NEW YORK (Reuters) – If your kids are chattering non-stop about things like emeralds, pickaxes and creepers, you may have a unique opportunity to turn a video game addiction into a life lesson about money.

Minecraft, a video game phenomenon with over 100 million users, is such a hot property that Microsoft Corp recently forked out $2.5 billion for its maker, Mojang AB.

Players build their own worlds via game systems, smartphones, tablets and computers using virtual Lego-like pieces. And as opposed to the shoot-em-up video games that kids usually gravitate toward, this game teaches them about money.

It is about barter, about value, about how to protect your stuff,...

DALLAS, Oct. 14, 2014 – GOBankingRates client RBFCU, Texas’ second-largest credit union, has expanded into the Dallas area with the opening of three new branch locations serving Frisco, Plano and Allen, Texas. This expansion is the latest development in five years of steady growth for the credit union, during which it increased its membership by 60 percent to more than 475,000 and grew its assets by 75 percent.

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These new branches are the first of several ongoing expansions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“We’re excited to be able to bring RBFCU to the Dallas area,” said Christopher W. O’Connor, president...

Digital distributor TuneCore has announced the launch of YouTube Money, a new service that gives all TuneCore-associated artists a way to further monetize their recordings on YouTube. According to TuneCore, artists choose which tracks they want to monitor, and the company collects a percentage of advertising revenue for those videos on their behalf. Earnings are deposited in the same TuneCore account as revenue from music distribution and songwriter royalties.

Artists can utilize YouTube Money to monetize any video that uses their sound, including user-generated or other non-owned content outside of their YouTube channel. Artists can opt out their channels if they want and accounts...

Telemundos latest campaign, “Conversemos de Tus Finanzas, is meant to empower Hispanics to reach their financial goals and knowledge.

 

The six-week initiative is based on Wells Fargos “Conversations” platform, featuring money management content, informational segments and more. Segments shown include, Un Nuevo Día, Al Rojo Vivo and Noticiero Telemundo, which will expand on valuable financial information.

 

“At Telemundo, we are dedicated to empowering Hispanics, and our collaboration with Wells Fargo is a unique and innovative way to connect with our audience to encourage them to reach their economic goals, said Executive Vice President...

To avoid any misunderstanding, Jonathan Warrenfeltz broadcast his status in life with big tattooed letters emblazoned across his forehead: Misunderstood.

And the word was there in all its glory when, police said, Warrenfeltz and a companion robbed five beachgoers at gunpoint in Dania Beach. In fact, the tattoo was how the victims readily identifed the ex-convict as their assailant.

The suspects also made a wrong turn during their getaway, and left a trail of stolen items behind. They were in custody within 30 minutes.

Warrenfeltz, 24, Fort Lauderdale, and Joshua Zeaya, 23, no known address, were held without bond Wednesday on five counts each of robbery with a firearm....

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Paula Pant launched her own business at age 27, traveled to 30 countries by age 30, and hates cubicles with a passion. Her blog, Afford Anything, is dedicated to becoming money-savvy, crushing limits, and maximizing life. AffordAnything.com is the new gathering spot for a tribe of people who refuse to say, Id love to do that … but I cant afford it. Her message is that anyone can build wealth, create financial freedom and quit the corporate grind (if they choose).

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A Jersey City man was slapped with a $2 million fine this week for defrauding investors and squandering their money at casinos, on football tickets and on other lavish personal expenses.

New Jersey Bureau of Securities handed Evan M. Kochav and his Red Bank-based business White Cedar Group LLC the costly fine on Thursday, according to authorities.

According to the Bureaus findings, Kochav misused investor funds by entertaining himself at casinos in Costa Rica, Florida, and New Jersey, on gambling websites, and in other ways, said Division of Consumer Affairs Acting Director Steve Lee.

Kochav even encouraged investors to liquidate their genuine investments, in order to pay more...

MONEY consulted supermarket-savings experts for strategies that would help you trim the fat, without giving up the foods you love. Employing just a few of these 29 tricksbecause lets face it, you hardly have time to cook let alone turn shopping into a projectcan take your bills down by 25%.

In other words, you could realize between $1,700 and $3,900 in annual savings.

Now thats pretty delicious.

Plan Ahead

1. Do an inventory. Take stock of your pantry and freezer once a month to get a sense of what items you need and what you can skip buying, says Annette Economides, co-author of Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with Americas Cheapest Family. Her husband and co-author...

LONDON – More bad news for European initial public offerings.

Virgin Money, the British financial services company partly owned by the billionaire Richard Branson, became the third issuer to delay its listing in the last week amid concerns over volatile market conditions.

The lender had hoped to list its shares in London this month, but said on Friday that it was “mindful of market conditions.” It now expects its IPO. to occur later than October.

“Virgin Money continues to perform strongly and we remain focused on delivering a successful initial public offering as soon as market conditions allow,” Jayne-Anne Gadhia, the Virgin Money chief...