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5 small things to do for retirement

5 small things to do for retirement

Resolving to pick up better money habits in 2015? Probably not. Fewer than a third of Americans said financial planning was their top New Year’s resolution for 2015, according to a survey released in December by Allianz Life Insurance Co. ...

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Behind the holiday trend of self-gifting

Behind the holiday trend of self-gifting

(Reuters) – Jill Bascou looked like a typical holiday gift shopper standing in line on Thanksgiving Day shortly after the Target in Marlton, New Jersey opened at 6 p.m. Except she wasn’t buying for other people. The 39-year-old was waiting ...

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Going Online to Borrow Down Payments in China

Going Online to Borrow Down Payments in China

Qian Kaishen and his wife almost gave up on buying a bigger home in August. When apartments went on sale at Shanghai Villa, a project they liked near the city’s Hongqiao Airport, the couple couldn’t come up with the 30 ...

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U.S. incomes nearly flat in 2013; poverty dips slightly

U.S. incomes nearly flat in 2013; poverty dips slightly

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The median U.S. household income remained nearly flat at $51,939 in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to federal government data released on Tuesday that offered a key indicator of the country’s economic well-being. Median household ...

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Euro slumps as ECB moves boost dollar, equities

Euro slumps as ECB moves boost dollar, equities

(Reuters) – The euro sank on Thursday after the European Central Bank unexpectedly cut ultra-low interest rates even further and said it would start buying loans and bonds next month to prop up the continent’s struggling economy. The move gave ...

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As global tensions rise, banks need to watch for growing cyber threats

As global tensions rise, banks need to watch for growing cyber threats

As global tensions flare, cybersecurity will become an even more important concern for financial institutions. Russian hackers may have slipped past JPMorgan Chase’s digital barricades earlier this month to retaliate against U.S. imposed sanctions. The breach – whatever the source ...

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4 Things Every Parent Should Know About Student Loans

4 Things Every Parent Should Know About Student Loans

College continues to get more and more expensive: The average total cost at private colleges and universities topped the $40,000 mark during the 2013-14 academic year, according to the College Board. And given that tuition and fees are rising at a ...

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6 Ways to Decide Which Mutual Fund is Right for You

6 Ways to Decide Which Mutual Fund is Right for You

When it comes to making investment decisions and preparing for retirement, many investors fall prey to snap judgments based on a mutual fund’s star rating or simply become overwhelmed by information overload. The good news is that there is a ...

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How I Decided to Quit My Job to Be a Stay-at-Home Mom

How I Decided to Quit My Job to Be a Stay-at-Home Mom

Recent studies have an interesting thing to say about working moms: They’re happier. As someone who was a working mom, I can understand why. When I’m working full time, my husband and I both bring in income, meaning there’s less financial ...

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5 big investments you don’t know you have

5 big investments you don’t know you have

You don’t write a check for every investment you make. Investing in yourself When you hear the word ‘investment,’ you probably think of your home, stocks and mutual funds, your retirement account, maybe your baseball card collection. But how often ...

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