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  • US Fed slashes inflation forecast for 2015 Dec 17, 2014 1:42 PM
    The Federal Reserve has sharply cut its forecast for inflation next year, saying it will remain far below its 2 percent target through 2015. The Fed said Wednesday that it now expects inflation to fall to between 1 percent and 1.6 percent in 2015, down from a previous forecast in September of 1.6 percent to 1.9 percent.

  • Mortgage deal monitor: Ocwen review may be flawed Dec 16, 2014 11:53 AM
    The monitor overseeing a national mortgage settlement says an internal review of its compliance conducted by Ocwen Financial Corp., one of the biggest U.S. servicers of home loans, may not have provided accurate accounting.

  • More Americans feel like they will never get out of debt Dec 14, 2014 7:33 AM
    Nearly one in five consumers with loans said they think they will never be able to finish paying off their debt, according to survey released Wednesday by CreditCards.com. That is double the 9 percent who said they felt that way last year.

  • 4 ways to hold on to your cash when renting a car Dec 14, 2014 7:00 AM
    Although gas prices are the lowest they’ve been in years, if you’re renting a car, increased demand during the season means you’ll likely encounter higher prices — especially if you haven’t already locked in a rate. And that’s not counting the extras rental companies try to get you to sign up for.

  • Demystifying the credit card ‘hold’ Dec 14, 2014 7:35 AM
    Most hotels place a hold on your credit card, according to Dale Blosser, a lodging consultant. The amount varies, but as a rule, it’s the cost of the room, including tax, plus a set charge of between $50 and $200 per day. “That basically establishes a line of credit for typical items that the guest might charge to the room, such as room service, restaurant or bar charges, gift shop merchandise or valet parking fees,” Blosser says.

  • Can Amy Pascal’s career survive Sony cyberattack? Dec 12, 2014 7:17 PM
    “I’d be surprised if my entire legacy was based on the leak of the email exchange,” Pascal told industry website The Wrap on Thursday. Virtually unknown outside of Hollywood, her nearly 20-year tenure at Sony and Columbia Pictures has included some very well-known films, such as “Skyfall,” “Superbad,” “Salt,” “Fury” and “The Equalizer.” Pascal was fourth on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual ranking released this week of the most powerful women in entertainment.

  • 2015 bond outlook: Low expectations Dec 7, 2014 7:42 AM
    The bond market will likely produce modest returns, if they’re positive at all, according to many bond-fund managers. It’s a matter of math: Bonds are offering very low interest rates following a decades-long drop in yields. That means they’re producing less income.

  • Medicare Advantage enrollment deadline looms Dec 7, 2014 7:41 AM
    Millions of Medicare Advantage customers are fast approaching a deadline for a task they’d rather avoid: Researching and then settling on coverage plans for 2015. The annual enrollment window for the privately run versions of the government’s Medicare program for the elderly and disabled people closes on Sunday. This is the main opportunity most customers have each year to adjust their health coverage, and it may be worth paying extra attention to the details.

  • LGBT baby boomers face tough retirement hurdles Dec 7, 2014 7:33 AM
    Kathy Murphy’s golden years have not been as secure as they should have been. She is missing out on thousands of dollars a year in Social Security benefits simply because she was married to a woman, not a man. Murphy fell into a loophole in Social Security that denies survivor benefits to same-sex couples depending on what state they live in. Had Murphy and her wife, Sara Barker, lived next door in New Mexico, a state that does recognize same-sex marriage, this wouldn’t have been an issue.

  • Vatican probes two ex-bank managers for embezzlement Dec 6, 2014 4:31 PM
    The Vatican says two former managers of its bank have been put under investigation by the Holy See for suspected embezzlement in connection with real estate deals from 2001-2008.

  • Mobile payment services offer holiday deals Dec 6, 2014 7:31 AM
    This holiday shopping season, trying a new way to pay may at least be cheaper. PayPal and Google Wallet are offering deals and discounts to entice customers to use their services. Shoppers need to pay for goods in stores using a smartphone or online. The deals are available at major stores, including Toys R Us, Sephora and Home Depot. The promotions come as competition among such services intensifies, with the recent launch of Apple Pay.

  • Energy companies lead an advance in U.S. stocks Dec 2, 2014 4:43 PM
    Energy and health-care companies led major stock indexes higher on Tuesday, even as crude oil resumed its slide. General Motors rose after reporting stronger sales, and Biogen, a biotech company, soared following news that its drug for Alzheimer’s disease showed promise.

  • 3 tips for using credit wisely during the holidays Nov 30, 2014 7:31 AM
    Using credit to tackle your holiday shopping can be tempting. And offers of a discount for opening a new account, or interest-free purchases for a year or more make it more enticing. But relying on credit without a plan to pay off the debt quickly can easily cost you more in the long run. Carrying higher balances for several months could lower your credit score, making it more expensive to refinance your home, buy a car or qualify for other loans.

  • Why women make less when men are their bosses Nov 30, 2014 7:32 AM
    A new study by Canadian teachers David Newton and Mikhail Simutin provides a fresh perspective on why the pay gap is so persistent. The paper argues that it’s not just the gender of the worker that matters, but also the gender and age of the person awarding the salary. The study finds that the gender pay gap is by far the largest when men manage women. And men still dominate at the very top of corporations, where wage setting may matter the most.

  • Are women overcharged? France probes price of pink Nov 30, 2014 7:34 AM
    France wants to know why, for some goods and services, women seem to be paying more than men. The question was first taken up by a group of French activists inspired by a study that found American women overpay hundreds of dollars a year for the same products. The activists persuaded the Economy Ministry this month to launch an in-depth study to determine what price differences exist in France, the reasons behind them and which sectors are most affected. Findings are expected early next year.

  • Review: 3 cheap smartphones to consider Nov 29, 2014 7:32 AM
    Because you spend so much time with your phone, there’s a case for having the best. But those come with a price tag starting at about $650 (unless you agree to a two-year contract, in which case you end up paying higher service fees for voice, text and data). So consider how you use your phone and what features will remain most important to you over the next year or two. Before you break the bank, here are three solid phones that cover the basics.

  • Review: 4 shopping apps that will save you money Nov 29, 2014 7:31 AM
    Want to save some cash while holiday shopping? The best tool can be a smartphone packed with the right apps. Some apps give you coupons you can hand to the cashier to scan, while others let you flip through advertising deals and promotions. Others let you scan bar codes at the store and check if there are cheaper options online. Here are four apps that are easy to use and nicely designed.

  • Top 400 U.S. households paid 18 percent average tax rate in 2010 Nov 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    The IRS data offer a glimpse into the finances of the wealthiest U.S. households, who now receive more than twice the share of national income than they did in 1995.These taxpayers had 1.31 percent of all adjusted gross income in the U.S. in 2010 and paid 2.01 percent of the income taxes, though they make up less than 0.001 percent of the population, according to the IRS.

  • Migrant wages just got a boost Nov 22, 2014 8:23 PM
    Dishwashers will become waiters, and day laborers will move to full-time work on farms, forcing employers to pay higher wages for new workers. A 1986 immigration law covering 2 million people pushed up pay by 15 percent in the first six years for those workers.

  • Jobless rates fall in two-thirds of U.S. states Nov 21, 2014 2:05 PM
    Steady economic growth has prompted more companies to add jobs, though the additional hiring hasn’t yet boosted wages. Nationwide, employers added 214,000 jobs in October, the ninth straight month of gains above 200,000.

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