What you should know about consumer prices and the financial magic of living like a minimalist

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Happy Wednesday, MarketWatchers! Here are your top personal finance stories of the day.

Personal Finance
My father is moving to a retirement community — what do we do with his $1.8 million home?

This son and daughter wonder whether they should sell, rent or wait to inherit it.

My secret tax weapon costs 99 cents

Above all else, a lack of organization can be costly when filing taxes.

ALS patient group unhappy with how $115 million raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge is being spent

Individuals with ALS say they aren’t benefiting from the Ice Bucket Challenge donations that poured into the nonprofit ALS Association.

Would you travel overseas for surgery? You might after reading these experiences

Considering the ridiculous cost of health-care in the United States these days, the surge in medical tourism in recent years is hardly surprising. And, make no mistake, it is surging. But is it right for you?

These apps help victims of sexual harassment file anonymous reports

Women are using apps to privately share stories of sexual assault.

Inflation is scaring markets — here’s what you should know about consumer prices

What exactly is the Consumer Price Index and how does it impact you?

How VantageScore could affect the housing market

Learn why it might be as important as FICO, and why you should know your score before applying for a mortgage.

The financial magic of living like a minimalist

Devoted minimalists talk about the money-related perks of living with less.

These 12 Olympic athletes scrimped and saved their way to the top

We talked to athletes competing in the 2018 Games about their money challenges and how they make ends meet.

6 easy ways to improve your home’s curb appeal

These quick, budget-minded projects will improve your home’s appearance for potential buyers.

Sorry, America, but you have to pay taxes on your bitcoin — here’s how

Even if you made just one transaction, you likely have to pay.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Fed minutes: Stronger outlook increases the chance of more rate hikes

A stronger economy at the beginning of the year increased the chances of more rate hikes, according to minutes of their January 30-31 meeting released Wednesday.

Here’s the blueprint for how ICOs are getting off the ground without SEC vetting

MarketWatch searched the SEC’s Edgar database for mentions of “coin,” “ICO,” “token,” “initial coin offering” or “blockchain” and found there’s been significant growth in ICOs initiated via Form Ds since the beginning of 2017.

SEC issues updated cybersecurity risk guidance but some say not nearly enough

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday issued guidance to public companies on how to disclose the growing risks and costs of cyberattacks.

The U.S. gun crisis might actually be impossible to solve

It’s a serious cultural problem that’s embedded in the fabric of ‘being American,’ says Cullen Roche.

Existing-home sales tumble at the fastest pace in more than 3 years as supply crunch deepens

Sales of previously-owned homes slid in January as inventory declined further.

Conspiracy theory video about Florida shooting survivor rose to No. 1 on YouTube Trending

After vowing to crack down on the spread of “fake news,” social networks are facing a new deluge of misinformation in the wake of last week’s shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead, with some calling the young survivors actors and pawns.

The leading infectious disease could be eradicated cheaply

Despite a compelling economic and moral case for investing more in controlling tuberculosis, TB has quietly resumed its position as the world’s leading infectious killer, claiming more lives than either HIV or malaria, writes Bjorn Lomborg.

Trump report blames Obama’s policies for slow economic growth

President Donald Trump’s first official economic report to Congress makes a lengthy case that the U.S. economy has been weak in recent years, not because of the severity of the most recent recession, but because of policy mistakes by Trump’s predecessor.

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