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    • 8:56 PM, Apr. 13, 2014

    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
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    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.

  1. 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 Urban League.

    • 9:21 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
    • BUSINESS
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    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 less likely to take an active role in investing their savings.

    • 9:20 PM, Apr. 13, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • 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 work as a graduate assistant.

    • 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 Social Security disability insurance. It wasn't enough to cover a recent medical problem.

    • 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 no wonder that some new parents start worrying about paying for college even before their babies

    • 10:26 PM, Apr. 6, 2014
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    • 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
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    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
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    • 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 ...

  2. 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
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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 ...

    • 6:55 PM, Apr. 6, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Until loan repaid, co-signer is stuck

    Q: My husband always had beautiful credit, but I'm worried that it's about to drop. He recently co-signed a private loan for my daughter, his stepdaughter, ...

    • 4:49 PM, Apr. 1, 2014
    • BUSINESS

    S&P 500 at record high on manufacturing pickup

    New signs of life in the U.S. manufacturing sector helped push the stock market to a record high Tuesday.

    • 5:37 PM, Mar. 30, 2014
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    • Personal Finance

    Personal shoppers are not just for the rich

    New York A new breed of online sites is tailoring boxes of items to shoppers' tastes. And at traditional retailers including J. Crew and Macy's, the services of ...

    • 11:38 PM, Mar. 30, 2014
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    • Personal Finance

    Latest tax scam has me asking: Did you just get off the bus?

    The dumbest scam I've ever heard of involved a guy at New York's Port Authority bus station during the big bad decade of the 1980s.

    • 5:41 PM, Mar. 30, 2014
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    • Personal Finance

    Reasons to refinance go beyond bid for lower rate

    There are at least seven reasons to refinance a mortgage. You probably can think of the first one — to get a lower mortgage rate. But low rates are not the ...

    • 5:56 PM, Mar. 30, 2014
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    • Personal Finance

    Millennials enter workforce in a possible career-long rut

    Gabe Ciuraru doesn't see many good options for people his age.

  3. Selling nicest home on the block may require varying the pitch

    Built on the eastern slope of Garret Mountain, the four-bedroom, 5,300-square-foot town house has giant windows that frame sweeping views of New Jersey and the ...

    • 6:00 PM, Mar. 30, 2014
    • BUSINESS
    • Personal Finance

    Failure to make eye contact can alienate hiring managers

    If the eyes are the window to the soul, they're also the key to doing well in a job interview.

  4. Mortgage rate hits 4.4% in wake of Fed comments

    Washington — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose last week in the wake of comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen suggesting that the Fed ...

    • 5:58 PM, Mar. 30, 2014
    • TECHNOLOGY

    Wearable tech in workplace will require new rules

    The past four columns have been more serious than consumers of my worldly workplace wisdom have come to expect. Perhaps it's a sign of maturity, or maybe an ...

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