MILLENNIALS RAID RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS TO BUY A HOUSE - THERE ARE BETTER WAYS
Millennials are so eager to become homeowners, some may be inadvertently cutting off their nose to spite their face. If you need to borrow money from your retirement accounts to buy a house, you may not be ready yet, experts say.
 
SATISFACTION WITH SOCIAL MEDIA DROPS
Intrusive ads and privacy concerns are driving down satisfaction with social media. Facebook slips, Instagram drops and Twitter tumbles in a recent nationwide customer satisfaction survey. Pinterest bucked the downward trend.
 
INTEREST RATES ARE GOING UP - IS IT TIME FOR MORE CASH INVESTMENTS?
Maybe you've noticed: Interest rates at some banks and credit unions are going up. The last time we saw some of these rates on CD and Savings accounts was back in 2009. So should you put a little more of your money into cash investments?
 
THE TOTAL COST OF A DATA BREACH, INCLUDING LOST BUSINESS - KEEPS GROWING
The financial damage caused by a data breach has spiked by more than 6 percent since last year and now costs a company an average of $3.86 million, according to a new study. The cost of a mega breach was estimated to be $350 million.
 
BOOKING A HOTEL ROOM ONLINE? THERE IS ONE WAY TO GET A GREAT DEAL
Travel websites promise deals and discounts for hotel rooms, but a new survey by Checkbook.org, an independent non-profit consumer group, shows those deals are hard to find. For significant discounts you need to book “mystery” rooms.
 
NEW SURVEY: RESTAURANTS SCORE HIGHER FOR CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
Americans are spending more dining out and apparently enjoying the experience more. Why? Better food quality, improved menu selections and new technologies that speed up the ordering process are boosting customer satisfaction.
 
MORE THAN 1 MILLION CHILDREN WERE VICTIMS OF ID THEFT LAST YEAR
We think of identity theft as an “adult” problem, but no one is immune from this crime. According to a report by Javelin Strategy & Research, two-thirds of the 1 million ID theft victims in the U.S. last year were under the age of eight. How do parents protect their kids?
 
MAJOR CREDIT CARD COMPANIES ARE CUTTING SOME OF THEIR PERKS
After years of offering an ever-expanding menu of perks to their cardholders, several major credit card companies are going in the opposite direction. They're eliminating or reducing the value of some of these extras. Is your card one of them?
 
GOOD NEWS: CREDIT FREEZES WILL SOON BE FREE FOR EVERYONE
Starting this fall, the big three credit reporting agencies will be required to let you freeze your credit file for free. A freeze can help prevent identity thieves from applying for credit cards, opening bank accounts or taking out loans in your name.
 
TRAVEL ALERT: HIDDEN OR UNEXPECTED FEES CAN BREAK YOUR VACATION BUDGET
Travel is expensive — and unless you’re careful, it’s easy to bust your budget. Hidden or unexpected fees can quickly add hundreds of dollars to the tab. Here are four expensive fees to watch out for.


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