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More Money Thursday Roundup: Five Fees to Dump & Why Blondes Make More Dough

Personal finance from around the web:

  • Tax day is fast approaching, and if you haven’t filed yet, it’s probably making you grumble. The Washington Post debunks five myths about your taxes. [The Washington Post]
  • And would you tattle on someone you know is cheating on his taxes? The IRS hopes you will. If you have specific and credible evidence, you could score a payout. [WalletPop]
  • Maybe a dye job should be part of your investment portfolio. Not only do blondes have more fun — they have more money, too, according to a new British study. [It’s Your Money]
  • FreeCreditReport.com, the site that promises a free credit report but really charges you a monthly fee for the service, is changing its tune. Slightly. With new federal guidelines requiring such sites to clearly state that the only real source of free reports is annualcreditreport.com, the company has started charging $1 for the report and donating the cash to charity. The move looks like a clever way to get around the new rules. [The New York Times]

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More Money Wednesday Roundup: Tax Credits & Hedge-Fund Flatulence

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • If you are sending a kid to college next year, this is the week financial aid offers should be arriving from colleges and universities. To help cushion the blow of what can sometimes seem a paltry sum, here’s advice on how to negotiate for more aid. [ABC News]
  • Rather than focus on the medical impact of not having health insurance, a new study looks at the financial impact. And guess what? It’s bad. If a member of an uninsured family is struck by illness, the household will lose 22% to 51% of assets within two years. [The Huffington Post]
  • There’s a financial-industry metaphor in here somewhere: A New York hedge fund manager has published a children’s book all about a Mrs. Buttkiss — a woman who has been holding in her, uh, flatulence, for a very, very long time. [City AM]

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More Money Monday Roundup: Sharing a Job & Avoiding Real-Estate Bubbles

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • Remember that bond-fund manager who got ousted from TCW in a dispute that, uh, reeked of pot and porn? Well, on Tuesday his new firm will be launching two new mutual funds. [DoubleLine Funds]
  • Despite recent job growth, the unemployment rate may stay high because many people out of the work force, previously too discouraged to even look for work, have started hunting for jobs again. [The Washington Post]

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More Money Friday Roundup: Government Jobs & Recess for Adults

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • Unemployed? Consider working for Uncle Sam. The federal government will add more than 190,000 jobs to its payroll over the next few years. [Wise Bread]
  • A trip to the slums of India taught a rich, privileged New York teen how to change her spoiled ways. Read her account of the trip as well as her mother’s version. [New York Post]
  • Adults need playtime, too. A nonprofit CEO claims that companies would be more productive if they provided a “recess” for employees. [The Huffington Post]

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More Money Wednesday Roundup: A Thrifty Trick & Big Bank Failures

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • Fearful of fraud? Of course, you are. In fact, it’s is a sign of successful messaging on the part of the IRS, which seems to make an annual push for publicizing tax fraud cases as the calendar year approaches April 15th. [Economix]
  • If you have ever been in a Southwest Airlines corral for seating, you will probably enjoy AirTran’s latest commercial, which takes the herd of cattle metaphor to a very literal level. [The Consumerist]
  • Never too big to fail: Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker scoffs at the notion that banks should think financial reform will protect them from getting shut down. [AFP]

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More Money Friday Roundup: Baby Denied Health Insurance & Endangered Bond Rally

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • The American consumer is apparently more resilient than thought. Spending has been on the rise since the second half of last year, and shoppers will likely keep shelling out through the end of the year. [TheStreet.com]
  • Experts such as fixed-income king Bill Gross think the glory days of bonds may have passed, but investors keep pushing their money into bond funds. [Bloomberg]

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More Money Wednesday Roundup: Credit Scoring via Facebook & High-Interest Banking

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • Do you find yourself telling the kids to be careful who they hang out with? Turns out the same advice goes for you, online. Creditors are turning to your social networks to help determine whether or not you will make a good customer. [PC World]
  • The ever-capricious housing market defied economists predictions of a 1.9% increase in new-home sales for February, instead dipping 2.2 percent. [The New York Times]

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More Money Monday Roundup: 10 Immediate Benefits of Healthcare Reform & Outrageous Traffic Tickets

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • You’re sick of reading about healthcare reform, of course. But now that it’s passed, check this list of ten immediate benefits for you and your family. [Crooks and Liars]
  • Forget about getting an early look at those Wall Street analysts’ reports: A US District Judge ruled Thursday in favor of complaints brought by several financial services firms against Theflyonthewall.com for publishing their investment recommendations before the firms could communicate them to their clients. [Yahoo News]
  • Proof that it is, in fact, not easy being green: Recent studies suggest that the eco-friendly consumer is more prone to “miserly” behaviors in other aspects of his life. [Green Inc.]
  • You’re not the only one feeling old at work. While to some it may be “just a number,” the EEOC reports a 17 percent increase in age-discrimination complaints made since the start of the recession. [Newsweek]

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More Money Friday Roundup: Hospitals vs. Insurers & Bankers vs. New Regulator

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • Members of the American Bankers Association join the legions of lobbyists on Capitol Hill hoping to influence new financial regulations. Bankers are against the creation of a consumer financial protection regulator and want to remain exempt from state consumer laws. [The Washington Post]
  • Once you’ve said, “I do,” it’s time to split up the personal finance chores. Here are some tips for newlyweds on how to get your financial house in order. [Morningstar]

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More Money Thursday Roundup: Dependable Toyotas & College Funding Strategies

Personal finance from around the Web:

  • Maybe those Toyotas aren’t so bad after all: J.D. Power and Associates ranked the Prius first in its compact car category for the 2010 Car Dependability Study, and its Tundra topped the list for pickups. [BizJournal]
  • Does a private, online meeting of your family and your financial adviser sound appealing? Blueleaf, an Internet start-up, is working to create a virtual “kitchen table” discussion space where users will be able to access all their account and investment information online and talk about it. [Innovation Economy]
  • Saving smart for your kid’s college education doesn’t necessarily mean mortgaging the house to finance four years of undergraduate education. Here’s how to be strategic in putting money aside based upon your tax bracket, child’s age, and expected income. [MSN Money]

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