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Change the Day of the Week You Buy Gas and Save — and Other Pump-Saving Tricks

by Grant Wasylik |

Some people think the price of gasoline is cheap. Others think it’s expensive. It depends on who you talk to …

My neighbor, who is in late 70s, tells me he remembers buying gas for around 25 cents a gallon back in the 1960s. I looked it up. Fifty years ago, the average price of gasoline nationwide was 32 cents.

But if you adjust for inflation over the last half century, that 32-cent price in 1966 is equivalent to $2.38 in 2016 dollars.

According to AAA, the national average price of a gallon of regular gas …

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Death by nickel-and-diming…

by Nilus Mattive |

In case you didn’t see the headline, TD Bank (TD) recently decided to shut down the coin-counting machines that formerly graced its lobbies.

My daughter loved using the service to turn buckets of coins into a stack of paper money. But a few class-action lawsuits now accuse the bank of consistently short-changing customers.

Of course whether the allegations are true or not, banks DO nickel-and-dime people in plenty of ways.

For example, when I first decided to open accounts with Commerce Bank more than a decade ago, they were known for convenience and relatively low fees. …

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Should the Investment World Be Run by Women?

by Grant Wasylik |

Research shows that it pays to invest like a woman.

I learned this phenomenon while attending the 27th annual Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago last June.

Last year’s event featured 1,380 attendees (mostly financial advisers), 940 exhibitor/sponsor booths and 100-plus speakers. (I’ll be in attendance this year and plan on having more insights to share with you soon.)

To give you an idea of the quality of investment speakers, Jeremy Grantham (GMO), David Kelly (JPMorgan), and Doug Hodge and Dan Ivascyn (PIMCO) were a few of the keynote presenters. Panel discussions landed top portfolio managers …

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Giving credit where it’s due…

by Nilus Mattive |

OK, I admit it. I have a lot of whipping boys — Social Security … the student loan bubble … our current tax system … public pensions — all of which take the heat for the government’s general fiscal irresponsibility.

Of course, there’s at least one area of the private financial sector that I attack with equal passion: credit scores.

As I’ve pointed out before, the process itself isn’t very transparent.

It’s crazy that consumers don’t get the right to see their scores at least once a year for free, as they now do with their …

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