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Bob Sullivan is author of the New York Times best-sellers Gotcha Capitalism and Stop Getting Ripped Off. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and hundreds of other publications. He has appeared as a consumer advocate and technology expert numerous times on NBC’s TODAY show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, NPR’s Marketplace, Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, and various other radio and TV outlets. He helped start MSNBC.com and wrote there for nearly 20 years, most of it penning the consumer advocacy column The Red Tape Chronicles. See more at www.bobsullivan.net. Follow Bob Sullivan on Facebook or Twitter.

How Much House Do Americans Actually Own?

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How Much House Do Americans Actually Own?

How Much House Do Americans Actually Own?

When people say they own their home, it’s usually a half-truth at best. Often, a bank owns the home they live in — most of it, anyway. Still, Americans have a lot of real money tied up in their homes — on average, $150,506, according to a new report by the Urban Institute called “How... Read More

7 Reasons You’re Less Productive in the Summer

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7 Reasons You’re Less Productive in the Summer

7 Reasons You’re Less Productive in the Summer

Americans are terrible at taking vacations, and that’s a shame, because they aren’t helping their companies or themselves. People are just less productive in summer, for a whole host of reasons. So you might as well hang out at the beach anyway. Americans wasted a record-setting 658 million vacation days in 2015, left on the... Read More

The Best Cities in America for Buying a Starter Home

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The Best Cities in America for Buying a Starter Home

The Best Cities in America for Buying a Starter Home

We’ve written a lot recently about the disappearing starter home. A combination of rising prices, aggressive investors, and flat incomes are turning America into a nation of renters … and making things very hard on young people just starting out. But there are still communities where plenty of starter homes are for sale — hundreds... Read More

Do You Really Need a Special Case to Keep Your Credit Card Safe?

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Do You Really Need a Special Case to Keep Your Credit Card Safe?

Do You Really Need a Special Case to Keep Your Credit Card Safe?

By now you’ve probably heard of RFID blockers — those wallets, purses and other gadgets offering protection from hackers who can pluck your personal information out of thin air. RFID, or radio frequency identification, chips are growing in popularity. But there’s something you need to know about those blockers before you buy them. The rise of this industry coincides with... Read More

The Best Places to Buy a Beach House

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The Best Places to Buy a Beach House

The Best Places to Buy a Beach House

This time of year, it’s natural to dream about owning a beach home. Perhaps you’ve even stared longingly at listings taped to a real estate agent’s windows in your favorite beach town — and then walked away sad. But if you are willing to try some overlooked, small towns, and travel a bit farther, there... Read More

The States Where Debt Collectors Are the Busiest

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The States Where Debt Collectors Are the Busiest

The States Where Debt Collectors Are the Busiest

Does being surrounded by people in debt make you more likely to land in debt? That’s one of the provocative questions posed by a new Urban Institute report that examines possible links between geography, neighborhood characteristics and unpaid bills. While one-third of Americans have a debt in collections on their credit report, that burden is not... Read More

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