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In case you missed them, here are the top 10 Personal Finance stories from MarketWatch for the week of Nov. 1-5.
Refinance in less than a year? Maybe
mortgage rates have some homeowners considering a refinance, even if it
it's been less than a year since they bought their home. And those who
aren't thinking about refinancing probably should consider the
possibility, if they have the necessary income, credit and home equity. Read more: Refinance in less than a year? Maybe.
Two million people to lose jobless benefits in December
have, it would appear, plenty of reason to cheer. The Republicans have
taken control of the House and that should bode well for government
spending and for tax cuts being extended. And the Federal Reserve plans
to buy $600 billion in government securities, a move designed to give
the economy the near-equivalent of an eight-month energy drink. Read more: What to do with your portfolio now.
Large firms seek to change, not repeal, health law
lawmakers emboldened by victories in the midterm elections are angling
to repeal or defund the health-care overhaul that President Obama signed
into law earlier this year. But many large employers are pushing for
changes and not full repeal. Read more: Large firms seek to change, not repeal, health law.
about selling some losing investments to offset capital gains? To get
your tax deduction and potentially boost your portfolio returns at the
same time, you should be thinking about exchange-traded funds as well. Read more: How to lower your taxes with ETFs.
What the election means for your taxes
the Bush-era tax cuts set to expire Dec. 31, you'd expect that the
first order of business for Congress after Tuesday's election, no matter
who controls the House or Senate, would be to deal with tax law. Read more: What the election means for your taxes.