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Earn free money to buy a car

If you’re in the market for a rewards credit card, you have a lot of options. Do you want to earn cash back? Points toward a free flight or hotel stay? What about money toward a new car? If you think you might want a General Motors vehicle for your next car, the automaker’s branded…

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25 top hotels around the world

Story highlights TripAdvisor announces Travelers’ Choice awards for hotels A Maldives resort earns the top global award Three of the world’s top 25 hotels, according to TripAdvisor, embrace this tried-and-true combo for blissful luxury vacationing. The mammoth travel site announced its TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for hotels Wednesday. More than 8,100 properties in eight regions…

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53 stunning wildlife photos

Story highlights Click through the gallery for our favorite examples of wildlife photography Follow the tips below to shoot amazing animal images of your own Want to share your own wildlife photos? Submit at CNN iReport Camping in the freezing snow at an altitude of 6,000 feet. Trekking through the jungle with an armed guard.…

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Do you want combo long-term care?

A long-term care insurance policy that doubles as conventional whole or universal life insurance is becoming increasingly popular. Buyers of this type of insurance usually pay a single lump-sum premium — although there are installment plans available. These policies give people who need long-term care access to their life insurance to pay for it, reducing…

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Jean Chatzky: 5 money moves in 2015

It’s a new year, a fresh start. And while there’s a good chance you didn’t get to everything on your financial to-do list last year — those months roll by so quickly — that’s no reason to shelve your efforts. Why not strive instead to end 2015 better than you started it? Making these moves…

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CDs or stocks? How to choose

Investing in stocks can be intimidating for newbies but a certificate of deposit, or CD, may not be the best answer for every situation. There are different tools for different jobs. A hammer is for driving nails into hard objects, a saw is for cutting things. A hammer can’t cut a board and a CD…

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3 things to know about QE in Europe

The European Central Bank announced a new effort to stimulate inflation in the Eurozone and further weaken the currency: quantitative easing, or QE. Per the press release from the European Central Bank, or ECB: The central bank will purchase sovereign bonds “in order to address the risks of a too prolonged period of low inflation.”…

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New stats spur rivalry between Chicago and Atlanta airports

Story highlights Chicago declares O’Hare International Airport “world’s busiest airport” FAA stats show O’Hare tops Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson as No. 1 in takeoffs and landings Does that make O’Hare the “world’s busiest airport?” Depends on whom you ask Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson handles more yearly passengers than any other airport, worldwide For the first time in a decade,…

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Hackers hijacking Starwood rewards

Are you a Starwood Preferred Guest? You may want to go ahead and change (possibly all) your passwords. Security blogger Brian Krebs reported Thursday that some of the hotel conglomerate’s loyalty program account holders were having their rewards hijacked by scammers. Per Krebs, “the mass compromise … coincides with a Starwoods-specific account-checking tool that was…

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Florida #1 in home insurance rates

Like any sane northern-born American, I dreamed of one day abandoning my rain gear and snow shovel and relocating to sunny Florida. As luck would have it, I was able to do just that well before reaching “Seinfeld’s” Del Boca Vista retirement age. Frankly, I wouldn’t live anywhere else. But while the palm trees, pelicans,…

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Retire in style on a cruise ship

So many people dream about all the things they would buy if they were richer — fast cars, vacation homes, jewels and generally just more, more, more. But one woman’s story is proof that happiness doesn’t come from acquiring things, but rather from acquiring interesting experiences and friends. Lee Wachtstetter, 86, has spent the past 10 years living…

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Walmart offers cash tax refunds

Does your shopping list look like this: milk, bread, tax refund? If you shop at Walmart this tax filing season, it might. Walmart announced on Jan. 20, the day that the 2015 filing season officially began, that it has added a new financial service to its offerings: the ability to pick up your tax refund in…

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For some, working beats golf

Some retirees who can afford to rest on their laurels think continuing to work is a better approach, according to a survey of people with household incomes of at least $75,000 and assets of at least $100,000. The John Hancock Financial survey found that 45 percent of respondents plan to work during their retirement years.…

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On the road in Iranian Kurdistan

Follow us at @CNNTravel on Twitter and Instagram. Like us on Facebook The driver cheerfully ignores the doctor’s pleas and continues to take the corners at a clip, smoking all the while and occasionally breaking into wailed bursts of Kurdish folk song. We’re traveling from Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kurdistan province, to Marivan, a…

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$100 Million Condo Breaks NYC Record

Evan Joseph/ Extell DevelopmentThe 360-degree views from the 89th and 90th floor duplex stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to the Catskill Mountains.A New York City real estate record is broken almost as often as the No. 1 train heads uptown. And the latest — most expensive apartment ehhh-ver — has been shattered at One57, the…

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5 Tips To Raise Your Credit Score in 2015

Cassandra Hubbart/AOL By AJ Smith The new year is a time for resolutions, new beginnings and (hopefully) a higher credit score. It may be the last thing you are thinking about right now, but your credit score can affect your mortgage, your job potential and, ultimately, your life. So now is the time to start…

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When Is Twitter Adding That Promised Group DM Feature?

Private group messaging is a feature Twitter is supposedly working on and that many have been waiting to come out for a while, but we’ve yet to see. @howardlindzon@pmarca twitter’s new group DM functionality should help — Josh Felser (@Joshmedia) December 31, 2014 @howardlindzon@pmarca not out yet — Josh Felser (@Joshmedia) December 31, 2014 Twitter…

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What Can You Buy for $400,000?

ZillowThis four-bedroom home with 2,160 square feet is on the market for $395,000 in Greensboro, N.C. By Melissa Allison Although $400,000 falls below the median home value in some places (including Boston, Miami and San Diego), it’s more than twice the national median of $177,600, according to the Zillow Home Value Index. That means $400,000…

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Top Trends in Home Design for 2015

By Zillow Digs Zillow Digs has announced its choices for the top five home design trends in 2015 — and the four soon-to-be forgotten fads of 2014. The results were published in the 2015 Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast, a one-of-a-kind report that combines data from a survey of leading interior design experts and an…