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    A credit card that makes it essentially impossible to overextend yourself, while also helping your credit scores? Sounds a bit like having your cake and eating it, too. And what if, as icing on that slice, that card advertised no credit check, no security deposit, no fees, not even an interest rate? For credit newbies...

      The latest bevy of government data shows prices are declining, wage growth has slowed and people aren’t spending like they used to.By all appearances it seems inflation is, indeed, being tamed. But at this point it’s still uncertain whether the U.S. is in the clear or instead glimpsing a recession on the horizon. Kathryn Anne Edwards,...

      The current Powerball jackpot has reached an estimated $700 million, and that staggering figure is part of a larger trend.Billion-dollar lottery jackpots, once rare, are happening more often than ever. Five of the 10 largest lotto jackpots occurred in 2021 and 2022, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. And 2022 alone saw jackpots...

      The investing information provided on this page is for educational purposes only. NerdWallet does not offer advisory or brokerage services, nor does it recommend or advise investors to buy or sell particular stocks, securities or other investments.Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions.This week’s episode is dedicated to a conversation...

      It's 2023 and the Federal Reserve just announced a federal funds rate range increase of 0.25%. This is after seven rate increases in 2022. This increase brings the target funds rate range up to 4.5%-4.75%. This increase is smaller than some of the steep changes in 2022, but another increase means rates are at their...

      As a frequent PayPal user, I wasn’t surprised to see a payment request on the app pop up. But when I read it, I knew something was wrong.In the message, a stranger asked me to send them $699 in order to get a “refund.” While I instantly recognized the request as a scam, I still...

      After more than a year of overheated prices, the used-car market cooled by several degrees in December.The trend brings some relief to car buyers. But inventories have yet to reach pre-pandemic levels, and consumers still miss the buying power they had in 2019.While experts say this year’s used-car market will continue to improve, consumers need...

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      The Federal Reserve extended its fight against high inflation Wednesday by raising its key interest rate by a quarter-point, its eighth hike since March. And the Fed signaled that even though inflation is easing, it remains high enough to require further rate hikes. Though smaller than its p…

      In 2022, we got revenge. Revenge spending, revenge travel — we were determined to make up for time we lost amid the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the economy had other plans, and inflation and rising interest rates started to limit the fun. Over the past year: Buying and borrowing became more expensive. Inflation had...

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