Personal Finance


Fannie, Freddie to accept lower down payment mortgages

The move from a 5 percent down payment could increase the ability of creditworthy but cash-strapped consumers to become homeowners.

1 week ago


Michelle Singletary’s The Color of Money: Getting caught in a co-sign trap

A greater percentage of people 60 or older have student loans and the average amount of loans has increased to $27,168 from $14,696 in 2005.

1 week ago


Consumer Reports: Tips for living well in later years

As Americans live longer, it’s important to take steps to get the most out of those years.

2 weeks ago


Heather Murray's Good Question: Breaking down monthly expenses

Heather Murray suggests percentages of income that should go to housing, transportation, savings and debt.

2 weeks ago


 The 2014 BMW X5 is new for the model year. A diesel version recorded mileage readings in the high 20s and offered plenty of power.

Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: BMW X5 worth every penny

The BMW offers such intuitive controls and handles so well that it’s like being one with the road.

2 weeks ago


 About 60 percent of payment terminals, such as the one above, will have been upgraded to accept chip cards by the end of next year. Among major retailers, Walmart is leading the transition — almost all of its terminals accept the cards.

'Smart cards': Chipping away at credit card fraud

Smart cards with microchips are on the way: What you need to know.

3 weeks ago


 Lower prices on silver jewelry could be in store for the holidays if the metal’s value continues to drop, according to an expert at the Henne jewelry store in Shadyside.

Silver's slide hurting investors, but may help shoppers

Gold’s “crazy cousin” has dropped significantly in value, and some experts fear the worst is yet to come.

3 weeks ago


Getting to know smart cards

Some highlights on smart cards:

3 weeks ago


 The 2014 Audi Q5 TDI doesn’t hint that it’s a diesel, besides a slight ticking at idle.

Scott Sturgis’ Driver’s Seat: Audi Q5 proves luxury and diesel can coexist

In the Q5, it’s less than perfect, but that’s not the engine’s fault.

1 month ago



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