Personal Finance

Good Question: Buying a home comes down to credit

Taking steps to increase your credit score before buying a home is not only a smart thing to do; it’s also a way to save thousands.

2 days ago

The color of money: The simple way to improve your credit

WASHINGTON -- There are no shortcuts to strengthening your credit score.

2 days ago

Shop Smart: Tricks to keeping an organized closet

Shop Smart has some great tips on taming an out-of-control closet and ways to stash winter clothes.

2 days ago

Justice Department seeks new tool against data fraud

Authorities say the current law is too weak because it allows people in other countries to avoid prosecution.

3 days ago

Consumer Federation warns about automobile insurance pricing ‘scheme’

Now more than ever, drivers’ lack of initiative could cost them, a leading consumer advocate is warning.

1 week ago

Michelle Singletary’s Color of Money: The retirement-planning drill

Every time one of my children says, "Back in your day," I wince.

1 week ago

Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: Spruce up your home and deck

Your grill may be the star of your next barbecue, but your house and deck could get less-than-rave reviews if their finishes have faded.

1 week ago

 Home Depot says it's looking into "some unusual activity" related to customer data but that it could not confirm if it had become the latest retailer to be hit by a large-scale security breach.

Home Depot investigates suspicious credit card activity

A report says that the responsible party may be the same group of hackers suspected in last year’s massive breach at Target Corp.

1 week ago

 Stephen Morse, 28, just graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and started his own financial advising firm.

Solo 401(k) 'one of the best-kept secrets' for the self-employed

Driven by economic necessity or a desire to take more control, more people are opting to work as freelancers and independent contractors.

2 weeks ago

Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: Untangling the bundle

Take a close look at your cable bill, Consumer Reports suggests. It's a confusing onslaught of charges, taxes and add-on fees.

2 weeks ago

Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: Tax alert on health premiums

Some of you may need to do some tax planning now, and it has to do with the Affordable Care Act.

2 weeks ago

 Rutgers University researchers found more than a third of workers report their finances have been permanently injured by the recession, with 16 percent of Americans, or 38 million people, reporting they were financially devastated and expect that damage to be permanent.

Report finds typical worker in 'precarious' financial position

Rutgers University researchers say more than a third of workers report their finances have been permanently injured by the recession.

2 weeks ago

Julian Gray and Frank Petrich’s Elder Law: New power of attorney law reminds us to check our estate plans

The power of attorney is probably the most powerful document you will sign. It’s like a loaded gun; it can be used for good or evil.

3 weeks ago

Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart: A user’s guide to user reviews

Unscrupulous advertisers, businesses and reviewers have all the financial motive they need to game the system.

1 month ago

Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: Telecommuting’s pros and cons

When there are opportunities to allow people to telecommute, companies should explore it. It can save the firms and individuals money.

1 month ago


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