How to pay off your debt, according to behavioral economists, and a simple and effective Venmo scam

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Source: Market Watch Personal Finance

Happy Monday, MarketWatchers! Make sure your week is off to a great start by reading these personal finance stories.

This New Jersey woman wonders whether her partner is using her for a mortgage.

‘The more senior you are, the more careful you need to be,” he told the Freakonomics podcast.

Consumer advocates say protective regulations are on the chopping block.

How to protect your money when you’re using the payment app.

Researchers have come up with a few rules for paying debt faster.

Some Americans have seen income inequality get much worse in recent years.

Both lotteries last had jackpot winners in January.

This couple feels caught between a growing family and growing mortgage repayments.

The labor market’s recovery hasn’t benefited all states equally.

Ordinary investors who trade dollars for bitcoin are merely gambling that they can get out before the bottom falls out, writes Peter Morici.

Policy makers and philanthropists across the ideological spectrum and the nation have teamed up to reform public education for decades, only to find that their bold projects fall short.

Optimism about an upcoming Trump-Kim summit must be tempered with cautious realism, writes an expert in nuclear nonproliferation.

Move over Bitcoin: Cash is alive and well despite the growing popularity of electronic forms of payment.

The congresswoman President Trump called “low IQ” may end up in charge of banking regulation if Democrats win control of the House in this year’s midterm elections — and Tuesday’s special election may be a good bellwether for whether that happens.

Fifty years later, Joseph Stiglitz writes, the Kerner Commission’s conclusion still rings true — “Our Nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal.”

Not even a triple-digit drop on the Dow can derail Apple’s momentum these days. In fact, with the blue chips in the dumps to start the week, shares of the iPhone maker were up 1% on Monday.

Source: Market Watch Personal Finance