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Why average costs of living are increasing in the US — and 5 ways to live better for less

Why the cost of living, especially in certain U.S. cities, is rising faster than wages in 2018. Here are calculators and how to save money on housing, education, child care and more.

How to get money back from Yahoo and Equifax — plus more news on scandals, scams and your cash

Here’s everything you need to know about Wells Fargo, Equifax, Yahoo, cryptocurrency initial coin offerings, class-action lawsuits and more financial news of the week affecting your money.

Buy a car in 2018: Whether used or new, how to get the best deal — and save on insurance and more

What used cars for sale and car insurance is best for you? To save money and make smart choices on your wheels — if you plan to ditch car rentals for good — follow these 7 auto buying tips.

5 student loan myths — about forgiveness, repayment, interest and more — that everyone should know

Student loan payment and interest rate confusions abound. Don't fall for these misunderstandings about debt, forgiveness, federal versus private loans and servicers like Navient, Nelnet and OSLA.

Where is my tax refund? How to track federal or state return status and best use your 2018 IRS check

Tax refund tips for 2018, like where your check is, how to contact the IRS if you filed your return by the deadline and your refund is late and the best, smartest ways to spend or invest your cash.
March 12, 2018

NCAA basketball: 2018 March Madness schedule, bracket — and how to win a tournament pool as a newbie

NCAA bracket still blank? As the 2018 March Madness tournament begins, these strategies can help maximize your chances of winning your office pool despite tricky college basketball prediction chances.

How much does a baby cost? From kids to teens, how to save enough money and afford a child

Here's how much cash to budget if you are thinking about having a baby — or are already on that path!

Tariffs and trade war: From hiked prices to job losses, the best- and worst-case scenarios to expect

What is a trade war going to look like, worst case? If President Donald Trump's protective tariffs go through, here is what to expect as a consumer, worker and at a global level.

Dodd-Frank rollback: 5 ways losing the post-crash reforms could affect your bank account and more

The Dodd-Frank partial repeal bill, which rolls back parts of the act, would relax regulations on financial institutions as large American Express and Suntrust.

Are your tax withholdings right? How to check with a calculator — and fix your 2018 paychecks

Tax refunds are a sign your withholdings might be wrong. How to check your 2018 paycheck and allowances, given changes from tax cuts and life events affecting your income tax bracket — and more.
March 6, 2018

Coinbase announces index fund, faces class-action suit alleging bitcoin cash insider trading

Coinbase index fund, ripple price and more cryptocurrency news: A new lawsuit claims the exchange “unfairly” drove up the price of bitcoin cash.

Unpaid Congressional interns have to sign NDAs that last beyond their employment, ‘Vox’ reports

Nondisclosure or confidentiality agreements like those that many Capitol Hill interns reportedly must sign can discourage unpaid workers from reporting sexual harassment and other wrongdoings.

Trump trade war fears rattle Dow, beer buyers — and 5 more news stories affecting your money

Here's the latest on the Equifax hack, Spotify's initial public offering and all the other business news you probably missed this week.

How to invest money in 2018: The best beginner’s investment plan, with funds, stocks, bonds and more

What are the best investments? How do you invest in the first place? Here's how to grow your wealth in stocks, bonds, ETFs and more — so you can end up richer and maybe actually retire.

Gun companies and your money: The truth about divesting — and what might work even better

Gun control, NRA boycotts and firearm stocks on your mind? Divesting from gun companies can be tough and costly. Here's how you can go about it if you're determined, and what might work even better.
Feb. 27, 2018

Want to work from home or remotely? The best jobs to be your own boss — and the top places to do it

If you want to work from home, remotely or for yourself, set your own schedule and get paid well, look no further than these careers and these countries.

Get richer in 2018 with these 3 credit power moves

Open the best credit card in 2018 and increase cash back and money saved, by playing hardball with credit bureaus like Equifax and bargaining with card companies for better rates, points and rewards.

Maximize your 2018 tax refund: 3 key tax tips to put cash in your pocket after you file your return

Income tax bracket tables, 2018 calculators, and details on credits, returns and refunds making your head spin? Breathe. These 3 simple moves lower your 2017 tax bill, leaving you richer this season.

Career advice 2018: How to make more money, travel, work from home — or experience a new job path

Want to earn higher pay, free up time, work and travel, or simply feel happier about your career? These 7 steps can help you reset your job goals and land in a better place.

Does free money make people lazy? Why the case for a universal basic income is getting stronger.

Support for a universal basic income is gaining traction, including from prominent members of the business community like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.