Credit freeze free nationwide as of Friday

Consumers can now freeze their credit for free under a new federal law. A credit freeze restricts access to your credit file, essentially halting anyone from opening any new credit i...

Is a personal loan for you?

Personal loans have surged in popularity, due in part to increasing consumer confidence and a growing array of online lenders to provide them. Credit reporting agency Experian says t...

Despite strong economy, many Americans struggling to get by

Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. ...

Improve your financial picture ahead of potential downturn

The economy is growing, the stock market is soaring and unemployment remains low. It's the perfect time to prepare for the worst. Any economist or financial planner will tell you tha...

The 411 on 529s

It's back-to-school time and let's face it — education can be expensive. The College Board reports that the average cost of in-state tuition, fees, room and board at a public four-ye...

Pay down debt or save money? How to allocate your cash

It's one of the most common questions financial advisers hear: should I prioritize paying down debt or building up savings? Americans have a cozy relationship with debt — student loa...

Ellevest's Krawcheck on how Wall Street fails women

Sallie Krawcheck knows about being a woman in a man's world. A Wall Street veteran, Krawcheck led Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney and Citi Private as CEO. She saw that the traditional w...

Equifax must boost security under new agreement with states

Equifax Inc. has reached an agreement with eight states that will require the credit-reporting agency to put stronger security measures in place to prevent future data breaches. Abou...

New tax form shrinks in size, not work

The Trump administration may deliver on its promise to reduce a commonly used tax form to postcard size, but it does not shrink the workload for many Americans filing their taxes. A ...

How to navigate confusing gov't loan forgiveness program

The government created the public service loan forgiveness program with a simple premise: Take a job to help the greater good and get some debt relief down the road. In reality, the ...

Startup launches insurance for Uber, Lyft passengers

Grabbing a ride from Uber or Lyft? Now you can get an insurance policy from your phone for the ride too. Startup SURE says it has partnered with underwriter Chubb to launch a new ser...

How small businesses can navigate rising interest rates

It's a good news-bad news situation for small businesses when interest rates rise. The Federal Reserve says that the economy is doing well, so it has raised its key rates recently an...

More Americans expect to work until 70; there are benefits

When it comes to retirement, later may be better. Americans long viewed 65 as the age to stop working. It was considered full retirement age by Social Security for many, Medicare ben...

What to do if you still haven't filed or paid your taxes

Tax day has already come and gone. But what if you still haven't filed or paid? It's only a few days late at this point thanks to some delays in the federal tax deadline this year. O...

Landing the right house in a tough market for homebuyers

It's tough out there for would-be homeowners. They're facing rising mortgage rates, higher home prices and a shortage of available houses in many markets. Plus, recent changes to the...