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Fed's Yellen: Rate Hike May Be Warranted Later This Year

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen By Ann Saphir and Michael Flaherty SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON -- An interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve may be warranted later this year, with a gradual...Show More Summary

Indiana Allows Businesses to Refuse to Serve Gay Customers

Michael Conroy/APIndiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protect business owners who deny service to homosexuals. By Eric Reed Indiana's version of religious freedom might end up costing the state big bucks. Under a bill signed into law Thursday by the Republican Gov. Show More Summary

Feds Go After Crooked Car Deals in National Crackdown

Tetra Images/Alamy By ANNE FLAHERTY WASHINGTON -- A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday. The investigation ledShow More Summary

Top and Bottom US Federal Income Tax Rates Since 1913

And you thought tax rates on regular income were outrageous today. Take a look at how high the top and bottom income tax rates for both were 70 years ago. Yikes! In 1944 and 1945, taxpayers handed over 94% of their hard-earned income to the federal government on any gains falling within the highest tax […]

USAA Secured Card American Express: Military Benefits, Low Fees, and Interest on Your Deposit

United Services Automobile Association (USAA) provides financial products for service members that range from checking accounts to automobile and home insurance. It also offers a line of credit cards which includes the USAA Secured Card® American Express® Card, for those who are starting...

The Haggler: The Mystery of the Missing Mask

An $800 custom mask is damaged in transit, and the artist’s claim for compensation from UPS is denied because of a packaging mix-up.

The Ultimate Work-at-Home Job: Running a Bed and Breakfast

Running a brothel was never part of Debbie Miller’s plan. But 25 years ago, in rural Ohio, there were few people who understood the distinction between a luxury bed and breakfast and a house of prostitution. “The local county commissioners had no idea what a bed and breakfast was,” says Miller. Show More Summary

Black Coffee: More Proof That Taxes Grow Without Rain (and Sunlight)

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe … Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance. Okay, off we go … Credits and Debits Debit: More cash-strapped Americans than ever are turning to so-called […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Buy A Variable Annuity

Breathe in.  Smell that? It's the stench of a variable annuity. If you just threw up a little bit in your mouth, I don't blame you. If you didn't, you probably don't know enough about variable annuities. What's a variable annuity? It's a contract between an owner and an issuer whereby the owner agrees [...]

Are 401(k)s Unrealistic? Only If You Are

In the past few days, three different readers have sent me a link to this great article from Fidelity entitled Five Habits of 401(k) Millionaires. The article offers up five suggestions for readers that will help you sock away a lot of money for retirement: 1. Show More Summary

Social Security Q&A: Does Length of Marriage Determine Multiple Exes' Benefits?

Today's question asks if multiple exes can claim on one worker's record and whether the length of each of the marriages would determine each ex's benefit. The answer reviews eligibility of multiple exes based on a single record as well as whether an individual can claim based on more than one ex's record.

7 Tips to Prevent Side-Gig Burnout

Got a side hustle, aka a second job or, sometimes, that thing you like to do but that doesn't pay the bills? Maybe you refer to it as "a startup" or "an exercise in entrepreneurship." You're putting in a lot of nights and weekends building your product or service and dreaming...

Are Annuities a Good Investment? The Good, Bad, and Real Ugly

Annuities. You may have heard investment advisors – or insurance advisors – talk about them in the past. In fact, earlier I described several reasons you should and shouldn’t buy annuities. If you catch me on the street and ask if annuities are a good investment, I’d tell you the short answer is that it depends. If you press me […]

4 Budget-Savvy Tips for Saving Money After a New Baby Arrives

I just welcomed my second daughter into the world a month ago, and I am amazed once again at how something so small and sweet can disrupt our money. Newborns bring about a state of sleeplessness and disorganization, which makes it hard to stick to a budget and resist impromptu buys. Show More Summary

5 Cool Ways to Teach Kids About Personal Finance

Jupiterimages Kids might know money doesn't grow on trees, but many still think it's free. Almost half of the 5-year-olds in an Australian survey of 500 children "thought their parents got free money from a machine in the wall afterShow More Summary

10 Tricks Grocers Use to Get You to Spend More Money

Getty Images Have you ever planned to run into the grocery store "for a few items," only to emerge an hour later with a shopping cart full of bags? Do you have no idea how you got to that point? While you are responsible for your extra...Show More Summary

Beyonce to Bill Gates, on Being an Entrepreneur

Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesBeyonce is concerned about the pressure to keep up. By Morgan Quinn Being your own boss might sound like a dream come true, but starting your own business isn't an easy path. The reality is it takes a lot of sweat, tears, hard work and discipline to be a successful entrepreneur. Show More Summary

New Technologies Help Seniors Remain Happy, Safe at Home

Hero Images By Sally Abrahms A growing number of seniors are turning to state-of-the-art digital tools -- via smartphones, GPS, voice activation and sensors -- that enable them to age in their own homes. With aging in place technology,...Show More Summary

What You Should Do If the IRS, Your State Audits Your Taxes

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Saturday PS: Inflation - less than zero?

ZERO inflation – that’s it then. As of Tuesday, even those jaw-dropping comparisons with the Seventies in terms of the time period then required to run up the sort of price increases we are seeing now are history. As we...

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