Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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Trying to max out your Social Security retirement benefits? You can crunch the numbers a few ways: online or in person through the Social Security Administration, or by using a financial planner.
Ask Dave: How do cash-back rebates work on electronics and other items?
Ask Dave: Where should you save for large expenditures when you’re doing the Baby Steps?
Kevin Flores has more than six years to pay off the loan on his new Nissan Frontier pickup.
Unless you're a professional investor, avoid Puerto Rico's municipal bonds, financial planners advise. Otherwise, you could face a protracted default process rivaling Greece's.
Love and money: For a committed couple, don't they mix? Among thirty- and forty-somethings, yes. Baby boomers, not so much.
Ask Dave: Can you explain interest-only mortgages? Are they a good idea?
Ask Dave: I’m currently a senior in college. I’m completely debt-free right now, and I am wondering what I should do to stay this way after graduation.
LONDON (AP) - Friction in Formula One and ongoing negativity has created instability that affects companies pumping money into the sport, according to a director of the motorsport series.
NEW YORK (AP) - The death toll from faulty ignition switches in General Motors' small cars has risen by two to 121.
NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is trying to lure more subscribers to its $99 Prime loyalty program by pushing a day of discounts it calls "Prime Day" during the sleepier summer shopping season.
NEW YORK (AP) - Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for adults that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The latest on the fallout from the Greek referendum (all times local):
BEIJING (AP) - Shares in big state companies soared Monday after promises of government action to halt a slide in Chinese stock prices but many others sank as jittery small investors tried to cut their losses.
TOKYO (AP) - Asian shares tumbled Monday after Greece's voters vehemently rejected conditions set by its international creditors, deepening doubts over their future in the 19-nation eurozone.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Can an algorithm pass for an author? Can a robot rock the house? A series of contests at Dartmouth College is about to find out.
Ask Dave: I have a debt with a collection agency and they have started calling my office. Last week, I made an agreement for monthly payments, along with an initial payment. All of a sudden, they were calling me again this morning at my office. Can I legally demand that they not call me at my place of employment?

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