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MarketWatch :Personal Finance Daily, February 20, 2010

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Personal Finance Daily FEBRUARY 20, 2010 This week's top Personal Finance stories By MarketWatch In case you missed them, here are the top 10 Personal Finance stories from MarketWatch for the week of Feb. 15-19: Is it time to give up your low adjustable-rate mortgage for a fixed-rate loan? Low mortgage rates over the past year have inspired many Americans to refinance their home loans, but some eligible borrowers haven't made the leap. Often that reluctance to refinance stems from the fact that interest rates on their adjustable-rate mortgages have fallen below 3% -- a better rate than they'd get by switching to a fixed-rate loan. See Real Estate. States grapple with health-insurer rate hikes As health-insurance premiums rise beyond what many people can pay, some states are experimenting with more aggressive ways to protect consumers from skyrocketing premiums in the individual market. See Vital Signs. New York ranks low in airport ranking Pity the

MarketWatch: Personal Finance Daily, February 19, 2010

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Personal Finance Daily FEBRUARY 19, 2010 Friday's Personal Finance stories By MarketWatch Don't miss these top stories: Ready to give up your adjustable-rate loan? Don't blame IRS for your tax woes States grapple with insurer rate hikes   What Fed rate hike means for consumers When you hear there's been a drop in the rate of homes entering the foreclosure process -- finally! -- and you read about a fourth-quarter decline in the rate of home loans that are 30-days late and about how there's never been a decline of this "magnitude" in the fourth quarter before, you start to get a little bit excited about a possible end to the travails of the housing market. Enough crisis already! Let's celebrate! Oh wait. The same mortgage bankers' report that found some slight glimmers of hope also found that the portion of home loans currently in foreclosure is at a record high. So is the number of home loans that are 90 days late. And,

MarketWatch: Personal Finance Daily, February 17, 2010

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Personal Finance Daily FEBRUARY 17, 2010 Wednesday's Personal Finance stories By MarketWatch    Don't miss these top stories: Health-care options for the uninsured Don't do this on your financial-aid form   What happens when Fed exits mortgage market? Will the health-care system ever get overhauled? Who knows? For now, the insured are blessed with insurance companies who in some cases apparently can raise rates exorbitantly -- as the recent situation with WellPoint in California demonstrates -- and the uninsured are lucky enough not to have to deal with insurers but must pray they never get sick or injured. If the worst does happen, there are some options for the uninsured. Read Kristen Gerencher's Vital Signs today for a look at the various types of health clinics available to people who either don't have insurance or for whatever reason can't get in to see their regular doctor. Then, don't miss our story by Anya Martin on how, ev

MarketWatchM Peraonal Finance Daily February 16,2010

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Personal Finance Daily FEBRUARY 16, 2010 Tuesday's Personal Finance stories By MarketWatch Don't miss these top stories: Bank customers want good service Fund managers' trading may cost you The unexpected hits working parents hard What do you want from your bank? I'd like good customer service, close attention to account security, and low fees. Given all the negative things so easily said about banks in the aftermath of the financial crisis, it seems odd to say this but I must admit I often get exactly what I want from my bank. Of course, it's those times when they fail in some way that always stand out. For instance, a year or so ago, I received an email from my bank ostensibly notifying me about "account changes." Only, the message didn't contain any details. So I sent an email to the bank asking for the specifics about what was changing. When the response from the bank was unclear, I called for clarification. A month later

MarketWatch: Weekly Round UP, February13, 2010

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Weekly Roundup FEBRUARY 13, 2010 The week's top videos By MarketWatch   In case you missed them, here are the top 10 videos that appeared on MarketWatch for the week of Feb. 8-12: Which Super Bowl add scored best? Snickers' Super Bowl ad with Betty White is scoring big with viewers, Suzanne Vranica reports on the News Hub panel. Among the losers were the U.S. Census Bureau's ad, which confused some viewers.   Watch Video Report. Mystery object discovered in space A mysterious X-shaped object has been spotted about 90 million miles away from earth, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Some scientists believe that this is the first image of an asteroid collision in space.   Watch Video Report. Let the home savings flow Homeowners looking to go 'green' may think that means installing pricey solar panels or wind turbines. But new, efficient showers, faucets and toilets can save thousands of gallons of water a year -- and the cost savings

MarketWatch: Personal Finance Daily, February 10,2010

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Personal Finance Daily FEBRUARY 10, 2010 Wednesday's Personal Finance stories By MarketWatch Don't miss these top stories: ID-fraud nightmare: One man's story Tech is taking over your car Double-dip in housing prices   Personal Finance Minute: Credit-card tricks There's so much to worry about these days -- the job market, the housing market, the stock market -- it's easy enough to forget about the risks of identity theft. Until it happens to you. Then it's just about impossible to stop thinking about it, because every time your mail arrives or the phone rings, it could be news from yet another creditor demanding payment for an item you never bought. Read Jennifer Waters' Consumer Watch story today for the nightmarish details of one man's experience with identity theft. It's a bleak reminder to check your computer's firewall and anti-malware software as soon as you get home. Of course, there are many types of identity theft.

MarketWatch: Finance Daily, February,08,2010

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Personal Finance Daily FEBRUARY 08, 2010 Monday's Personal Finance stories By MarketWatch Don't miss these top stories: First aid for your résumé Global hot spots investors should avoid Tax tips for February Cisco Systems Inc., Wells Fargo & Co. and Dollar General Corp. are among the companies who have announced significant hiring plans for 2010 -- "significant" as in planning to hire hundreds or thousands of new employees. That's good news, and economists say that and other signs point to an increasingly stable job market. Still, "stable" is not the same as "growing," and at this point it will take years to reabsorb the 8.4 million people thrown out of work since the start of the recession. If you're on the job hunt, your résumé is of primary importance right now. You want to stand out from the pack, but with so many others in the same boat -- more than six job seekers per opening -- that's a tough proposition. Ca