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Mid-cap stocks are getting some love, finally

NEW YORK — Maybe the middle child really should be the favorite.

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Simplifying taxes is the fairest, fastest way to grow our economy

The modern income tax was passed 100 years ago on a simple premise — it would apply only to the top one-half of 1 percent of the population and it would be easy to fill out — just one page.

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Savers beware: Fees may be shrinking your 401(k)

It’s the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.

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Kenneth Harney: Ride may be bumpy for homeowners’ tax-benefit renewal

WASHINGTON — Renewal of important expired federal tax benefits for homeowners took a major step forward in the last two weeks, but the route to final congressional approval is beginning to look longer — and potentially bumpier — than previously expected.

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Review: S5 features useful, less about gimmicks

There’s a lot to like about Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone — among them, its relative lack of features.

April 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Social Security Q&A: Answers on retirement, survivor, spousal and disability benefits

Q: How long does it take to complete the online application for retirement benefits?

April 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Review: $279 Narrative Clip is the camera that never sleeps

Ever had one of those “Gosh, I wish I had a camera” moments when something novel happens in your life? The Narrative Clip is a small, wearable camera that makes an attempt to capture some of those fleeting moments automatically.

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Couple who paid off $127,000 in debt explain their strategy

Six years ago, Cherie and Brian Lowe decided they’d had enough with being in debt. The couple, who live in Greenwood, Ind., owed more than $127,000 in student loans, credit card bills, auto loans and more. With a second child on the way, they worried about how they would make ends meet.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Nov. 3

Two years ago my brother and his now-wife were preparing to get married and felt so much pressure, judgment and negativity from my parents leading up to the wedding that they almost uninvited them. My parents are now applying the screws to my relationship, my life and all of my decisions. Th…

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Getting a prepaid card carries some risks

Prepaid cards have become the go-to alternative to traditional bank accounts and credit cards, yet many still have hidden fees and lack basic safeguards, exposing consumers to risks that could leave them financially devastated.

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On the Money: Versatile Roth IRA can be backup emergency fund

If people have discovered anything about money during the past few years, it has to be that emergencies pop up without warning.

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On the Money: Bond investors are hurting as rates rise

In a harsh lesson, investors have recently learned that the safest of bonds become vulnerable when interest rates rise. U.S. Treasury bond funds, TIP funds and municipal bond funds have delivered sharp losses in the past two months.

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SEC allows ads for unregistered securities, but beware

Coming this fall: advertisements pitching the opportunity to buy into hedge funds, private equity funds or early-stage companies.

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Centsible Mom: Comparison shopping pays off when you tackle a home project

There's something to be said for doing your own home-improvement projects.

May 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
How Mr. Money Mustache retired at 30

How Mr. Money Mustache retired at 30

To hundreds of thousands of devotees, Pete (he declines to reveal his last name) is Mr. Money Mustache, the creator of a no-nonsense personal finance blog. He and his wife retired from middle-income jobs in their 30s. Living frugally, the Longmont, Colo., couple saved more than half of what …

April 28, 2013 12:00 am

The Mortgage Professor: Paying off your mortgage is a sound investment

Don't let misconceptions prevent you from paying down your mortgage balance. In today's market, it is the best investment most borrowers can make.

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On the Money: Sooner or later, bear market will growl back

Could it happen again? Could your retirement plans end up in shambles, and your college savings tattered?

March 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Centsible Mom: Want added income? Look around: There's a wealth of ideas out there

Centsible Mom: Want added income? Look around: There's a wealth of ideas out there

Making ends meet can be tough. But if you've got a special skill set, a good eye or just a good idea, you can turn that into extra cash.

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Centsible Mom: All sorts of free or cheap ways to get exercise, improve your health

Centsible Mom: All sorts of free or cheap ways to get exercise, improve your health

Pam Traxler gets some exercise and helps some dogs awaiting adoption at the Pima Animal Care Center.

March 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Centsible Mom: All sorts of free or cheap ways to get exercise, improve your health

Centsible Mom: All sorts of free or cheap ways to get exercise, improve your health

When you're on a tight budget, joining the gym or buying a home gym isn't on top of the to-do list.

March 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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