Your Daily digest for Yahoo! Finance – Personal Finance

Yahoo! Finance – Personal Finance
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Obama picks budget official to run troubled IRS May 17th 2013, 02:03
Obama picks budget official to run troubled IRSPresident Barack Obama picked a senior White House budget official to become the acting head of the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, the same day another top official announced plans to leave the …Media files:
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Gen X on track to be worse off than Boomers in retirement, study finds May 17th 2013, 00:58
Gen X on track to be worse off than Boomers in retirement, study finds

US mortgage rates rise; still near historic lows May 16th 2013, 23:57
Average U.S. mortgage rates rose this week but remained near historic lows. . Here’s a look at rates for fixed and adjustable mortgages this week and over the past year:

EBay developers working on possible apps for Google Glass May 16th 2013, 23:25
File photo of Google founder Sergey Brin posing for a portrait wearing Google Glass during New York Fashion WeekDevelopers at eBay Inc are working on potential applications for Google Inc’s Glass project, opening up the possibility that shopping and broader commercial activities might be conducted through the wearable …Media files:
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That feel-good credit score may still disappoint May 16th 2013, 22:00
If you ever failed to pay a bill that was subsequently sent to a collection agency, it can still hurt you even if you pay it off. That’s because any blemish can stay on your credit report for up to…

US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.51 pct. May 16th 2013, 21:37
US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.51 pct.Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week but stayed near their historic lows. Cheaper mortgages have helped the economy by spurring more home-buying and refinancing. Mortgage buyer Freddie …Media files:
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4 Reasons Gen X Will Struggle in Retirement May 16th 2013, 21:06
Members of Generation X are on track to replace a median of just half of their current salary in retirement. That’s a far smaller proportion of income than early baby boomers (82 percent) and depression …

2nd IRS official to leave amid tea party scandal May 16th 2013, 20:54
Obama picks budget official to run troubled IRSAs second top Internal Revenue Service official has announced plans to leave the agency amid the controversy over the targeting of tea party groups. An internal IRS memo says Joseph Grant, commissioner …Media files:
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Only 2 of 13 small SUVs do well in crash tests May 16th 2013, 20:24
Only 2 of 13 small SUVs do well in crash testsOnly two of 13 small SUVs performed well in front-end crash tests done by an insurance industry group, with several popular models faring poorly in the evaluations. Subaru’s 2014 Forester was the only …Media files:
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Most small SUVs do poorly in frontal crash tests May 16th 2013, 20:15
Only two of 13 small SUVs tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety scored well on a front-end crash test. IIHS crashed the SUVs into a 5-foot-tall barrier at 40 mph and measured how the structure …

News Summary: IRS process a nightmare for groups May 16th 2013, 18:14
LONG WAITS: It often takes a year or more for nonprofit organizations known as “social welfare organizations” to get tax-exempt status, which requires them to prove they’re not primarily devoted …

Retirement healthcare costs decline: Fidelity May 16th 2013, 17:57
Healthcare costs put a big squeeze on retiree pocketbooks, but the grip may be relaxing a bit. A 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need $220,000 to pay for healthcare for the rest of their lives, …

Humana selling Concentra lab business May 16th 2013, 17:55
Health insurer Humana is selling a toxicology and clinical lab business, a division of its Concentra health care provider, to Quest Diagnostics Inc. Quest, a medical lab operator, did not say Thursday …

How loyalty programs influence the way you shop May 16th 2013, 17:45
Loyalty programs at supermarkets used to be as simple as getting access to the cheaper advertised prices on store shelves. But as companies fight to hold onto customers amid intensifying competition, they’re …

Ouster of IRS official isn’t ending investigations May 16th 2013, 16:26
Ouster of IRS official isn't ending investigationsDon’t look for the outcry over the Internal Revenue Service’s improper targeting of tea party groups to subside with the ouster of the agency’s acting commissioner. Three congressional committees are investigating, …Media files:
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Buying a House When Inventory Is Tight May 16th 2013, 16:04
How home buyers can make their offers more attractive in markets with relatively tight inventories of homes for sale.

Why I Rolled Over My 401(k) to an IRA May 16th 2013, 15:59
Last year, I left my corporate job and rolled my 401(k) over to an IRA. This was a great decision for me because the stock market did tremendously well over that period. When you retire, you need to figure …

How To Start Saving For Retirement May 16th 2013, 15:55
If you establish these money-saving habits and patiently allow your wealth to build, you will be taking some huge steps forward in making your financial future more secure.

Class of 2013 Job Seekers: Buy, Sell or Hold? May 16th 2013, 13:57
Once college graduates unzip their gown and take off their mortarboard cap, they enter into the bloated ranks of overeducated but underemployed job seekers pounding the pavement, armed with similar skill …

What’s Your Job Offer Really Worth? May 16th 2013, 13:16
When it comes time to deciding on a job, it boils down to the opportunity and what you’re offered. If you get more than one job offer, consider each carefully. It’s impossible to compare one job offer …

Friends, Prostitutes Comingle on Social Networks May 16th 2013, 12:45
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and the policing of the new red-light district.

Will insurance cover cancer genetic testing, preventive surgery? May 16th 2013, 11:21
Will insurance cover cancer genetic testing, preventive surgery?

A Rare Bird: The Tax-Efficient Alternative May 16th 2013, 11:00
Gateway enhances a long-short strategy with tax efficiency.

Credit card interest rates for May 16, 2013 May 16th 2013, 10:00
Interest Rate Roundup Mortgages CDs Auto Loans Home Equity Credit Cards Find the best credit card offers available. Credit Cards 13.02% (all fixed) 15.24% (all variable) Credit card rates were unchanged …

What’s the fastest way to boost my credit? May 16th 2013, 10:00
Dear Debt Adviser, I make pretty good money, but my credit score is low. What’s the fastest way to raise my score? I’ve looked for help through credit repair places, but I haven’t decided whether they’re …

Keep my job and get full Social Security benefits? May 16th 2013, 10:00
Dear Retirement Adviser, I typically make about $55,000 a year. I will turn 66 years old in September 2014 and will retire the following year. Can I get Social Security starting in January 2014 and avoid …

Roth IRA withdrawal penalties? May 16th 2013, 10:00
Dear Tax Talk, I withdrew $38,000 from my Roth IRA last year due to unemployment to pay living expenses, medical premiums and bills. Is there a way to avoid paying an early withdrawal penalty? — Janet …

CD rates for May 16, 2013 May 16th 2013, 10:00
Interest Rate Roundup Mortgages CDs Auto Loans Home Equity Credit Cards Compare CD rates nationally and in your area. CDs 0.25% (1-year CD yields) 0.78% (5-year CD yields) Rates on certificates of deposit …

National mortgage rates for May 16, 2013 May 16th 2013, 10:00
Interest Rate Roundup Mortgages CDs Auto Loans Home Equity Credit Cards Find the best mortgage rates in your area. Mortgages 3.71% (30-year fixed) 0.34 (average points) Mortgage rates climbed for the second …

Mortgage rates jump for 2nd week in a row May 16th 2013, 10:00
Mortgage interest rates popped up again this week. 30 year fixed rate mortgage 3 month trend The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 3.71 percent compared with 3.6 percent last week, according …

Auto loan rates for May 16, 2013 May 16th 2013, 10:00
Interest Rate Roundup Mortgages CDs Auto Loans Home Equity Credit Cards Find the best auto rates in your area. Auto Loans 4.12% (60-month, new car) 4.69% (36-month, used car) Auto loan rates were flat …

A Flurry of Fed Speakers to Guide Wall Street May 16th 2013, 01:01
Thursday’s markets will navigate data on jobs, housing and inflation, but traders may be most interested in the words of Fed speakers.

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