Happy Monday, MarketWatchers! Here are the top personal finance stories of the day.
How one person turned a $250 Super Bowl bet into $100,000
The gambler made this remarkably prescient bet at 400 to 1.
My kids are worth how much? These are the special tax breaks for parents
The government offers some fairly generous tax breaks to help ease the financial burden
A suspicious amount of online gambling takes place near state lines
Almost a year after a landmark Supreme Court decision, most would-be online gamblers are still out of luck.
Landlord-tenant relationships are changing, thanks to cryptocurrencies, Airbnb, and more
New challenges facing landlords in 2019.
Most Americans who earn $90,000 a year say they don’t consider themselves rich
People who make $90,000 a year, actually earn more than 87% of the U.S. population.
This 30-second change to your computer settings is the easiest way to stop hackers
Experts claim you could save millions of dollars from potential hacks with one simple step.
House damaged by a hurricane? The new tax law changes your deduction options
Only federally-declared disasters are affected.
This bank will give you $750 just to open a checking account — but here’s the catch
Banks are offering hefty sign-up bonuses for opening a checking account.
The 6 biggest screw-ups people make on their tax returns
Here are the mistakes that MarketWatch’s Tax Guy sees most often.
Beware, the IRS is looking for these red flags when it decides who to audit this tax season
Tax experts give their opinion on what to avoid when filing your taxes.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Democrat Stacey Abrams has her work cut out for her Tuesday, says Kathleen Sebelius
Hopes are often elevated — and, nearly as often, dashed — that the opposition party’s State of the Union response will break with precedent and be dynamic, interesting, effective. There’s a reason that’s rarely achieved, says Kathleen Sebelius, the former Kansas governor and Obama administration secretary of health and human services, tapped for the task 11 years ago.
Five things to watch for in Trump’s State of the Union address
Here are five things — including a possible decision on declaring a national emergency to build a border wall — to watch when President Donald Trump gives his second State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Banks expect deterioration in loan performance this year, Fed survey finds
Banks anticipate that loan performance will deteriorate for businesses and consumers in 2019, according to the Fed’s latest survey of senior loan officers, released on Monday.
Democrats ask for revocation of Kushner’s security clearance
Two House Democrats are asking the White House to revoke senior adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance following a recent report about its approval.
Dan Crenshaw uses Patriots to jab at fellow congressional rookie Ocasio-Cortez — and she fires right back
After one of the most boring Super Bowl’s ever played came to a merciful conclusion on Sunday night, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) — the one who got into it with “Saturday Night Live’s” Pete Davidson — spiced things up a big with this tweet-jab tossed at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez:
Delayed U.S. factory orders report adds to evidence showing slowdown late last year
Factory orders in the U.S. fell more sharply than expected in November, adding to a litany of reports showing a slowdown in growth in the industrial segment of the economy toward the end of 2018. A key measure of business investment also declined.
The average adjustable-rate mortgage is nearly $700,000. Here’s what that tells us.
Adjustable-rate mortgage sizes are vastly bigger than fixed-rate loans, as mortgage lenders use them as a means of getting people access to homeownership at the lowest price possible.
Western decadence puts democracy at risk
Democracies in the West are at risk, because their leaders too are hostage to the false gods of multilateralism, political correctness, and good old-fashioned greed, writes Peter Morici.
Trump reportedly reserves most of his schedule for ‘executive time’
A White House source leaked the president’s private schedule, and 60% of it is designated as “executive time.”
Why wage gains may accelerate despite January pause
Worker pay barely rose in January despite a hefty 304,000 gain in new jobs — most of them well paid — and a slew of increases in minimum wages across the country. What the heck is going on?
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