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Mar 21, 2012

MarketWatch | Personal Finance Daily: Get every job benefit you can


MarketWatch

Personal Finance Daily
MARCH 21, 2012

Wednesday's Personal Finance Stories

By MarketWatch


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Employers are beginning to offer more tools and benefits to help their workers save money for retirement, save money on health-care costs and build their wealth. Jennifer Openshaw writes today about some of the offerings found in most workplaces, as well as some new ones.

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

How to squeeze more money perks out of your job

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.


Wal-Mart lets online shoppers pay cash

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.


A taxi trip around the globe

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.


United not so friendly for calling customers

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.


INVESTING

What if profit margins don't keep rising?

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?


ECONOMY & POLITICS

Home sales dip but best February in five years

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.


Romney builds on lead with Illinois win

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.


The failed ‘dream ticket' plan

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.

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Tea Party group denies support for Mitt Romney, says it was merely acknowledging his frontrunner status - but not "applauding" it
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FreedomWorks:

Lawmakers call for action after Fla. shooting Federal and state lawmakers are calling for more action in response to the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin

Santorum pounces on Romney over Romney aide's vow of "reset" in general election prompts Santorum to say Romney would be "completely new candidate" in fall

How Jeb Bush's endorsement helps Romney John Dickerson: Jeb Bush's endorsement comes at just the right time for the GOP front-runner

GOP rule could sink Gingrich, Paul's last hope Rule mandates that candidate need plurality of delegates in five states to get on first ballot at Republican convention; Gingrich has won two states and Paul none