Personal Finance

Black Friday: Europe's stores educate shoppers

Black Friday is spreading to Europe -- although some shoppers need a little nudge to understand why they are getting a deal.  More

Angelina Jolie: Mansion tax 'could put me off' U.K. move

A controversial plan to tax expensive properties in the U.K. could keep Angelina Jolie from becoming a Londoner.  More

More food banks serve hungry college students

Financial aid often doesn't cover the cost of tuition, rent and food. That's why the number of food pantries on college campuses for students has soared.  More

Watch how Macy's makes a holiday window

New York's holiday windows are pretty fantastic. A lot of time and money goes into making them look so perfect. We take you behind the scenes at Macy's and show you how it's done.  Play

Airfare is still going up, even as costs go down

Jet fuel prices are down about 18% since August, but don't expect a break in your air fare any time soon.  More

Top 400 richest taxpayers earned an average $265 million in 2010

The richest of the rich earned much more in 2010 than in 2009, and their federal income tax bill as a percent of their income fell.  More

Tribune reverses course on unlimited vacation policy

A week and a day after announcing it would switch to a "discretionary time off" policy that would remove limits on how many paid days off salaried employees could take, Tribune Publishing has rescinded the program.  More

Working over the holidays? Join the crowd

Nearly half of all Americans say there's a chance they'll have to work during a holiday between Thanksgiving and New Year's, according to a new poll. And one in four say they'll have to work whether they want to or not.  More

At this college you build your own dorm

Blackburn College in Illinois has a novel solution to reduce expansion costs and tuition - turn students into builders.  Play

New York's multimillion dollar home sales keep soaring

Billionaires are on a buying spree in New York, with sales of multimillion dollar properties up 120% so far this year, according to CityRealty. And the prices are expected to keep climbing next year.  More

This is how an online college gets made

Here's how a MOOC -- massive open online courses -- gets made.  Play

Unlimited vacation? It may not be as cool as it sounds

Tribune Publishing is the latest company to adopt a vacation policy that lets you take as much time off as you want -- as long as you get your work done. But these new "unlimited vacation policies" may not be as freewheeling as they sound.  More

American Dream homes: Prices in 10 cities

How much does the American Dream home cost? From $2 million in Los Altos, Calif., to $65,000 in Cleveland, here's what you'll pay for a 4-bedroom, 2-bath house, according to Coldwell Banker's annual survey.  More

The smart way to double your nest egg in 10 years

Want to double your nest egg in the final years of your career? Then it's time to get aggressive about your saving strategy.  More

Millennials are closing the gender wage gap

The wage gap between men and women has narrowed among millennials early in their professions, but the good news ends there.  More

Federal agents arrest debt collectors

Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, warns that this could be the first of many such crackdowns.  More

Old foreclosure debt coming back to haunt former homeowners

Thousands of former homeowners have gotten blindsided by debt collectors coming after them for old foreclosure debt on homes that they haven't lived in for years.  More

5 best cities to grow older in

Out of 100 large metro areas, these five cities top the Milken's Institute's "Best Cities for Successful Aging" list based on access to health care, job opportunities, lifestyle factors and more.  More

Forget Florida. The best cities for retirees

Seniors are living longer, craving more fulfilling lifestyles and working well into their retirement years and that has upended traditional notions of where -- and when -- we should retire, according to the Milken Institute's second annual Best Cities for Successful Aging report.  More

10 most expensive colleges

These schools charge the most for tuition and fees, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.  More

These students are paid to go to college

Apprenticeship2000 has a new model for higher education, it's a hybrid program in which students are paid to work part-time at a manufacturing company while taking classes.  Play

Homes are getting harder to afford

Across the nation, fewer homes could be afforded by a family earning the national median income.  More

Cleveland's plan to destroy nearly 6,000 homes

Cleveland and other cities are destroying thousands of homes in an effort to save local neighborhoods from blight, crime and sinking home prices. In their place have come greenhouses, parks, even vineyards.  More

Ready or not, Obamacare 2.0 is here

The start of Obamacare open enrollment last year was a fiasco. What will make it successful this year?  More

'The Godfather' home up for sale

The home used in exterior shots of 'The Godfather' has been listed for sale at $2.9 million.  More

College tuition hikes lowest since 1970s

On average, students will pay $9,139 to attend a state school this year -- or about 2.9% more than it cost last year.  More

Employees pay more out of pocket for healthcare

Employees that have insurance benefits at work will pay 55% more in premiums and out-of-pocket costs in 2015, according to a new study.  More

Can't get any work done? Blame your noisy, crowded office

Trying to get your work done is a job in and of itself when you're working with all the interruptions, distractions and noises that play a starring role in today's open-plan offices.  More

Feds seek to make prepaid cards safer for consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection proposed a series of new rules that will give prepaid card users many of the same protections they would get with a bank account or credit card.  More

Obamacare 2.0: What you need to know

Enrollment begins on Nov. 15. Here are the straightforward answers to commonly asked questions.  More

24 hours with a service dog trainer

For Mark and Heather Mathis, every day means a lot of coordination -- and lots of dogs. The couple runs Ry-Con Service Dogs, a nonprofit that trains dogs for kids with autism. Here are journal entries from a day in their life.  More

Reverse mortgages: Are they worth it?

While reverse mortgages can be a useful retirement planning tool under the right circumstances — helping you to boost retirement income, pay off debt or or even buy a home there are potential pitfalls. Here's what you need to know.  More

The most expensive house in America

Looking to buy a house? This one has 12 bedrooms, a 27-car garage and a vineyard, if you can afford its record-breaking price.  Play

Millennials aren't saving a dime

People younger than 35 are not saving money. In fact, they're they're spending more than they have.  More

The 'temporary' recession tax you're still paying

Imposing a temporary tax is one way states shore up their budgets during tough times. And 14 states did just that during the latest recession. But a new report finds many of those 'temporary' recession taxes are still in place.  More

America's most expensive home for sale -- $195 million

A massive Beverly Hills, Calif., estate with its own entertainment complex, 27-car garage and vineyard has hit the market with a record breaking listing price. Question is: Will it fetch that hefty price tag?  More

The latest trend in housing? Roommates

With rents rising faster than most American's paychecks, finding a roommate to split the bills with isn't just for kids straight out of college anymore.  More

Why I have a roommate at my age

Single moms. Retirees. Entrepreneurs. Americans of all ages are doubling up with roommates as rents continue to climb.  More

The best investment I ever made

These investors made a killing buying shares of big US companies in the dark days of the financial crisis  More

My college degree is worthless

Students across the country are shelling out tens of thousands of dollars to for-profit colleges and graduating with degrees that they say are completely worthless.  More

Financial advice without the high fees

Lowering annual fees can boost the size of your nest egg by as much as 25%. Here's how you can reap those savings while maintaining a portfolio that makes sense with your goals.  More

Red-leaning states say yes to a higher minimum wage

The midterm elections have been rough on Democrats. But they did well on one key issue they've been championing for months -- a higher minimum wage.  More

First-time homebuyers abandoning the housing market

The percentage of homes that were sold to first-time homebuyers dropped to 33% this year, the lowest percentage in almost three decades, according to the National Association of Realtors.  More

What makes a recruiter reject your resume in seconds?

Most recruiters and HR pros say it takes them less than five minutes to decide whether a person's resume is worth pushing through to the next round. Here are seven red flags that may cause them to reject your resume.  More

GM offering $25 gift cards to people who fix recalled cars

General Motors is using $25 gift cards to entice more than a million owners of cars that were recalled for ignition switch problems to get their cars repaired.  More

San Francisco votes in $15 minimum wage

San Francisco joins Seattle as the second U.S. city to raise the minimum wage to the highest level in the nation.  More

New Berkeley soda tax costs 68 cents per two liter bottle

Berkeley voters pass a 1-cent-an-ounce tax on soda and sugary drinks by a three-to-one margin but a more expensive tax failed to pass in San Francisco.  More

Voters say yes to paid sick days

Massachusetts voters back a law to give workers paid sick days. Similar laws are passed in two New Jersey locations and in Oakland, California.  More

Baby Boomers say they aren't moving anywhere

Instead of flocking to sunny beach havens or downsizing to a condo in the city during their retirement years, a majority of Baby Boomers say they're just going to stay put in their current home.  More

How one government spends your taxes

The U.K. government has just begun mailing personalized summaries that break down exactly how individuals' income taxes are being spent.  More

How I taught my kids to invest

We're a regular middle class family, but we want our children to understand how to make money.  More

Stuck in cycle of debt, domestic violence victims battle banks

Amy Kukec thought leaving her abusive husband would be the beginning of a new life, but so far she's hit one debilitating financial roadblock after another.  More

Homes for the homeless...inside billboards

Project Gregory is raising money on Kickstarter to fund a billboard home prototype in Slovakia.  More

Wall Street firm pushes for student loan forgiveness

BlackRock proposes stimulating the economy by erasing some student debt for first-time homebuyers.  More

Rents are soaring -- and so are evictions

In cities across the United States, millions of people will be kicked out of their homes this year. Some can't afford their soaring rent, others are getting evicted over minor violations by landlords eager to get higher paying tenants in place.  More

How much should a young worker save for retirement?

Just graduated college and starting your first job? Saving for retirement is probably the last thing on your mind. But saving for the future is one of the smartest things you could do. Here's how much you should be stashing away.  More

'Collabition.' 'Decisioning': The worst corporate jargon around

Clear communication. Don't look for it in the average office, where buzzwords and mangled English abound. Here are some of the most god-awful examples polluting the workdays of CNNMoney readers.  More

Buy your own ghost town. Starting bid: $800,000

Ever dream of owning your own ghost town? On October 28, just in time for Halloween, you'll have your chance. That's when Johnsonville Village in Connecticut will be auctioned off. Starting bid: $800,000.  More

Quiz: Are you a corporate jargon junkie?

Why use plain English when there's an endless list of noun-ified verbs, verb-ified nouns and other cringe-inducing phrases? See how fluent you are in corporate jargon.  More

CVS and Rite-Aid block Apple Pay

CVS and Rite-Aid have blocked Apple Pay, Google Wallet and all other NFC payment methods. Customers are worse off as a result.  More

Feds sue New York City for Medicaid fraud

U.S. District Attorney accuses NYC and Computer Sciences Corp. of improper Medicaid billing.  More

Dirty tricks of the student loan industry

A financial regulator highlighted a string of servicing practices it didn't like.  More

U.S. is 65th in world on gender pay gap

The global gender gap in the workplace is closing slowly, the World Economic Forum said.  More

The best time to book your holiday flight is...

If you're looking to fly this holiday season, the clock's ticking to get the best prices.  More

Paying thousands before health insurance even kicks in

More and more workers will have to pay out thousands of dollars as high-deductible insurance plans proliferate.  More

How to avoid homebuyer's remorse

Big purchases often come with big expectations. So it's no wonder that in a recent survey 80% of homebuyers said they regretted at least one thing about their home. Here are ways to improve those odds.  More

24 hours with a Comic Con character

Dressing up in crazy costumes, traveling the world, posing for photos -- and getting paid to do it. Here are journal entries from a day in the life of professional "cosplay" character, Linda Le.

You can put up to $18,000 in your 401(k) next year

The IRS is raising contribution limits for 401(k)s by $500 to $18,000 next year. Contribution limits on IRAs and Roth IRAs will remain the same, however.  More

Refinancing your mortgage? Opportunity knocks

Concern about the stock market has sent interest rate of 15-year mortgage to lowest level of the year.  More

How I became a Comic Con star

Linda Le takes us behind the scenes, to show us what it takes to become a Comic Con star.  Play

Will your retirement savings last?

Consistently checking whether you're savings is projected to last you through retirement is one of the best ways to create a smart and responsible retirement income plan and manage it along the way.  More

Social Security benefits will increase by 1.7% in 2015

Social Security checks will get a little bit bigger next year as benefits rise by 1.7% -- which translates into $22 more each month for the average retired worker.  More

Six-figure oil jobs are hurting home builders

In the oil boom towns of North Dakota, Texas and Colorado there's a big demand for new homes -- but there's no one to build them. That's because construction companies keep losing skilled workers to the oil companies, which are offering big bonuses and six-figure salaries.  More

Slave labor in America today

Foreign workers, lured by false promises of good jobs and benefits in America, soon find themselves enslaved in plain sight as victims of labor trafficking, a report from the Urban Institute finds. Here's how it can happen.  More

'I bought a house for $1,000'

Detroit has 80,000 dilapidated properties and 100,000 empty lots. It's trying to get more people like Antjuan Wyatt to buy them.  More

Will your nest egg last?

Christine Romans does the math on how to make sure your assets add up.  Play

Higher fees coming for Citibank customers

Starting in January, Citi plans to increase the monthly fees on its checking accounts.  More calls new baby leave most generous in tech

The company that runs the popular petition website announced a new parental leave policy on Monday it called the most generous in the tech industry.  More

Forget oil, there's a baby boom in North Dakota

As North Dakota's oil boom rages on, the droves of job seekers who have flocked there over the past few years are finally starting to move their spouses to the area and settle down. The result? Lots of babies.  More
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