Personal Finance

Poor kids, rich schools

At elite schools across the country, low-income students feel like outsiders and are working to make it better.  More

Aid for Nepal may quintuple, but won't be enough

Nepal is set to receive the most foreign aid in its history as the international community pledges to support the nation in the wake of a deadly earthquake. But the money isn't expected to be enough.  More

The 4-day workweek is real ... for employees at these companies

Imagine having a three-day weekend every week and being paid the same full-time salary. It can be done if your employer offers you the option of a compressed workweek.  More

Obamacare took $729 bite out of tax refunds - H&R Block

A majority of H&R Block clients who had received federal help to pay for their health insurance in 2014 saw their tax refunds reduced. Why? They had underestimated their income when they applied for premium tax credits.  More

Home buyers in these markets have the upper hand

If you are a buyer in these markets, you have the bargaining advantage.  More

This country has zero income tax for most workers

New data from the OECD shows the average worker in India pays no income tax and doesn't have to make any social security contributions.  More

7 quirky luxury products for the super rich

Take a look at some of the most unusual luxury products being marketed to the top 1% in Monaco, including a rotating sunbed, hand-made wooden skis and fur coats for dogs.  More

How to avoid outliving your retirement savings

While the 4% rule may give you a good starting point, a good retirement withdrawal rate isn't always that simple.  More

No. 1 cause of bad work-life balance? Bad bosses

Demanding, overbearing or just plain mean managers are most to blame for ruining your time off the clock. Chronic overtime, inflexible work schedules, incompetent colleagues and long commutes can also take a pound of flesh, a new survey finds.  More

You're $475,000 short on your retirement savings

Nearly half of workers think they need to save half a million dollars to retire comfortably, but most are far away from that goal.  More

America's worst airline for customer satisfaction is...

Fliers report higher satisfaction levels when it comes to flying, but Spirit Airlines ranks lowest on the American Customer Satisfaction Index Travel Report 2015.  More

When one partner makes more than the other

It's likely that one person in a relationship is going to make more money, here's how to avoid household budget disputes.  More

No more credit checks for NYC job seekers

Employers in New York City can no longer use credit checks to screen potential hires.  More

2 dead dogs, $1,200 in fines and facing arrest

Texas resident Karen Augustine's two dogs were seized by animal control for being loose in her front yard five years ago -- and she has been living a nightmare ever since.  More

Hey millennials: Coachella is getting seriously expensive

Millennials are flocking to the world-famous music festival in the desert. But the hottest ticket in town doesn't come cheap.  More

Her mission: To wipe out student debt for fallen soldiers' kids

Ashlynne Haycock, an orphan of military parents, has helped more than 600 families pay for college and deal with debt in the past year working a nonprofit called Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS.  More

Earning $75,000, but living paycheck to paycheck

A survey found that households are spending too much on dining out and entertainment, which is keeping them from saving less than they should.  More

United to offer free booze and 3-course meals on international flights

Travelers on international flights on United Airlines can expect a three-course meal in economy this summer, plus free beer and wine.  More

College enrollment rate surges for black high school grads

In the U.S., Asians had the highest percentage of high school graduates enrolled in college in 2014, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  More

Dirty tax secrets: The little lies we tell on our taxes

Boosting a number here, reducing a number there. Whether inadvertently or intentionally, a lot of us may end up reporting a little bit of fiction on our federal tax returns.  More

40 years of the American home

How the typical home has evolved - price, size, interiors.  More

Behind on retirement savings? Here are 3 ways to catch up

If you're behind on retirement savings, there's no need to panic. It's never too late to improve your retirement outlook, if you're willing to embark on a bold catch-up plan.  More

Where the gender pay gap is the widest

Nationwide, women make 78 cents to ever dollar a man earns. Here's a breakdown of the gender pay gap by state.  More

Put your tax refund to work: How to invest $1,000

The typical U.S. tax refund is $2,800. Image what could happen if you invested just a portion of that.  More

Women nearly twice as likely to retire in poverty

When women make only 78 cents to every dollar a man earns, the impacts last a lifetime -- including in retirement.  More

How this teen got into 5 Ivy League schools

"In third grade, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be. I said I wanted to be president and go to an Ivy League. Now I know I can't be president because I wasn't born here, but I want to be Secretary of State."  More

What happens when you can't pay what you owe the IRS

You have a few options, besides pawning everything you own, having your wages garnished or your bank account seized. None of the payment plans are a breeze, but they're better than the alternative.  More

How I got into an Ivy League school

These twelve high school students share what it took to get accepted into Ivy League schools.  More

Want an insurance discount? Wear a tracker

Life insurance company John Hancock is offering a discount -- if you're willing to wear a fitness tracker and give up your personal data.  More

Average tax refund tops $2,800

The majority of U.S. tax filers have been getting refunds. With less than a week to go before April 15, the IRS has already paid out $217.35 billion on more than three-quarters of the 99 million returns it has received to date.  More

A day with a pot farmer

For years, Jeremy Moberg dreamed of growing marijuana out in the open. Now that it is legal in his home state of Washington, he can. And he's making money doing it, too as one of the biggest weed producers in the state.  More

Shockingly small 'crimes' that can land you in jail

Leave an old washing machine in your front yard or catch a fish during the wrong season, and you could end up in jail. That's because such minor infractions are considered criminal offenses in some cities and states and failing to pay a ticket for these crimes can trigger a warrant for your arrest.  More

Top 400 taxpayers' average income jumps to $336 million

Not only did the top 400 taxpayers make far more in 2012 than in the prior two years, they ended up paying a lower percentage of it to Uncle Sam.  More

Should I dial back on stocks?

If you start changing your asset mix every time you think stock prices are ready to rise or fall, you've abandoned the concept of asset allocation and turned investing into a guessing game.  More

Why the middle class is still getting snared by the 'wealth tax'

Yes, Congress 'fixed' the AMT by tying its income exemption levels to inflation, which protects most of the middle class from the so-called 'wealth' tax. But that it hits anyone in the middle and upper middle class at all shows just how poorly targeted the AMT is.  More

When the IRS can keep your refund

The government can keep some or all of your tax refund if you have any government or court-ordered non-tax debt that you've been delinquent in paying.  More

Somaliland to Harvard: How this student beat the odds

20-year-old Abdisamad Adan was just accepted to Harvard University, but he only recently learned to speak English.  More

Dogs killed over unpaid fines

Animal control agencies are aggressively going after pet owners for small violations, such as failing to license a pet. Those who can't afford to pay the hefty fines face serious consequences, including the loss of their dog or even arrest.  More

Where the highest U.S. earners live

In terms of paycheck, New Yorkers do better on average than the rest of the country. But if the focus is on investment income and overall income, residents in one Wyoming county take the top spot.  More

Finally. A credit score for people with no credit

A new FICO credit score using new data sources could expand credit access to millions.  More

Harvard rejects about 95% of applicants

Congratulations to the lucky 5.3% of applicants who managed to get accepted to Harvard.  More

24 hours with a zookeeper

Feeding sloths. Bandaging flamingos. Training alligators. Animal lover Christine McKenzie has found her dream job as a zookeeper. Here are journal entries from a day in her life.  More

In the military? Don't miss out on these tax benefits

From tax-free combat pay to special travel and moving deductions, members of the U.S. Armed Forces are entitled to a slew of tax breaks that can lighten at least one of their burdens.  More

Job hopping: The fast way to earn more money

Workers like Ben Baxter are seeing 30% pay increases by changing jobs frequently. It's actually a good sign for the economy.  More

Stanford offers free tuition for families making less than $125,000

Stanford University announced it was expanding financial aid so that families making less than $125,000 will not have to pay tuition.  More

Vacation home sales exploded last year

Vacation home sales surged in 2014, up 57% from the year before.  More

These tiny homes are full of big ideas

When your home is 400 square feet or less, you have to get creative with the design.  More

The safest way to make your retirement savings last

An immediate annuity can insure that you won't outlive your retirement savings.  More

Poor families spend $600 more on prom than wealthier ones

Low-income families plan to spend more than 5% of their income on prom this year, according to a new survey from Visa.  More

You've never seen IRS penalties like these

Eye-popping penalties may await U.S. taxpayers who have never told the IRS about their foreign financial accounts.  More

Half of Americans are saving next to nothing

When it comes to saving, most of us are falling short of the recommended target.  More

Job interview? Beat the millennial stereotype

It's time to clean up your image and follow these rules.  More

The average tax refund is now $2,893

The IRS has paid out more than $191 billion in refunds so far this tax season to 66.1 million filers.  More

It's getting harder to afford a home

Home price appreciation has been outpacing wage growth in the last two years , which means it's getting harder to afford buying a home.  More

4 reasons to sell your home now

If you've been considering putting your home on the market, here's what you need to know.  More

Most middle-class kids fail to earn bachelor's degrees

Lots of attention is paid to college graduation rates of lower-income students, but many middle-class kids don't finish their bachelor's degrees either.  More

The big profits of payday lenders may be over

Payday loans come with interest rates of 100% or higher. The government wants to crack down.  More

Take a private jet to your college tour -- for $43,000

If you're one of the lucky few for whom college won't break the bank, or even make a dent in your account, a private jet company will take you to campus visits, for $43,500.  More

Rent vs. buy vs. live with mom and dad

It was "slacker" and embarrassing for Generation X, but living with parents is acceptable and even financially wise for millennials.  More

How to get Millennials to save for retirement

With more immediate concerns like launching a career, repaying school loans and establishing credit, it's not surprising that many young adults don't consider retirement a top priority. Here are four ways to get Millennials to save.  More

Sailing around the world in retirement: How we did it

After saving up for decades, Max Fletcher and Lynnie Bruce retired last summer to their new home: a 40-foot sailboat.  More

Federal workers owe the IRS $3.5 billion

About 3.1% of federal workers and retirees are late paying their taxes, according to the IRS.  More

Free ways to file your taxes

Preparing and filing your taxes is an annual -- and potentially expensive -- ritual that can be a burden, especially if you don't make a lot of money. But there are a few free tax-prep and e-filing options available.  More

The dream retirement: Buy a vineyard

Iris Rideau spent decades in finance, enabling her to pursue her passions in retirement: food and wine.  Play
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