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  • When Chicken Little Comes Home to Roost: Why Many Americans Aren’t Concerned About a National Debt DefaultPersonal Finance

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    With everyone from the Treasury Department to the International Monetary Fund to the World Bank to several of the country’s top economists warning about massive international economic disruption if the U.S. fails to raise the debt ceiling, thereby triggering a default, one might think that Americans would be a shade nigh of collective hysteria — and calling, emailing, texting, or sending flocks of carrier pigeons to their elected representatives to complain — about their own […]

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    3 Ways Regular Americans Will Be Hurt by a Debt Ceiling DefaultPersonal Finance, Money

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    Many Americans this week may be asking themselves: Why should I care about the debt ceiling, or the — barring Congressional action — coming default? You’ve heard about it in the news but, much like the sequester or the shutdown, you’re not quite sure how it’ll affect your daily life. Put simply, unlike corporate tax cuts, a debt ceiling default will have a trickle-down effect that will affect your wallet in one way or another. […]

  • When It Comes to Technology, Sometimes It Makes Sense to Slow DownTechnology

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    Everyone is in a hurry — overbooked, overworked, and generally overwhelmed. With life churning forward at a pace that makes the “rat race” of the ’50s feel like a Sunday picnic, is it any wonder we’re hungry for new ways to work faster and more efficiently? In this relentless, obsessive pursuit of speed, we treat technology as a toolkit and a magic wand, by turns practical and sublime. David Pogue’s tech tips are a sterling […]

  • The 5 Deadly Clicks: The Links You Should Never TouchPrivacy

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    Here’s a scary scenario. You’re innocently surfing the Web, maybe on an unfamiliar site, not paying close attention. Suddenly your computer screen fills with illegal pornographic images of minors. You try to navigate away, but a warning screen branded by the National Security Administration’s Internet Surveillance Program pops up with the message: “Your computer has been locked due to suspicion of illegal content downloading and distribution.” You are then offered a sort of Hobson’s choice: […]

  • 7 Credit Mistakes That Could Wreck Your RetirementFinancial Literacy, Retirement, Blog, Personal Finance

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    Yes, just like clockwork it happened again this year: I got older. As of this week, the Beatles song, “When I’m Sixty-Four,” went from being a hypothetical to a reality for me. This means that next year, I will officially become a senior citizen. It’s a jarring prospect. Like most baby boomers, I don’t feel especially old. We’re the cool ones, the generation that brought America rock ‘n’ roll, yoga, and the belief that we […]

  • 7 Steps to Deal With HR Looking at Your Credit ReportBlog, Personal Finance, Privacy, Money

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    Employers don’t like surprises. They want to know everything there is to know about you, which is why you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that many look at prospective employees’ credit reports as part of their application process. One 2010 study from the Society of Human Resource Management estimates that 60 percent of companies checked some (or all) job applicants’ credit reports. This is a practice that many people understandably find objectionable – some find […]

  • Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?Government, health care, Blog

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    It’s the biggest change in health care in nearly half a century, and perhaps unsurprisingly it’s already become a tool for scammers. Though open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) doesn’t begin until Oct. 1, scam artists – masquerading as government representatives — have tricked a number of consumers into coughing up personal information over the phone. That’s just the opening shot. Once millions of consumers begin providing unprecedented amounts of personal data […]

  • The New American Dream: It’s Not What You ThinkBlog, Personal Finance

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    A great number of Americans are redefining the American Dream. That was the takeaway from a recent Credit.com poll, which showed that nearly one in four people between the ages of 18 and 24 defined the American Dream as being debt-free. Shockingly, that’s more than those who dream of owning a home. The poll underscores something I have long suspected — there’s a great deal of nostalgia for a promise that increasingly and tragically looks […]

  • The Car Hacks That Could Cost You Big TimeBlog, Technology

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    With AAA predicting the biggest Labor Day travel weekend since the recession hit, many Americans will be stealing away for that final summer trip. Unfortunately, they won’t be the only ones stealing. There’s a new type of crime happening on America’s highways and byways. A nationwide crime spree in the making, if you will, whereby high-tech thieves can unlock vehicles easier than you’d like to think possible. We’re way beyond rocks, cobblestones, baseball bats, shims […]

  • The Secret to Beating a Car DealershipBlog, Personal Finance

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    As the first snap of the football season approaches, baseball builds to the crescendo of the World Series and duck hunting season is less than as month away (at least in some parts of the country), another kind of contest begins in earnest. Wading their way through billions of dollars of ads and eagerly navigating through fields of auto-malls, consumers are on the hunt for the best deal on a 2013 model, oblivious to the […]

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