Personal finance

This Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, photo shows rewards offered through Chase bank on an iPhone in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Banks want to turn data they already have on your spending habits into extra revenue by identifying likely customers for retailers. Wells Fargo became the latest bank to customize retail offers to individual customers. It joins Chase, Bank of America, PNC, SunTrust and a slew of smaller banks. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
December 02, 2019 - 11:20 am
NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a powerful new player watching what you buy so it can tailor product offerings for you. That’s the bank behind your credit or debit card. For years, Google and Facebook have been showing ads based on your online behavior. Now banks, too, want to turn data they have on your...
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This undated photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. Three-quarters of U.S. households owe money, but the vast majority pay their bills on time and have debt loads that are reasonable given their incomes. (NerdWallet via AP)
December 02, 2019 - 10:18 am
Many of us feel bad about our debt. Most of us probably shouldn’t. Three-quarters of U.S. households owe money, but the vast majority pay their bills on time and have debt loads that are reasonable given their incomes. But many people still report being embarrassed about owing money. In one study,...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo a sign stands outside a home for sale in southeast Denver. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 27, 2019 - 10:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. mortgage rates crept slightly higher this week but remain at low levels that could encourage more home-buying. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Wednesday that the average rate on a fixed 30-year mortgage ticked up to 3.68% from 3.66% the previous week. The average 15-year...
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This undated photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. Three-quarters of U.S. households owe money, but the vast majority pay their bills on time and have debt loads that are reasonable given their incomes. (NerdWallet via AP)
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November 25, 2019 - 10:28 am
College savings plans are a great way to save for education. But not all college savings plans are great. Most state-sponsored 529 college savings plans, which allow you to invest in a tax-advantaged account for future education costs, have improved significantly in recent years, says Madeline Hume...
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November 21, 2019 - 10:19 am
Shatoria Smith was tired of the $5,000 in credit card debt she felt was blocking her from reaching her financial goals. She couldn’t see an easy path to being debt-free, so she drew herself a map by adapting a goal-setting framework she’d first heard about in a college business class: the SMART...
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November 19, 2019 - 1:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Google’s new game-streaming service Stadia demonstrates the possibilities of gaming from the cloud, but experts say it’s hindered by a lack of compelling video games and a convoluted pricing scheme. Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at IHS Markit, called Tuesday’s launch...
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November 13, 2019 - 10:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Google plans offer checking accounts run by Citigroup and a credit union, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Big tech companies have been pushing into other arenas such as finance and health care to gain more access to consumer data. The push comes at a time when...
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November 07, 2019 - 6:05 am
In late 2017, San Francisco couple Riley Adams and his wife stumbled upon the Halley's comet of airline credit card welcome offers. For a limited time, the card was advertising a companion pass on top of a large sign-up bonus. "We knew we had a lot of spending in one specific area coming up, and we...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2018, file photo people wait in line in front of an adjacent pet store for a Best Buy store to open for an early Black Friday sale on Thanksgiving Day in Overland Park, Kan. Black Friday is Nov. 29, 2019, but it might as well be the whole month of November. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
November 05, 2019 - 7:26 am
My husband and I have a Thanksgiving routine. Before the family arrives or the turkey is carved, we gather in the living room. As Christmas music plays in the background, he turns on his laptop, and I mine. That's when the deal hunt begins. Some people cringe at the thought of shopping on...
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FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
November 04, 2019 - 6:24 am
Here's an illustration of the many ways slow payment systems can inconvenience you and cost you money. Let's say Homer is two days from payday. The family checking account at First Bank of Springfield is on fumes. There's just enough in the account, Homer thinks, to gas up his Plymouth sedan and...
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