Wednesday's Personal Finance Stories
- How to squeeze more money perks out of your job
- Home sales dip, but best February in five years
- Wal-Mart lets online shoppers pay with cash
Also on MarketWatch today, data show sales of existing homes fell 0.9% in February from January's upwardly revised figure, but improving job prospects, cheaper homes and warm weather are making it the best start to the year since the housing crisis began.
— Anne Stanley , Managing Editor, Personal Finance
Employers are offering more workplace tools for employees to protect their health and their wealth — and workers should take advantage of them.
Read more: How to squeeze more money perks out of your job.
Next month, WalMart.com reportedly will start "Pay With Cash," which lets customers reserve items online for in-store pickup. Although the target audience may be the estimated 20% of Wal-Mart customers without a bank account or credit card, but experts say the service could also benefit consumers trying to stick to budget or wary that keying in their credit card numbers online exposes them to fraud.
Read more: Wal-Mart lets online shoppers pay with cash.
Three friends came up with a crazy idea in the back of a taxi — to break the record for the longest cab ride. After a year in a cab, they've handily surpassed the previous record.
Video: A taxi trip around the globe.
Have you tried calling United Airlines recently? Travel expert Joe Brancatelli says the merger of United and Continental is still creating major headaches for customers, especially those who need help over the phone.
Radio: United not so friendly for calling customers.
While you'd think that skyrocketing profit margins would be good news for equity investors, they aren't necessarily.
Read more: What if profit margins don't keep rising?
Sales of existing homes fell 0.9% in February after an upward revision to the prior month, as improving job prospects, cheaper homes and warm weather led to the best start to the year since the bursting of the housing bubble.
Read more: Home sales dip but best February in five years.
Mitt Romney wins the Illinois Republican primary, racking up a win in a big Midwestern state and adding momentum to his campaign to clinch the presidential nomination.
Read more: Romney builds on lead with Illinois win.
While every presidential run has similar discussion of a "dream ticket" scenario, it is relatively rare that a presidential contender chooses the runner-up as a vice presidential selection. And for good reason: It would probably hurt more than help.
Read more: The failed ‘dream ticket' plan.