Personal finance

FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Brianna McGurran, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. "Ask Brianna" is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
January 02, 2018 - 10:23 am
"Ask Brianna" is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet...
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December 28, 2017 - 3:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In this season of giving, charity seems to be getting an extra jolt because next year the popular tax deduction for donations will lose a lot of its punch. Traditionally generous Americans may be feeling even more so this year, or maybe they're concerned about the state of a...
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** HOLD FOR SALLY HO STORY ** In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2016, assistant teacher D'onna Hartman, reads to Frederick Frenious, left, and Gus Saunders at the Creative Kids Learning Center, a school that focuses on pre-kindergarten for 4- and 5-year-olds, in Seattle. Hartman used the "boo boo bag" corner to settle the two down after a small altercation left one in tears. In perhaps an unexpected twist, historically conservative strongholds like Oklahoma and West Virginia are leading efforts to bring preschool to all and Alabama and Georgia are also red states that have notable programs. But some liberal leaning-cities like Seattle and New York also are running public pre-K programs. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
December 26, 2017 - 10:10 am
SEATTLE (AP) — In perhaps an unexpected twist, historically conservative strongholds like Oklahoma and West Virginia are leading efforts to bring preschool to all. Other red states that have notable programs include Alabama and Georgia. But some liberal-leaning cities like Seattle and New York also...
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FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2013, file photo, patrons of the Hernando, Miss., branch of First Regional Library system explore online college-level courses that can earn credit. Prospective students who want a college degree but can’t attend a traditional campus may consider online college for its flexibility and independent learning style. But self-paced courses are not for everyone. (Stan Carroll/The Commercial Appeal via AP, File)
December 26, 2017 - 9:58 am
Amelia Roberts, a nurse in Washington, D.C., knew she needed to return to college for a bachelor's degree if she wanted to win a care coordinator position at her hospital. But attending college on a campus wasn't a practical option for her. "I was in the workforce, so traveling to a class in the...
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In this Tuesday, May 2, 2017, photo, a motorist prepares to select regular gas at a pump at a Chevron station in Miami. Gas prices are still quite low, historically speaking, and were fairly steady in 2017. But 2018 may be a bit more rocky, according to Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis at the Oil Price Information Service. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
December 20, 2017 - 1:12 pm
No one wants to be caught off-guard when it comes to their finances. So The Associated Press asked several experts to share their opinion on what will happen with some key issues in 2018 that will directly impact your personal financial well-being. Here's a look at their forecasts: ___ Q. What...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, leaves the House Chamber after voting on the Republican tax bill, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans muscled the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades through the House. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 20, 2017 - 1:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jubilant Republicans pushed on early Wednesday to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. President Donald Trump...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., walks to the House floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Republicans are ready to ram a $1.5 trillion tax package through Congress, giving President Donald Trump the legislative win he desperately wants. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 19, 2017 - 8:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the push in Congress to pass a sweeping tax cut bill (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Democrats say three provisions in the Republican $1.5 trillion tax bill violate Senate rules and will likely be removed before that chamber votes on the measure. The House approved the...
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December 18, 2017 - 4:15 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate have topped $300,000 for the first time. Berkshire's Class A stock hit $300,100 Monday morning before retreating to slightly below the milestone. The stock closed at $299,360, up $3,080. Buffett has never split Berkshire'...
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FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
December 18, 2017 - 11:20 am
The phrase "death cleaning" may sound jarring to unaccustomed ears, but the concept makes sense. It's about getting rid of excess rather than leaving a mess for your heirs to sort out. "Death cleaning" is the literal translation of the Swedish word dostadning, which means a uncluttering process...
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December 18, 2017 - 11:16 am
TAX AGREEMENT AND SMALL BUSINESSES The Republican agreement on a tax bill gives many small company owners breaks on their business income taxes and allows them to deduct a larger portion of their equipment purchases. But many owners are also losing out on savings including the ability to deduct all...
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