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  • Lawmakers Take Steps to Protect Gold Investors Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | 1:12 PM ET
    Gold

    As gold tops $1,300 an ounce, lawmakers in Washington are aiming to ensure that consumers don't get trounced by bad gold deals.

  • A growing number of people in their 50s and 60s who desperately want or need to work to pay for retirement are starting to worry that they may be discarded from the work force — forever.

  • How Much Will You Owe? Tax Plans Compared Saturday, 18 Sep 2010 | 1:57 PM ET

    In the debate over the effect of the expiring Bush tax cuts on small business, it’s already possible to do the math. And the Obama administration is pointing to the tax savings that all small-business owners would reap from its own plan to extend the cuts at all but the highest income levels — if, that is, the alternative is letting the cuts expire altogether.

  • Rethinking Investments After a Flight to Security Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 10:49 AM ET

    Shaken by what seemed to be an earthquake in the world’s financial markets two years ago, millions of retirees fled to safety, shifting their holdings into safer investments. What should they do now? The NYT reports.

  • Retirement on Hold: American Workers $6 Trillion Short Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | 7:00 AM ET

    A new study by Boston College's Center for Retirement Research says Americans are $6.6 trillion short of what they need to retire.

  • Investors are not playing the stock market game with confidence like they used to, mainly because the game of making money has gotten tougher and more volatile since the financial crisis. Retail investors are buying fewer stocks.  Instead, they're moving into safer investments, like cash and bonds.

  • While investors favor mutual funds with four-or five-star ratings, there may be hidden gems in some of the lower-rated funds. “Just because a fund’s been underperforming doesn’t mean it’s not worth owning,’’ says one pro.

  • What to Do With Your 'Old' 401(k) Tuesday, 31 Aug 2010 | 8:06 PM ET

    It probably makes sense to convert your old 401 (k) to a Roth IRA  if you think you're going to be in a higher tax bracket later and you have the money to pay the taxes you'll incur with the conversion.

  • Stay away from Treasurys as they’ve been rallying since 1981 - equivalent to a 19-year bull run, said Marc Faber, editor & publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report.

  • When Is Paying Off Your Mortgage the Right Move? Monday, 23 Aug 2010 | 4:05 PM ET

    In most cases, a financial adviser will recommend not to pay off your mortgage ahead of time. But when it does make sense to break that rule, it could mean a new and better retirement.

  • 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.

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