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  • Finding better interest rates on your deposits

    No question, interest rates on deposits are piddling. But banks still need to attract deposits, and savers can still find rates that are higher than average. You'll need to shop around. Check out Bank rate.com, Bankaholic.com and BankCD.com for the...
  • Kevin Hunt: Retailers With The Worst Branded Credit Cards

    Kevin Hunt: Retailers With The Worst Branded Credit Cards
    Shoppers know they can find deals every week at Zales, Office Depot, Staples and Best Buy. Yet these same stores also offer some of the worst deals in the retail world — branded credit cards with annual percentage rates that exceed 25 percent. The...
  • Janna Herron: What it takes to borrow from home equity

    Breaking into the home equity nest egg is becoming a very real possibility for more Americans as home prices rise. But raiding the house bank is not as easy as it was before the recession, and not everyone meets the requirements to borrow from home...
  • Marcie Geffner: How much equity can you cash out of home?

    Home equity loans are back. The opportunity to get a cash-out refinance, home equity loan or home equity line of credit is once again alive and well. But how much equity can or should you extract from your home? Home equity options aren't as...
  • Iowa Tops List of 'Cheapest' States for Car Ownership

     
    The Midwest is home to some of the cheapest states in which to own a car, according to Bankrate.com. Wyoming and much of the South, meanwhile, are the priciest. The personal-finance website analyzed average repair, insurance and gasoline costs to......
  • Illinois ranked 3rd-cheapest state for drivers

    Illinois ranked 3rd-cheapest state for drivers
    It may not feel like it to Chicago-area drivers, but Illinois is the third least expensive state to operate a vehicle, according to a study released Monday by personal finance site Bankrate.com. Illinois' drivers spend on average $343 a year in repairs,...
  • Polyana da Costa: Home equity loans, HELOCs available again

    Home equity loans and lines of credit are making a comeback. Not long ago, homeowners who had some equity often used cash-out refinances to pay for home remodeling, to consolidate debt or pay for a child's school tuition. But that was when mortgage...
  • Mortgage closing costs on the rise, national survey says

    Mortgage closing costs on the rise, national survey says
    It’s no secret that purchasing a home this year is more expensive than last. But rising home prices aren’t the only factor straining home buyer pocketbooks. Mortgage closing costs jumped 6% over the past year, according to a survey...
  • Fed stays course on policy but acknowledges rising inflation

    Despite the economic rebound and sharp drop in the unemployment rate recently, Federal Reserve officials still see considerable weakness in the labor market and remain very cautious about moving away from their easy-money policy. The Fed, in a statement...
  • U.S. economy grows at 4% annual rate in second quarter

    U.S. economy grows at 4% annual rate in second quarter
    The economy's strong second-quarter growth showed the recovery has regained momentum after a brutal winter and could signal a quicker end to the era of rock-bottom interest rates. The nation's total economic output, or gross domestic product,...
  • Polyana da Costa: Five housing trends for summer

    It may still be hard to find the home of your dreams with the limited inventory for sale. But at least when it comes to getting a mortgage, you might have more options as lenders loosen some of their standards. Here are some of the housing trends you...
  • Cut the cost of car insurance

    Q. I'd like to lower my car insurance premiums. What are some of the most common discounts? A. You'll generally get a discount if your auto and homeowners or renters insurance are with the same company, and you may get an additional discount on all of...