Kelli B. Grant, CNBC.com’s Posts

Pregnant travelers worried about Zika may find that canceling a babymoon isn’t easy or cheap.

Criminals are less interested in your credit card numbers these days. Their new target: opening accounts in your name.

Roughly one-third of applications for Social Security disability benefits are ultimately approved. How to make sure yours is among them.

Slower but more sustainable, economic growth in China will benefit the world in the long-term, the head of the IMF said on Tuesday.

Despite predictions for relatively few hurricanes this season, it’s still a good idea to assess your financial readiness. For this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a “below-normal” six to 10 named storms with as many as four of those reaching hurricane status, the …

Given the chance to save at work for retirement or to save on your own, the right answer might be “both.” Almost three-quarters of workers have access to either an employee-funded or company-funded retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or pension—and of those, 80 percent are participating, according to an August report from the Transamerica …

Do you know where your money is? Even those consumers meticulous about their budgets could have missing cash lingering in a state property fund.

When it comes to Social Security claiming strategies, “it’s complicated” is the usual answer. If you’re on disability, are a state employee or have a public pension, make that answer “it’s really complicated.”

Paying off small balances first might be a victory for those in credit card debt—or lead to defeat.

When it comes to covering college costs, employers offer more help than signing your paycheck. Don’t discount that contribution: Savings and especially parent income account for 32 percent of the average family’s college funding for an undergraduate degree, according to Sallie Mae’s How America Pays for College 2015 report. But don’t stop there. Whether you’re …

A spate of high-profile data breaches have brought worries about identity theft to a fever pitch. But consumers may be overlooking a risk that’s much closer to home. Concerns that your information could be compromised are justified. Through mid-July, there have been 424 data breaches compromising more than 129.6 million records, according to the Identity …

If you’re traveling abroad, your dollar buys a lot more this year. But that favorable exchange rate doesn’t always translate to a “sale” for those hoping to use it to their advantage on high-end souvenirs. The U.S. dollar has gained against other currencies over the past year, most recently amid investor worries over the Greek …

Your money might get you a cool T-shirt or bolster a good cause, but pledging money to a crowdfunding campaign isn’t the same as shopping online or donating to charity. Extra scrutiny may be required. Google “Greek bailout fund” and the top search result is currently an Indiegogo campaign aiming to raise the 1.6 billion …

Next time you’re sitting in traffic on the way to work, here’s a happy thought to entertain you: You’re probably overpaying for the privilege. A new Citibank survey found that workers spend an average $2,600 on their commute. That’s an average of $12 per day, they estimate, with some city residents shelling out more—in Los …