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Shining a light on a murky election-year Social Security debate

In North Carolina, a television ad attacks incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan for supporting a “controversial plan” that “raises the retirement age” for Social Security. The ad comes from Crossroads GPS, the super PAC run by Republican Karl Rove.

Oct 10, 2014 11:46 AM EDT

How to budget for three popular retirement trips

Where is retirement going to take you? If you're like most people, you're dreaming of grand European tours, African safaris, maybe even Antarctica.

Oct 09, 2014 11:44 AM EDT

Food fights: Keeping that grocery bill trim

It was a revelation for Vanessa Ali when she took her boyfriend Kevin Tomas food shopping for the first time. He took one look at the prices and told her to put everything back.

Oct 09, 2014 11:41 AM EDT

Wal-Mart to stop healthcare benefits for some part-time workers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the biggest private sector employer in the United States, said on Tuesday it would no longer provide health benefits to some of its U.S. part-time workers due to ballooning healthcare costs.

Oct 07, 2014 12:26 PM EDT

College is now a buyer's market

Colleges are increasingly worried about getting enough enrollments, and students can use the situation to their advantage.

Oct 06, 2014 12:29 PM EDT

Entry-level punch lines: Comedians' first jobs

If there's anything this crazy world needs right now, it's more laughs.

Oct 03, 2014 11:55 AM EDT

How to choose the best rehab facility

This summer, I had the arduous and rushed task of picking a rehabilitation center for my dad, as post-operative complications left him too ill to return home at the time, yet the hospital was keen to discharge him.

Oct 02, 2014 12:36 PM EDT

Stern Advice: Should you tap your 401(k)to buy a house?

It makes sense, given the gains workers have seen in their retirement plans and in home prices in recent years, that they would consider tapping their 401(k) accounts to buy homes. And that is exactly what a growing number of workplace savers are doing, according to a new study from Fidelity Investments.

Oct 02, 2014 12:27 PM EDT

U.S. factory growth slows but hiring by companies steps up

Growth in U.S. factory activity slowed more than expected in September even as private sector job growth accelerated, signs of an uneven expansion in the U.S. economy.

Oct 01, 2014 12:12 PM EDT

Beware of offers to refinance federal student loans

People with federal student loan debt now have a few options to lower their rates with private consolidation loans, but consumer advocates warn they could be giving up vital protections in doing so.

Sep 30, 2014 11:36 AM EDT

Don't let fantasy football foul the family finances

Allison Lodish used to be a huge football fan.

Sep 29, 2014 11:31 AM EDT

BlackBerry reports smaller-than-expected loss; revenue falls

BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) (BBRY.O) reported a much smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Friday and said it was concentrating on growth and investments, even as concerns about weak revenue linger.

Sep 26, 2014 11:46 AM EDT

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