Personal finance

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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FILE - In this June 15, 2018, file photo, pharmaceuticals are seen in North Andover, Mass. The Trump administration is moving ahead with its plan to allow Americans to safely and legally get access to lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
December 18, 2019 - 7:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration, eager to show progress on prescription drug costs, on Wednesday moved forward on its plan to allow Americans to safely and legally get access to lower-priced medicines from abroad. Health officials unveiled a proposed regulation that would allow states to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric worker walks in front of a truck in San Francisco. Pacific Gas and Electric has reworked a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of deadly wildfires blamed on the utility to try to prevent it from unraveling after California Gov. Gavin Newsom rejected the company's financial rehabilitation plan. The revision discussed in a bankruptcy court hearing Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, removes a provision requiring Newsom to approve the deal as a key piece of PG&E's plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection by June 30. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 17, 2019 - 9:01 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved two Pacific Gas & Electric settlements totaling $24.5 billion to help pay the losses suffered by homeowners, businesses and insurers in the aftermath of catastrophic Northern California wildfires that sent the nation’s largest...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo a man puts his Visa card on a stack of cards for a split check at a restaurant in New Orleans. Knowledge is power when it comes to finances. Still, most people don’t know exactly where their money goes. Tracking your spending for one month will help you identify habits and spot excess expenses, says Colin Walsh, CEO of Varo, an online bank. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
December 17, 2019 - 5:30 pm
Raise your hand if you feel confident about your finances. Not feeling it? That’s OK. Perhaps you’re among the 60% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, or one of the 81.6 million paying off student loan debt. It’s hard to feel confident when your loan balance doesn’t seem to budge and you’re...
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