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    • 1:27 AM, Apr. 21, 2014

    50 isn't too late to fix up finances

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

    • 7:21 AM, Apr. 21, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    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.

    • 5:49 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    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.

    • 6:12 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
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    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.

    • 6:12 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • 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

    • 5:52 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS
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    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?

    • 6:16 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Venturing into real estate clubs

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

  1. 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.

    • 6:11 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • 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.

    • 6:08 PM, Apr. 20, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Charged-off debt must still be paid

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

    • 8:56 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Millennial menace: Stay-at-home adults

    Burdened by $85,000 in college debt, attorney Bobby Waltman lives with his mom and grandmother in a three-bedroom house in Huntington Beach, Calif.

    • 9:06 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Throw the book at these tax myths

    It's tax time, and that always puts me in mind of noted author and financial planning expert Mark Twain. We all are familiar with the vital, life-changing secret to financial success included in his seminal financial planning tome,

    • 8:59 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
    • BUSINESS
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    Stocks unlikely to get off roller coaster

    With the first quarter of the year just ending, the lesson of the stock market over the last three months has been: Don't peek.

  2. Weigh options to pay mortgage early

    A standard, fully amortizing mortgage pays off the balance over the term. With a 30-year term, this requires 360 monthly payments, while a 15-year term requires 180 payments.

    • 8:58 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
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    Job market study finds blacks lag whites, Latinos

    African-Americans lag their white and Latino counterparts when it comes to employment and income, according to a new report released recently by the National ...

    • 9:21 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Many women still wary of stock market's risks

    Whether it's relying on a spouse to handle household finances, being afraid of doing something risky with their money or just not feeling confident, women are ...

    • 9:20 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
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    • Personal Finance

    Employment search later in life poses unique obstacles to women

    When Antonia Williams-Gary moved from Miami to Dallas a year ago, she wanted to do something different with her career.

    • 9:23 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Office coach: Turn the tables on talkative co-worker

    Q: I'm having difficulty with the person who was recently assigned to be my mentor. 'Mark' is supposed to help me learn procedures in the research lab where I ...

    • 9:22 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Debt Adviser: Medical bills mar once-perfect credit

    Q: I owe about $16,000 in medical bills thanks to inadequate coverage. I currently have COBRA health insurance from my former employer, and I also receive ...

    • 8:21 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    IRS budget cuts lower risk of getting caught cheating

    Washington — As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.

    • 6:53 PM, Apr. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Parents, don't put all your savings in Jr.'s college fund

    With all the hand-wringing over runaway college costs and recent college graduates struggling under the weight of more than $1 trillion in student loans, it's ...

    • 10:26 PM, Apr. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Money Smart Week kicks off in Michigan

    Money Smart Week has kicked off here in Michigan and all over the country, giving us all ample opportunity to go and grab some financial literacy.

    • 7:37 PM, Apr. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    5 signs U.S. job market may finally be accelerating

    Washington — Few people responded to the March jobs report with high-fives and cheers. But there may be reasons to applaud in the months ahead.

    • 6:31 PM, Apr. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Gay marriage laws raise health plan questions

    Can companies that fund their own health-insurance plans refuse to extend benefits to their employees' same-sex spouses?

    • 6:28 PM, Apr. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Tax preparer talks job duties

    The need for tax preparers is growing, and that's no surprise to Jessica B. Gatzke.

    • 6:53 PM, Apr. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Report: Half of payday loans result in fees exceeding original cash advance

    Washington — About half of all payday loans are made to people who extend the loans so many times they end up paying more in fees than the original amount they borrowed, ...

    • 6:29 PM, Apr. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Couple chronicles strategies that paid off debts of $127K

    Six years ago, Cherie and Brian Lowe decided they'd had enough with being in debt. The couple, who live in Greenwood, Ind., owed more than $127,000 in student ...

  3. Average 30-year mortgage rate keeps rising at incremental pace

    Washington — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose slightly last week but remained near historically low levels.

    • 7:01 PM, Apr. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS
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    Inexperienced boss clashes with older, assertive employee

    Q: I recently hired an employee who has turned out to be quite difficult. Although '

    • 6:57 PM, Apr. 6, 2014
    • SCHOOLS

    At 'work colleges,' students pay off tuition while they learn

    Craftsbury, Vt. Many students spend years after college working off tens of thousands of dollars in school debt. But at seven 'Work Colleges' around the country, students are ...

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