Personal finance

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 18, 2019 - 1:03 pm
The Federal Reserve has cut its benchmark interest rate again, big news for the U.S. economy but something that will likely have a muted impact on Americans' personal finances, experts say. That's because the reduction doesn't offset the increases of recent years. And as the key rate creeps closer...
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September 17, 2019 - 5:02 am
Glossy mailers promising low rates and cleverly crafted ads on your favorite podcast might leave you wondering: Should you refinance your student loans? With over $1.6 trillion in student loan debt in America as of March 2019, student loan refinance companies have an incentive to entice you. And a...
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Trader Gregory Rowe monitors stock prices at the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Global stock markets sank Monday after crude prices surged following an attack on Saudi Arabia's biggest oil processing facility. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
September 16, 2019 - 1:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — They're simple, cheap and now the most popular way for many people to invest in the U.S. stock market: index funds. Last month, for the first time, the number of dollars invested in funds tracking the S&P 500 and other U.S. stock indexes eclipsed those in funds run by managers...
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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)
September 16, 2019 - 3:35 am
One of the biggest retirement mistakes you can make is not realizing what you don't know. I regularly hear from people in or near retirement who misunderstand how Social Security works, dramatically underestimate life expectancies or fail to plan for big expenses, such as long-term care or taxes...
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In this Sept. 3, 2019, photo a sign rests in front of a newly constructed home, in Westwood, Mass. On Thursday, Sept. 12, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
September 12, 2019 - 9:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week but remained at historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.56% from 3.49% last week. Average rates on the benchmark loan have remained below 3.6% for...
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FILE - This Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, file photo shows the Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington. The Trump administration has unveiled its plan for ending government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, those are the two giant mortgage finance companies that nearly collapsed in the financial crisis 11 years ago and were bailed out by taxpayers at a total cost of $187 billion, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
September 05, 2019 - 4:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has unveiled its plan for ending government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two giant mortgage finance companies that nearly collapsed in the financial crisis 11 years ago and were bailed out at a total cost to taxpayers of $187 billion. The...
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In this Sept. 3, 2019 photo a sign rests in front of a newly constructed home, in Westwood, Mass. On Thursday, Sept. 5, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
September 05, 2019 - 9:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the average on the key 30-year loan reaching its lowest point in nearly three years. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year mortgage declined to 3.49% from 3.58% last week. The average rate hasn't...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2019, file photo, pedestrians walk on the campus at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. College students who earned money this summer can make the most of it by including a few longer-term financial goals in their budgeting. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 05, 2019 - 7:33 am
What you do with your paychecks in college can affect your financial life long after you toss your graduation cap. By saving money and repaying debt now, you're doing Future You a huge favor. Of course, you need to take care of Present You, too. Set aside what you've budgeted for this year's...
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In this June 14, 2019, photo a pair of shoppers, center, in the Levi's store in New York's Times Square, survey a T-shirt display. On Friday, Aug. 30, the Commerce Department issues its July report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
August 30, 2019 - 7:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending grew 0.6% in July, a healthy gain that suggests American shoppers are largely ignoring concerns about trade tensions and driving the economy forward. The Commerce Department said Friday that personal incomes rose just 0.1%, the smallest gain in 10 months...
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In this Aug. 16, 2019, photo for sale signs beckon buyers to homes along Park Avenue in Richmond, Va. On Thursday, Aug. 29, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
August 29, 2019 - 7:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates ticked up slightly this week, yet they remain near historic lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan rose to 3.58% from 3.55% last week. Mortgage rates have fallen sharply as a slowing global economy and...
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