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Personal Finance Daily: This little-known metric tells you how a mortgage-rate move impacts your ability to buy a home and more data hacks and credit agency blunders? 3 steps that can help to protect your privacy.

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This little-known metric tells you how a mortgage-rate move impacts your ability to buy a home

The National Association of Home Builders ‘price-out estimate’ focuses on how mortgage rate increases or decreases change housing accessibility. Read More

My mother excluded me from her will — before she died, my sibling cashed out her annuity policy, on which I was a beneficiary. Should I sue my family?

‘The annuity funds are now general-estate account funds, eliminating me from access to them.’ Read More

‘We have 3 kids, and have rented a 2-bedroom house in Mississippi for 13 years’: Should we buy a home if the mortgage payments cost 30% of our monthly income?

‘We used to pay less than $600, and now they’re asking $975 for the same apartment without having had any upgrades,’ this reader says. Read More

Scammers are out to get your mortgage money and even your home. Here’s how to fight them off.

Beware of these scams before, during and after a home purchase. Read More

IRS says customer service will be much improved this tax season. Last year, one woman told MarketWatch she was on hold for 7 hours.

‘Our goal this filing season is to effectively and efficiently serve as many taxpayers as possible,’ the Treasury Department’s deputy secretary said. Read More

Heavy rains hammered California, causing billions of dollars in damage. But less than 2% of homeowners in the state have flood insurance.

Increasingly unexpected weather events are putting homeowners in California on edge. Read More

After the collapse of FTX, Celsius and Genesis, crypto’s million-dollar question remains: Will customers see any of their money again?

Chances are good some money will be returned, but it will take a while, experts say, pointing to the BitConnect Ponzi scheme as an example of what to expect. Read More

More data hacks and credit agency blunders? 3 steps that can help to protect your privacy.

Security fails routinely expose your personal financial info. And even if you win a billion-dollar lottery jackpot, in some states you can’t even buy privacy. Read More

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