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Hospital-Bill Sucker Punch

Hospital-Bill Sucker Punch

The latest health-care trap: What starts out as an in-network hospital visit fully covered by insurance turns into a surprise out-of-network bill for hundreds or even tens of thousands of dollars. Tha...

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Utility Scams Trick Customers

Utility Scams Trick Customers

Utility scams are spreading, and they are especially common when severe weather strikes—a time when people might be most vulnerable. In one version of a utility scam, someone claiming to be with yo...

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Why Stocks Will Rise 13%

Why Stocks Will Rise 13%

Bottom Line Economic Forecast 2015 from Allen Sinai, PhD Can the US stock market continue to shine when much of the global economic outlook is gloomy? That’s the crucial question we posed to top ec...

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New Spin-Offs

New Spin-Offs

By the end of this year, about 60 publicly traded US companies will have split off big pieces of themselves and dozens more will have announced plans to do so. Two recent announcements were from Hewle...

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Taxpayer Victories (and Defeats) Can Save You $$$

Taxpayer Victories (and Defeats) Can Save You $$$

Tax rules are not always clear-cut. Several recent rulings, including some victories for taxpayers and some defeats, help clarify the rules and provide lessons that could help you save money on taxes ...

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If You Have Employer Health Insurance...

If You Have Employer Health Insurance...

Watch Out for This Year's Traps Keep your eyes open during your employer's health insurance open-enrollment period this year. Widespread and substantial changes in employee health insurance plans—s...

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The Store Credit Cards Worth Having

The Store Credit Cards Worth Having

Perks Include 15% Off...0% Financing...Free Shipping...More Store cards—those merchant-branded credit cards offered by many large retailers—can provide some very appealing perks. For instance, ne...

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Stop Online Spies

Stop Online Spies

It is not a secret that your online activity is not very private. Cyber criminals and government agencies have ways of reading your e-mails and discovering where you go on the Internet. Websites you v...

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Hackers Could Ruin Your Life

Hackers Could Ruin Your Life

Changing passwords isn't enough to stop them Recent news that Russian hackers had stolen more than 1.2 billion passwords from 420,000 websites sent shudders through computer users. But what dangers d...

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The New FICO Rules Are Tricky

The New FICO Rules Are Tricky

It soon may be easier and less expensive to obtain credit, thanks to updates to the FICO scoring system, which gauges how creditworthy you are. But be aware that there are some big catches. The chang...

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