Tag: Consumer Affairs

Dog DNA tests are a thing. Here’s what happened when I tried this $51 kit on my mutt

MarketWatch has highlighted these products and services because we think readers will find them useful. We may earn a commission if you buy products through our links, but our recommendations are independent of any compensation that we may receive. Ever since I brought Gus home from the West Los Angeles animal shelter 8 years ago, […]

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My sister took care of our parents, and kept their $80K savings when they died. Now she wants to live rent-free in their house

Prior to my mother’s passing, she left all her monetary assets to my dad: insurance policy, annuity, cash monies, etc. She named me as the secondary beneficiary, with clear instructions that the monies should be used to benefit the family. The annuity would be divided equally amongst my sisters.  Two years later, my dad died. […]

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My sisters — one of whom was a Fortune 500 VP — emptied my mother’s house and told me to take what was left

Before my mom died, my two older sisters moved her from her home to an assisted living facility in the southern state where they both live. My husband watched over my mom’s house as we live in the same town, and it sat vacant for several years before my mom decided she wanted to sell […]

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Opinion: Celebrities and social media influencers touting crypto and SPACs are not automatic ‘likes’

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) often warns investors against falling for the madness of crowds. Observing the behavior of gullible fans, the SEC has flagged celebrity endorsements, from cryptocurrencies to special purpose acquisition vehicles (SPACs). In one such alert earlier this year, the SEC cautioned: “Celebrity involvement in a SPAC does not mean that the investment […]

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