Personal saving

How to get your old job back

Despite some indications of an economic slowdown, the job market remains remarkably stable, and many workers have reaped the benefits. In fact, a record number of employees quit their jobs, found new positions and renegotiated along the way. But not everyone who joined the so-called Great Reshuffle is better off. More than a quarter — …

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Inflation has caused more than a third of adults to tap their savings

More than a third of US adults are dipping into their savings accounts to help them afford higher prices, new research shows. In the face of high inflation, 36% of people say they have withdrawn an average of $617 from their savings during the first six months of this year, according to New York Life’s …

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Social Security cost-of-living adjustment may be 9.6% in 2023

New government data points to signs that red-hot inflation is starting to cool. But Social Security beneficiaries may still be in for a record high cost-of-living adjustment in 2023. The Senior Citizens League, a nonpartisan senior group, now estimates Social Security benefits may increase 9.6%, based on Consumer Price Index data released Wednesday. That would …

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How to save on groceries amid food price inflation

To feel the effects of inflation, just go to the supermarket. Although inflation, overall, began to ease last month along with gas prices, food costs climbed 1.1% in July, bringing the year-over-year gain to 10.9%, according to the latest Consumer Price Index figures. The food-at-home index, a measure of price changes at the grocery store, …

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What to know if you unretire

Kelvin Murray | Getty Images A combination of record high prices and a record number of job openings has been encouraging more retirees to go back to work. The trend, called “unretirement,” rebounded this spring to pre-pandemic levels. About two-thirds, or 68%, of retirees would consider returning to work, according to a recent CNBC All-America …

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Credit card usage surges amid inflation, but it’s not a ‘red flag’

The strongest indicator of whether somebody can pay their bills or not is whether they have a job. Michele Raneri vice president of US research and consulting at TransUnion Still, experts say the jump in usage alone isn’t a sign of trouble. “I’m not seeing anything that I would really declare as a red flag,” …

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Is the economy in a recession? Top economists weigh in

‘We should have an objective definition’ Officially, the NBER defines a recession as “a significant decline in economic activity that is spread across the economy and lasts more than a few months.” In fact, the latest quarterly gross domestic product report, which tracks the overall health of the economy, showed a second consecutive contraction this …

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7 changes Americans are willing to make to fix Social Security

zimmytws | iStock | Getty Images There are just 13 years before Social Security may not be able to pay full benefits, according to a recent annual report from the program’s trustees. In 2035, just 80% of benefits will be payable if Congress doesn’t fix the program sooner. Shoring up the program will generally mean …

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Credit card balances jump 13% as inflation outpaces wage growth

Wages are rising — and yet not enough to keep up with the soaring cost of living. Although average hourly earnings are up 5.1% from a year ago, prices have been rising much faster. The Consumer Price Index, which measures the average change in prices for consumer goods and services, jumped a higher-than-expected 9.1% in …

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Rent prices are soaring in these 5 metros. What to know before moving

Los Angeles Ron_Thomas | Getty Images As rising interest rates and surging property values ​​prevent more families from buying a home, the demand for rentals has soared, with the highest rent prices in the sunniest states. Rent prices for single family homes swelled during the first half of 2022, hitting a national average of $2,495 …

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