Personal finance

February 28, 2017 - 5:37 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Rep. David Young ignited loud cheers from hundreds at an Iowa meeting last week when he said, "Donald Trump should release his taxes," calling the move a "no brainer." Given the first chance to force the GOP president's hand, Young passed. The two-term, Des Moines...
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China Securities Regulatory Commission Deputy Chairman Li Chao speaks during a press briefing on the reform, stability and development of the Chinese capital market, at the State Council Information Office in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. China needs to do more to stop risky behavior in its stock market, a regulator said Sunday, following a 2015 collapse in share prices and complaints investors are engaged in a dangerous new round of speculative buying. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
February 26, 2017 - 4:17 am
BEIJING (AP) — China needs to do more to stop risky behavior in its stock market, a regulator said Sunday, following a 2015 collapse in share prices and complaints investors are engaged in a dangerous new round of speculative buying. Regulators need to stop "blind expansion" by financial firms, the...
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In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, photograph, Vicki Tosher, a breast cancer patient, is shown outside her home in the south Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo. Tosher, like countless other Americans, likes the subsidized health plan that she buys through the Affordable Care Act and is concerned with Republicans' efforts to scuttle the coverage. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
February 25, 2017 - 10:42 am
CHICAGO (AP) — As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The challenge of providing insurance for...
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February 24, 2017 - 9:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought more new homes in January after a steep fall-off the previous month, a sign the housing market is healthy despite higher mortgage rates. New home sales rose 3.7 percent to a seasonally-adjusted 555,000, the Commerce Department said Friday. That is 5.5 percent...
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February 23, 2017 - 9:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week, continuing a holding pattern that has prevailed this month. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate loans edged up to 4.16 percent from 4.15 percent last week. The benchmark rate stood at 3.62 percent a...
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 photo, Lauren Nieves-Taranto, left, and husband Francisco play with their youngest child Nicolas, 4-months, at their home in Windermere, Fla. Nieves-Taranto covered the entire $8,000 bill from the birth of Nicolas last year with his account balance from a health savings account, or HSA. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 22, 2017 - 11:02 am
The U.S. government may soon lean on someone new to help lower health care costs: you. The idea is that when your money is on the line — and not the insurance company's — you'll look for the best value and do your part to curb national health care spending. The Affordable Care Act's fate is up in...
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This Dec. 7, 2016 file photo shows a house for sale, in Hialeah, Fla. Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January 2017 at the fastest pace since 2007. The National Association of Realtors on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, says home sales rose 3.3 percent last months from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
February 22, 2017 - 9:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. Home sales rose 3.3 percent in January from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. Steady...
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In this photo taken Feb 9, 2017, Mike Schwarz, sole proprietor of Mike Schwarz Photography, poses for a photo in Tampa, Fla. Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage “Obamacare” offers provides him protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
February 22, 2017 - 2:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health...
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In this photo taken Feb 9, 2017, Mike Schwarz, sole proprietor of Mike Schwarz Photography, poses for a photo in Tampa, Fla. Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage “Obamacare” offers provides him protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
February 21, 2017 - 4:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2013, file photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. enjoyed accelerated business at its core U.S. namesake stores in the fourth-quarter, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, as it drew more shoppers, encouraging signs that its efforts to lower prices and beef services are helping to gain inroads against online leader Amazon.com. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
February 21, 2017 - 4:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest retailer keeps working to make headway against the largest online seller. Wal-Mart drew more shoppers to its namesake stores in the United States and its online sales soared 29 percent in the fourth quarter, which covers the critical holiday shopping season...
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