Personal finance

October 11, 2019 - 4:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Visa and Mastercard on Friday announced their departure from Facebook's Libra project, a potentially fatal blow to the social network's plan for a worldwide digital currency. Along with the two payment giants, several other large companies have said they're exiting Libra. Payment...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2017, file photo newborns rest in the nursery of Aishes Chayil, a postpartum recovery center, in Kiryas Joel, N.Y. Some parents are discovering that the Social Security number assigned to their newborn is being used by criminals to commit fraud. Identity theft experts recommend that parents freeze their children’s credit now to help prevent problems in the future. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
October 11, 2019 - 6:03 am
Imagine discovering that your newborn's brand new Social Security number has already been used to construct what Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center, calls a "Frankenstein monster of identity." Parents may discover their newborn's tarnished Social Security number...
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In this Sept. 25, 2019, photo a realty company's signs rest on several lawns in front of newly constructed houses in Brandon, Miss. On Thursday, Oct. 10, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
October 10, 2019 - 2:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week amid continued uncertainty about the economy's outlook. Mortgage rates have been running near historic lows, a potential boon to homebuyers. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage dipped to...
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In this Aug. 11, 2019, photo a woman signs a check at a restaurant in New Orleans. Nearly 70% of millennial women have experienced financial abuse by a romantic partner. That means, for every 10 women you know in that age group, odds are that seven of them have had a partner use money to control or manipulate them, according to a 2017 survey of 2,000 people ages 18-35 by CentSai, a financial wellness website. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
October 08, 2019 - 10:49 am
Nearly 70% of millennial women have experienced financial abuse by a romantic partner. Let that sink in for a second. That means, for every 10 women you know in that age group, odds are that seven of them have had a partner use money to control or manipulate them, according to a 2017 survey of 2,...
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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 07, 2019 - 6:13 am
The college admissions scandal — which recently led to a 14-day prison sentence for actress Felicity Huffman — exposed a group of wealthy parents' obsession with getting their kids into the "right" school. Prosecutors say the families paid bribes, faked test results and pretended their kids were...
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In this Sept. 25, 2019, photo a realtor's sign sits outside a house for sale in Jackson, Miss. On Thursday, Oct. 3, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
October 03, 2019 - 12:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates held steady this week, offering a potential boon to homebuyers amid an uncertain economic outlook. Mortgage rates have been running near historic lows, though average rates for the key 30-year loan showed volatile swings last month. Mortgage buyer...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo students walk on the Stanford University campus in Santa Clara, Calif. When college students paying their own way have a financial hiccup, they have to make hard choices about how to spend their limited funds, and some turn to their food budget to close a gap. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
October 03, 2019 - 10:22 am
When college students paying their own way have a financial hiccup, they have to make hard choices about how to spend their limited funds — and some turn to their food budget to close a gap. Gina Higgins, a mechanical engineering student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, has paid for...
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October 01, 2019 - 6:57 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new report says partners in Facebook's cryptocurrency-based payments network, Libra, are wavering in their support amid a backlash from U.S. and European officials. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Visa Inc., Mastercard Inc. and others that signed on to help...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo boxes are loaded on a cart for delivery in New York. In the era of online shopping, you’ll likely have at least one of your deliveries come damaged. If a product arrives broken, take pictures, contact customer service and request a refund or replacement. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
October 01, 2019 - 10:15 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Nowadays, consumers shop online for just about everything. So you've likely experienced the stinging disappointment when a TV, piece of furniture or something else you ordered finally arrives on your doorstep — damaged. Here's what you should do if your delivery comes in less-than-...
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October 01, 2019 - 9:20 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Schwab is dropping commissions for online trading of U.S. stocks and exchange-traded funds, the latest slash in an industry battle that's drastically cut the cost of investing. Tuesday's announcement sent shares of other brokerages plummeting. TD Ameritrade lost 21% in...
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