Personal finance

May 16, 2019 - 6:59 am
Grants and scholarships are the best ways to pay for college because you don't have to repay them. But if you chose a college because it offered you the most free money, your final bill may end up bigger than you thought. More than 72% of college students ages 18 and younger received scholarships,...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo Saks Fifth Avenue shoppers pass through the luxury handbag section of Saks' flagship store in New York. Shopping can be a form of relaxation, an entertaining way to spend time or even a hobby. But it can turn into an expensive habit. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
May 14, 2019 - 9:44 am
Shopping can be a form of relaxation, an entertaining way to spend time or even a hobby. But it can turn into an expensive habit. Whether you sometimes give in to a weakness for designer handbags or brand-name shoes, here are three ways to help you manage the urge to spend. Pick the tactic that...
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May 07, 2019 - 4:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Debt collectors will be able to start contacting borrowers via text and email under new regulations proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The rules released Tuesday are an update to debt collection regulations enacted in the 1970s, which never took into account...
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This Thursday, May 2, 2019, photo shows a sign posted on a door alerting customers that cash is not accepted at Freshroll Vietnamese Rolls and Bowls in San Francisco. San Francisco is about to require brick-and-mortar retailers to take cash in payment for goods, joining Philadelphia and New Jersey in banning a practice that critics say discriminates against the poor. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
May 07, 2019 - 12:27 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is about to require brick-and-mortar retailers to take cash as payment, joining Philadelphia and New Jersey in banning a growing paperless practice that critics say discriminates against low-income people who may not have access to credit cards. The Board of...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo people are silhouetted against holiday lights reflecting off a pond in a park in Lenexa, Kan. Financial planning is daunting enough, but it becomes more complicated and critical when you have a child or family member with special needs. If you don’t leave any money or support in place, their fate may be left up to the court and wellbeing could suffer. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
May 05, 2019 - 11:28 am
Financial planning is daunting enough, but it becomes more complicated and critical when you have a child or family member with special needs. If you don't leave any money or support in place, their fate may be left up to the court and wellbeing could suffer. If you leave too much, they could lose...
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May 03, 2019 - 1:21 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — In the days before Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, classrooms and hotel meeting rooms around Omaha fill up with investors eager to learn more about the philosophy Warren Buffett used to build his fortune. The outside conferences and gatherings are a big part of the draw for...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo, people walk on the Stanford University campus in Santa Clara, Calif. Financial aid award letters are known to be tricky to understand due to jargon and a lack of clarity about how much you have to pay out of pocket. If you can’t interpret your financial aid award, you won’t be able to compare letters from different schools. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
May 02, 2019 - 9:17 am
With college acceptances in hand, now comes the hard part: understanding your financial aid offers. These letters are notorious for being laden with jargon that differs from offer to offer, making comparison difficult. But you can learn how to interpret award letters to understand the costs and...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2019 file photo, Tommy Kalikas, right, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The stock market keeps going higher, but fees to own funds keep going lower. Investors paid less to own funds last year than ever before: about $48 in expenses for every $10,000 invested, according to a study by fund tracker Morningstar. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 30, 2019 - 9:12 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market keeps going higher, but fees to own funds keep going lower. Investors paid less to own funds last year than ever before: about $48 in expenses for every $10,000 invested, according to a study by fund tracker Morningstar. That's roughly half of what investors paid in...
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April 24, 2019 - 10:39 am
The S&P 500 just hit an all-time high, recovering from last year's dramatic plunge. The economy seems to be on fairly solid footing, still it's anyone's guess what happens next for the stock market. So what does this mean for the average investor? Here are answers to some questions about where...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, Walmart associate Alicia Carter fulfills online grocery orders at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Amazon and Walmart on Thursday, April 18, 2019, are kicking off a two-year pilot established by the government to allow low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
April 18, 2019 - 5:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon and Walmart on Thursday kicked off a two-year government pilot program allowing low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online for the first time. ShopRite will join the two retailers on the program early next week,...
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