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10 Mistakes That Turn Investors Into Their Own Worst Enemies

The hardest part of investing can sometimes be getting out of your own way. Too often, we let emotions guide our investing strategies, with disastrous results. A new study reveals the most common mistakes: We've summed up the popular pitfalls so you can avoid them.

How to Get Your Insurer to Pay Your Frankenstorm Damage Claim

Frankenstorm is coming, but let's assume you did the right thing in getting insurance to protect yourself against heavy weather and floods. If the storm hits you, your next challenge may be getting the insurance company to pony up the cash instead of trying to deny your claim.

Have You Made a Big Money Blunder? You're Not Alone

A new report reveals that two out of three middle-class Americans acknowledge having made at least one "really bad financial decision" -- at a median cost of $5,000. And that's not the only surprising fact in the results.

4 Ways for Young Adults to Get a Better Handle on Credit Scores

Americans are getting more educated about credit scores, and younger people are the most well-versed of all. But that doesn't mean there aren't some gaps in their knowledge. So what should you do to keep on top of your credit? Here are a few free tips.

Who Are the Nation's Biggest Suckers? Lottery Players

As bizarre as it sounds, 21% of American adults agreed with the statement: "Winning the lottery represents the most practical way [for me] to accumulate several hundred thousand dollars." Those 21% couldn't be more wrong.

Family Money: Tips for Raising Saving-Savvy Kids

Last week was America Saves Week, but the organizations hoping to spotlight the importance of saving money have their work cut out for them. Not only are we failing to sock enough away, our kids aren't getting the message to save either. Here are four tips for passing on smart savings habits.

Dangerous Toys: What to Leave Off Your 2011 Gift List

Safety standards for toys have been in place for decades, but this year's Trouble in Toyland report from U.S. PIRG reveals that some new toys still hold hidden risks. What should you avoid to protect your child from toxic chemicals and choking hazards? Read on...

How to Get Your Insurer to Pay Your Hurricane Claim

So, let's assume you did the right thing in getting insurance to protect yourself against those times when Mother Nature comes knocking. Your next challenge may be getting the insurance company to pony up the cash instead of trying to deny your claim.

The Truth About ID Theft Protection Services

With identity theft on the rise, consumers are actively seeking ways to protect themselves. A crop of companies has sprung up offering identity theft protection services. But how well do they really work?