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  • Keep up with the Kardashians: Kris Jenner's net worth Bankrate.com - Fri, Jan 20, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    In 1978, Kris Jenner married lawyer Robert Kardashian, who gained fame through his friendship and legal representation for O.J. Simpson. During this time, she was also a friend of Simpson's deceased wife, Nicole Brown. After divorcing Kardashian, Kris married former Olympian Bruce Jenner in 1991.

  • Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu's astounding net worth Bankrate.com - Fri, Jan 20, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Savings Celebrity Net Worth credit Name Net worth: $ Year of birth: xxxx Education: xx How xx's net worth was built text What he's up to now text Accolades text More From Bankrate.com Net worth: Ivanka ...

  • Can I lease a car with bad credit? Bankrate.com - Fri, Jan 20, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Car ads on television makes it seem like anyone can easily lease a car. Your credit score is going to be the primary factor in the lease you get, so do what you can to make it as high as possible. FREE CREDIT SCORE: Check yours today for free at myBankrate.

  • The Bankrate Trump Index: How his words affect stocks Bankrate.com - Fri, Jan 20, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Drew Angerer /Getty Images America's new president has demonstrated that he has the power to move stocks, sometimes in the span of just 140 characters. Donald Trump's blasts on Twitter about corporate ...

  • National mortgage rates for Jan. 19, 2017 Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Interest Rate Roundup Mortgages 30-year fixed: 4.18% Average points: 0.25 Mortgage rates were mixed this week, according to Bankrate's latest survey of large lenders. The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ...

  • Olympian and reality-TV star Caitlyn Jenner's net worth Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Savings Celebrity Net Worth Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock.com Caitlyn Jenner Net worth: $100 million (as of January 2017) Year of birth: 1949 Education: Newtown High School (Connecticut), Graceland ...

  • CD rates for Jan. 19, 2017 Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Interest Rate Roundup CDs 1-year CD yields: 0.33% 5-year CD yields: 0.85% Rates on certificates of deposit stayed the same in Bankrate's weekly survey of CD rates. The five-year CD yield stayed at 0.85 ...

  • On her own: Ivanka Trump's net worth Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Ivanka Trump got her start as a model, doing runway and print work, and even appeared on the cover of Seventeen magazine in 1997. Shortly after finishing college, Trump took a job at Forest City Enterprises and began working for her famous father's company as the executive vice president of development and acquisitions.

  • Mortgage rates fall again, defying inflation Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Instead, they went down, just a little, for the third week in a row. The Consumer Price Index rose 2.1 percent in 2016, which is just above the inflation target set by the Federal Reserve. The slight increase in inflation is probably related to the problems that businesses have in finding good employees.

  • Where will mortgage rates head next week? Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Will rates go up, down or remain unchanged? Intro Up 18.1% Down 36.4% Unchanged 45.5% Panel Prediction Up Down Unchanged 18.1% 36.4% 45.5% This week (Jan. 19-25), 18.1 percent of the panelists believe ...

  • What does new parenthood cost? Less than you think Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    For expectant parents or even those considering starting a family, having an idea of what that first year of parenthood will cost is essential for family planning. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published a study finding that the cost of raising a newborn through the first year of life for middle-income parents is $12,680 -- certainly a number large enough to give expectant parents some heart palpitations. RATE SEARCH: Planning to have a family?

  • Personal loan rates unlikely to jump after Fed rate hike Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    The Federal Reserve's quarter-point interest rate hike last month has not had a meaningful impact on personal loan rates. While credit card rates have risen in step with the movement of the Fed's benchmark interest rate, several lenders told Bankrate they have left their rates unchanged. Consumers can receive "the same low rate that was available prior to the most recent Fed increase," Dan Matysik, vice president of personal loans at Discover, wrote in an email.

  • Unemployment rises to 5.8% in December AAP - Thu, Jan 19, 2017 11:36 AM AEDT
    Unemployment rises to 5.8% in December

    Australia's unemployment rate rose to 5.8 per cent in December, official figures show, missing expectations of it staying at 5.7 per cent. The total number of people with jobs rose by 13,500 in the month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday, with the market forecasting a rise of 12,000. The participation rate, which refers to the number of people either employed or actively looking for work, was up at 64.7 per cent in December from 64.6 in November.

  • Rapper Birdman's net worth has soared Bankrate.com - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Bryan "Birdman" Williams is a rapper, co-founder of Cash Money Records, and philanthropist whose 2016 net worth was $110 million, according to Forbes. Birdman and his brother, Ronald "Slim" Williams founded Cash Money Records in 1991.

  • Chris Brown's net worth: Sweet sound of success Bankrate.com - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Savings Celebrity Net Worth Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com Chris Brown Net worth: $50 million (as of J) Year of birth: 1989 Education: Essex High School (Virginia) How Chris Brown's net worth was built The ...

  • How much money should I have saved by 30? Bankrate.com - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT
    How much money should I have saved by 30?

    The problem is, it's difficult to account for personal factors such as health, life expectancy or retirement lifestyle in the future. It also might seem daunting to determine for people who don't understand how compound investment returns and tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts can help even small savings grow significantly over time. Rather than confront a seemingly impossible savings goal, working through retirement is many people's solution.

  • Do you have to file taxes? It depends on 3 things Bankrate.com - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    You must consider three things when determining if you need to file a tax return: your age, your filing status and your income. Once you reach a certain income level, the law usually requires you to file taxes. If you got health care coverage as required by the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as ACA or Obamacare, you might need to file a return.

  • Big banks drag share market lower AAP - Wed, Jan 18, 2017 5:23 PM AEDT

    Falls by the big four banks have pulled the share market lower, as uncertainty about the policies of US president-elect Donald Trump influences trade. The market mirrored Wall Street's overnight session, ...

  • Shares fall on political uncertainty AAP - Tue, Jan 17, 2017 5:13 PM AEDT

    The share market has fallen due to investor caution ahead of UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit speech and US president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 dropped 0.85 per ...

  • Low rates not helping first home buyers AAP - Tue, Jan 17, 2017 2:25 PM AEDT
    Low rates not helping first home buyers

    Investors are boosting activity in the housing market meaning the Reserve Bank is unlikely to cut interest rates this year, economists say. The number of home loan approvals rose 0.9 per cent in November, beating market expectations of a 0.3 per cent fall, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Housing Industry Association chief economist Harley Dale said the results indicated the new home building sector will continue to provide strong support to the broader economy through the first half of 2017.

  • Confidence slides, but still elevated: ANZ AAP - Tue, Jan 17, 2017 9:35 AM AEDT
    Confidence slides, but still elevated: ANZ

    Consumers' pessimism about their own finances had dragged overall confidence slightly lower. The ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence Survey fell 0.7 per cent to a level of 119.3 in the week ending ...

  • Conventional, FHA or VA mortgage: Which is for you? Bankrate.com - Mon, Jan 16, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Mortgage VA Loans gpointstudio/Shutterstock.com For most mortgage borrowers, there are three major loan types: conventional, FHA and VA. Here is how they compare. 1. Conventional loans Who they're for: ...

  • 15 essential documents for preparing your tax return Bankrate.com - Mon, Jan 16, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    If you or someone in your family had health coverage in 2016, you will get a 1095 form. Form 1095-A -- If you, your spouse or a dependent enrolled in health insurance through a state or federal exchange, also referred to as the marketplace, you should receive Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. The information on this new form is needed to complete Form 8962 and calculate your correct premium tax credit amount.

  • 4 reasons you need an HSA to go with your IRA Bankrate.com - Mon, Jan 16, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    There are a lot of reasons to love a health savings account, or HSA. An HSA complements its cousin, the Individual Retirement Arrangement, or IRA. You can sign up for an HSA if you have a qualifying high-deductible health insurance plan.

  • 5 mortgages that require little or no money down Bankrate.com - Mon, Jan 16, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Homebuyers with little money for a down payment are finding more home loans available for a low down payment or even no down payment. The Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, insures loans with small down payments, and private mortgage insurers have relaxed their down-payment requirements.

  • How much can the mechanic do without asking owner? Bankrate.com - Fri, Jan 13, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    If I leave my car for the oil change and they find other problems, will they automatically fix them or will they call me first? Whether you are bringing your car to a dealer or an independent shop, you will be asked to sign a piece of paper outlining the services and an estimate of the cost. This is commonly called a repair order, or an RO.

  • The complications of gifting a home to family Bankrate.com - Fri, Jan 13, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    First of all, gifting a home may be problematic for your pop if he needs Medicaid coverage in the near future. If we assume the average monthly cost of nursing home care in your state is $6,000, then Dad would have to wait years for Medicaid to kick in. You will definitely need to talk with a qualified estate or elder law attorney or financial planner if you think he may need Medicaid at some point.

  • Anticipating a tax refund? You can e-file today Bankrate.com - Fri, Jan 13, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Ready to file your tax return? More than 153 million people are expected to file a return in 2017, with 80 percent projected to prepare their returns electronically using tax preparation software, according to the IRS. In addition to now accepting paper and electronically filed returns, the IRS has opened the e-door to its Free File option.

  • National mortgage rates for Jan. 11, 2017 Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 12, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Interest Rate Roundup Mortgages 30-year fixed: 4.2% Average points: 0.24 Mortgage rates mostly fell this week, according to Bankrate's latest survey of large lenders. The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ...

  • Where will mortgage rates head next week? Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 12, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Will rates go up, down or remain unchanged? Intro Up 18.2% Down 27.3% Unchanged 54.5% Panel Prediction Up Down Unchanged 18.2% 27.3% 54.5% This week (Jan. 12-18), 18.2 percent of the panelists believe ...

  • 3 smart ways to avoid tax refund loan loans Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 12, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    The IRS begins accepting electronic and paper tax returns on Monday, Jan. 23. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a statement, "This year, we had a number of important legislative changes to program into our systems, including the EITC refund date, as well as dealing with resource limitations," a reference to continued budget cuts that have left the agency shorthanded.

  • CD rates for Jan. 12, 2017 Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 12, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Interest Rate Roundup CDs 1-year CD yields: 0.33% 5-year CD yields: 0.85% Rates on certificates of deposit were mixed in Bankrate's weekly survey of CD rates. The five-year CD yield stayed at 0.85 percent. ...

  • Survey: Most Americans lack savings to cover emergencies Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 12, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    When Sarah Ballard's kitchen tile floor shifted and tiles began to crack, she knew she'd have to come up with $2,000 to make the fixes. "A tilted tile could have sliced my foot open," says Ballard, 38, of Jamestown, New York. The classic emergency fund still eludes more than half of Americans, just like the Ballards, according to a new Bankrate Money Pulse survey.

  • See how much birthday girl Betty White is worth Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 12, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    The adored, multiple Emmy-winning actress has amassed an estimated net worth of $45 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. White was born in Illinois, but her family relocated to Los Angeles when she was just 2 years old.

  • Mortgage rates fall, and there's more to cheer about Bankrate.com - Thu, Jan 12, 2017 9:00 PM AEDT

    Mortgage rates have fallen two weeks in a row. The decrease in rates was accompanied by a modest rise in mortgage applications for home purchases. To round out the positive news, the Federal Housing Administration has announced that it will cut the cost of mortgage insurance premiums.