5 Steps to Plan Your Retirement

Only 1 in 3 Americans in their 50s has ever tried to plan for retirement, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study. And a third of those who try to plan admit that they either gave up or failed miserably. The result: Barely 20 percent of...
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Why the Holidays Make Us Dumb About Spending

NEW YORK — Financial planner Barry Eckstein has heard a lot of extravagant spending stories. But when clients were chatting with him about the holidays a couple of years ago, he couldn’t believe his ears. The couple had bought a mink coat. Not just any mink coat, mind...
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How to Get Richer Without Getting a Raise

Live the life you want without working all the time. That’s the message of Tim Ferriss — entrepreneur, angel investor, public speaker and author of several bestselling books, including “The 4-Hour Workweek.” And it’s helped him achieve massive success. Tim Ferriss is a finalist in GOBankingRates’ 2015 “Best...
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Yellen Says ‘Looking Forward’ to Day of Rate Hike

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday she was “looking forward” to a U.S. interest rate rise that will be seen as a testament to the economy’s recovery from recession. Fed policymakers are widely seen raising interest rates for the first time in almost a decade...
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Market Wrap: Stocks End Sharply Lower; Energy Leads Drop

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday she was “looking forward” to a U.S. interest rate rise that will be seen as a testament to the economy’s recovery from recession. Fed policymakers are widely seen raising interest rates for the first time in almost a decade...
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Sears Posts Smaller Quarterly Loss as Sales Keep Sliding

Sears Holdings (SHLD) reported a smaller quarterly loss Thursday as it slashed advertising and payroll costs, but the struggling retailer’s sales continued to tumble, hurt by weak apparel demand. The owner of the Sears department store and Kmart discount store chains said its net loss attributable to shareholders...
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E. coli Outbreak Linked to Chipotle Restaurants Expands

An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle has expanded to nine states, with a total of 52 reported illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday seven additional people were sickened, including in three more states: Illinois, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The most recent illness started...
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December Rate Hike Assured, Yellen Faces Future Battles

WASHINGTON and PHILADELPHIA — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has the evidence of U.S. labor market health she wanted in order to raise benchmark interest rates for the first time in a decade this month, but she may have a tougher time selling further hikes. Yellen’s arguments against...
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5 Ways to Make a Better Plan for Your Money in 2016

From professional football player to speaker and financial coach, Chris Hogan has been a staple among personal finance experts. The money guru once worked as vice president of a mortgage company and later turned to helping people successfully manage their money. As a finalist in the 2015 GOBankingRates...
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5 Apps to Organize Your Financial Life

LOS ANGELES — Earlier this year a tax pro mentioned the FileThis organizing app to me. Within seconds of installing it, I wondered, “Where has this been all my life?” I have tried an absurd number of software programs that promised to simplify, streamline and de-clutter our family’s...
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