Personal Finance Daily: How long it will take Americans to pay off their holiday debt and this house is the first to be sold on the blockchain in the U.S.

Hope you all have a Happy New Year, MarketWatchers! Here’s some of the day’s top stories to carry you into 2018.

Personal Finance
How to claim your tax break for charitable donations under the Republican tax act

Here’s how donating to charities will change and what donors can do.

5 predictions for robo advisers and digital advice in 2018

Advice will be more engaging — and rarely free.

Here’s how long it will take Americans to pay off their Christmas debt

Many people blew their holiday budgets this year.

How to avoid the money problems your parents had

Financial planners advise how the younger generation can do better than their parents.

Why buying a 10-year-old car is a savvy move

Want to make sure your car won’t wreck your budget? Here’s a chart that might help work out the cheapest and priciest approaches to car ownership.

Will colleges become more equal in 2018?

Experts share what they’ll be watching for in the new year.

This is the staggering amount Americans paid in rent in 2017

The monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment varies dramatically across the country.

One sure-fire prediction for 2018: Americans will take on even more debt

Consumers have an increasingly complex relationship with credit.

The most expensive city in the world is NOT New York or San Francisco

Many of the costliest cities are located in Asia and Europe.

What should I do with the $300,000 I am about to inherit?

This reader wonders whether she should maximize her 403(b) plan.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch
No, you probably shouldn’t rush out and prepay your 2018 property taxes

There are many considerations that may make prepaying 2018 property taxes more of a hassle than it’s worth.

This $1 million house is the first to be sold on the blockchain in the U.S.

Green Bay Packers fans will love the location, but the 1,000-square-foot property was recently assessed at just $264,000.

These are all the records stock indexes are poised to hit as December comes to a close

When the U.S. stock market closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, it won’t just bring the week to a close, but also the month of December, the fourth quarter of 2017, and the whole year along with it. And it’s a testament to how strong markets have been over the past 12 months that the major stock market indexes are poised for notable records across nearly all those time periods.

Trouble ahead? What 4 recession indicators say about the economy

After a stellar 2017 on Wall Street, many investors have resigned themselves to the idea that future returns might look a lot less exciting than what’s been seen in recent years.

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