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Are you smarter financially than a 15-year-old?


PIKSEL America’s teenagers don’t particularly excel at financial literacy, but their parents and elders may be no better. Given that only 17 U.S. states require high schools to provide basic financial education, most American kids either learn from their parents or must educate themselves. Unfortunately, their parents may not be …

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9 internships that pay better than "real" jobs


Oko_SwanOmurphy The traditional internship in the U.S. was once a low-wage, or even unpaid, rite of passage for college students, who spent their summers answering phones or making coffee. How times have changed. The top internships at some of America’s biggest businesses today pay far more than the typical worker …

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5 signs you're no longer middle class


Jen Grantham America’s middle class isn’t what it used to be. The share of Americans who are considered in that group shrank from 1991 to 2010, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center that covers this 20-year period. At the beginning of the 1990s, 62 percent of …

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9 college majors with the biggest gender pay gap


Mirko Popadic, Getty Images/iStockphoto The gender pay gap is largely understood by economists to be an enduring problem in the labor market, but the causes continue to spark debate. Occupational sorting, or how women and men sift themselves into traditional “female” and “male” jobs, is one explanation for why women …

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The 11 highest-paying companies in America


Photographer: Andrey Popov, Getty Images/iStockphoto A well-paying job may seem increasingly out of reach for many Americans, especially after years of stagnant incomes. The good news: Many U.S. companies are paying handsome salaries, as well as offering career opportunities and challenges. Yet getting a foot in the door won’t be …

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Tax-friendly states for retirees


Getty Images/iStockphoto With the baby boom generation entering retirement by the thousands each day, many are considering not only how to spend their golden years, but where. It may be no surprise that Florida is maintaining its hold as a retirement destination. Not only does the state offer favorable tax …

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America's 11 highest paying careers in 2017


Jakub Jirsak, Getty Images/iStockphoto Even though the U.S. economy is growing, many Americans continue to struggle with stagnating wages and few opportunities for professional growth. So where are the jobs that pay well and offer strong career paths? Most of them are clustering in a handful of fast-growing industries, such …

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9 jobs with the oldest American workers


Getty Images/iStockphoto America is showing its age. The county is increasingly getting older, and population growth is expected to slow and tilt toward the oldest age groups by 2050. The demographic shift will affect everything from demand for health care services to the shape of the workforce, which already is …

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The 11 toughest states for first-time home buyers


Getty Images/iStockphoto The run-up in housing prices means first-time buyers are increasingly hitting a wall when they search for affordable properties. Since the recession ended, builders have focused on the higher end of the market, pegging their products to the rising fortunes of America’s upper middle class. Last year, more …

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9 businesses President Trump has helped — and hurt


U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a listening session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and member company CEOs in the Rosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 15, 2017. Joshua Roberts/Reuters Donald Trump ran on a campaign that emphasized his skills as a businessman, vowing he …

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