Most Americans can’t afford a $100 medical bill, and how Tinder helps NBA players

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceHappy Thursday, MarketWatchers! Hope you are having a fantastic week. Don’t miss today’s top personal finance stories. For students from low-income families, more than 90% of colleges are unaffordable. Former and current employees allege the company has a damaging workplace culture. And, according to a new survey, larger medical bills wou … [Read more...]

Why Tinder helps NBA teams win more games on the road

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceMany college students don’t use Tinder for sex, a recent study showed, but for “confidence-boosting procrastination.”NBA players are a different story. According to an analysis by ESPN, many professional basketball players in the NBA are using online dating apps to find companionship while they are on the road. And it’s led to a major shift i … [Read more...]

Dow edges down for 6th straight decline after health-care vote delay

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceU.S. stocks closed slightly lower on Thursday, with the Dow edging into negative territory to extending its losing streak to six sessions as a delay in a closely watched health-care vote raised questions about the Trump administration’s ability to win passage of its ambitious legislative agenda.Trading was volatile, with major indexes at one … [Read more...]

Why Donald Trump is a terrible leader

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceDonald Trump was supposed to be the guy who would fix everything in Washington, but after two months in office he’s proving to be a terrible leader. Trump was never very popular, but he got high marks for his leadership. Now that’s fading. In November just after the election, 56% of Americans thought he was a good leader — now it’s fallen to … [Read more...]

Samsung CEO warns of challenges to restructuring plan

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceSEOUL — Samsung Electronics Co.’s chief executive said Friday that officials see challenges in restructuring the sprawling Samsung conglomerate, with a continuing review revealing “adverse implications” to switching to a holding-company structure.The remarks by Kwon Oh-hyun, made at Samsung Electronics’ annual shareholders’ meeting on Friday, … [Read more...]

The Moneyologist: My 94-year-old mother-in-law racked up $68,000 in debt — or someone did it for her

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Source: Market Watch Personal Finance Dear Moneyologist, My 94 year-old mother-in-law has an unusual amount of debt for someone her age.She owned her Michigan home free and clear before she opted for a home equity line of credit (around 2009, I think), which now has a balance of roughly $43,000. And she definitely does not understand the complex details of the variable rates, … [Read more...]

Most young people don’t use Tinder for love or sex — here’s why they really use it

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceTinder users just want to know their stock still has value.LendEdu, a consumer finance comparison site, asked more than 3,800 millennials aged 18 to 22 if they used Tinder and a staggering 72% of them said they did. When the researchers asked them why, 22% of those Tinder users answered that they are “looking for a hookup” and 29% percent sai … [Read more...]

A family earning over $105,000 still can’t afford more than half of U.S. colleges

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceThe bulk of colleges are unaffordable for most families, even taking financial aid and student work into account.That’s according to an analysis published Thursday by the Institute for Higher Education Policy, a nonprofit focused on equity in higher education. The study took 10 fictional students with incomes ranging from $2,706 for a s … [Read more...]

There’s been a surge of deaths among these white middle-aged Americans

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceFor the most part, Americans are living longer lives than they did decades ago — but one particular class, white middle-aged men and women with no high school degree, has not seen such luck. The mortality rate for white Americans with no more than a high school degree was about 30% lower than the rate of black Americans in 1999 — but in 201 … [Read more...]

The changing face of camping: record numbers of minorities hit the trails

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceTeshale Nuer, a 25-year-old Afro-Latinx behavioral therapist based in New York City, recently headed into the great outdoors for the first time, joining a group of predominantly white friends in tents in Maryland. For Nuer, who was initially resistant to joining, it was one of the most foreign experiences in recent memory.“Growing up as a p … [Read more...]