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  1. 50 isn't too late to fix up finances

    Reaching the age of 50 can be a financial wake-up call.

  2. Taking the first step toward retirement planning

    Q. I am 27 and have a bit of money saved that I haven't touched for years. I'd like to grow it, but I'm not sure of the best way.

  3. Save your refund? That's the REAL no-brainer

    It's no secret that we Americans can be a nation of dim-bulbs when it comes to spending our money, which we so often do in breathtakingly stupid ways. During 2012, for example, we spent $11.8 billion — yes, billion with a 'b' — on bottled water.

  4. Retirement assets are making a comeback

    Retirement assets at the end of 2013 were the highest on record, a strong indication that many savers have seen their investment accounts bounce back from the financial crisis of 2008 when the stock market fell so hard it lost nearly half its value.

    • 5:52 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • PERSONAL FINANCE

    Sick day laws giving companies few ills

    New York — As more cities mandate paid sick days for workers, the reaction from many small businesses is a big, so what?

    • 5:56 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • PERSONAL FINANCE

    College athletes not alone in game to define work status

    What do exotic dancers, Sleepy's mattress delivery men, graduate assistants, FedEx drivers, cleaning contractors, student interns, carpenters and college football players have in common?

    • 6:12 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • PERSONAL FINANCE

    Pew study: 'Gotcha' issues persist at banks

    The nation's biggest banks are doing a better job of clearly disclosing key terms and fees on checking accounts, but more rules are needed to protect consumers from 'gotcha' overdraft fees and from signing away rights for settling disputes, according to a

    • 6:13 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • REAL ESTATE

    Mortgage rates slip amid tepid housing market

    Washington — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell last week week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins.

    • 6:16 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • PERSONAL FINANCE

    Venturing into real estate clubs

    Kimberly and Edward Rushing's fledgling real estate investment venture got off to a rocky start.

    • 6:11 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • PERSONAL FINANCE

    New boss reluctant to delegate tasks

    Q. After my boss was promoted, our director asked if I would handle her responsibilities until he could find a replacement. I had no interest in the position myself, but was glad to help out. For six months, I did most of her tasks as well as my own.

  5. Charged-off debt must still be paid

    Q. If a debt is charged off, am I responsible for paying off that debt?

  6. Michigan moves digital archives to the cloud

    Lansing — The Archives of Michigan is using a state-of-the-art and inexpensive option — the Internet — to store and preserve a growing collection of digital records that includes everything from 40 years' worth of election results to an index of thousands

    • 9:22 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    General Mills scraps controversial new legal limits imposed by terms of service

    The company, which owns Cheerios, Progresso and Yoplait, had posted a notice on its website notifying visitors that using the company's websites or engaging with it online in a variety of other ways meant they would have to give up their right to sue.

    • 5:16 PM, Apr. 19, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Michigan farmers fear winter impact on crop yield

    Extreme winter weather combined with a wet and chilly spring have Michigan's fruit, vegetable and flower growers worried about delayed planting seasons and diminished crop yields.

    • 11:42 PM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find

    Washington — Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems in ...

    • 11:40 PM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Easter celebrations not so sweet; chocolate costs soar

    The world's growing love of chocolate means more expensive treats for the Easter holiday.

    • 11:39 PM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • TECHNOLOGY

    5 features an Amazon phone might offer

    New York — Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week, with the Wall Street Journal reporting the device could be due out this year.

    • 9:49 AM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Michigan health systems seek cure for dearth of doctors

    Michigan's medical schools, doctors offices and health care networks are tackling a shortage of primary care doctors that is expected to worsen under the ...

    • 11:01 AM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Small-batch jerky-maker Duke's 'scales up' in Macomb Twp.

    Craft beer mania has swept the nation, but the next artisanal food phenomenon — craft jerky — may not be far behind.

    • 6:53 AM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • TECHNOLOGY

    White House updating online privacy policy

    A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile ...

    • 2:09 PM, Apr. 18, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6 percent in 2013

    New York — U.S. newspaper industry revenue continued to fall last year, as increases in circulation revenue failed to offset shrinking demand for print ...

    • 2:42 PM, Apr. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly

    New York — Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.

    • 8:57 AM, Apr. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Applications for U.S. jobless aid up 2K to 304,000

    Washington — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near ...

    • 2:44 PM, Apr. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    CBO: Minimum wage boost would cost firms $15B

    Washington — A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion ...

    • 10:20 AM, Apr. 17, 2014
    • REAL ESTATE

    Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27%

    Washington — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins.

    • 6:49 AM, Apr. 17, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Strike at China factory that makes Nike, other sneaker brands, snowballs

    Beijing — A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making ...

    • 1:07 PM, Apr. 17, 2014
    • TECHNOLOGY

    Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

    New York — Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on ...

  7. Hard Rock Cafe launches new menu; Griffin Claw adds liquors

    Hard Rock Cafe has added a jumbo combo appetizer platter and massive burger, among other updates, and Griffin Claw is making its own vodka and gin now. Plus, ...

    • 8:00 PM, Apr. 16, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    Michigan jobless rate down for seventh straight month

    Michigan's jobless rate during March dropped by another two-tenths of a percentage point, sinking to 7.5 percent and marking the seventh straight monthly ...

    • 9:59 AM, Apr. 16, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    $4M fund to provide litter clean-up, landscaping in Detroit's central business district

    A majority of downtown Detroit property owners have agreed to create a $4 million annual fund to provide supplemental litter clean up, landscaping improvements ...

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