Banking & Budgeting
Banking & BudgetingBruised Banks Salve Their Pain With More Fees for Customers
Banks are being pummeled by bad loans and the weakening economy. Now they are passing on some of the pain to consumers. Across the country, banks have begun jacking up fees charged for using automated teller machines and dipping account balances int...
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Banking & BudgetingEight Ways to Cut Back Without Sacrificing
When times are tightas they are now for many Americans facing declining home values, depressed stocks, and tighter credit marketscutting back on indulgences can seem inevitable. But it might not be. U.S. News asked budgeting experts for advice on ho...
Author:Kimberly PalmerDate:03/25/14Click:7670 Full Story »
Banking & BudgetingWhere to Stash Short-Term Cash
Last year, I introduced my 8-year-old son Gerald to the joys of compound interest when we took $1,000 out of his passbook savings account and invested the cash in a certificate of deposit earning 5%. That CD will soon mature, so time to do a little...
Author:Terri CullenDate:03/25/14Click:7669 Full Story »
Banking & BudgetingDon't let divorce ruin your credit rating
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- If you're planning to file for divorce this year or are already splitting your assets with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, your credit is likely to take a hit. Many people don't realize that lenders do not honor court decrees th...
Author:Marshall LoebDate:03/25/14Click:7668 Full Story »
Banking & BudgetingDevices For E-Shoppers Can Thwart ID Thieves
Gadgets aim to clinch the Grinch. In a recent survey, 43% of people said they'd do more than half their holiday shopping this year online. Yet, 80% of those big online shoppers fear having their identity stolen, says the study by security company Gu...
Author:Donna HowellDate:03/25/14Click:7669 Full Story »
Banking & BudgetingYou Can Build Excellent Credit
When it comes to establishing credit for the first time or rebuilding damaged credit scores, I like to keep this image in mind: A phoenix rising from the ashes. To a large extent credit is an equal-opportunity evaluation process. Your credit scores...
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Banking & BudgetingHow to Correct Mistakes on Your Credit Report
Here's a statistic you probably don't want to hear: More than 70 percent of credit reports contain mistakes. These mistakes can range from misspelling of your name to accounts you never opened. While it maybe tempting to ignore small errors such as...
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Banking & BudgetingMore People Are Freezing Credit Reports
Spooked by the possibility of identity theft, increasing numbers of people are taking a radical approach to thwart criminals: They are putting their credit reports on permanent freeze. A frozen credit report prevents almost anyone from using your na...
Author: Jane J. KimDate:03/25/14Click:7668 Full Story »
Banking & BudgetingCredit Cards Offer Discounts on Medical Expenses
Even healthy consumers feel the pain of skyrocketing health-care costs. A family of four pays nearly $3,300 in insurance premiums each year, according to Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit health policy and research firm. Tack on deductibles, co-...
Author:Kelli B. GrantDate:03/25/14Click:7668 Full Story »
Banking & BudgetingThe Coming Credit-Card Crunch
THE SUBPRIME-MORTGAGE crisis has cost millions of homeowners their homes. Now it threatens to put the squeeze on even more consumers by spilling into the credit-card market. The bad news is pretty straightforward: With home equity dried up, consumer...
Author:Aleksandra TodorovaDate:03/25/14Click:7668 Full Story »
Banking & Budgeting4 Steps to Cut Credit Card Debt
When you're in debt, your finances can get overwhelming in a hurry. Just coming up with enough to make your minimum monthly payments on loans and credit cards can push you to the limit. But you can escape the debt trap. You just have to go a bit fur...
Author:Dan CaplingerDate:03/25/14Click:7685 Full Story »
Banking & BudgetingWhat Savers Should Do as Rates Drop
Even before the Federal Reserve's latest rate cut, yields on money-market funds were dropping, leaving savers in a pinch. Now, the situation looks to get even uglier. Still, a few attractive alternatives remain. These include higher-yielding certifi...
Author:Shefali Anand & JaneDate:03/25/14Click:7668 Full Story »
Banking & BudgetingFive Steps to Taming Financial Clutter
I know your dirty secret. I know because I have it too. I'll even go first and fess up: My name is Dayana, and I have a paperwork problem. Now that that's out of the way, we can all deal with our piles of shame -- the money-related detritus (those g...
Author:Dayana YochimDate:03/25/14Click:7668 Full Story »
Banking & BudgetingThe Best High-Interest Checking Accounts
You're not going to make a mint. But unless you have a compelling reason to keep your on-demand cash parked elsewhere, you might as well earn something off the money in your checking account. Believe it or not, it's possible. Some banking institutio...
Author:Simone BaribeauDate:03/25/14Click:7668 Full Story »
Banking & BudgetingExclusive: 2008 CD Study
When it comes to finding the highest annual percentage yield, or APY, for your savings, it pays to shop around. But consumers have a wide choice among brick-and-mortar banks, as well as online, so take into account factors besides yield. For instanc...
Author:Judy MartelDate:03/25/14Click:7668 Full Story »
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