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The 7 best places to retire overseas

washingtonpost.com — The concept of moving abroad in retirement is usually associated with adventure, good food and the freedom to explore exotic parts of the world. But the main factor that motivates people to actually spend their later years abroad is often affordability, says Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of Live and Invest Overseas, a resource for retirees that publishes an annual ranking of the 21 best places to retire overseas.

Five credit card fees you didn't know existed

dailyherald.com — The average credit card charges six fees -- although some charge as many as 12 -- according to a survey of 100 cards by CreditCards.com. Many of those charges, such as late payment penalties, balance transfer fees and cash advance fees, are fairly common.

The cities where people have the most credit card debt

washingtonpost.com — Paying off credit card debt can take a really, really long time. Just how long it takes depends not only on the total amount of debt and the interest rate, but also on how big your paycheck is.
Jul 27, 2015

The cities where people have the hardest time paying off credit card debt: wapo.st/1MRG8WC pic.twitter.com/OezwVTGuVA

Jul 27, 2015

The average credit card balance in Washington, D.C. is $5,046, the most for the top 25 cities. wapo.st/1MRG8WC

Jul 27, 2015

RT @Jonnelle: The average credit card balance in Washington, D.C. is $5,046, the most for the top 25 cities. wapo.st/1MRG8WC

Jul 27, 2015

I don’t really get the whole idea of credit cards. Like, are you expecting to win the lottery “any day now”? wapo.st/1S8TcxD

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The many unseen costs of renting out your home through sites like Airbnb

washingtonpost.com — If you're planning on getting out of town, renting out your home while you're away can be a quick way to earn some extra spending money. Listing your home for rent through Web sites like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) can be fairly simple.
Jul 24, 2015

The many unseen costs of renting out your home through sites like Airbnb: wapo.st/1elL36r pic.twitter.com/njdwYTpoYR

Jul 25, 2015

Thinking of renting out your home on Airbnb? Consider these costs first. wapo.st/1elL36r pic.twitter.com/njdwYTH0nr

A cut to Social Security disability benefits is around the corner

washingtonpost.com — The annual check-up for Social Security is in, and one program looks more dire than the rest. If Congress doesn't act, people receiving Social Security disability benefits could see a nearly 20 percent cut to payments at the end of next year, according to the latest version of the Social Security trustees report released Wednesday.
Jul 24, 2015

People receiving Social Security disability could see benefits cut by 19% next year if Congress doesn't act: wapo.st/1MnxVLM

Jul 25, 2015

A cut to Social Security disability benefits may be around the corner. wapo.st/1MnxVLM

Jul 27, 2015

Impt for over 60 unable to work w/not enough saved to retire. Social Security disability benefits cut? @Jonnelle wpo.st/2P7S0

5 credit card fees you might not expect

washingtonpost.com — Citigroup was fined more than $700 million on Tuesday, partly for misleading customers when it came to fees and using confusing language to make it more likely that customers would buy services they didn't need. The announcement is a fresh reminder that it can pay to check monthly statements and question unusual charges.

Citibank to refund consumers $700 million for misleading credit card practices

washingtonpost.com — Citibank will pay more than $700 million in penalties for deceiving consumers when it came to debt protection and credit monitoring services they didn't need or didn't know they were paying for. The bank misled consumers into purchasing the protections when they signed up for credit cards or called to cancel other services, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday when it announced the penalties.

How to navigate the tightest housing market in years

washingtonpost.com — Emboldened by low interest rates, rising rent prices and a stronger sense of job security, more people are making the leap into home ownership. But as they do, many face fierce competition, limited choices and the pressure to act quickly. The biggest challenge for many would-be buyers is that there are not enough homes on the market.

Where Americans likely spend more than half of their paycheck on rent

Jul 17, 2015

Where Americans likely spend more than half of their paycheck on rent houstonchronicle.com/business/artic… via @HoustonChron

Why millennials shouldn’t rush into homeownership

washingtonpost.com — Burdened by student loans, poor job prospects and paltry paychecks, many millennials have had to put off buying homes. Now some economists say that may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
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Jul 29, 2015

5 financial milestones to hit while you're in your 20s: wapo.st/1gm1Ach

Jul 28, 2015

Speed! Also, limited storage space. Still, when I had a washer but not a dryer in NYC I used to hang my clothes. twitter.com/hermanywong/st…

Jul 28, 2015

"The raise has gone the way of the gold watch.” wpo.st/zjKS0 Unfortunate news from @ylanmui

Jul 28, 2015

I always assumed that if I retired abroad it would be in D.R. but looking at these pics of Belize and France has be rethinking things

Jul 27, 2015

The average credit card balance in Washington, D.C. is $5,046, the most for the top 25 cities. wapo.st/1MRG8WC

Jul 27, 2015

Who was Dr. Seuss?: How a rebellious frat boy reinvented children's literature wpo.st/4JAS0

Jul 27, 2015

The cities where people have the hardest time paying off credit card debt: wapo.st/1MRG8WC pic.twitter.com/OezwVTGuVA

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