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Personal finance advice and articles to help you save money and plan for retirement.

Don’t buy a classic car if you plan to resell it to make a tidy profit

This furloughed worker found a unique way to make $2,000 a month during the shutdown

The No. 1 reason you’re still broke even if you received a pay raise last year

This Californian craft beer finds its Germanic smoky side

The richest people on the planet had mixed fortunes last year — due to one simple thing

From strip-club lunches to Tiffany gifts — behold, workers’ most outrageous expenses

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Chinese drone maker DJI uncovers massive employee fraud scheme: report


Tesla will overrun traditional car companies because they still aren’t moving fast enough

Which markets are closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Should we really wait until age 70 to receive Social Security benefits?

PayPal CFO: Here's why it's 'expensive to be poor'

Why mortgage lending at Wells Fargo, Chase and Citi plunged

‘Radical savers’ shred trader for backing Suze Orman on needing $5 million to retire


Here’s what low NYSE trading volume is telling us about the stock market’s direction

Democrats dismiss Trump’s latest plan, but it may get Senate vote

Here's how to find the best credit card for your financial situation

Family Finance

Your guide to a better financial future

How ‘Badass’ author Jen Sincero went from living in a garage to being rich

Five tips to get rich, Sincero-style.

This couple went from saving almost nothing to 70% of their income — here’s what really works

Scott Rieckens and his wife Taylor are seeking financial independence. This is how they’ve turned around their finances.

Flip the prenup into a financial planning tool

January is prime time for divorces and personal-injury lawsuits

How unpaid federal workers can recover their family finances after the shutdown

Are you tired of Marie Kondo’s ‘does it spark joy’ question? Here are 5 other ways to declutter

More Personal Finance Coverage

The complex reasons why Republicans baby boomers are more likely to share #fakenews on Facebook

Experts say conservatives aged 65 and over tread an ideological path that goes all the way back to childhood.

  • Jan. 20, 2019 at 4:28 p.m. ET
  • by Quentin Fottrell

The $100,000 question to ask your real-estate agent to avoid being scammed

Be very careful where you wire the deposit on your new home

  • Jan. 20, 2019 at 4:27 p.m. ET
  • by Kari Paul

How the new Form 1040 could simplify your life and save you money on tax prep — if you’re lucky

The 2018 Form 1040 is the size of a postcard. But filers may have to use several other forms in addition.

  • Jan. 20, 2019 at 4:26 p.m. ET
  • by Bill Bischoff

One secret to fatter restaurant tips: a touch of gold

Gold makes people feel wealthier and a restaurant seem fancier.

  • Jan. 20, 2019 at 10:32 a.m. ET
  • by Na Young Lee

Making college affordable for U.S. prisoners could save taxpayers millions of dollars

A new study explores the implications of allowing students to access Pell grants behind bars

  • Jan. 19, 2019 at 11:25 a.m. ET
  • by Jillian Berman

The Moneyist

Providing answers to life's money questions

My parents gave my sister $75,000 for her student debt, should I also ask for $75,000?

This woman says this money will be worth far less in 20 years from today, and would like her share today.

My family took $60,000 from my late father’s bank account — and gave him morphine before he died

His wife surprised him with $220,000 in student loans — here’s how they tackled $480,000 in debt

Do you have questions about inheritance, tipping, weddings, family feuds, friends or any tricky issues relating to manners and money? Send them to MarketWatch's Moneyist and please include the state where you live (no full names will be used).


Personality finance: features, pop-culture and essays

This is how much to tip a delivery person during a snowstorm

3 reasons so many people are getting the hell out of the Northeast

Women’s satisfaction with how society treats them hits a record low

New Yorkers could legally refuse to answer work emails after hours if this bill passes

How ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star Ken Jeong went from doctor to comedy star

Rich people approach problems like this — and it helps explain why they’re wealthy


News and advice to give you a leg up in the world of jobbing.

Why you need to ban the mute button on your next conference call

lus 10 other tips to make phone meetings more effective.

These self-made millionaires did one thing in school that made their fortunes (that had nothing to do with good grades)

These findings may undermine what middle-class parents tell their children.

The No. 1 job billionaires and multimillionaires held before they got filthy rich

This is the No. 1 job in America if you want to make six figures and have low stress

Michael Caine plays life coach

Talking to a therapist can boost your income — but there’s a gender gap here, too


Latest news and advice on travel

The best places to retire abroad in 2019—on less than $1,800 a month

Here are 10 countries and 10 cities where a retired couple can live safely and affordably.

Career military man explains how he earns $80,000 a year in passive income

Here’s some good news that will make Tesla owners smile (if not investors)

Real Estate

Tracking housing trends and real-estate news.

Buyers are finally finding more discounts on new homes — but only in these cities

Buyers are finally finding more discounts on new homes — but only in these cities

It makes more sense to rent than buy, but only if you live here

Do drug treatment facilities really lower property values? Finally, an answer

As housing costs remain high, parents buy homes to give their kids a leg up


Tips on handling your taxes.

How Medicare premiums could be the key to itemizing your taxes — and saving money

What many critics got wrong about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘70% tax’ on the wealthy

Shutdown stalemate could lead to delayed income-tax refunds

Could the government shutdown affect when you get your tax refund?

7 year-end tax planning strategies for small business owners

How to game the new standard deduction — and 3 other ways to cut your 2018 tax bill

Spending & Saving

News and advice on managing your money.

‘If you can’t beat the market, how did Warren Buffett do it?’ and 7 other questions to ask during a tumultuous market

‘If you can’t beat the market, how did Warren Buffett do it?’ and 7 other questions to ask during a tumultuous market

Mastercard cracks down on retailers who turn free trials into paid subscriptions without warning

Americans split on Trump’s immigration policy, less worried about national security

All that money you spend on bad dates every year could pay one month’s rent

Smoking costs you more than $27,000 a year. Here’s your no B.S. guide to quitting for good.

Credit Cards

News and advice to understand and control your credit

This is how much credit-card debt makes you undatable

This woman put $9,000 on credit cards for medical bills and later required open-heart surgery — here’s how she got through it

PayPal CFO: Here's why it's 'expensive to be poor'

Citi’s new credit card lets you round up points on small purchases — but is it worth getting?

You call that a discount? Americans have high expectations for price cuts

Wealthier Americans are most likely to get a balance-transfer credit card — but many are using them all wrong

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