Mastercard cracks down on retailers who turn free trials into paid subscriptions without warning

Mastercard MA, +1.03% is hoping that its new initiative will prevent the headaches many Americans face after they forget to cancel a free subscription and find themselves paying so-called “grey charges.” The credit-card issuer announced in a blog post that it is implementing new guidelines for merchants that offer “free trials” to make the process […]

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Associated Press: Want to save more money in 2019? Here are some easy ways to do it

Cheers, friends! It’s a new year. Time to set some well-intentioned — but typically doomed — resolutions. Lose 20 pounds. Read 50 books. Save $5,000. Those big resolutions are sexy. They sound impressive when you tell friends. They’re also unlikely to last past Groundhog Day. This year, ditch the lofty goals and focus on simple […]

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Associated Press: Easy ways to improve your savings in 2019

Cheers, friends! It’s a new year. Time to set some well-intentioned — but typically doomed — resolutions. Lose 20 pounds. Read 50 books. Save $5,000. Those big resolutions are sexy. They sound impressive when you tell friends. They’re also unlikely to last past Groundhog Day. This year, ditch the lofty goals and focus on simple […]

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People around the world must change their diets to prevent a global health ‘crisis’

Want to prevent global hunger crisis from getting worse? Cut meat out of your diet. Across the world, people need to change the way they eat and do it fast, according to a new report from the EAT-Lancet Commission, a group of 30 scientists who are researching and promoting healthy and sustainable diets worldwide. Their […]

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Here’s why you may be getting more spam calls this month (and it’s about to get worse)

If you’ve been getting more spam calls this month, the government shutdown could be to blame. Systems meant to thwart robocalls and other spam phone calls are down due to the government shutdown. This includes the Federal Trade Commission’s “do not call” registry and the online complaint system run by the Federal Communications Commission. The […]

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Read this before signing up for an online college course

Online courses aren’t living up to their promise to disrupt higher education. That’s one conclusion from a pair of studies released this week analyzing trends and outcomes of different types of online learning opportunities. The first, which focused on Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, offered by Harvard University and MIT, found that the majority […]

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This tiny fund you’ve never heard of was up 22% last year, but it’s got a risky strategy

It’s a long way from Wall Street to Wayzata, Minn. And that distance may have helped a tiny mutual fund in the Upper Midwest post big returns last year, when most of their better-connected, and better-known peers from the big cities took it on the chin. The family-run Perkins Discovery Fund PDFDX, +0.37% a micro-cap […]

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Outside the Box: How to make target-date funds even better

Americans love products and services that don’t require a lot of hand-holding. Our smartphone cameras automatically detect faces and focus for perfect snapshots. Thermostats learn our preferences and adjust heating or cooling based on time of day and whether anyone is home. Some cars can now even relieve us from the misery of parallel parking. […]

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Al Roker vs. Jillian Michaels: Who’s right about the Keto diet?

There’s a major smackdown going on between Al Roker, weatherman and presenter on NBC’s CMCSA, +0.03%  ”The Today Show” and “The Biggest Loser” fitness trainer Jillian Michaels. The subject: The fashionable ultra-low-carb “Keto” diet. Roker follows it, along with a host of other celebrities. Michaels says it’s bad news. “So @JillianMichaels says #Keto is a […]

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