These apps put your savings on autopilot and a money-saving tax break for parents


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How to make sure your love letter lasts forever? Put it on blockchain

Diamonds are forever, but so is the blockchain.

These apps put your finances on auto-pilot with the promise to make you richer

A slew of digital money-tracking services are competing to manage your money.

Amazon is behind the biggest rent increase last year (and it wasn’t in Seattle)

Could this be a sign of what’s to come with Amazon’s HQ2?

ALS patient group unhappy with how $115 million raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge is being spent

Individuals with ALS say they aren’t benefiting from the Ice Bucket Challenge donations that poured into the nonprofit ALS Association.

Fewer than half of parents take advantage of this money-saving tax break

Parents can save up to $2,300 a year, but many fail to access this tax break.

Under Trump’s tax law, you now have a year to avoid a nasty divorce

The administration’s tax code will eliminate the tax deduction on alimony starting in 2019.

Nobel Prize-winning ‘search theory’ is as relevant to online dating as shopping

Why Match.com and OKCupid are the Amazon of dating sites.

One company will now handle close to half of all student-loan payments

What the merger of two payment processors means for America’s $1.4 trillion student-loan burden.

Why ‘Dreamers’ are less likely to drop out of high school

New study suggests DACA pushed students to stay in school.

Job-training programs at for-profit colleges actually make students worse off

A new study finds that students don’t make enough money to offset their high debts.

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