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Demystifying Financial Terms to Manage Your Finances Better

Getty Images By Ellen Chang NEW YORK -- Weeding through the arcane, confusing and complicated terminology used by personal finance and investing experts can be a chore. The acronyms alone can make your head spin and make it even more difficult to get a good grasp of managing your finances. Show More Summary

Report: IRS Issues $5.6 Billion in Bogus Education Credits

J. David Ake/AP By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER WASHINGTON -- A government watchdog says the IRS issued $5.6 billion in potentially bogus education tax credits in a single year. A new report by the agency's inspector general says the credits were issued to more than 3.6 million taxpayers in 2012. Show More Summary

Fracking Chemicals Detected in Pennsylvania Drinking Water, Study Says

Researchers raise questions about the integrity of drilling wells in the Marcellus Shale

Ask the Readers: Which Websites Have the Best Designs?

Exciting news! Wise Bread is gearing up for a redesign, and we would love to know which websites you think are especially pretty and user-friendly. Since there are a ton of innovative and otherwise spiffy sites out there, please limit your top picks to sites that, like Wise Bread, feature a bunch...

Pay Off Credit Card Debt: Balance Transfers, Loans Or Dave Ramsey?

Nearly half of Americans will not pay off their credit card balance in full this month. We are addicted to plastic, and credit card companies continue to make outsized returns because interest rates are so high. In a recent survey, 75% of people with credit card debt admitted to paying an interest rate [...]

How We’re Investing for Financial Independence

It’s not exactly a secret that my wife and I are investing our money with a goal of financial independence. We achieved our goal of complete debt freedom – including our mortgage – in 2011, and so our natural follow-up goal was something...Show More Summary

Vanguard Lowers ‘Robo’ Advice Minimum to $50,000

Its Personal Advisor Services program is now in wide release, with the account size lowered from the $100,000 of the pilot phase.

Four Steps To Organize Your Financial Life

Tax time is over and you SWEAR it won’t be like this again. Boxes, files and receipts everywhere—it looks like a paper bomb went off. But every bit as annoying as the mess is the confusion about what to keep, what to toss and what to do with all of it. It’s [...]

Why The New Retirement Involves Working Past 65

According to a new survey, 82% of 60-something workers plan to retire after age 65, or not at all.

Here's How Rich You'd Be If You Stopped Drinking

If you're like most working adults in America, you like to let off steam at the bar. And, the economy is certainly showing that trend. In 2012, the U.S. bar, tavern, and nightclub industry took in over $23.4 billion in revenue. It's projected to reach $24.35 billion this year, and that doesn't...

Trade Deficit Largest Since 2008 as Imports Surge

Elaine Thompson/APThe Space Needle towers in the background beyond a container ship anchored in Elliott Bay near downtown Seattle. By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit surged to its highest level in nearly 6½...Show More Summary

9 Ways You’ll Pay Later for Giving Your Kid a Credit Card Now

I’m not a parent, so I won’t presume to tell you how to raise your child. I can tell you, however, that if your kid has a credit card or you plan to give them one, it’s a mistake you (and they) could be paying for well into the future. No matter how you try […]

Social Security Q&A: Will Canceling My Green Card Prevent Collecting Benefits?

Today's question asks if canceling a green card will prohibit collecting Social Security benefits. The answer offers a conditional response based on potential nationality and recommends a source of further information.

Do You Care More About Job Stability or Passion in Your Work?

In recent years, there’s been a trend toward following our passions and doing work we love. At least, we hear a lot about finding ways to get paid to do work that we like. However, that trend might be on the verge of a chance, if a recent survey is any indication. Show More Summary

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