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You could be at risk, no matter where you live.

By MSN Money Partner Mar 1, 2012 8:32AM

This post comes from Gina Pogol at partner site on MSN MoneyOne natural disaster is not limited by geography.


It strikes in rain forests, and it strikes in deserts. It hits highly populated areas, and it hits the sticks. It thumps the mountains, and it hammers the valleys.


That disaster is flash flooding.


A new survey indicates that affluent Americans favor raising the age for Social Security eligibility.

By Karen Datko Feb 29, 2012 7:14PM

Well-to-do Americans think the government should raise the age at which people can begin receiving Social Security benefits, considering how long people are living these days, according to a new survey by Bank of America.


About 59% of the 1,000 people with investable assets of $250,000 or more who were surveyed felt that way.


Not surprisingly, that view wasn't welcomed by all who commented on the Bloomberg article about it.


Those who can find a silver lining in any storm cloud can celebrate this upside to a down economy.

By Giselle Smith Feb 29, 2012 5:03PM

When the philosopher Friedrich Neitzsche said, "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger," he certainly wasn't talking about high unemployment, a depressed housing market and plummeting stock values. (And when Kelly Clarkson sang "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," she wasn't either.) But it seems that one upside of a down economy is that people live longer.


Sure, it sounds counterintuitive -- wouldn't the stress alone shorten life expectancies? -- but preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (.pdf file) suggests that's not the case. 


Here's how much extra pay salaried workers are due for their extra day of work on Leap Day this year.

By MSN Money Partner Feb 29, 2012 2:13PM

This post comes from Danielle Kurtzleben at partner site U.S. News & World Report.


USNews on MSN MoneyLeap year brings an extra day to get things done, try something new and work for free.


While hourly workers are given an extra day for earnings this year, salaried workers will get the same pay as a regular, 365-day year.


So how much money are salaried American workers missing out on when they put in that extra shift?


From writing messages on your lips to selling blood, these days there's almost no limit to the ways you can turn a buck.

By Stacy Johnson Feb 29, 2012 1:20PM

This post comes from Brandon Ballenger at partner site Money Talks News.

Money Talks NewsThere are two ways to get ahead financially: Spend less and make more. Unfortunately, you can't give yourself an instant raise. But that doesn't mean you can't turn a quick buck if you want or need to.

In the following video, Stacy Johnson highlights unusual ways to make a little extra cash.


Some of these do-it-yourself activities will brighten your home with only a few hours of work.

By MSN Money Partner Feb 29, 2012 12:04PM

This post comes from Camilla Cheung at partner blog Wise Bread.


Wise Bread on MSN MoneyMy husband and I are in the midst of a major home remodeling, and we're faced with big tasks such as tiling new bathrooms, installing flooring, putting up new walls and rerouting plumbing.


Such challenging tasks can seem overwhelming, and I've found that doing a few easy, one-day DIY projects during this process gives me a sense of accomplishment. When I'm able to significantly improve my home in one day or less, I feel as if we're making progress, and that encourages me to stick it out for the long haul.


Even if you're not overhauling your entire home, these easy DIY fixes can freshen up or update your home with minimal effort. Or pick one for a fun family activity for a Saturday, so everyone gets to enjoy the results.


Feb. 29 comes around once every four years -- along with some novel ways to save cash.

By MSN Money Partner Feb 28, 2012 9:28PM

This post comes from Quentin Fottrell at partner site SmartMoney.


SmartMoney on MSN MoneyA leap year isn't just an astronomical sore thumb. It's also an opportunity to snag some deals, chart the financial year ahead to avoid making costly mistakes, and party on borrowed time.


It may not feel like it, but technically Feb. 29 means a free day of cable, rent, car insurance or Netflix -- services with monthly rates that do not increase as a result of the bonus day. On the downside, salaried workers earn a tiny fraction less per day in a leap year.


Identity theft once again is No. 1 on the FTC's list. Banks and lenders broke into the top 10 at No. 4.

By MSN Money Partner Feb 28, 2012 8:10PM

This post comes from Christopher Maag at partner site on MSN MoneyIdentity theft continues to be a major concern for American consumers, accounting for more complaints in 2011 than any other type of fraud or scam, according to a report released Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission.


It was the 12th straight year that identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints.



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