The low-fee wars have no end in sight

Oct 11, 2018
Management fees race to the bottom as investors embrace passive index funds.
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What’s the strategy behind Amazon’s decision to hike monthly Prime membership rates?

Jan 19, 2018
Amazon is raising its monthly Prime membership rate, from $10.99 to $12.99. But the annual membership cost is staying the same, at $99. So what’s the logic here? Is Amazon trying to push more people into becoming annual members? Might…

California counties stop charging fees for juvenile incarceration

Nov 15, 2016
One survey found that young people who had fees imposed and fines imposed — especially large ones — were more likely to offend again.
Zoe Mathews was charged $7000 after her now-deceased son was incarcerated in Solano County, Calif.
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Your Wallet: Crazy transaction fees

We dug into your hidden fees with consumer columnist David Lazarus.

In dry California, using price to police water use

Oct 16, 2014
California cities don't like the word "rationing," but "pricing" can serve the same purpose.

Hotels jack up fees... and consumers continue to pay

Sep 4, 2014
As long as we keep coming back for the cheap rooms, fees won’t be going anywhere.

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Affording the friendly skies: Avoiding airline fees

Feb 21, 2014
Booking your next vacation means dealing with airlines ... and their fees. After you spend a pretty penny on the ticket, there are all sorts of charges for extra comforts like an in-flight snack, a few extra inches of legroom…
Southwest Airlines.
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A tax by any other name? A fee

Dec 5, 2013
A deal to avoid another government shutdown seems to be coalescing around increasing revenues -- but not taxes.

Airline fees reach for the sky

Sep 12, 2013
Fees airlines charge for things like blankets and extra bags were up 20 percent last year from the year before. But a dollar doled out for a sandwich isn't always the same as the buck you spend on your seat.…