Personal finance

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo a sign indicates a new selling price for a house sits atop a realtor's sign in Jackson, Miss. On Thursday, Nov. 14, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
November 14, 2019 - 1:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week amid optimism over prospects for the U.S. economy. Rates remain at historically low levels, however, as an incentive to prospective homebuyers. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo people walk on the Stanford University campus in Santa Clara, Calif. Seven percent of employers offer student loan repayment assistance as a benefit. For most companies, this benefit means making a direct payment to eligible employees’ loan. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
November 14, 2019 - 12:10 pm
Trilogy Health Services, a Louisville, Kentucky-based operator of senior living facilities, has paid $100 a month toward each eligible worker’s student loans over the past four years. Its total outlay: roughly $3 million. That money has made a big difference for Trilogy’s nurses, therapists and...
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November 13, 2019 - 11:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Google plans offer checking accounts run by Citigroup and a credit union, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Big tech companies have been pushing into other arenas such as finance and health care to gain more access to consumer data. The push comes at a time when...
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FILE - This April 30, 2018, photo shows a T-Mobile store in Herald Square in New York. T-Mobile promises a new $15 wireless plan and other initiatives if its $26.5 billion Sprint deal goes through. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
November 07, 2019 - 12:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile promises a new $15 wireless plan if its $26.5 billion Sprint deal goes through. T-Mobile is also promising free internet to emergency first responders for 10 years and to low-income households with children for five years. The $15 plan is for anyone, but comes with just 2...
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November 07, 2019 - 7:05 am
In late 2017, San Francisco couple Riley Adams and his wife stumbled upon the Halley's comet of airline credit card welcome offers. For a limited time, the card was advertising a companion pass on top of a large sign-up bonus. "We knew we had a lot of spending in one specific area coming up, and we...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2018, file photo people wait in line in front of an adjacent pet store for a Best Buy store to open for an early Black Friday sale on Thanksgiving Day in Overland Park, Kan. Black Friday is Nov. 29, 2019, but it might as well be the whole month of November. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
November 05, 2019 - 8:26 am
My husband and I have a Thanksgiving routine. Before the family arrives or the turkey is carved, we gather in the living room. As Christmas music plays in the background, he turns on his laptop, and I mine. That's when the deal hunt begins. Some people cringe at the thought of shopping on...
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FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
November 04, 2019 - 7:24 am
Here's an illustration of the many ways slow payment systems can inconvenience you and cost you money. Let's say Homer is two days from payday. The family checking account at First Bank of Springfield is on fumes. There's just enough in the account, Homer thinks, to gas up his Plymouth sedan and...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, photo a sign stands outside a new home for sale in southeast Denver. On Thursday, Oct. 31, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
October 31, 2019 - 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week for the third straight week, while remaining historically low and far below their levels of a year ago. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.78% from 3.75% last week...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2017, file photo, people walk inside the Oculus, the new transit station at the World Trade Center in New York. For millennials who anxious about financial decisions, there are ways to take charge: start by knowing your attitude toward money, taking actions right for you and getting help. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
October 29, 2019 - 10:47 am
Financial decisions are rarely easy, whether it's buying your first car or home or deciding whether to refinance student loans. The anxiety can be heightened for millennials who witnessed economic turmoil during the Great Recession as they weigh milestone financial choices as adults. "Many (...
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FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
October 28, 2019 - 7:05 am
When we're given a choice about our health care plans, we often choose badly. In one study, more than 80% of the employees at a Fortune 100 company picked the wrong plans, often choosing low-deductible options that ultimately cost them more. Another study found that inertia — sticking with the same...
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