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Weekly Reading: Year in Review

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As we head into the waning days of December, we thought we’d dedicate this weekly reading to the year gone by and the year to come. Whether you’re looking to get out of debt, use those well-earned rewards or simply survive the apocalypse, the nerds are here to help.

 

Last-minute holiday shopping:

  • You’re supporting charities with your donations and stores with your business, but who are they supporting?
  • Earn some quick cash for those last-minute purchases.
  • Don’t get too crazy: the average credit card debt is a whopping $15,418 per household.

The year in review:

  • Banking: Big banks raised fees while prepaid debit cards lowered them; mobile banking reached new highs and deposit yields remained low.
  • Investing: NerdWallet predicted Obama’s decisive win in November, and showed how consumers are bleeding money over online brokers. Real estate may be on the mend, but that hasn’t stopped Sandy and the fiscal cliff from casting a cloud over the economic recovery.
  • Personal finance: The Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage and secondary education – this year’s policy changes and what they mean for you.

The year ahead:

  • Get your finances in shape with our 2013 financial resolutions.
  • What should small businesses be doing in the new year?
  • Will 2013 be the year of the consumer?
  • Thinking of buying a home? Check out realtors’ tips for understanding mortgage loans.
  • Will your Social Security payments change next year?

Just for fun:

  • Can you survive the end of the world on December 21st? Take our quiz and find out!