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10 Top Credit Unions Anyone Can Join

10 Top Credit Unions Anyone Can Join

Better Rates on Savings, Checking and Loans Bank customers are getting fed up with their banks and defecting to credit unions in droves. And increasingly, the credit unions have made it easier and mo...

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Your Hospital May Be Ripping You Off: Medicare “Observation Status”

Your Hospital May Be Ripping You Off: Medicare “Observation Status”

When you go to the hospital as a Medicare patient with an acute condition that requires a stay of two or more nights, you are supposed to be admitted as an inpatient. However, more and more hospitals ...

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The Next Sweet Spot for Investors: Mid-Cap Stocks

The Next Sweet Spot for Investors: Mid-Cap Stocks

Many cautious investors lean toward the stocks of large companies because the stocks tend to be not too volatile…while many aggressive investors focus on riskier stocks of small companies. But ther...

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Last-Minute Tax Help From Ed Mendlowitz, CPA

Last-Minute Tax Help From Ed Mendlowitz, CPA

Whether you are single or married, low- or middle-income or wealthy, you probably have some pressing last-minute income tax questions as the filing deadline approaches. Tax expert Ed Mendlowitz, CPA, ...

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Are Need-Blind Colleges Lying?

Are Need-Blind Colleges Lying?

Officials at The George Washington University (GW) recently admitted that the school’s admissions policy is not truly “need-blind,” as it had previously claimed. Some applicants slated for accep...

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Job Hunting? "Innocent" Facebook Posts Can Ruin Your Chances

Job Hunting? "Innocent" Facebook Posts Can Ruin Your Chances

It is well-documented that poor use of social media can derail careers. However, it’s just as likely that social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn could help you land your next job. A...

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Tax-Efficient Funds

Tax-Efficient Funds

When mutual fund managers sell shares of stocks in their portfolios after prices have risen, investors in those funds may end up with big tax bills. That was especially true in 2013 as the stock marke...

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When Companies Buy Their Own Stock, Should You Buy It, Too?

When Companies Buy Their Own Stock, Should You Buy It, Too?

Over the past year, companies have bought hundreds of billions of dollars of their own shares in the stock market. Investment manager David Fried says these "buybacks" can be a valuable ­indicator fo...

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Brokerage-Account Scams On the Rise

Brokerage-Account Scams On the Rise

There’s a rapidly growing danger that could affect your money if it is managed by a broker or financial adviser. Wire-fraud cases in the securities industry—fraudulent money transfers made over th...

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Real Estate Wizard Reports: What's Ahead for Home Owners, Buyers and Sellers

Real Estate Wizard Reports: What's Ahead for Home Owners, Buyers and Sellers

About three years ago, when many analysts were forecasting continued gloom and doom in the housing market, the real estate analysis firm Metrostudy told Bottom Line/­Personal readers that home prices...

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