Personal Finance

Want a great 401(k)? Work for an oil company

Looking for a job with great retirement benefits? Consider working on an oil rig, studying law or signing up for flight school.  More

7 scams that will make your blood boil

All scams are heartless. But these seven schemes, which prey on the nation's most desperate and vulnerable -- from the homeless to the elderly -- will really make you mad.  More

3 reasons why Californians shun quake insurance

Cost, real estate, and mistrust. Three big reasons keeping Californians from buying earthquake insurance.  More

In this state heirs get your online accounts

This month, Delaware became the first state to pass a law giving heirs the right to access the online accounts and assets of someone who has passed away.  More

Income is on the rise ... finally!

Median income is up 3.8% since 2011, though it's still down since the economic recovery began in 2009.  More

10 areas with the highest private school enrollment

Wealthy, Catholic areas are more likely to see high private school enrollment.  More

For sale: The world's most expensive apartment

A penthouse apartment in Monaco is expected to sell for $400 million.  More

How Wall Streeters blow off steam

The financial world is a notorious pressure cooker. See how bankers and traders chill out.  More

Stylist gives free haircuts to the homeless

When hairdresser Mark Bustos isn't cutting the hair of fashion designers and real estate moguls, he's traveling around the world giving free haircuts to the homeless.  More

Upscale stylist gives free cuts to homeless

Mark Bustos works full-time at a boutique salon, where prices start at $150. On Sunday, his only day off, Mark goes out onto the streets of New York City and gives free haircuts to the homeless.  Play

The babysitter costs HOW much?

High-end babysitting services offer dreamy services to parents in New York, but they'll cost you.  More

School-hopping alumni aren't giving back to colleges

As more students jump from school to school, it's becoming harder for colleges and universities to solicit the all-important alumni donations.  More

Transformations on the street: Haircuts for the homeless

On his days off from work, hair stylist Mark Bustos gives free haircuts to the homeless. Here are some of the transformations.  More

In some housing markets, all-cash deals still rule

Buying a home? You still have to compete against the big money bringing all-cash. But it's getting a little easier.  More

Where to work if you can't afford a coworking space

Why you should care: Because everyone needs to shake up their neighborhood coffee shop routine.  More

Fidelity settles lawsuits over its own 401(k) plan

Retirement giant Fidelity investments has agreed to pay $12 million to settle two lawsuits over the 401(k) plan it offers its workers.  More

Average cost to raise a child hits $245,000

New parents be warned: The average cost of raising a child to the age of 18 has reached nearly a quarter of a million dollars, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  More

'The most surprising cost of raising my kid'

Food. Clothing. Childcare. Most parents expect to shell out big money on their kids. But they don't always expect to spend hundreds -- or even thousands -- of dollars on these expenses.  More

How much will it cost to raise your kid?

Find out how much you'll spend raising your child to the age of 18 based on the year they were born, where you live and how much you earn.  More

Workers spend more time planning vacation than retirement

Many retirement savers spend more time researching which car to buy or where to go on their next vacation than they do investigating the investments in their 401(k), according to Charles Schwab survey.  More

The housing lottery game

The odds of finding a reasonably affordable place to live shouldn't rank on par with the odds of winning the lottery, but in many areas of the country, rents outpace incomes so quickly that the odds aren't in a lot of families' favor.  More

Have you ever taken a sabbatical?

Have you ever taken a sabbatical from work? Would you like to? Please let us know at #YourEconomy.  More

I'm 57 and owe $152,000 in student loans

Rosemary Anderson represents the 50-and-over crowd, who owns 17% of the $1.2 trillion outstanding student loan debt -- a 30% increase since 2005.  More

From snow shoveler to billionaire CEO

Leonard Schleifer's path to the top of the biotech world took decades of failure.  More

Fake IRS callers take $5 million from victims

The IRS says a phone scam has duped 1,100 victims out of $5 million.  More

How close are you to the top 1%?

Which tax bracket are you in based on your income?  More

A day in the life of an Afghan refugee

Originally from Afghanistan, Mohammadi Rahman, 30, is one of thousands of refugees who are forced to live in squalor as they wait for their immigration case to work through Hong Kong's immigration system.  More

Companies that treat workers well have better stock returns

A new research report concludes that employers that treat their workers well have better stock returns.  More

5 myths about buying a home

From bubble to bust, it's time to update some of the longstanding homebuying advice.  More

Are you a homebuying genius?

From mortgages to closing costs, test your knowledge of these homebuying essentials.  More

Big businesses fight for same-sex marriage

A patchwork of state laws is making it more complicated for many national companies to do business in states where same-sex marriage is not recognized.  More

Would you accept less pay for a higher 401(k) match?

Sure, they may not see the money for decades, but many workers say they are willing to accept a lower salary today if it means their employer will help them build a bigger nest egg for the future.  More

Look what you can buy for $200,000

The Class A shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway hit the $200,000 milestone Thursday.  More

Oil tycoon could face record divorce judgment

Harold Hamm, billionaire founder of oil firm Continental Resources, could face the largest divorce judgment in history.  More

$9 million claim against O.J. Simpson up for auction

Seventeen years after Ron Goldman's mother won a $9 million wrongful death judgment against O.J. Simpson, she is auctioning off the rights to the unpaid settlement.  More

Bet you can't get this car dirty

Nissan claims it has created the 'cleanest car' in the world with a new innovative paint technology. We put it to the test.  Play

Former James Bond now a financial advisor

Matthew Mancuso, a former intelligence officer, is launching a new career as a financial advisor at Wells Fargo.  More

Most expensive state to own a car: Wyoming

Wyoming tops the list because owners there drive more miles in a year than people in any other state, pushing up their gas costs.  More

Got medical debt? Your FICO credit score may go up

FICO, the nation's top credit score provider, is introducing a new scoring model this fall where medical debt in collections will have less of an impact on a consumer's credit score than it currently does.  More
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