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Past articles by Medora:

Federal Reserve's on track for one more rate hike. How it affects you and the stock market

The Federal Reserve may raise interest rates for the 10th time in a row and then, pause. Americans already reeling, though, may not feel relief. → Read More

Financial aid for college may soon be harder for some to get with simplified FAFSA form

A simpler financial aid form is coming in December for the 2024-25 academic year. Changes include new formulas for calculating aid. → Read More

How to find an internship: These are some of the highest paid opportunities on the market

While the Supreme Court mulls student debt forgiveness, people can earn money to help pay for college. Here are top paid internships, how to get one. → Read More

How do rich people avoid taxes? Wealthy Americans skirt $160 billion a year in tax payment

Super rich people may avoid paying more than $160 billion in taxes every year, the Treasury says. Here are some strategies they use to do that. → Read More

Car prices may fall this year, but auto insurance will cost more. Here's why.

The cost of auto insurance is taking a larger slice of people's income, and experts say that's unlikely to change any time soon. Here's why. → Read More

Electricity bills may continue to shock you even as overall inflation eases. Here's why.

Electric bills will likely keep rising this year even as overall inflation eases due to low domestic natural gas supply and higher operational costs. → Read More

California's fast food bill prompts Virginia and New York copycats, raising stakes for everyone

California's fast food act has prompted a copycat bill in Virginia and New York, raising the stakes for politicians, unions and workers. → Read More

Who has to file a tax return: It's not necessary for everyone. Here are the rules.

Not everyone is required by law to file a tax return. Here's how to know if you have to and why even if you don't have to, you might want to. → Read More

Is it better to pay someone to do your taxes or do them yourself? We'll help you decide.

Each year, people wonder if they should do their own taxes or enlist a professional. We'll help you decide what to do for tax season 2023. → Read More

Stranded college savings can soon be rescued. New law lets 529 plan dollars roll into retirement

Starting next year, unused 529 education savings money can be rolled into a Roth IRA, giving kids a head start on their retirement savings. → Read More

Post-Christmas bargain hunters may be thanking the bomb cyclone this week. Here's why.

Shoppers get a chance to clean up at mega sales after a pre-Christmas storm ruins retailers' plans to finally clear out a glut of inventory. → Read More

Federal Reserve raises interest rate by 0.50 percentage point to curb inflation and sees steeper hikes ahead

The FOMC interest-rate decision is expected to ripple through the economy, driving up rates for credit cards, HELOCs, mortgages and other loans. → Read More

Not so fast. A million signatures delay California's fast-food bill for a vote in 2024

California's fast-food law aimed at raising wages and improving work conditions was set for January. Instead, it's going to voters in 2024 to decide. → Read More

With recession looming, more Americans tap retirement funds for cash. But is it a good idea?

Cash-strapped Americans are increasingly tapping their retirement funds, a survey shows. But maybe, that's not the best idea, advisers say. → Read More

Beware of store credit cards this holiday. Here's why they may end up costing you more.

Retail credit cards will lure you with discounts, rewards and 'special financing' deals, but read the fine print or you could end up paying more. → Read More

Inflation ebbed last month, but more rate hikes and job cuts are ahead. Here's why.

Consumer price inflation may have eased in October, but economists still see more Fed rate hikes, recession and job losses. Americans should prepare. → Read More

Second largest Powerball Jackpot still up for grabs. Here's what to do if you win.

The Powerball jackpot sits at $1.5 billion for Saturday's drawing. That's the second largest Powerball prize ever. Here's what to do if you win. → Read More

Another mega interest rate hike is coming. What this means for your finances.

Another super-sized Fed rate hike is expected on Wednesday. What this could mean for your finances and how you can prepare. → Read More

‘Pretty personal’: How the politics of health care could affect the midterm elections and control of Congress

Health care concerns, such as Medicaid coverage gaps, expensive prescription drugs and high medical bills, are swaying midterm voters in swing states. → Read More

When will student loans be forgiven? What to know about debt relief applications.

Student loan debt cancellation application forms are slated to arrive this month. Here's what you need to know now so your debt relief isn't delayed. → Read More