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How to financially prepare for being laid off

Sometimes, there are warning signs that you are in danger of being laid off -- a buyout of your company, a merger or a strategic change in direction. Other times, the cuts come without warning. But while being laid off is not in your control, being financially prepared for such an event is.

Will housing market continue to prop up US economy?

Despite a recent drop in retail sales, softer business spending and a slowdown in job growth, the housing market keeps humming along. That's good news for a US economy that may need housing to keep the current recovery alive.

Want to save on a home? Buy it with some strangers

While looking for a home in Los Angeles, Dan Nufer saw a house in the Glassell Park neighborhood that was better than anything else he'd seen -- newly renovated and larger than the properties he'd already been outbid on.

Child care costs more than a mortgage

Ian and Nikki Aguilar were overjoyed when they welcomed a baby girl, Emilia, in July. But when they started investigating day care centers in their neighborhood, the new parents experienced some serious sticker shock.

Why aren't Americans buying more homes?

Interest rates are dropping and American mortgages are cheaper than they've been in years. The US economy is strong. That's a recipe for a booming housing market — but it isn't booming at all.