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Friday's Personal Finance Stories
- The 10 best movies that lost the top Oscar
- Are you better off due to the CARD act?
- IRS eases up on people who can't pay their tax bill
- Even free real estate has its costs
Also in today's Personal Finance coverage, read about how the IRS is easing the pressure on people who are having a hard time paying their taxes, and about the impact of the year-old Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure act.
— Anne Stanley , Managing Editor, Personal Finance
These movies should have won the Best Picture Oscar but didn't. Will Sunday's Academy Awards snub another film classic?
Read more: The 10 best movies that lost the top Oscar.
Take a look at scenes from these classic but Oscar-overlooked movies.
Read more: Scenes from the 10 best movies that lost the Oscar.
It's been a year since the much-ballyhooed credit-card laws were put in place and you're hardly better or worse off because of it.
Read more: Are you better off due to the CARD act?
Online games aren't the same as gambling, but any winnings could bring you a tax bill, writes Eva Rosenberg.
Read more: Play online games, win a tax bill.
In a rare show of leniency, the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday announced new rules designed to make it easier for people struggling with tax debts to climb out of the hole.
Read more: IRS eases up on people who can't pay tax bill
To get an unwanted piece of land off your hands, it's important to get creative and remember that it's human nature to be cautious about something that comes for free, Lew Sichelman writes.
Read more: Even free real estate has its costs.
No sector in the U.S. market — not one — has done as well as real-estate investment trusts since the bull market began just about two years ago.
Read more: Outperforming REITs could keep rolling.
House GOP leaders are preparing to unveil a spending bill later Friday that would keep the government running for an extra two weeks, but it's uncertain if Senate Democrats will go along as the clock ticks toward a possible shutdown March 5.
Read more: House GOP to unveil new funding bill.
The U.S. economy grew 2.8% in the fourth quarter of 2010, down from 3.2% as initially reported, based on new data showing that consumers and state and local governments spent less than originally estimated.
Read more: U.S. cuts 4th-quarter growth view to 2.8%.
The week's economic indicators show home prices in the dumps but not existing-home sales, while consumer-confidence gauges hit three-year peaks and business investment is recovering.
See charts: Housing sales, house prices, GDP.
An index of consumer sentiment rises in February, reaching its highest level in three years, according to survey results released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan.
Read more: Consumer sentiment hits three-year high.
A new study released Friday by a group of prominent economists warns regulators in the U.S. not to allow banks to raise dividends while the financial system is still healing. The study was also very critical of bank stress tests conducted in Europe and the U.S.
Read more: New study warns against bank dividend hikes.
The biggest U.S. military contractors have been repositioning, acquiring smaller companies in high-growth areas to offset businesses that are cooling. That will help shareholders seeking steady profits, while giving traders the opportunity to bet on the next premium-paying merger, investors and analysts say.
Read more: Defense-sector stocks fuel your portfolio's tank.
India, Russia and Indonesia are growing fast, but also are among the riskiest nations according to a new study, writes Thomas M. Kostigen.
Read more: Beware: The world's riskiest countries.
Loss of Libyan oil probably isn't enough to drag the global economy into recession, but no one knows how far the protests will spread.
Read more: Oil prices will slow — but not halt — growth.
Chaos in North Africa this week sparked a surge in oil prices—and prompted traders to pile out of stocks. Yet previous episodes of geopolitical uncertainty suggest investors might want to stay put.
Read more: Is Libya a buying opportunity?