The latest American status symbol how adding calorie counts makes us healthier

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceHappy Thursday, MarketWatchers! We are entering the end stretch of the week. Don’t forget to read today’s top personal finance stories. Major state university in Indiana set to take over the major for-profit college chain. In some stores the convenience has become a little too popular. Should you shop on Amazon without a credit card? Ded … [Read more...]

Why mainstream public university Purdue is buying for-profit college chain Kaplan

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceOne of the nation’s largest for-profit college chains is poised to become a public university via acquisition by a major Midwestern land-grant university. Purdue University is acquiring Kaplan University, the institutions announced Thursday. Under the terms of the agreement, which requires approval from state and federal regulators, Kaplan’s … [Read more...]

Is this the most appealing housing market for young home buyers?

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceMillennials looking to buy a home should check out St. Louis, Mo.The St. Louis suburb of Brentwood ranked as the best place for this cohort who are, for the most part, first-time home buyers to buy a home in the U.S., according to ranking by online real estate investment management firm HomeUnion. Not to be confused with its more famous … [Read more...]

Why Trump should have ditched the mortgage-interest deduction

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinancePresident Trump’s tax plan is the mortgage-interest deduction’s saving grace. But Americans might be better off if it was jettisoned in the name of tax reform.The mortgage-interest deduction has withstood years of criticism, despite the fact that middle-class Americans aren’t the ones getting the tax break. It’s really popular with existing h … [Read more...]

These are the only 9 stocks Morningstar is fully bullish on

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceThe U.S. stock market is so expensive that only a handful of stocks quality as “five-star” names, according to Kunal Kapoor, the chief executive officer of Morningstar Inc., who nonetheless stressed that investors shouldn’t panic.In a speech Wednesday at his company’s annual investment conference, Kapoor pointed to a Morningstar calculation o … [Read more...]

Thales to buy U.S. data analysis firm Guavus

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceLONDON -- France's Thales SA on Friday said it is acquiring a U.S. big-data analysis firm amid a wider push by U.S. and European aerospace and defense companies to capitalize on the vast amount of information their sophisticated systems collect.Thales said it will pay as much as $215 million for San Mateo, Calif.-based Guavus, a 250-person … [Read more...]

Trump threatens South Korean free-trade deal, says war with North possible

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinancePresident Donald Trump addressed issues on the Korean Peninsula on Thursday, telling Reuters that he may cancel a free-trade agreement with South Korea and that “a major, major conflict” with North Korea is possible.In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters to mark his first 100 days in office, Trump said he hopes to solve the North Korean nuc … [Read more...]

Asian markets retreat as investors show caution

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceMajor stock indexes in Asia fell slightly on Friday, mirroring Wall Street’s cautious sentiment on risk taking, though strong earnings results from tech companies saw shares in the sector rise.The market-friendly result of the first round of elections in France helped the region start the week strongly, but stocks have given back some of t … [Read more...]

My boyfriend wants to pay me $500 in rent — and live for free when I’ve paid my mortgage

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Source: Market Watch Personal Finance Dear Moneyologist, I read your column faithfully, and I hope that you can answer my question! I feel really awkward about asking it.I own a house and have been scrimping and draining every investment you can think of in order to pay the mortgage as quickly as possible. I think I’ll have it paid off within two years if I continue to make the … [Read more...]