom you ask, but most financial advisers tend to touch on two main issues: how often to rebalance and when. Equally important is when and why not to rebalance. Show More Summary

Same-Sex Marriage's Big Benefit is Social Security

John Bazemore/APBoyd Beck, left, and Jerry Hill, center, are married Friday by Fulton County probate Judge Pinkie Toomer during a mass wedding at the Fulton County Government Center. By Mark Miller CHICAGO -- Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage will give a huge boost to the retirement security of LGBT Americans. Show More Summary

Week's Winners and Losers: Whole Foods Prices, Kroger Entices

John Davisson/Invision/APApple's abrupt about-face on paying royalties for songs during a free-trial period for its new music service was a symbolic victory for superstar Taylor Swift and other artists. There were plenty of winners and...Show More Summary

5 Ways to Save Money at the Multiplex This Summer

Getty Images It's shaping up to be a big summer for movies. That's welcome news for exhibitors, which sold just 1.26 billion tickets last year, the industry's lowest tally in nearly 20 years. Large audiences may not be so great for moviegoers,...Show More Summary

Where to Find Merit-Based College Scholarships

Getty Images Students with stellar grades often get scholarships. So do promising student athletes. But what about the rest of the high school crowd? Can they earn scholarship money for college, too? Yes, it turns out. Many merit-based...Show More Summary

Retirement Replaces Home Ownership as 'American Dream'

Getty Images By Carleton English NEW YORK -- Most people still believe they can achieve the American dream, even after slow employment growth following a harsh recession, but many now define it as having a comfortable retirement rather...Show More Summary

6 Cheap Ways to Ensure Your Cybersecurity

Getty Images By Aaron Crowe Anyone with a computer has probably been a victim of a phishing attempt, where hackers pose as a trustworthy entity and try to get your username, password, credit card details, and other sensitive information that your mom told you never to give to anyone. But mom's advice isn't enough. Show More Summary

How to Take Advantage of Loyalty Cards

Gene J. Puskar/APCVS offers an appealing loyalty program to customers. By Mel Bondar I remember my first ever loyalty card was for American Eagle when I was 14. It added something legit to my keychain that otherwise consisted only of a house key, which was super cool to my teenage brain. Show More Summary

General Mills to Slash Up to 725 Jobs

JeepersMedia/Flickr NEW YORK -- General Mills (GIS) expects to cut 675 to 725 jobs as it wrestles with sluggish sales. The maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and Progresso said Thursday that it will record pre-tax costs of about $57 millionShow More Summary

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