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Forget splurging on designer duds or devices, here's how Americans plan to spend their tax refunds

Forget splurging on designer duds or devices, here's how Americans plan to spend their tax refunds

Finance
It's hard to not get excited about receiving a tax refund. For many Americans, that annual check from Uncle Sam offers a rare opportunity to better their financial footing, and fewer adults these days want to blow it on an excursion or new iPhone. On average, taxpayers expect to receive $ 3,030 back from the IRS, according to a recent report by GoBankingRates. And after a slow start, the average refund is now up to $ 3,143 for the week ending Feb. 22, according to the IRS. That's just about on par with last year's figures, despite the recent downward ...
86 million Americans fear maxing out a credit card: Report

86 million Americans fear maxing out a credit card: Report

Finance
Despite the dangers of high-interest loans, more consumers are testing the limits of plastic. To that point, more than 1 in 3 people —or 86 million Americans — said they're afraid they'll max out their credit card when making a large purchase, according to a new WalletHub credit cards survey. (Most of those polled considered a large purchase as anything over $ 100.) "Maxing out your card essentially means you are over-utilizing your credit," said Jill Gonzalez, an analyst at WalletHub. "You are not going to be able to pay that off in a tim...
2 Americans captured while fighting for ISIS, militia says

2 Americans captured while fighting for ISIS, militia says

World
The Pentagon and the anti-ISIS coalition said they are aware of reports from America's Kurdish allies in Syria that at least two American citizens who were allegedly fighting with ISIS have been captured. "We are aware of open source reports of reportedly American citizens currently in custody who were believed to be fighting for ISIS. However, we are unable to confirm this information at this time. The incident is under investigation," Commander Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman, told ABC News. The Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced the capture in a statement on Sunday, saying that two Americans, along with three other foreign nationals, were taken in the city of Hajeen in eastern Syria near the last ISIS stronghold of Deir ez-Zor. Mustafa Bali, head of the SDF ...