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Follow The Money: Sniffing Out Hidden Wealth Management Fees

April Rudin | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
April Rudin

Financial advisors can be very creative about the fees they charge to clients in the distribution of investment instruments. Do you know what you are paying for? Are your advisor's interests aligned with yours?

On The 75th Birthday Of The 1940 Act, A Reminder Of The F-Word's Power

April Rudin | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business
April Rudin

September is here and there is no better season to celebrate the F word: F, in this case, for the fiduciary standard. For one thing, the month of September has just launched

Credit Card Fees: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Robert Harrow | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business
Robert Harrow

It's easy to hate fees. To many, they can be the rain that ruins an otherwise perfect day - or in this case, a credit card. However, are these fees really the big bad wolf consumers should be afraid of?

Building a Back-To-School Budget

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Back-to-school spending has gone far beyond the last minute, discount-store rush for pens, pencils and paper that many of us remember as kids. But it often still starts with traditional expenses like clothes, shoes, school supplies and books - and the added latest digital technology.

Breaking: JetBlue's New Fees and Fares Announced | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel

Aside from TrueBlue booking bonuses, the other fees (for meals, Wi-Fi, DirecTV, and so on) remain the same. And JetBlue's famous snacks and soft-drink service remain complimentary as ever.

5 Investing Fees Beginners Forget About

GOBankingRates | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business

As a new investor, you are probably keen on making money when allocating your funds in an investment account, like a mutual fund, 401(k) or directly in the stock market. However, what is often forgotten is that, like any other financial service, there are likely fees to contend with at every corner.

Divorce Confidential: Finding the Right Divorce Attorney

Caroline Choi | Posted 06.02.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

When a decision is made to divorce, you are forced to become familiar with the legal world and what may seem like, a legal minefield. This is not an easy task given the legal jargon and technicalities involved in a divorce.

Verizon's 'Pick Your Own Cable TV Channels' Is Just Another Bait & Switch -- Read the Fine Print

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This plan's advertised price cost is $10.00 and yet the actual costs to the customer are $32.00, hiding a whopping 220% above this advertised price. Is this 'fair and reasonable'? Is this deceptive advertising? Where are the savings for buying this 'slim package'?

31 Worst Fees in America

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.21.2015 | Money

Like the insidious overdraft penalty, the key to avoiding a replacement fee is to keep careful watch of your debit card and not lose it. If you do, try to take out cash through a teller and be patient until your replacement card arrives.

Time Warner Cable's Triple Play Gluttony and the Net Neutrality Rules

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

For those who say, well, the new net neutrality order will fix everything, (assuming it makes it through various, expected court battles), I'll detail a few of the good things about the order as it relates to these charges, then give you the reality -- it doesn't fix most things.

Hedge Fund Win-Win Fee Model -- Innovative and Fair in Many Respects

Spiros Margaris | Posted 05.06.2015 | Money
Spiros Margaris

Most hedge funds charge management fees of 1-2 percent of assets under management and, in addition, performance fees of 20 percent.

9 Fees to Cut From Your Life

Barry Choi | Posted 05.03.2015 | Money
Barry Choi

I hate paying fees; they cut into our cash flow and they can cost us big in the long run. It's amazing how fees are charged for everything these days, fortunately a lot of these fees you can eliminate or control.

Net Neutrality Is Now Just 'Net Ridiculous'

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Net Neutrality itself doesn't solve America's communications problems and we hope that the FCC decides to actually investigate our claims that a) Verizon failed to disclose that the networks are already Title II.

What Fees Are Actually Worth Paying for?

Map Happy | Posted 04.04.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

Fees are the reality of flying today, and it's left us with a whole bunch of to-pay-or-not-to-pay questioning. So, which extras are actually worth paying for?

Economy Class Gets An Upgrade... Wait, Make That a Downgrade

Christopher Elliott | Posted 03.27.2015 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

When the cheap seats get a makeover, it's easy to assume that's good news for the average air traveler. But not all upgrades are the same. In fact, Alaska's and Delta's are worth closer looks, because they offer dramatically different visions of air travel in 2015.

Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Over the last decade, reverse mortgages have been aggressively pitched in TV ads as an easy way for seniors to cash in their home equity to pay for living expenses. However, for many, improper use of the product -- such as pulling all their cash out at one time -- has led to significant financial problems later, including foreclosure.

10 Fees You Should Think Twice About Paying Again

Posted 12.04.2014 | Money

There’s nothing worse than receiving a bill and noticing that someone has slipped in a bunch of arbitrary fees. Whether we’re faced with processin...

10 Smart Ways to Avoid Checking Account Fees for Good

MyBankTracker | Posted 01.25.2015 | Money

From ATM fees to monthly maintenance fees to the infamous and expensive overdraft fee, these fees can add up if you're not careful. Last year, they paid out $32.5 billion in bank charges and penalties.

The Quickest Way to Build Credit Using a Secured Credit Card

Curtis Arnold | Posted 01.19.2015 | Money
Curtis Arnold

The good news for those in need of a secured credit card is there are tons of options. Which also happens to be the bad news, since all those choices can quickly overwhelm and make you despair of ever finding the right fit.

Time Warner Cable's Advertised $89.99 Triple Play: Now $190.77. What the F@$#X$!?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

You can never, ever get the advertised price because it doesn't include many of the fixed costs, like the set top box, not to mention it is littered with pass-throughs of the company's taxes and fees, including the cable franchise fees.

The Invisible Hand Is in Your Pocket Now

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Llewellyn King

We are witnessing a vast change in the way we pay for things with tipping subsidizing companies, fees fattening airlines, banks and hotels against the interest - and often the foreknowledge - of the customer.

Hotel Fees Add Yet Another Cost To Travel

AP | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list...

The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.

Never Mind What the Constitution Says, Our Prison System Has Run Amok

Gerry Myers | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Taxpayers are paying thousands of dollars to send people to prisons when the fines are less than the cost of incarceration. Some counties even brag about the amount of money raised from fines, but they are using false math.

Your Airfare Is About To Get A Little Pricier

AP | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline passengers are about to pay more for security screening. Following orders from Congress, the Transportation Security Admi...