Personal Finance


  • Problems Riddle Moves to Collect Credit Card Debt Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 8:10 AM ET

    The same problems that plagued the foreclosure process are now emerging in the debt collection practices of credit card companies. The New York Times reports.

  • A Mutual Fund Master, Too Worried to Rest Sunday, 12 Aug 2012 | 10:29 AM ET
    John Bogle

    With this kind of medical history, any other man of 83 might simply enjoy his success. But not John Bogle. He is still on a mission, as outspoken as ever and nearly as vigorous — thanks, he says, to the heart of a younger man. He’s not done yet, reports the NY Times. 

  • Consumer Stocks Thriving Despite Sour Mood Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
    Credit Card swipe

    Anxiety persists three years after the recession officially ended. Consumer confidence remains well below the level that would suggest a healthy economy.

  • Shopper Alert: Price May Drop for You Alone Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 7:16 AM ET
    Woman bagging groceries

    Using personalized coupons and store cards, supermarkets are pricing products individually to reward loyalty and maximize sales.

  • Stodgy Dividend Stocks Suddenly Rock Stars of Wall St. Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 3:51 PM ET

    Searching for profits, investors have rediscovered stocks that pay dividends, which have out-gained non-payers by more than 9 percentage points in the past year.

  • How to Do a Reverse Mortgage Right (Or Not At All) Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 2:23 PM ET

    Reverse mortgages have a lot of allure for seniors who own their homes, but high fees and tricky provisions can make avoiding them the best course of all.

  • Cash Out of Gold and Send the Kids to College: Pro Wednesday, 8 Aug 2012 | 10:47 AM ET
    Gold coins of Byzantine emperor Constantine VI and his mother Irene from the 8th century.

    Gold bugs may hate to admit it, but their favorite has become just another financial asset, and one whose price has simply become too rich to be a haven any longer.

  • What Influences Consumers to Buy or Rent Their Homes Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | 5:37 PM ET
    Young couple with keys to house

    Income, marital status and other life question influence our decisions to buymore than the economic factors involved, according to a Fannie Mae study. But we rent for the savings.

  • US Investors Abandon Foreign Stocks for Domestic Firms Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | 12:28 PM ET
    Protesters march during a demonstration ahead of an EU summit, on March 24, 2011 at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. Trade unions hold a protest rally as European Union leaders gather for a summit aimed at agreeing joint budgetary policies to prop up the euro from attack. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

    American companies are already beating Asian and European counterparts on revenues, with more economic uncertainty still expected abroad.

  • People retiring today are part of the first generation of workers who have paid more in Social Security taxes during their careers than they will receive in benefits after they retire.

  • Bonds Keep Selling, Despite Rock-Bottom Yields Monday, 6 Aug 2012 | 1:06 PM ET
    Bill Gross

    The stock market's wild ride have convinced investors to value the fixed returns of bonds. But analysts say most people would be better off with a few well-chosen stocks.

  • Without a broad agreement by lawmakers a series of automatic tax increases will take effect next year. Here’s what some affluent investors are doing to prepare. The NYT reports.

  • If Housing Soars, Timber May Be a Growth Industry Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 3:28 PM ET
    Timber investment management organizations own large tracts of timberland like this evergreen forest in Snoqualmie, Washington.

    Should the housing recovery continue, demand for new houses — and timber — should rise, too.

  • 401K Contributions Up, but Average Balance Falls Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 2:21 PM ET

    The average balance at the nation's largest 401(k) administrator was $72,800 at the end of June, 2.4 percent less than at the end of March.

  • Expiring Tax Laws Instill Fear Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 11:07 AM ET
    Fiscal Cliff

    The particulars of the fiscal cliff go beyond tax rates, effecting a host of tax breaks and ancillary taxes.

  • Why the Corn Crisis Won't Impact Your Cornflakes Wednesday, 1 Aug 2012 | 2:43 PM ET

    The sweet corn you serve is not as vulnerable to drought conditions as for the corn that’s fed to cows, which might result in higher milk prices.

  • Older Workers Need to Rebrand Online, Says AARP Wednesday, 1 Aug 2012 | 11:21 AM ET

    While 50 percent of Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 use social-networking sites, few use them to find jobs, a skill many will need as they find retirement funds are short.

  • Why Hedge Funds Are Going Mainstream Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | 1:11 PM ET
    Financial section of newspaper

    Hedge funds have been reserved mainly for wealthy investors and institutional investors, but as average investors look for profits, 13 percent of retail revenues come from alternative investments.

  • Zero Percent Credit Cards Are Back! Five Warnings Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | 12:13 PM ET
    Credit card and magnifying glass

    No-interest credit cards, which are interest-free only for a limited time, are more common than they were just two years ago.

  • Dividend Payments Hit Record Levels Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    U.S. stocks are scheduled to boost their dividend payments in the second quarter by $12 billion, pushing the payout to an all-time record, says S&P Dow Jones Indices.

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