Financial News from US News & World Report

  • Housing Bubble Ahead? Analysts Don't Think So U.S.News & World Report - 13 hours ago

    Home prices rose again last year, and the housing market is starting off 2017 at a brisk clip. According to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller data, which includes the 20 largest U.S. cities, home prices regained their 2007 peak late last year and increased 5.6 percent from November 2015 to November 2016 -- the latest figure available. Zillow's Home Value Index, which measures median home value nationwide, predicts its index will reach the 2007 level this spring.

  • The 9 Best Municipal Bond Funds for Tax-Free Income U.S.News & World Report - 16 hours ago

    Line your pockets with municipal bonds. Municipal bonds, which are issued by government entities such as states and counties, enjoy a special place in the hearts of income investors for one simple reason -- they let investors keep more cash. Municipal bonds are typically exempt from federal taxation.

  • Smart Investing is Boring, but That's OK U.S.News & World Report - 17 hours ago

    Every single day, investors can find stories all over financial news sites of stocks that are up 50 percent that day. These stocks deliver huge gains for investors after a big earnings beat, a new partnership ...

  • How Will the REAL ID Act Impact You? U.S.News & World Report - 17 hours ago

    There's already plenty for travelers to consider when flying: strategies for packing light, tricks for dealing with long security lines and sanity savers when seated next to obnoxious passengers. The reality is you must take plenty of precautions for smooth, hassle-free travel, beyond picking the right seat or securing affordable plane tickets. If you live in Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Washington, you'll need to pack another accepted form of identification to travel domestically.

  • What Tech CEOs Are Saying About Trump Revoking Transgender Rights U.S.News & World Report - 18 hours ago

    Executives at several tech companies are criticizing President Donald Trump's administration for revoking former President Barack Obama's federal protection for transgender students. Apple (ticker: AAPL) ...

  • 7 Food Travel Trends of 2017 U.S.News & World Report - 18 hours ago

    Lured by wine bars, microbreweries, local markets, restaurants and bakeries, food-obsessed travelers seek out destinations where they can experience dynamic regional culinary scenes. South African chef Oliver Cattermole believes that wheat-free foods will have a big impact on menus across the world. Plus, rising chefs say savory yogurts, beets, butternut, kale and smoked garlic are likely to become more prevalent at restaurants and resorts this year.

  • Download These 5 Mobile Apps for Cheap -- or Free -- At-Home Winter Workouts U.S.News & World Report - 18 hours ago

    If you're looking for targeted workouts: Daily Workouts Free. Daily Workouts Free offers several apps that focus on specific parts of the body, such as your abdominal muscles and legs. If you're generally strapped for time, the Johnson & Johnson Official 7-Minute Workout might be the exercise routine for your packed schedule.

  • How to Tactfully Back Out of a Real Estate Deal U.S.News & World Report - 19 hours ago

    The goal of any real estate deal is for all parties to come away happy -- whether it's the home seller pleased with the profit, the buyer excited to start life in a new home or the real estate agents satisfied with the clients' success and commission. How do you, as the buyer or seller, back out of a transaction without angering all other parties? [Read: Sellers: Your Real Estate Deal Fell Through.

  • 8 Issues You Must Address if You Plan to Retire in Place U.S.News & World Report - 19 hours ago

    This includes good public transportation or perhaps the availability of city-sponsored transport vans, good health care and a strong senior center that provides activities as well as support services. You should also consider whether you live close enough to public transportation and if the places you visit regularly are on transportation routes.

  • 3 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score U.S.News & World Report - 19 hours ago

    In a Capital One Credit Confidence Study from January, 53 percent of 2,300 survey respondents say they are very confident when it comes to understanding credit, and the majority say they know they will be able to improve their credit. "People tend to obsess about the minutiae of credit scores without focusing on the low-hanging fruit," says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com in Palm Gardens, Florida. The biggest impact on a person's credit score is on-time payments, financial experts say.

  • How to Choose the Right Paint Colors When Selling Your Home U.S.News & World Report - 19 hours ago

    Using certain interior and exterior paint colors can spark interest from potential buyers, but also send them out the door if not done correctly. Paint is very personal, but when selling a house you need to focus first on potential buyers. Research your market to see what homes recently sold and the color schemes used in those properties.

  • 7 Tax Mistakes That Could Land You in an Audit U.S.News & World Report - 19 hours ago

    The chances of getting audited are slim for most taxpayers, but that doesn't deter many people from being terrified of the prospect. "There's the audit lottery," says Mike Campbell, a certified ...

  • 7 Top Breweries to Tour in Chicago -- Locals' Picks U.S.News & World Report - 20 hours ago

    Thanks to infamous bootlegging gangster Al Capone, Chicago 's Prohibition Era hooch history is known worldwide. But things change. Today, Chicago enjoys acclaim for its sophisticated craft beer culture. ...

  • 25 Best Business Jobs for 2017 U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 3:48 AM AEDT

    Explore the best jobs in the business world. What do a fundraiser and a logistician have in common? They work in two of the business professions placed highest among the U.S. News 2017 Best Jobs rankings ...

  • How to Avoid Tax Scams U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 3:43 AM AEDT

    The IRS recently released its "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for 2017, and it includes fake charities, email phishing scams and even frivolous tax arguments, where the taxpayer refuses to pay taxes on religious or moral grounds. Two perennial threats that pop up year after year: tax ID theft, where a shyster files a falsified return using someone else's Social Security number, and scammers posing as IRS agents and threatening deportation or arrest if the person doesn't pay up. "The second return to get filed is going to be rejected," says Nathan Rigney, a senior tax research analyst at The Tax Institute at H&R Block.

  • Rocks and Concrete Might Be Good Bets for Investors U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 3:20 AM AEDT

    When it comes to industrial materials, there isn't much more basic than rocks and concrete. "Infrastructure spending is coming," says Craig Hodges, a portfolio manager with Hodges Funds. The phrase "major spending" isn't used lightly.

  • How to Outsmart the Robots and Hold On to Your Job U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 3:18 AM AEDT

    There's been a lot written about artificial intelligence, and many fear their jobs will disappear as a result of driverless cars or self-checkout lanes in stores. The truth is, for decades your work has been replaced by automation in factories and by personal computers, but you found a way to adapt. There are jobs that are less likely to be replaced by artificial intelligence and skills you can develop to help you keep your job.

  • 5 Volunteer Vacations for Families U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 3:11 AM AEDT

    A number of kid-friendly travel destinations are creating ways for families to lend a hand by volunteering a few hours (or longer) on projects that may be the highlight of the trip. "Just as parenting is about more than showing and telling, so too is family travel increasingly about seeing and doing, especially doing things that build character and compassion," says Ethan Gelber, editorial director for the Family Travel Association. Orlando, Florida, has long been one of the world's top family travel destinations.

  • 6 Smart Money Moves to Make Before Switching Jobs U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 2:23 AM AEDT

    Speaking of savings, use the time before your job switch to rethink any automatic investment or savings plans, perhaps increasing your contributions to reflect your higher earnings. The same applies for any debt payments. By automating higher investment contributions or debt payments, you can ensure that the extra funds are being put to good use.

  • What You Should Know About Impact Investing U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 2:12 AM AEDT

    More Americans, especially millennials , are interested in investing in sustainably minded companies that hold a tangible connection with their social values. Robert Johnson, president and CEO of American ...

  • Facebook Inc (FB) Could Live Stream MLB Games This Season, Report Says U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 2:05 AM AEDT

    Ever dreamed of watching a Major League Baseball game on Facebook? Facebook Inc (FB) is talking with the Major League Baseball about live-streaming one game each week this season, according to several Reuters sources. One source called these talks "advanced." Sports media consultants tell Reuters that Facebook is trying to reach the same audience as Twitter (TWTR) as it scours for partnerships with sports rights owners.

  • When Is it OK to Draw Cash From a Life Insurance Policy? U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 1:00 AM AEDT

    Anyone with dependents is wise to get life insurance, and millions of people do -- everything from plain vanilla term policies that simply pay a death benefit, to fancier products such as whole life or universal life policies that build up a "cash value" that can be withdrawn or borrowed. "Cash value in a life insurance policy can really come in handy," says Matthew Grove, senior vice president of New York Life. "Our clients use cash value to pay for everything from household repairs to weddings to retirement.

  • Are REITs Right for Your Retirement Portfolio? U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 7:49 AM AEDT

    Real estate is often viewed as an effective way to hedge against market volatility. In a 2016 Bankrate survey, 25 percent of U.S. investors chose real estate over stocks as their preferred long-term investment target. While owning real estate can be lucrative, it's not necessarily the most feasible option for every investor.

  • 7 Smart Ways to Spend a $1,000 Tax Refund U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 5:31 AM AEDT

    According to the Internal Revenue Service, in 2016, 111 million Americans received tax refunds, with the average amount being $2,860. Put the refund into a savings account. The national interest rate for a savings account is pretty low -- 0.06 percent APY (annual percentage yield), according the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. That means over a year's time, your bank account will have an extra 60 cents in it.

  • How to Make Professional Food Choices at Business Events U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 2:57 AM AEDT

    This situation happens all the time to every professional, even if they are not in a client-facing role: You have to meet a colleague, your boss or a prospective customer for a meal. On the surface, it ...

  • 7 Dividend Stocks to Benefit From Trump Tax Changes U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 2:48 AM AEDT

    President Donald Trump has pledged to change the tax code to encourage U.S. multinational companies to repatriate the estimated $2 trillion-plus in cash being held abroad. If Apple can repatriate earnings, the company could divert some for research and development and merger-and-acquisition activity, says Eric Ervin, CEO of Reality Shares in San Diego.

  • 6 Ways to Take Control of Your Retirement U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 2:45 AM AEDT

    One of the most unsettling aspects of retirement is that you give up a lot of control in life. Your kids are growing up, becoming independent and ignoring your best advice, and your friends may be slipping away due to illness, infirmity or perhaps they're moving to a retirement mecca. Here are six key areas where you can take steps to improve your retirement.

  • Mark Cuban Thinks Robots Are Coming for Your Job Faster Than You Think U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 2:23 AM AEDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban hasn't been shy about predicting the earlier-than-expected robot revolution -- a time when people will lose their manufacturing jobs to robots. On Sunday, Cuban tweeted, "Automation is going to cause unemployment and we need to prepare for it." He linked to a Medium article highlighting similar takes from Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, legendary physicist Stephen Hawking and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates. Among other information, the article cites statements from these leaders in an effort to alert readers about the future of automation.

  • Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Is Cool, While Apple Stock Is Old School U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 2:18 AM AEDT

    Wall Street loves its digits as much as Silicon Valley loves its digital. And if you own stock in Apple (ticker: AAPL ), everything's adding up faster than the bill on a tricked-out iPhone . Last week ...

  • Why Tesla Inc (TSLA) Will Punch Through the Ceiling Again U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 2:04 AM AEDT

    This week will mark the first time that Tesla Inc (ticker: TSLA) reports quarterly earnings under its spanking-new moniker. Elon Musk's Tesla Motors switched over to simply Tesla at the start of the month in large part to reflect the fact that the company folded in solar energy services company SolarCity Corp. last year. Expectations for double-digit growth out of Tesla still are par for the course.

  • How to Get the Most Value From Hiring a Tax Preparer U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 2:01 AM AEDT

    People are collecting their W-2s and 1099s, looking at IRS publications, filling out forms, sending checks and hoping to receive checks, too. Some select tax-filing software, while others hire a person to help them with their tax preparation. First, if your tax situation just involves getting a small number of W-2s and 1099 forms in the mail, you're probably better off without a tax preparer at all.

  • What Austin Home Can You Buy for Less Than $300,000? U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 1:20 AM AEDT

    Austin, Texas' average home price hovers around $300,000, but that can buy you a range of property types and amenities, depending on where you live. "You could get an East Austin home close to downtown with two bedrooms, one bathroom and 720 square feet. Or a new house in Southeast Austin featuring granite countertops and stainless appliances with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2,700 square feet and a work commute," says Matt Menard, broker and owner of Austin Real Estate Experts.

  • How to Set a Realistic Retirement Savings Goal U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM AEDT

    It's intimidating to realize that you might need to save $1 million or more in order to fund a comfortable retirement. A large retirement savings goal can feel unreachable and reduce your motivation to save every month. It's often more productive to set short-term savings goals so you can celebrate your progress as you accumulate wealth.

  • 5 Great Denver Hiking Trails -- Locals' Picks U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 1:00 AM AEDT

    No visit to Denver is complete without a hike, whether it's strolling around City Park or summiting one of Colorado's famous fourteeners (mountain peaks rising higher than 14,000 feet in altitude). Fortunately, Denver has a multitude of hiking options located within 100 miles, or a few hours of driving, making it possible to venture into the hills for the day and be back in the city by dinner time. Located just 30 miles away, Boulder is a favorite hiking destination of many Denverites, thanks to its unique location nestled at the base of the foothills.

  • 3 Upcoming Changes in Private Student Lending U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 12:30 AM AEDT

    With the change in administrations to President Donald Trump, the discussion of reinjecting private dollars back into the higher education system has reemerged. Under the Obama administration, the Department of Education become the sole originator of federal student loans. The move ended the guaranteed student loan program, which existed from the 1960s to 2010, in which the government backed private lenders to make student loans.