Personal Finance

When Kevin Zraly first started studying wines almost 50 years ago, it wasn’t the most popular alcoholic beverage in the U.S. “People looked at me like I was nuts studying wines,” Zraly said. “All my friends were drinking beer.” At 21, Zraly hitchhiked to California to get exposure to the wines there. And after graduating
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Buyer’s remorse may be easy to remedy this holiday season — just remember to mark your calendar. Retailer return policies are more apt to fall on the “nice” list rather than “naughty,” according to a new report from advocacy site ConsumerWorld.org, which has studied store return policies around the holidays for the past 15 years.
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Everyone has a kitchen drawer that accumulates packets of duck sauce, random pliers, rubber bands, old batteries and pens that don’t write. Most people also have a financial junk drawer, says Amanda Priebe, a certified financial planner and wealth strategist at PNC Wealth Management. It’s a welter of unfinished financial goals and possibly some secrets.
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Earlier this year, CNBC tracked down one of the first people to qualify for public service loan forgiveness. “I feel pretty lucky,” Kevin Maier, a tenured professor at the University of Alaska Southeast, had said. He really should. The Education Department just released data on how many borrowers’ loans it has forgiven under the program
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With the Federal Reserve‘s latest quarter-point interest rate increase (and still more likely to come), few consumers are left unscathed. The decision affects rates on all kinds of borrowing, from home mortgages to credit cards. Despite pressure from President Trump and members of his administration, The Fed made its ninth hike in three years and
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