Personal finance

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, photo a sign stands outside a new home for sale in southeast Denver. On Thursday, Oct. 31, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
October 31, 2019 - 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates rose this week for the third straight week, while remaining historically low and far below their levels of a year ago. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased to 3.78% from 3.75% last week...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2017, file photo, people walk inside the Oculus, the new transit station at the World Trade Center in New York. For millennials who anxious about financial decisions, there are ways to take charge: start by knowing your attitude toward money, taking actions right for you and getting help. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
October 29, 2019 - 10:47 am
Financial decisions are rarely easy, whether it's buying your first car or home or deciding whether to refinance student loans. The anxiety can be heightened for millennials who witnessed economic turmoil during the Great Recession as they weigh milestone financial choices as adults. "Many (...
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FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. Sometimes, the tasks we put off are the ones that leave people we care about in the lurch. Your financial checklist should include reviewing beneficiary designations, updating contact information and visiting your safe deposit box. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
October 28, 2019 - 7:05 am
When we're given a choice about our health care plans, we often choose badly. In one study, more than 80% of the employees at a Fortune 100 company picked the wrong plans, often choosing low-deductible options that ultimately cost them more. Another study found that inertia — sticking with the same...
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Native Hawaiian heiress Abigail Kawananakoa poses outside a Honolulu courthouse, on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. A judge says Kawananakoa, 93, doesn't need a guardian to take care of her but he's ordering a hearing to determine whether she needs a conservator to manage her $215 million trust. Her wealth has been tied up in a legal battle since she suffered a stroke in 2017. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)
October 25, 2019 - 10:52 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A 93-year-old heiress doesn't need a guardian to take care of her, but a hearing will be held to determine whether she needs a conservator to oversee her $215 million trust, a judge ruled Friday in an ongoing battle over her wealth. Abigail Kawananakoa's fortune has been tied up in...
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October 25, 2019 - 3:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Oct. 24 about American Express' new Green Card, The Associated Press misidentified credit card industry expert Matt Schulz's place of employment. Schultz works for Comparecards.com, not Creditcards.com. A corrected version of the story is below: Iconic AmEx 'Green Card'...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, photo the original American Express "Green Card," top, shown with the latest version of the card in New York. For 50 years the "Green Card" was everywhere and has been revamped, with a new look and more travel benefits. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
October 24, 2019 - 2:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — For 50 years, the American Express "Green Card" has been the card many people wouldn't leave home without. Launched in 1969, the Green Card gave travelers a sense of importance they didn't feel carrying travelers' cheques. For many people, it was their first AmEx card. Over time,...
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In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, photo the original American Express "Green Card," top, shown with the latest version of the card in New York. For 50 years the "Green Card" was everywhere and has been revamped, with a new look and more travel benefits. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
October 24, 2019 - 1:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — For 50 years, the American Express "Green Card" has been everywhere its card members wanted to be. Launched in 1969, the Green Card gave travelers a sense of importance they didn't feel carrying travelers' cheques. For many people, it was their first AmEx card. Over time, however,...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2015 file photo the VW sign of Germany's car company Volkswagen is displayed at the building of a company's retailer in, Berlin, Germany. Diesels bought back by Volkswagen during its emissions-cheating scandal are trickling back into the marketplace after being brought up to emissions standards. Bargain hunters may be intrigued by the high fuel economy and refreshed warranties of these fun-to-drive used diesels. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
October 24, 2019 - 10:28 am
As outrage over the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal fades, the refurbished diesel vehicles are trickling back into the marketplace, and bargain hunters may want to snap them up. In 2015, Volkswagen was forced to either buy back or fix some 590,000 diesels after it was discovered they had been...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2016, file photo, American Express credit cards are displayed in North Andover, Mass. Launched in 1969, the Green Card gave travelers a sense of importance they didn’t feel carrying travelers’ cheques. For many people, it was their first AmEx card. Over time, however, the Green Card became neglected in favor of its fancier siblings, the Gold and Platinum Cards. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
October 24, 2019 - 9:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — For 50 years, the American Express "Green Card" has been everywhere its card members wanted to be. Launched in 1969, the Green Card gave travelers a sense of importance they didn't feel carrying travelers' cheques. For many people, it was their first AmEx card. Over time, however,...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2016, file photo, American Express credit cards are displayed in North Andover, Mass. Launched in 1969, the Green Card gave travelers a sense of importance they didn’t feel carrying travelers’ cheques. For many people, it was their first AmEx card. Over time, however, the Green Card became neglected in favor of its fancier siblings, the Gold and Platinum Cards. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
October 24, 2019 - 7:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — For 50 years, the American Express "Green Card" has been everywhere its card members wanted to be. Launched in 1969, the Green Card gave travelers a sense of importance they didn't feel carrying travelers' cheques. For many people, it was their first AmEx card. Over time, however,...
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