Personal finance

January 16, 2018 - 3:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is reconsidering a key rule enacted last year that would have protected consumers against harmful payday lenders. The bureau, which came under control of the Trump administration late last year, said in a statement Tuesday that it plans to...
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January 11, 2018 - 2:21 pm
The Internal Revenue Service is making changes to the guidelines that help workers determine how much of their paycheck is withheld by their employer as income taxes. The IRS rolled out new income-tax withholding tables Thursday as it begins to adapt to changes in the tax law enacted last month...
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FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Brianna McGurran, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. "Ask Brianna" is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
January 02, 2018 - 10:23 am
"Ask Brianna" is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to [email protected]
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December 28, 2017 - 3:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In this season of giving, charity seems to be getting an extra jolt because next year the popular tax deduction for donations will lose a lot of its punch. Traditionally generous Americans may be feeling even more so this year, or maybe they're concerned about the state of a...
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FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2013, file photo, patrons of the Hernando, Miss., branch of First Regional Library system explore online college-level courses that can earn credit. Prospective students who want a college degree but can’t attend a traditional campus may consider online college for its flexibility and independent learning style. But self-paced courses are not for everyone. (Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal via AP, File)
December 26, 2017 - 9:58 am
Amelia Roberts, a nurse in Washington, D.C., knew she needed to return to college for a bachelor's degree if she wanted to win a care coordinator position at her hospital. But attending college on a campus wasn't a practical option for her. "I was in the workforce, so traveling to a class in the...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., walks to the House floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Republicans are ready to ram a $1.5 trillion tax package through Congress, giving President Donald Trump the legislative win he desperately wants. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 19, 2017 - 8:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the push in Congress to pass a sweeping tax cut bill (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Democrats say three provisions in the Republican $1.5 trillion tax bill violate Senate rules and will likely be removed before that chamber votes on the measure. The House approved the...
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December 18, 2017 - 4:15 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate have topped $300,000 for the first time. Berkshire's Class A stock hit $300,100 Monday morning before retreating to slightly below the milestone. The stock closed at $299,360, up $3,080. Buffett has never split Berkshire'...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 5, 2017, file photo, a sold sign is displayed in front of a house in Sacramento, Calif. On Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the benchmark 30-year home loan rate was down from 3.94 percent a week earlier and 4.16 percent a year ago. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 14, 2017 - 10:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The rate on 30-year fixed-rate U.S. mortgages slipped to 3.93 percent this week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the benchmark 30-year home loan rate was down from 3.94 percent last week and 4.16 percent a year ago. The rate on 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages, popular...
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December 13, 2017 - 5:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday. The retailer said Wednesday that it teamed up with financial technology startup Even and PayActiv to provide an app to 1.4 million Walmart workers. The Even app...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, file photo, a trader works at the New York Stock Exchange. There’s still time to slash your tax burden, boost your retirement savings and get a head start on investing wisely in 2018. One tip is to spend some time reviewing your portfolio. The end of the year is a good time to check your portfolio’s diversification among assets, such as stocks and bonds, and categories within each. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 07, 2017 - 10:09 am
Good news: There's still time to slash your tax burden, boost your retirement savings and get a head start on investing wisely in 2018 — all before Auld Lang Syne plays on New Year's Eve. Bad news: You'll need to take action — and soon. Use this simple checklist to save money and prepare your...
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