Personal finance

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo a pair of specialists work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Investments around the world were all winners in 2019 as central banks unleashed more stimulus to bolster the global economy against the damage created by President Donald Trump’s trade war. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 26, 2019 - 3:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On January 3, the S&P 500 sank 2.5% when Apple warned of sagging demand for the iPhone, an inauspicious start to 2019 following a 14% drubbing in last year's fourth quarter. On January 4, Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell said the central bank would be "patient" with its...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo downtown Los Angeles buildings and officer workers are reflected in the front windows by a bank. When applying for a personal loan, some lenders may ask you for information that isn’t on your credit report. In some cases, information like where you live, where you went to school and your major are taken into account. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
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December 26, 2019 - 8:31 am
Would you feel comfortable disclosing your bank account information on a personal loan application? What about your work history? Your college major? That’s what it could take to borrow money from some loan companies that consider alternative data — which can be anything that isn’t in your credit...
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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo Woodbridge firefighter Joe Zurilgen passes a burning home as the Kincade Fire rages in Healdsburg, Calif. California's massive property insurance market is feeling the effects of three straight years of damaging wildfires. Insurers have pulled out of some markets and canceled thousands of policies, forcing regulators to step in and expand a state program that homeowners often turn to as a last resort. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
December 24, 2019 - 2:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kent Michitsch seemed to be running out of traditional options to insure the home he’s lived in for more than 30 years northeast of San Diego as California’s massive property insurance market reels from three consecutive years of destructive wildfires. Michitsch, 57, has received...
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019, file photo Nick Bierman looks at televisions while shopping ahead of Black Friday at a Best Buy in Henderson, Nev. Holiday shopping doesn't end with Christmas. Bargain hunters can take advantage of fatter discounts on clothing, home decor and other items between Christmas and well into January. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
December 24, 2019 - 10:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Holiday shopping doesn’t end with Christmas. Shoppers can take advantage of fatter discounts on clothing, home decor and other items between Christmas and well into January. In fact, a National Retail Federation survey of nearly 8,000 adults conducted Nov. 27 through Dec. 5 found...
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FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. Uncovering an online lender’s true intentions is sometimes as simple as checking their website for a few key giveaways. Knowing how to spot a predatory loan can keep you from slipping into a debt trap. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
December 23, 2019 - 12:19 pm
Your expenses don't end when your paychecks do, but creating a reliable income stream in retirement can be tricky. The right choices can result in sustainable income for the rest of your life. The wrong choices could leave you uncomfortably short of cash. In fact, retirement includes so many...
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FILE - In this June 13, 2019, photo a new home is under construction in Mechanicsville, Va. On Monday, Dec. 23, The Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in November. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
December 23, 2019 - 9:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of newly built homes increased 1.3% in November from the prior month, a sign that low mortgage rates are pushing up purchases as well as prices. The Commerce Department said Monday that new single-family houses sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 719,000 last...
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A letter from President Donald Trump to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., is photographed Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick
December 21, 2019 - 1:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The closing passage in President Donald Trump's impeachment-eve letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the ring of truth to it. He was writing his thoughts for history, he said. For 100 years from now, "when people look back at this affair.” He is right that this letter passes...
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December 20, 2019 - 4:05 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One of Northern California's largest health systems will pay $575 million to settle claims that it used anti-competitive practices to bump up costs for patients, the state's attorney general said Friday, though that falls short of damages sought in a related private...
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Democratic Presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gestures while taking part in an on-stage conversation with former California Gov. Jerry Brown at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in San Francisco. Bloomberg made his first visit to California as a Democratic presidential candidate, appearing earlier with the mayor of Stockton who's championed universal basic income. Bloomberg and Brown talked about America's Pledge, bringing together leaders to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions and delivering the goals of the Paris Agreement. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
December 19, 2019 - 1:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting his stamp on the top issue for Democratic voters, Michael Bloomberg on Thursday unveiled a health care plan that would expand coverage and cut people's costs by building on the current system, not replacing it. The former New York mayor and Democratic presidential...
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High-speed trains are pictured at Gare du Nord train station in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. With French President Emmanuel Macron under heavy pressure over his pension reform plans, government officials are meeting with employers and unions on Wednesday to consider the way forward. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 19, 2019 - 3:41 am
PARIS (AP) — Traffic improved slightly on French trains Thursday as nationwide strikes over the government's retirement reform entered a 15th day and small signs of progress emerged in negotiations with unions. However, the crisis hitting one of the world's biggest economies at the height of the...
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