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MarketWatch : Personal Finance Daily: July 7th., 2010.

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Personal Finance Daily JULY 07, 2010 Wednesday's Personal Finance stories By MarketWatch Don't miss these top stories: Workers' wages fell in past decade High-tech tools a lifeline for patients Don't keep money secrets from your adviser Credit-card late payments fall Congress leaves tax laws up in the air The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 275 points, or 2.8%, Wednesday, nudging us back above 10,000. Would that wages made similar gains in a single day. Instead, they're inching the other way: Average weekly pay in the U.S. in 2009 was lower than in 2000, for both college graduates and high-school graduates. While that fact might make some sort of cosmic sense if it happened during this economic downturn -- after all, with so many millions of people out of work, maybe those of us lucky enough to have a job can accept some backsliding on pay -- the paycheck decline happened earlier, when the economy was growing from 2003 t

MarketWatch : Personal Finance Daily: June 16th., 2010

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Personal Finance Daily JUNE 16, 2010 Wednesday's Personal Finance stories By MarketWatch Don't miss these top stories: Older Americans fall prey to scams Health insurers beef up customer service Welcome to housing malaise BP cancels dividends When you think "great customer service," it's unlikely your health insurer comes to mind. But insurance companies hope to change that as they gear up to compete for the millions of new customers headed their way thanks to the health-care overhaul. Insurers are also eager to hold on to their current customers, because one effect of the new law is that health insurance plans will start to look a lot more similar to each other. That will make it easier for consumers to compare products -- and shop around. Read Kristen Gerencher's Vital Signs column today for a look at how insurance plans are going to become more commoditized, and the various ways insurance companies are ramping up t

MarketWatch: Personal Finance Daily : Personal Finance Daily. May 27th. 2010

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Personal Finance Daily MAY 27, 2010 Thursday's Personal Finance stories By MarketWatch Don't miss these top stories: Save money by joining the crowd Your retirement-readiness checklist How to read adviser credentials   Keep kids safe this summer I'll admit it: I've been slow to the coupon craze. While I'm a big fan of Goldstar.com for its deals on music and theater shows, I'm not one to walk into a grocery or department store with coupons in hand. I'm simply not that good at planning ahead for those shopping trips; plus, most of the coupons I come across don't work at the small boutique and second-hand stores where I tend to shop. But Groupon and similar sites that tap into a group-buying idea -- if enough people sign up for a deal, they all get it, otherwise it's canceled -- are appealing, mainly due to the types of coupons and deals they offer. Similar to Goldstar, the offers are for fun events and evenings