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  • Seven Strategies For Paying For College In Tough Times Tuesday, 10 Aug 2010 | 3:09 AM ET

    As incoming freshmen start packing up and heading off to campus and high-school seniors contemplate what they need to do to prepare applications this fall, many parents and students are asking the question: How are we going to pay for college?

  • Purchase Power: Will It Make You Happy? Sunday, 8 Aug 2010 | 8:35 AM ET

    The practices that consumers have adopted in response to the economic crisis ultimately could...make them happier. New studies of consumption and happiness show, for instance, that people are happier when they spend money on experiences instead of material objects, when they relish what they plan to buy long before they buy it, and when they stop trying to outdo the Joneses.

  • Cracking Down on 401(k) Fees Monday, 2 Aug 2010 | 4:03 PM ET

    Starting in July 2011, firms that are 401(k) service providers must disclose in writing all direct and indirect compensation received, make available plan investment options in connection with brokerage and record-keeping services or both and disclose any changes to the fee structure within 60 days.

  • Lowering Your Tax Hit from a Roth IRA Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 | 10:34 AM ET

    The tax-free growth offered by a Roth IRA can help stretch retirement savings—and that's good news for all Americans, half of whom are at risk of running out of retirement money.

  • Boomers: Retire Here, With Money-Back Guarantee Monday, 12 Jul 2010 | 5:56 PM ET
    Retired couple

    You will enjoy your golden years here—or get your money back. That's the guarantee that residents of retirement communities like Vi at Highlands Ranch outside Denver are banking on.

  • 'Daddy, Are We Rich?' and Other Tough Questions Saturday, 10 Jul 2010 | 10:46 AM ET
    Money in Mattress

    There is nothing like an inquisitive child to make you realize just how complicated the topic of money is.

  • Credit Card Hackers Visit Hotels All Too Often Tuesday, 6 Jul 2010 | 11:50 AM ET
    Service bell at hotel reception

    Here's something that the struggling hotel sector prefers not to spotlight: it is a favorite target of hackers. The NYT reports.

  • New Rules for Target-Date Retirement Funds Tuesday, 6 Jul 2010 | 10:35 AM ET

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has introduced new rules to help investors figure out how target-date funds in their 401(k) and other retirement accounts are supposed to hit their target.

  • From Card Fees to Mortgages, a New Day for Consumers Friday, 25 Jun 2010 | 1:29 PM ET
    Credit Cards

    After months of haggling, the terms of financial reform are set in Congress. The New York Times explains how this will impact your wallet.

  • Debit Card Raises the Cash-Back Reward Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 12:23 PM ET
    credit cards

    At a time when many banks have become notorious for taking money away from checking account customers, a start-up is planning to double what it’s putting back in account holders’ wallets.

  • Fund Managers Get Defensive Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 11:53 AM ET

    During a recent American Beacon Advisors investment forum in New York, asset managers explained how they are reacting to market volatility and euro zone risks, as they look for new investment opportunities.

  • Dividends Like BP’s Look Safe, Until They’re Not Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 | 12:35 PM ET
    BP sign

    If you’re an investor in BP and rely on dividend income to pay your daily expenses, rememeber that relying on one stock or even a handful of stocks is incredibly risky.

  • Stretch Your Retirement Savings by Moving Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 | 11:36 AM ET

    It may feel like a monumental step and may involve a bit of heavy lifting—unless you pay someone else to do it—but moving to a less expensive part of the country can significantly stretch your retirement savings.

  • 'Carthaginian Peace' Could Be Bad for Gold: Strategist Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 8:10 AM ET
    Burning Money

    Carthaginian peace refers to the imposition of a very brutal “peace,” or the armistice imposed on Carthage by Rome that saw the Romans systematically burn Carthage to the ground.

  • Remove Card and Take Bullion; Gold ATM Debuts Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 6:05 AM ET

    Amid fears over the strength of nearly every major currency, Abu Dhabi’s top hotel has come up with a new type of ATM for their most risk-averse guests. The Emirates Palace is giving those staying there to chance to withdraw gold from the world first ever gold dispenser.

  • Amid Wild Headlines, Fundamentals Drive Stocks Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 5:38 AM ET

    Despite a fully-fledged debt crisis in Europe, the stock market continues to defy the bears to trade higher on the year.

  • That Nagging Question of Mutual Fund Fees Monday, 10 May 2010 | 12:01 PM ET
    1978 portrait of American economist Paul Anthony Samuelson, winner of the Nobel prize for Economics in 1970.

    Mutual fund management companies receive handsome fees from people who often have no idea whether they are getting a good deal. For the most part, they're not, says the NYT.

  • Learning How to Fight Back Against Debt Collectors Saturday, 24 Apr 2010 | 12:04 PM ET

    Among debt collectors, Steven Katz is known as a “credit terrorist.” For years, he has run what he calls the Steven Katz School of Bill Collector Education, otherwise known as the “credit terrorist training camp.”

  • Graduation

    The job market has improved slightly from last year, according to career experts, and certain sectors like government, health care and financial services are hiring.

  • New Battle May Erupt Over High Retirement Fund Fees Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 11:06 AM ET

    A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling offers investors no help in combatting excessive mutual fund fees. And shareholders advocates say the ruling may spark a new round of litigation.

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