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Should I give my father’s home health aide a raise this year?

Last year, this man gave her a 6% increase, but she has often cut out early.

These are the 20 worst commutes in America

The top spot does not belong to New York, Chicago or Los Angeles.

This state is the most expensive for holiday shopping

The cost of gifts varies widely across the country.

Is financial stress the secret to success?

The most famous book about money written by someone strapped for cash wasn’t “Das Kapital” or “The Communist Manifesto.” It was “A Christmas Carol.”

Why you should have at least 6 different credit cards

Cybersecurity expert Eric Cole was recruited by the CIA when he was studying computer science at the New York Institute of Technology.

House Republicans seek to roll back state laws protecting student loan borrowers

A proposal tucked away in a more than 500 page bill is the latest shot fired in a battle between states and student loan companies.

These 4 colors can be the kiss of death when selling your home

Painting your home with a weird color either inside or out could repel prospective buyers.

Paint your bathroom this color and boost your home’s selling price by $5,400

Maybe don’t go with Pantone’s 2018 color of the year.

UPS is overwhelmed with deliveries: Here’s how to avoid a delay

The holiday season presents many complications for online shoppers

12 bottles of booze to give as Christmas gifts — from $14 to $900

A gift for every sipper in your life.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Household wealth climbs $1.7 trillion on stock market, house price advances

The net worth of households and nonprofits hit a new record of $96.9 trillion after a $1.74 trillion increase, or 1.8%, gain in the third quarter, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday.

FHA to stop backing green loans often called ‘predatory’

The Federal Housing Administration said it would no longer insure mortgages that carry priority liens for high-interest ‘green loans.’

These are the members of Congress who will hammer out a final tax bill

The House-Senate conference committee that will reconcile the two chambers’ tax bills has taken shape, with all members named by Republican and Democratic leaders.

Al Franken announces he’ll resign from Senate

Sen. Al Franken said Thursday that he will resign in the coming weeks, in a speech on the Senate floor that put him face to face with dozens of Democratic colleagues who called for him to step down over mounting allegations of sexual misconduct.

Forget missing out on bitcoin mania, be glad you didn’t short it

What’s worse than missing out on bitcoin mania?

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