Dollar Bits of Info 11.07.13

nov7How to Manage Your Money in a Forced Retirement TheStreet.com – If you have the luxury of choice, it would pay to live off of money that will have the smallest impact on your income. The first choice would be cash, such as bank …

Your Money: Some welcome flex on health accounts Philly.com – Flexible spending accounts, or FSAs, are a benefit that some employers offer that allows their workers to pay some medical out-of-pocket expenses with pretax …

Investing Lessons from Movies and Television Wall Street Journal – This discussion relates to a recent Investing in Funds & ETFs Report and … out one television show or movie as offering valuable investing lessons is not easy.

Hot Investment Concepts You Should Approach With Caution Wall Street Journal – The push for holding alternative investments concerns me. These are funds designed to produce a different return than stocks. Getting …

Bankrate: Mortgage Rates Move Higher MarketWatch – Fixed mortgage rates increased this week with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate jumping to …

Mortgage debt forgiveness will be taxable in 2014 Chicago Tribune – Nothing has been said about whether the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act will be extended. I am planning as if it won’t be extended, which will result in a …

Mortgage Delinquencies Reach 5-Year Low as Housing Heals Bloomberg – The share of U.S. mortgages that are seriously delinquent fell to a five-year low as job gains help borrowers keep up on payments while rising home prices …

30-year mortgage, or 15? 5 questions to help you choose USA TODAY – As part of this effort, the CFPB has proposed new disclosure forms to help borrowers understand the real risks and costs associated with their mortgage

Mortgage modification scam under investigation 7Online.com – When people have trouble keeping up with home loan payments, some turn to mortgage modification brokers to help lower their …

PERSONAL FINANCE IDEA: Finding a good investment manager  – Or ask something along the lines of: ‘what is risk and how do you construct … for the first time, we try to go in with an open mind and therefore limit our analysis of their track records as far as possible. This is because a good track …

Personal data: Who’s willing share it, and when  – Big data is everywhere … and whether consumers like it or not, their user habits, lifestyle and even healthcare data is being collected, used and analyzed on a daily basis. While all that information can be useful, many consumers are still not …

7 Ways to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner U.S. News & World Report (blog) – To save money and not push the bounds of your refrigerator or your budget, determine how many guests you expect in advance so you can create a more accurate menu and shopping list. Then, plan and stick to a budget using an online personal finance …

Save Money and Your Sanity: Price-Track Your Online Holiday Gifts … – Like it or not, the holidays are upon us. That means all the stress and associated horribleness of shopping is also here. Luckily, you can tame your shopping list …

This Is How Much Money You’ll Make Based on Your Personality … – If you spent a lot of time on the Internet as a teen, you’ve taken approximately a bajillion personality tests. At least one was probably the hugely popular …

Marijuana Business Growth Outpaces Smartphones, Industry Report Says – Legal marijuana sales in the U.S. will top $2.3 billion in 2014, up 64 percent from this year’s $1.4 billion… At that rate, U.S. cannabis sales will outpace the worldwide growth of smartphone sales, which expanded 46 percent between the second quarters of 2012 and 2013…

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