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  1. What That Sneaky Fee on Your Phone Bill Means

    By John Leo | Nov 07, 2013

    When you pay your monthly phone bill, you’re not only paying for your own service, you’re paying for someone’s free cellphone service, too. This week the FCC proposed millions of dollars in fines against providers of free government-paid cell phone service, probably...

  2. 5 Money-Saving Tax Moves to Make Right Now

    By Julie Halpert | Dec 12, 2013

    It’s tempting not to think about taxes this time of year. After all, the holidays can be all consuming and tax day is still months away. But making some financial moves now can pay off in a major way next April. “Year-end tax planning can make a big difference, resulting...

  3. The No-Nonsense Money Tip No One Gives You

    By Maureen Mackey, The Fiscal Times | Nov 07, 2013

    If you’re a serial shopper and have so many monthly charges on your credit card that you can’t even remember what you bought or why, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary may be able to help. “Most people are shocked, shocked, at how much they’re spending on any given day,...

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  5. Black Friday: The Smartest Financial Moves to Make

    By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times | Nov 29, 2013

    The holiday season has only just officially begun, but even as you peruse the Black Friday sales and plan what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers, it’s not too early to ponder what to do with your portfolio to get ready for the new year. These following are some steps...

  6. ‘12 Days of Christmas’ Price Tag Leaps by 7.7%

    By Jacqueline Leo | Dec 02, 2013

    Forget the high cost of college or that healthcare costs are twice the national rate of inflation.  If you want eye-popping price increases, look no further than the going rate for the “Twelve Days of Christmas.”  If you have an extra $27,393 lying around,...

  7. 4 Takeaways from the October Jobs Report

    By Yuval Rosenberg | Nov 08, 2013

    Suddenly, it seems the holiday season might be merrier than economists had expected. The economy added 204,000 jobs in October, the Labor Department said Friday – far more than the consensus forecast of 120,000. Job growth figures for August and September were revised upward...

  8. Low Obamacare Enrollment More Proof of a ‘Disaster’

    By Eric Pianin and By Brianna Ehley, The Fiscal Times | Nov 12, 2013

    Before Healthcare.gov’s troubled launch on Oct. 1, the White House estimated nearly 500,000 people would enroll in the Obamacare health exchanges within the first month and an estimated 7 million were expected to gain private coverage by the end of March, when the open-enrollment...

  9. 6 Steps to Ease the Student Debt Crisis

    By Brianna Ehley, The Fiscal Times | Dec 05, 2013

    College graduates are sinking in a sea of student debt that just keeps getting deeper.  The Class of 2012 graduated with an average of $29,400 in debt, up from an average of $26,000 for the class of 2011, according to a new report from the Project on Student Debt at...

  10. 8 Great Holiday Travel Tips for Procrastinators

    By Beth Braverman | Nov 13, 2013

    Planning on getting out of town for the holidays this year? Join the club. An estimated 25 million passengers are expected to travel by air this Thanksgiving, and even though the airlines have added more seats, the increased demand is pushing up prices.  Thanksgiving...

  11. How Twitter’s First-Day Pop Compares to Other Tech IPOs

    By Yuval Rosenberg | Nov 08, 2013

    Scrolling through a list of the biggest first-day “pops” for Internet and technology IPOs is like entering a time machine set for the go-go days of the dotcom boom. Many of the names may still be familiar, even if they’re no longer around: Ask Jeeves (with a 364 percent...

  12. Wanna Spot a Terrorist? Play World of Warcraft

    By Rob Garver | Dec 09, 2013

    Imagine a terrorist group in Central Asia that wants to fund an attack inside the United States. They have the cash, but banking restrictions on the group’s country make it impossible to transfer money to a U.S. based cell through conventional means, so they need to find...

  13. Why You Can’t Get Me Near a Store This Weekend

    By Beth Braverman | Nov 27, 2013

    As a consumer reporter, I’ve written and edited more stories about Black Friday in the past few weeks than I’d like to think about. The shopping holiday is huge for retailers, and there are deals to be had for consumers who put in some advance planning and are ready to...

  14. What We’ve Learned From Tuesday’s Election

    By Bruce Bartlett, The Fiscal Times | Nov 08, 2013

    Following are some takeaways I see in the election results. 1. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the establishment candidate for the Republican president nomination in 2016. His impressive 60 percent victory in New Jersey clearly puts him at the front of the class...

  15. Cautious Consumers May Make for Ho-Ho-Hum Holiday Sales

    By Jonathan Berr | Nov 15, 2013

    Shares of Macy’s (NYSE: M) hit a record high Wednesday, jumping 9.4 percent after the department store giant posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings that prompted CEO Terry Lundgren to proclaim the company was “entering the fourth quarter with confidence.” Unfortunately,...

  16. Investing 2014: The Smart Money Is on European Stocks

    By Suzanne McGee, The Fiscal Times | Dec 12, 2013

    It’s the taper, stupid. Next week’s scheduled meeting of Federal Reserve policymakers is being put forward as the reason for some market swings in recent days. The S&P 500 and other U.S. stock benchmarks traded lower Wednesday amidst anxiety that the just-agreed...

  17. The U.S.’s $1.2 Billion Out-of-Control Cell Phone Bill

    By Brianna Ehley, The Fiscal Times | May 22, 2015

    Every year, the federal government pays about $1.2 billion to provide federal workers with cell phones and service. But despite spending all that money, most agencies aren’t keeping track of who actually uses the phones, and they’re paying wildly different rates for service. Related:...

  18. 10 Ways to Avoid Airline Fees This Holiday Season

    By Beth Braverman | Oct 30, 2013

    Planning on flying somewhere this holiday season? Get ready to pay more. The average airline ticket price to the top holiday travel destinations increased 7 percent this year over last, according to a study by travel site Orbitz. That’s a hefty increase, but where the...

  19. 5 Key Retirement Strategies for Millennials to Use Right Now

    By Lena Masri, Reuters | Jul 20, 2015

    A couple of years ago, Emilie Hunt had to go to the emergency room with a stomach virus. The bill took a huge chunk of money out of her savings, more than $800, and kept her from saving for a couple of months. "I'm really bad at planning for unexpected expenses," she said....