Personal finance

In this October 2014 photo provided by Nerdwallet, Takiia Anderson, left, poses for a photo with her daughter Taje Perkins during a campus visit to Anderson’s alma mater, Howard University in Washington. Today, Anderson’s student debt is long gone. She has nearly $500,000 in retirement savings, and her daughter, Taje Perkins, finished her third year at Spelman College in Atlanta with no student loans to cover its nearly $30,000 per year in tuition and fees. (Nerdwallet via AP)
October 11, 2018 - 10:37 am
When Takiia Anderson graduated from Boston College Law School in 1999, she was a single mom with a 2-year-old child, nearly $100,000 in student loans and a new job as a government attorney that paid $34,102 a year. She didn't like that math. "People are talking about 20 years to pay off a student...
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October 07, 2018 - 2:01 pm
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has spiked 7 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, costing $2.97. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says that's 41 cents a gallon higher than at this time last year. Lundberg said Sunday that rising...
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FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo people walk by Old Main on the Penn State University main campus in State College, Pa. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, becomes available Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. It’s widely considered the most important document in securing money for higher education as current and prospective students must fill it out annually to get federal student aid including loans, grants, work-study and certain scholarships. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
October 01, 2018 - 4:17 pm
Let the race for financial aid begin. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, becomes available Monday. It's widely considered the most important document in securing money for higher education. Current and prospective students must fill it out annually to get loans, grants and...
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McDonald's workers carry a banner and march towards a McDonald's in south Los Angeles on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. McDonald’s workers staged protests in several cities Tuesday as part of what organizers billed as the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
September 18, 2018 - 5:26 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — McDonald's workers staged protests in several cities Tuesday in what organizers billed as the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. In Chicago, one of the targeted cities, several dozen protesters rallied in front of McDonald's headquarters...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, photograph, a sale signs stand outside a home on the market in Denver. On Thursday, Sept. 13, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
September 13, 2018 - 3:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates this week jumped to their highest level since the start of August, raising costs for would-be homebuyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages climbed to 4.60 percent from 4.54 percent last...
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A model walks in the Rodarte show, which was held outside in the rain, during Fashion Week on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
September 10, 2018 - 1:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — There was a steady rain coming down as guests were handed transparent umbrellas and seated in a flower-strewn cemetery in Manhattan's East Village for the return of Rodarte, designed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, to New York Fashion Week. There were grumbles as guests sat down...
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In this Aug. 21, 2018 photo, a home has sold in North Reading, Mass. On Thursday, Aug. 30, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
August 30, 2018 - 10:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates ticked up this week as borrowing costs are meaningfully higher than a year ago. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose slightly to 4.52 percent from 4.51 percent last week. The rate...
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FILE- In this Sept. 28, 2017, file photo low lying morning fog covers part of San Francisco. Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet one of their basic needs last year, according to a new study by the Urban Institute, a nonprofit research organization. That includes paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
August 28, 2018 - 3:10 am
Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. That's according to an Urban Institute survey of nearly 7,600 adults that found that the difficulties were...
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A sign stands at the construction site for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new headquarters in Washington, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. Seth Frotman, the nation's top government official overseeing the $1.5 trillion student loan market resigned on Monday, citing what he says is the White House's open hostility toward protecting student loan borrowers. Frotman is the latest high-level departure from the CFPB since Mick Mulvaney took over in late November. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 27, 2018 - 2:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The government's top official overseeing the $1.5 trillion student loan market resigned in protest on Monday, citing what he says is the White House's open hostility toward protecting the nation's millions of student loan borrowers. Seth Frotman will be stepping down as student loan...
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FILE- In this Nov. 1, 2012, file photo early morning traffic in New York's Brooklyn borough moves slowly beneath the Manhattan skyline. The Trump administration announced new rules Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
August 24, 2018 - 8:53 pm
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New rules unveiled by the IRS undermine some states' attempts to help residents keep a version of a popular federal income tax deduction. Last year's Republican tax overhaul put a $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local income taxes, which could affect some high-...
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