10 Retirees Share Their Biggest Regrets

Rachel Hartman, Contributor Rachel Hartman began writing for U.S. News in 2018, covering topics related to personal finance... Read more Rachel Hartman began writing for U.S. News in 2018, covering topics related to personal finance and retirement. She has a financial and business-related background, starting with a degree in business administration.

This is the best place to live in America to pay down debt

When it comes to paying down debt, where you live can be just as important as how you live. To find the best city to live in to pay down debt, LendingTree analyzed data in 50 of the biggest metro areas in the U.S.

Homeowners: Take Advantage of These 6 Tax Breaks

By Devon Thorsby, Editor, Real Estate |Jan. 16, 2019, at 9:32 a.m. 6 Tax Breaks for Homeowners Whether you're gearing up to file your taxes this year, researching what's ahead for next year or simply contemplating the benefits to buying a house in the future, there's a lot to consider.

How to Pay Less Tax on Retirement Account Withdrawals

Emily Brandon, Staff Writer Emily Brandon is the senior editor for retirement at U.S. News & World Report. She has been wri... Read more Emily Brandon is the senior editor for retirement at U.S. News & World Report. She has been writing about retirement planning for U.S.

The 10 most in-demand skills of 2019, according to LinkedIn

This tight labor market has led many companies to become more open-minded when considering candidates. Companies including Google, Apple, IBM and Bank of America no longer require applicants to have a college degree. Instead of emphasizing the need for specific titles and experience, organizations are shifting towards a focus on the skills that a potential employee may bring.

1 in 5 millennials with debt expect to die without ever paying it off

The average millennial (aged 18 to 34) had about $32,000 in personal debt, excluding home mortgages, last year, according to Northwestern Mutual's 2018 Planning & Progress Study. That debt can feel both crushing - and endless.

How To Pay Off Student Loans

Student loan debt is the second-largest pile of debt in the U.S., trailing only mortgages. Here are some tips for tackling your student loans and getting debt free.

EUR/USD Price Forecast - Euro continues to face resistance

The Euro try to rally during the trading session on Monday, reaching towards the 1.1450 level above, extending to the 1.15 level after that. Ultimately, I think that barrier has shown itself to be resilient yet again, and I think it's only a matter of time before we roll over again.

Mega Millions jackpot hits $415 million. How to protect your privacy if you win

If there's a jackpot winner in the next Mega Millions drawing, someone is going to have a very, very happy New Year. The top prize has climbed to $415 million for Tuesday night's drawing. The last time someone hit the jackpot was Oct. 23, when a single ticket sold in South Carolina nabbed a whopping $1.537 billion.

6 quick facts that explain SNAP, food stamps

You hear it all the time, but do you know what SNAP is? Here are 6 things you should know about the program that started during the Great Depression.

Bachelor's Degree Jobs With $100K+ Salaries

Bachelor's Degree Jobs With $100K+ Salaries Some bachelor's degree jobs offer a high return. It's pretty common knowledge that earning a graduate degree can lead to a high-salary job. But in some fields, a bachelor's credential is sufficient to put workers on a path to six-figure earnings.

Housing and Mortgage Trends for 2019

It's going to be a challenging year for home buyers in 2019: They will continue to compete for a short supply of homes. Home prices and mortgage rates are likely to keep moving upward, bruising affordability. But 2019 is likely to bring some welcome developments, too, for buyers and mortgage borrowers.

Here's What You Google Searched the Most in 2018

Google's Top Searches of 2018 "World Cup" was the top Google search of 2018. America had a lot to search in 2018. The global sporting event that pitted an ultimately victorious France against Croatia drew 32 countries to Russia and search queries from across the U.S.

Dow dives 600 points to below 22,000, S&P 500 enters bear market - worst Christmas Eve ever

U.S. stocks plunged on Monday in their worst Christmas Eve trading ever, as the S&P 500 entered a bear market.

50 metro areas with the highest unemployment rates | Stacker

Amongst the greatest ongoing tragedies the United States faces is the fact that many Americans are unable to secure employment despite actively seeking a job.

How to teach your kids about money so they don't become materialistic

By Love & Money is a new MarketWatch series looking at how issues surrounding money impact our relationships with significant others, friends and family. Oklahoma mom Heather Dunn's financial lessons for her kids started with an old yogurt container. She saved one from the trash bin and refashioned it into a piggy bank for her three-year-old son.

How taxpayers can deal with new state, local deduction caps

If you paid a lot of state and local taxes in 2018, buckle up this tax season - new laws cap how much of those payments you can deduct on your federal tax return. That means more of your income could be taxable this year.

U.S Mortgages - Applications Slide in Spite of Retreating Rates

Mortgage rates fell back further, with applications also on the slide, the equity market sell-off and rising concerns over the economy weighing in the week.

This Week In Credit Card News: How To Instantly Boost Your Credit Score; Square Wants To Be A Bank

Square is refiling its application with U.S. state and federal regulators for a bank license. Square is applying with the FDIC for a special industrial loan company license, that allows nontraditional financial firms to collect government-insured deposits. The bank would be Utah-chartered.

Short-Term Vs. Intermediate-Term Bond Funds

Bond funds are mutual funds that hold a variety of debt instruments issued by governments, corporations or investment firms. Bond terms vary in length from a few months to 30 years. Short-term bond funds largely contain bonds with a duration of 24 months or less. Intermediate bonds funds contain bonds with an average ...

Why is it so difficult to return unwanted Christmas gifts?

Retailers accused of playing fast and loose with consumer rights, some giving wrong information

These Are the 5 Best Eco-Friendly Places to Retire

Sustainability is a growing consideration among retirees.

Do These 5 Things by Dec. 31 to Cut Your Tax Bill

It may seem too early to start thinking about your tax return, but procrastination could cost you thousands of dollars. Here are a few simple...

'Dramatic drops' in gas prices: Less-than-$2 gas is here for many American motorists

CLOSE Nearly one in five U.S. fuel stations are charging less than $2 per gallon of gasoline as falling oil prices deliver holiday savings for American motorists. "We've seen dramatic drops toward the end of the year," says Jeanette Casselano, spokeswoman for AAA.

Why medical bills in the US are so expensive

The American health-care system is in a sort of tug of war between physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceuticals and shareholders. At the center of it all are the patients. So how did we get here, and how do we turn things around?

How taxpayers can deal with new state, local deduction caps

If you paid a lot of state and local taxes in 2018, buckle up this tax season - new laws cap how much of those payments you can deduct on your federal tax return. That means more of your income could be taxable this year.

The Fed Just Raised Interest Rates Again. What It Means for People With Credit Card Debt

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates causing the DJIA to fall and raising the cost of credit card debt. The Fed plans more rate hikes.

Buyer's remorse? How to swap your Medicare Advantage plan for 2019 after open enrollment

CLOSE You picked your Medicare Advantage plan, but you're worried it's not a good fit for your medical needs. Are you stuck with it until next year's open enrollment? No, thanks to new policy changes this year from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Millennials are no different from their baby boomer parents - they're just poorer

In the court of public opinion, millennials are the most infamous serial killers. American cheese. Credit cards. Taxis. The Thanksgiving turkey. Even divorce. This generation's cultural killing spree has left few corners untouched. Now there's evidence for an appeal.

With the economy looking shakier, take these 5 financial steps

CLOSE Economists are starting to compile their forecasts for next year, and the projections aren't quite as rosy as they were a few months ago. The pace of growth appears likely to slow, even if recession fears haven't yet moved to center stage. Interest rates have been rising, and the stock market has been wobbly.

Dow down triple digits? You need to avoid making this mistake during market volatility

Peter Cade | Image Bank | Getty Images When you hear the market has suffered a big drop, your first instinct is probably to check your investment account balances. But that is actually the opposite of what you should do, according to Dan Ariely, chief behavioral economist at Qapital, a provider of a personal finance mobile app, and professor of behavioral economics at Duke University.

Do you think you deserve a raise? It depends on where you live.

One in 4 workers said one key thing is getting in the way of their career advancement: a lack of skills and training. The top three things preventing workers from learning new skills, according to the survey, included not having the financial resources, as indicated by 56 percent of respondents; having too many social and family commitments, 45 percent; and not easily finding opportunities in their communities, 43 percent.

Mr. Money Mustache: You can retire super early and have your money last for life

Over the past year, the concept of very early retirement seems to have finally hit the mainstream, with dozens of stories appearing in major publications in the U.S. and Europe. The stories typically focus on a few individuals or families, profiling the ways they have streamlined their lifestyles for lower cost.

It's now or never for a market down nearly 3% for the year with just 2 weeks to go

Stocks are definitely cheaper on paper than they've been in a while, though that cheapness will only be validated if earnings next year don't roll over too much harder than current expectations. Citigroup strategist Tobias Levkovich calculates that the S&P 500 right now builds in an implicit forecast of zero earnings growth next year (subject to several assumptions about "fair value" under current conditions).

For Americans looking for a better life, this state is their No. 1 choice

By Looking to get the hell out of Dodge? Then there's a pretty decent chance you're headed for Florida. The Sunshine State ranked as the No. 1 destination among homebuyers who were looking to move across state lines, according a new analysis from LendingTree.

Americans shelled out $3.5 trillion on health care last year, but growth in spending slows

Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Americans shelled out $3.5 trillion on health care last year, or $10,739 per person, but the increase in spending slowed to a pace not seen since 2013 - before Congress expanded the Affordable Care Act.

How to Save Money on a Christmas Tree

Save money on a Christmas tree by choosing a retailer wisely and paying attention to the quality and materials of the tree. Few traditions evoke the warmth, nostalgia and coziness of the holiday season like a brightly lit Christmas tree in the living room.

How to plan your retirement when you have children with special needs

By Richelle Nessralla, a lawyer in Cambridge, is planning two retirements: one for herself and her husband, and another for her son with Down syndrome. Within weeks of giving birth to her twins, Sofiya and Zayn, seven years ago, Nessralla said she did something most new parents don't do: she shopped around for life insurance.

Here's where you'll pay the most for your electric bill

CLOSE From powering kitchen appliances to leaving a light on at night to getting on the internet, electricity is at the center of many of modern life's most basic functions. However, the cost of electricity is not fixed nationwide and running a refrigerator could be up to three times more expensive in one state than another.

The U.S. Stock Market Is Officially in a Correction. And Financial Stocks Are Now in a Bear Market

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is down 10%, a market correction, while financial stocks and banks are down 20%, a bear market.

Know These 6 Federal Tax Changes to Avoid a Surprise in 2019

Most tax brackets for adjusted gross income were lowered. Last year's Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 made significant changes to federal tax laws - rejiggering tax brackets, capping some tax deductions and eliminating a few others. Those changes will determine how much money people can write off on their taxes when they file in 2019.

Liquidation sale strategies for Sears, Kmart, Lowe's and more

Hundreds of stores across the country are closing up shop as many major retailers like Sears, Kmart and Lowe's restructure. While many are calling it a retail apocalypse, for consumers it can mean liquidation sales and amazing discounts. But how can you get the most out of those liquidation sales?

Ask Your Employer For This Powerful 401(k) Upgrade

When the inevitable financial emergency strikes, will your retirement suffer? Without easy access to money, the proverbial flat tire, unexpected plumbing issue or hospital visit will set anyone into a scramble for cash. Will you need to borrow from friends and family, go into credit card debt, or take a payday loan?

The Best Financial Holiday Gift For Your Child's Education Planning

Parents across the country are trying to navigate the cost of college. Families need moments to bond and often the shared struggles of trying to fund a child's education might be a good moment. Giving these gift cards is simple and you don't need to brave the holiday crowds to make a difference.

This map shows states that have extended deadlines to enroll in Obamacare

Most people who do not sign up for Obamacare insurance by Saturday's open enrollment deadline will not be able to obtain coverage until next fall, unless they have a qualifying life event such as getting married or having a child.