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If Trump Wants Lower Taxes, He Could Move to Mexico

Donald Trump is pitching his tax plan as the best Christmas present of all. But it seems like most Americans would rather just get a lump of coal …

Retirement

Yellen Isn’t Quiet on the Economy

The Fed Chair’s latest speech signals good times – and maybe higher interest rates.<p>When Fed Chair Janet Yellen delivers a speech, the significance …

Economy

Haunted Houses Are Hunted Houses

The housing market is so tight, even haunted houses are desirable.<p>You know it’s a sellers’ market when more than half of Americans say they aren’t …

Real Estate

Holiday Shopping Will Start Earlier Than Ever. You'll Never Guess Why

And Black Friday will last two weeks, all because of you.<p>The Halloween aisle at the (big-box store of your choice here) is already so picked over, …

Shopping

Interest Payments Shocked Chris into Paying Down His Debt - Debt.com

He and his wife "took action" after receiving a year-end tax document.<p>After Chris, from Apathy Ends, graduated with an MBA in 2011, he and his wife …

Personal Finance

Will Credit Cards I Don't Use Hurt My Credit Score — Or Help It?

A reader has credit cards with no balances. Should she close them or keep them?<p><b>Question:</b> <i>I have had several credit card companies deny my request for</i> …

Credit Scores

Baby Boomers Aren't Doing as Bad as Everyone Thinks

Even the ones with the worst credit history are doing better than other generations<p>The perception that baby boomers are struggling isn’t quite a …

Millennials

6 Tips For Shopping The Ultimate Clearance Rack

When it comes to shopping, you can't beat "free."<p>My friend Carmen loves to leave curb-shopping alerts on my voice mail.<p>“Trash pile at 78th and …

Shopping

This Week Around The Web

Credit scores, budgeting myths, money moves, marriage and debt and more.<p><b>Cash Cow Couple</b> — Credit scores are three numbers that can impact your …

Credit Scores

Are Millennials Better Than Their Parents When It Comes To Credit Cards?

They pay them off more often, but they have too darn many of them.<p>Parents often tell their children, “Don’t make the same mistakes I did.” When it …

Credit Cards

Renters Are Being Priced Out

The low-income apartment dwellers can't even afford the least expensive units.<p>If you’re renting now to save up for buying a house later, you might …

Housing

3 Money Facts You Probably Haven't Heard About

Recent research is both encouraging and depressing, but sadly more of the latter.<p>Every month or two, I cobble together some under-reported research …

Real Estate

Facing Our Worst Financial Fears

We're most scared of dealing with emergencies, losing our jobs, and outliving our savings.<p>On this spooky Friday the 13th, let’s face our deepest, …

Retirement

Security Is Down, Worry Is Up, and We're All Doomed

Companies are more at risk for data breaches and don't have enough employees to stop them before they start<p>Can you remember a time in your life when …

Cybersecurity

By the Numbers: Bad News at Work

At least it's not getting fired. But: ugh.<p>61 percent<p>How many people say they’ve seen a colleague leave the restroom without washing their hands, …

Management

How Donald Trump Has Worsened Our Greatest Financial Fears

Voting for Donald Trump was probably worth more bad luck than busting a mirror.<p>To “celebrate” the first Friday the 13th under the scariest president …

Identity Theft

You Have No Idea How Bad Income Inequality Is

According to a recent study, high-income white Americans overestimated the racial income gap more than other groups.<p>We’ve made a lot of progress when …

Income Inequality

Credit Scores Are on the Rise, But Having One Isn’t Key to Financial Bliss

You can still be in massive credit card debt.<p>A good credit score isn’t the happily-ever-after it’s been made out to be. No doubt, it’s a key player …

Debt Management

Men Out-Earn Women in Home Equity

As if earning a higher salary weren't enough, men beat women in homeownership benefits, too<p>Women are not only suffering from lower wages than their …

Gender

Michael from Financially Alert Dreamed of Financial Freedom

He made it happen by working hard and not buying into the "consumer culture."<p>After Michael from Financially Alert graduated from the University of …

Wealth

We Might Win $100,000. What Should We Do With It?

A reader is looking at a six-figure windfall, but her husband is about to make an expensive mistake.<p><b>Question:</b> <i>My husband is now part of a class-action</i> …

Money

Dirt Cheap Areas to Live

If you need a good job with low housing costs, there's a handy list for you<p>Detroit is one of the poorest cities in the entire country, but it’s also …

Retirement

Does Social Media Make You Spend More?

Could your favorite networking app be responsible for your increased spending?<p>For the last year or so, I’ve been trying to cut back the amount of …

Social Media Marketing

This Week Around The Web: 42

Identity theft, financial goals, money and romance, canceling a credit card and more.<p><b>Money Smart Guides</b> — Jon says people protect their homes and the …

Credit Cards

Americans Overlook Car Insurance Savings

They complain about the cost, then do nothing to lower it.<p>When it comes to car insurance, like most things, Americans are signing the dotted line …

Insurance

Drop Your "Friends" In Multi-Level Marketing

Here's how to handle relationships when they become transactional, not supportive.<p>Shortly after college, I got a Facebook message from an old friend. …

Marketing

This Week Around The Web: Financial Peace of Mind

Money problems, debt management, retirement savings and financial health.<p><b>Money Manifesto</b> — Lance believes earning more money can help out your …

Money

Won't You Be My Rich Neighbor?

Hundreds of new million-dollar neighborhoods have sprouted up in the last three years<p>Recovery from the Great Recession might just as well be over if …

Real Estate

Why These 3 Polls Are Good News About America's Debt - Debt.com

No one is talking about them, but they should. So I will.<p>Back in May and June, a marketing company called Valassis spent four weeks interviewing …

Retirement

Costs of Weddings Will Set You Back A Partial Down Payment

Or how too many wedding invitations can sideline homeownership<p>When you see a Zillow report that says bachelor and bachelorette parties could be …

Weddings