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May 24, 2018

How an emergency fund saved this man, and why you're getting emails about privacy- May 24, 2018. MarketWatch | Personal Finance Daily

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Personal Finance Daily
MAY 24, 2018

How an emergency fund saved this man, and why you're getting emails about privacy

Thursday's top personal finance stories

By Maria LaMagna


Happy Thursday, MarketWatchers! Here are your top stories in personal finance.

Personal Finance

‘My emergency fund just saved me!'

Saving for a rainy day can mean you are no longer one paycheck away from the street.


The government expanded access to student loan forgiveness—just read the fine print

A first-come, first-served fund aims to help some borrowers rejected from the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.


Read this before blocking friends and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter

The perils (and pleasures) of cutting ties with people on social media .


New York City soda drinkers, your plastic straws could be an endangered species

This New York City council member wants to ban plastic straws .


Almost a quarter of the world's population will be obese by 2045

New research using WHO data says 1 in 8 people will have type 2 diabetes unless more countries take action.


My sister put my mother's belongings in a storage unit—and took ownership of them

This woman is upset that her sister tricked her mother into signing away her valuables .


This is why you're getting all those emails about your online privacy

Privacy experts say the EU's General Data Protection Regulation is ‘the beginning of a new era .'


The ‘kiddie tax' is getting easier (and maybe cheaper) under the new tax law

Children's income is no longer taxed according to their parents' tax rate — but there are still some wrinkles.


Home values are skyrocketing at the fastest pace since 2006

In some markets, values rose as much as 26% year-over-year in April.


Elsewhere on MarketWatch

Trump Today: President warns U.S. has ‘massive' nuclear capabilities as he calls off summit with North Korea

President Donald Trump called off a planned summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un on Thursday, and also warned Kim about the U.S.'s "massive" nuclear capabilities, saying he prayed they won't have to be used.


Shortage of IT talent poses risks to big U.S. banks, finance firms

American financial institutions face a greater threat from cyberattacks because of a shortage of high-tech professionals and poor coordination between the government and private sector on how to deter hackers, executives say.


Why the Fed is going slow and McDonald's is substituting computers for cashiers

The Federal Reserve will stick to its go-slow approach even though inflationary pressures are building. Companies like McDonald's will continue to replace workers with computers. And gains in the U.S. stock market won't come so easy anymore. Find out who says this and why.


Trump and Kim are both to blame for failure of U.S.-North Korea summit to take place

What to make, then, of President Trump's not totally unexpected announcement that his June 12 summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is kaput?


9 countries that pay the average worker more than the United States does

When it comes to the take-home pay of the average worker, the U.S. barely cracks the top 10 , trailing several of the European countries that tend to pop up on any number of "most desirable" lists.
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