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The majority of consumers have subprime credit scores, report says

washingtonpost.com — The job market may be growing at the fastest clip in 15 years, but many consumers are still trying to clear nasty scars from their credit reports. The majority, or 56 percent, of consumers have subprime credit scores, according to a report released Thursday by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a nonprofit that advocates for policy changes to help low- and moderate-income households.

Want to lose weight? Get on a budget.

washingtonpost.com — It's almost the end January. How's it going with those New Year's resolutions? The most common goals people set at the start of the year are to lose weight and to get their finances in order - two seemingly distinct areas for improvement. Now a survey from TD Bank suggests they may go hand in hand.

What the top 1 percent makes in every state

washingtonpost.com — As the economy recovers, some people are reaping the benefits more than others. The top 1 percent of earners are amassing a disproportionate share of the income growth in each state, driving inequality to levels not seen in decades, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute.

Stop paying so much for tax help

washingtonpost.com — If there is ever a year in which you might be tempted to hire a tax pro, this could be it. The Internal Revenue Service is warning it will probably answer fewer than half of the phone calls it receives. Many people may struggle with calculating their health insurance subsidy or figuring out if they need to pay a penalty.

Health law will make taxes more taxing for some

buffalonews.com — The tax filing season is kicking off without any major delays. But some taxpayers will still find it more frustrating than usual.Along with marking their income and filing status, taxpayers will now have to say on their tax returns whether they did - or did not - have health ...

The winners and losers of a strong dollar

washingtonpost.com — It's a really good time to own wads of crisp, green American cash. As President Obama boasted during his State of the Union address last week, the U.S. economy is back. The job market is growing at a pace unseen in 15 years. The unemployment rate is lower than it was before the financial crisis hit.

Proof that couples lie to each other about money all the time

washingtonpost.com — Couples living under the same roof share bathrooms, bills, groceries, a bed. But when it comes to their wallets, some still prefer to think in terms of 'his' and 'hers.' About 6 percent of Americans are hiding a bank account or credit card from their spouse or partner, according to a survey released Wednesday by CreditCards.com.

Wal-Mart’s new bank-like move: It will pay tax refunds in cash

dispatch.com — For the majority of taxpayers, the tax refund is a bonus that seamlessly shows up in their bank account each spring. But Wal-Mart is giving another option to the minority of taxpayers who might otherwise wait for a check to hit their mailbox: pick up the refund, in cash, at any Wal-Mart store.

Wal-Mart will cash your tax refund in hopes that you’ll spend it there

buffalonews.com — For the majority of taxpayers, the tax refund is a bonus that seamlessly shows up in their bank account each spring.But Wal-Mart is giving another option to the minority of taxpayers who might otherwise wait for a check to hit their mailbox: pick up the refund, in cash, at any Wal-Mart sto...

Wal-Mart will cash your tax refund - in hopes that you’ll spend it there

washingtonpost.com — For the majority of taxpayers, the tax refund is a bonus that seamlessly shows up in their bank account each spring. But Wal-Mart is giving another option to the minority of taxpayers who might otherwise wait for a check to hit their mailbox: pick up the refund, in cash, at any Wal-Mart store.
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Jan 29, 2015

Unless you're super rich, chances are you're having a hard time paying for college. wapo.st/1wFusw7

Jan 29, 2015

The job market may be back, but many consumers are still trying to clear nasty scars from their credit reports. wapo.st/1CP82ja

Jan 29, 2015

Pretty high bar RT @postlocal: You need to make $108,092 a year to live comfortably in D.C., report says wapo.st/1BvJaZz

Jan 29, 2015

Middle-class families are fed up with their financial aid options. wapo.st/1wFusw7 from @DaniDougPost

Jan 29, 2015

Median income for families using 529 plans was $147,000 in 2012, 3 times the ave for families w/ children in college.nyti.ms/1wDt2lZ

Jan 29, 2015

Still trying to repair your credit? You’re not alone. The majority of consumers have subprime credit scores: wapo.st/1CP82ja

Jan 29, 2015

RT @DrewDowell: Facebook and Google alone account for 60% of mobile ads, 40% of all digital ads on.wsj.com/1ERmh6b @WSJ

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