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Just asking about an insurance claim can make your rate go up — Most people know that filing frequent insurance claims can lead to a spike in what they pay for coverage. But many probably don't realize that just asking an insurance agent about a potential claim can also affect rates - even if the claim is never filed.

The December tax deadline you probably don’t know about — Many taxpayers are scrambling to take care of the usual list of tax chores to finish before year's end, but there's one little known tax deadline they're probably forgetting. December 15 (also known as Monday) is the last day for choosing a health plan on the new Obamacare insurance exchanges for people who want coverage by Jan.

Medical debt is ruining the credit score of millions of Americans — If you have a bill in collections that is dragging down your credit score, chances are high that it's medical. Some 43 million Americans have delinquent medical debt on their credit reports, amounting to about one in five credit reports, according to a report released Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

More Americans feel like they will never get out of debt — Americans are feeling more grim about their debt. Nearly one in five consumers with loans said they think they will never be able to finish paying off their debt, according to survey released Wednesday by That is double the nine percent who said they felt that way last year.

The monthly bill that could save - or destroy - your credit score — One of the easiest ways to repair your credit history is to pay your bills on time. Every bill, every time. But the biggest bill in many households - and one that people are likely to prioritize when money runs low - is often left out of the equation: the monthly rental payment.

7 things you can do now to lower next year’s tax bill

Millennials aren’t job hopping as much as previous generations. Here’s why that’s bad. — Amanda Healy has worked for three companies in the last three years. She's had her current job as a marketing manager for TIBCO Software Inc. for about eight months - and she hopes to stay there for the long run. But her stint at her previous employer lasted only 10 months.

Are you smart enough to retire? — How well do you understand basic retirement strategies? Test your knowledge with this quiz, which was excerpted and adapted from the American College of Financial Services.

Are you smart enough to retire? — When are reverse mortgages due? What triggers early withdrawal penalties? What exactly is covered by Medicare again? Retirement planning is hard, and most people struggle to understand the fundamentals, according to a new report by the American College of Financial Services, a nonprofit that educates financial advisers.

Is graduate school worth the cost? Here’s how to know. — It's that time of year when people are compiling graduate school applications, gathering transcripts and deciding whether they want to take the plunge. It's a big decision - and an expensive one. Should you do it? Grad school has its benefits. People with advanced degrees tend to earn bigger paychecks than those who have only an undergraduate degree.
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Dec 19, 2014

Better hurry RT @GetThereWP: Everything you need to know about shipping deadlines:

Dec 19, 2014

Everything you need to know about shipping deadlines:

Dec 19, 2014

RT @Priyasideas: Obama: "We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the united states" #sonyhack

Dec 18, 2014

RT @amdickerson: @Jonnelle @DinaWaPo Maybe buyers get that "Just Say No" is a responsible response given stagnant/unsteady wages & jobs + …

Dec 18, 2014

Lenders say they are making it much easier for people to buy houses. So why isn’t it working? via @DinaWaPo

Dec 18, 2014

If you want free shipping, act fast. Many stores’ cutoff dates start tomorrow:

Dec 18, 2014

RT @washingtonpost: Amazon adds one-hour delivery for Prime members, starting in Manhattan

Dec 18, 2014

RT @davidmwessel: Good news, perhaps? Enrollment of first-year law students has sunk to levels not seen since 1973; 30% drop in 4 years

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