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What Hoda Kotb and J.K. Rowling have in common and is your Amazon Echo making you spend more money?1-3-18 4:07 PM EST

By Alessandra Malito, MarketWatch

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

Personal Finance

New year, same confusing health insurance cards

Health insurance cards ( are supposed to help patients navigate the health care system. But most people don't understand them.

What Hoda Kotb and J.K. Rowling have in common

Many celebrities have this experience ( before they achieve success.

Only two U.S. airlines made this ranking of the world's 20 safest carriers in 2017

Domestic airlines ( also rank lowest for customer satisfaction.

Your Amazon Echo could be making you spend more money

A new study ( examines the spending habits of Amazon's customers.

4 reasons NOT buy a $440 million Powerball ticket (that have nothing to do with the crazy odds)

Wednesday's blockbuster lottery jackpot ( is stirring up more lottery fever.

These millennials only want to talk to other women about money

The Financial Diet (, a personal finance blog started in 2014, has just released a book of the same name.

What time is the $440 million Powerball drawing -- and the $418 million one for Mega Millions?

Neither lottery has had a jackpot winner ( since October.

HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines are expecting their fifth child -- why that's a luxury for most Americans

Raising just one child from birth to adulthood costs more than $233,000 (

Want to avoid a gym membership and burn more calories? Work out in the cold

Skip the pricey gyms ( and do your workout in the great outdoors.

The best time of year to buy just about anything

Shop smart all year using this month-to-month guide ( to the best times to make big purchases.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch

How blockchain can protect our personal data from hackers

The advent of decentralized blockchains ( means we now have the opportunity to store, share and pay in a completely new and safer way, writes Alastair Johnson.

Fed minutes show divide over its own forecast of 3 rate hikes this year

The Fed was divided ( over its own forecast of three rate hikes this year, according to minutes of the central bank's two-day December meeting released Wednesday.

Text of President Donald Trump's statement on Steve Bannon

Full text of President Donald Trump's statement ( about his former strategist Steve Bannon, as released by the White House on Wednesday. Bannon is cited in a new book as saying Donald Trump Jr.'s pre-election meeting with a group of Russians was 'treasonous.'

Construction spending throttles past expectations in November, led by residential building

Spending on construction was higher than expected ( in November, and for the year to date stood 4.2% higher than in the same period a year earlier.

Bernie Sanders' frugal New Year's Eve meal for 2: just $16

Just chicken wings (, tea and coffee.

What could go wrong in 2018? Plenty

The economy and markets ended 2017 on a high note, but that doesn't seem 2018 ( will be uneventful. Caroline Baum previews some possible troubles that could arise.

Bannon says Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians was 'treasonous'

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon ( called a meeting between President Trump's son Donald Jr. and a group of Russians "treasonous" and "unpatriotic," according to a report on Wednesday.

White House, congressional leaders to restart spending talks

Congressional leaders and senior White House officials will restart negotiations ( Wednesday afternoon to iron out differences over spending on the Pentagon and other government agencies, with lawmakers hoping to avoid a further series of short-term patches.

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