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Mortgage rates are highest in a year

Mortgage rates have hit their highest level in more than a year, making homes more expensive for buyers who finance their purchases.<p>The rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped 0.22 percentage point to 3.81% this week, according to Freddie Mac. That's up 15% from the record low of 3.31% set the …

A Guide to Withdrawing Money from Your Retirement Accounts

You’ve made it! All your diligent financial planning, spending less than you earn, and investing has finally paid off. You’ve reached retirement with …

Unloc(k) The Mystery Of Your 401(k)

Last week, in my review of the <i>Frontline</i> program, “The Retirement Gamble,” I promised to follow-up with a short blog series giving concise direction on how to demystify some of the more confounding elements of personal finance, beginning with the foremost culprit of “The Gamble” (aside from J.P. …

The US Housing Market Has Now Crossed Two Critical Milestones

First, both CoreLogic and Case Shiller showed a double digit increase in home prices in March.<p>Second, the number of homes listed for sale climbed to 6.3 million in April.<p>"If we exclude November 2009, when homebuyer tax credits were distorting the market, the 6m mark was last breached back in 2007," …

As Apple's CEO Hints At 'Game Changers' Like Smart TVs, Watches, Patents Suggest iPen, E-Wallet

While Apple CEO Tim Cook declined to detail exactly what “incredible ideas” the company is working on, his hints this week around smart televisions and wearable computing devices suggest new gadgets in new categories are definitely in Apple’s future.<p>But an interactive TV, which analysts predict …

Tesla Supercharges Its Network Of Fast Chargers; Coast To Coast On Battery By Year End

<i>A follow up to today’s earlier post on Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk‘s appearance at the D: All Things Digital Conference. Some highlights from that wide-ranging interview can be found at Tesla: We’ll Hurry Up (On Superchargers), But You’ll Wait A Bit For A Cheaper Car.</i><p>Tesla delayed this announcement a few …

STOCK MARKET RALLY FALTERS: Here's What You Need To Know

First the scoreboard:<p>Dow: 15,324, +21.7 pts, +0.1%<br>S&P 500: 1,654, +6.0 pts, +0.3%<br>NASDAQ: 3,491, +23.7 pts, +0.6%<p>And now the top stories:<p>The Dow was up by as much as 92 points earlier today. But much of that rally disappeared going into the closing bell.<br>• The Bureau of Economic Analysis published its …