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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......
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......
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...
Whom can you trust for money advice? It's a fundamental yet complicated question that's getting attention recently with publication of a controversial new book, "Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry." Author Helaine...
By Melissa Harris and Gail MarksJarvisHow 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,...
Call it the "cockroach theory." It's the assumption among investors that if one cockroach takes you by surprise, there are more to come, even if you see no sign of another at the moment. You apply the same thinking to investing as you apply at home....
What do you do if you are loaded down with credit card debt but you know you should be saving for retirement? Do you concentrate on getting rid of the debt, and put off saving in the 401(k) or IRA for later? Or do you save now, pay off later? There...
Dear Liz: My husband and I have been putting 5% and 6%, respectively, into our 401(k) accounts to get our full company matches. We're also maxing out our Roth IRAs. The CPA who does our taxes recommended that we put more money into our 401(k)s even if...
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...
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