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The Swampby Michael Muskal With what will serve as a preview of his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama today gave the nation an outline of new policies to help the middle class cope with lower expectations and the......
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The Swampby Mark Silva President Barack Obama emerges from a smoke-filled bathroom. Sneaking cigarettes again, the first lady asks? "Nope.'' Only, this isn't the president, but rather a Saturday Night Live player -- followed by many SNL players of SNL's past......
Q: My son graduated from law school in 2006 and owes about $206,000. I want him to pay off one of his loans (about $50,000 with the interest rate of 8.25 percent). I want to give him $13,000 and loan the rest with the condition that he pays it back when...
How do the wealthy stay wealthy? The mandatory financial disclosure released last week by commerce secretary nominee Penny Pritzker provides a rare look at an American billionaire's entire investment portfolio. Pritzker inherited much of her wealth,...
A basic tenet of personal finance that gets short shrift but can dramatically improve your money life is having a cash emergency fund. It's especially important for some to consider this time of year, as new high school and college graduates make their...
For someone in their 20s, retirement is something their parents are talking about. It is almost impossible for them to imagine their own lives 50 years out. Telling kids to save for that day — when student loans and car payments and fixed expenses...
Dear Liz: My husband and I are recovering from a job loss four years ago. We used up all our savings and home equity. My husband is now employed, but we are struggling to keep ahead even with a salary of about $100,000. I was a stay-at-home mom for the...
It's Money Smart Week, a collection of free financial literacy programs offered throughout the week, aimed at helping people deal with virtually every money issue imaginable: from how to get out of debt, to buying homes, paying for college, building a...
Dear Liz: You always mention fee-only financial planners and I'm not sure about the true meaning. My husband and I have a financial planner who charges us $2,200 per year, but we got a summary of transaction fees in the amount of $6,200 for last year....
Dear Liz: What would you suggest that someone do with $20,000 if the someone is closer to 40 than 30, single, with $100,000 of student loan debt and a $250,000 mortgage? My salary is around $100,000 a year. I have an emergency fund equal to six months...
More than a quarter of women earning $200,000 or more are afraid they are going to end up as bag ladies, and about half of women with paychecks around $100,000 fear the same fate. Among all Americans, a mere 13 percent are very confident they are...
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