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You won’t win the Mega Millions—so follow these steps to financial freedom instead

The $900 million lottery draw on Friday will be the second-largest in U.S. history.

9:15 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018 The U.S. housing recovery is built on quicksand

Weak home sales volume is a serious warning sign, writes Keith Jurow.

7:42 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018 How hackers can steal your vote and why neighbors of lottery winners go bankrupt

Wednesday’s top personal finance stories.

5:24 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018 Only two fast-food restaurants received ‘A’ grades for banning antibiotics in beef

A new report comes down hard on companies, including McDonald’s and Burger King, over how they source the meat they serve to consumers.

4:58 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018 Pet owners will spend nearly half a billion dollars on animal costumes this Halloween

The amount of money spent on outrageous pet outfits has more than doubled since 2010

3:38 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018 Why the poorest Americans are most likely to be prescribed opioids

In the reboot of ‘Roseanne,’ the eponymous matriarch’s death was explained by an opioid overdose.

3:37 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018 Mega Millions jackpot nears $1 billion, so what time is the drawing?

Mega Millions jackpot leaps to an estimated $868 million.

2:57 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018 My wife and her sister bought a house for their mother—then it all went wrong

These two daughters contributed $25,000 each to the down payment.

1:38 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018 Mega Millions jackpot needs to hit $1 billion before more wealthy people decide to play

Research suggests there’s a tipping point where high earners spend more on lottery tickets than more than low earners.

12:51 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018 Neighbors of lottery winners are more likely to go bankrupt

Here’s the right way to compare yourself to others financially.

11:30 a.m. Oct. 17, 2018

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My brother-in-law asked my husband to hide a large inheritance before his divorce 6:58 p.m. Oct. 16, 2018 This wife took swift action after her husband hid a cash windfall in her trading account 2:42 p.m. Oct. 16, 2018 Should I spend my daughter’s $100,000 trust fund on private schools and summer camps? 11:32 a.m. Oct. 16, 2018 My friend gave me lucrative stock tips—do I have to pay him for his advice? 11:07 a.m. Oct. 14, 2018 My 94-year-old mother-in-law racked up $68,000 in debt—or someone did it for her 11:05 a.m. Oct. 14, 2018 Should I sell my $565,000 duplex and invest the money—or continue to collect rent? 11:36 a.m. Oct. 12, 2018 Should I use my family’s Amazon rewards points for my wife’s birthday present? 4:25 p.m. Oct. 10, 2018 Send your questions Do you have questions about inheritance, tipping, weddings, re-gifting, or any tricky money issues relating to family and friends? Send them to MarketWatch’s Moneyist. /conga/personal-finance/the-moneyist/panel_top.html 371270

Careers »

Most people keep their salaries a secret, but this often ends up hurting employees 7:02 p.m. Oct. 16, 2018 Think twice before talking about Trump at work—it could hurt your chances of promotion 11:13 a.m. Oct. 14, 2018 How financial advisers can get the advice they need 12:41 p.m. Oct. 1, 2018 You may have to reapply for your job one day — here’s how to keep it 9:05 a.m. Sept. 29, 2018

Travel »

This is the world’s shortest regularly scheduled flight on a commercial airline 11:06 a.m. Oct. 17, 2018 In the NFL, this team offers the best return on investment (sorry, Chicago Bears fans) 2:16 p.m. Oct. 16, 2018 Never pay checked baggage fees again with these travel hacks 12:12 p.m. Oct. 2, 2018 Walt Disney World’s ticket prices will vary, depending on what date you visit 10:44 a.m. Sept. 30, 2018

Real Estate »

The ‘pain threshold’ approaches for the housing market, analyst warns 8:55 p.m. Oct. 14, 2018 After Hurricane Michael, what homeowners need to know about disaster insurance 10:54 a.m. Oct. 13, 2018 Could stock market volatility cause house prices to fall? 9:15 p.m. Oct. 10, 2018

Taxes »

How to game the new standard deduction — and 3 other ways to cut your 2018 tax bill 5:22 p.m. Oct. 16, 2018 How the ultra-rich can transfer wealth to loved ones without getting hosed by gift and estate taxes 2:54 p.m. Oct. 16, 2018 Your 20-something kid can qualify for this new child-tax credit 4:52 p.m. Oct. 8, 2018 So how many people actually pay America’s estate tax? 10:11 a.m. Oct. 7, 2018 Make this estate planning move right now 10:07 a.m. Oct. 7, 2018 Middle-class Americans need an airtight estate plan for their children 8:26 a.m. Oct. 6, 2018 This proposed tax break could make you more likely to donate to charity 1:58 p.m. Oct. 4, 2018

Spending & Saving »

‘If you can’t beat the market, how did Warren Buffett do it?’ and other awkward questions for your financial adviser 2:17 p.m. Oct. 16, 2018 Your financial adviser’s ‘sleep easy’ portfolio may be riskier than you think 4:36 p.m. Oct. 15, 2018

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