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Personal finance from around the Web:

  • The proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency may face a much steeper battle in the Senate now that its biggest proponent, Sen. Chris Dodd, has announced he won't seek re-election this year. But the overall financial bill has better odds of passing. [The Boson Globe]
  • A bit of good news for parents of high school students stressing over college admissions: The financial aid application process just got easier. If the new, streamlined application for federal student aid (i.e., the FAFSA) is still daunting, visit one of the 800 College Goal Sunday events, held throughout the country this month and next, to get professional assistance for free. [U.S. News & World Report]
  • As Money's Walter Updegrave has written, now is a great time to convert your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. But make sure that you're investing your Roth the right way. [The Motley Fool]
  • Paper records are so 2009. Here's a nice primer on going paperless -- a shift that could be good for your wallet as well as the environment. [Wise Bread]

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