Personal Finance


  • US Union Pensions Hole Deepens to $369 Billion Sunday, 8 Apr 2012 | 11:04 PM ET

    The hole in the pension plans of US labor unions now stands at $369 billion, Credit Suisse has calculated with the aid of new reporting standards. This raises the prospect of higher pension contributions for employers and deteriorating industrial relations. The Financial Times reports.

  • Why Diamonds Are Great for Diversification     Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 | 8:35 PM ET

    David Riedel, President & Founder, Riedel Research Group says diamonds have almost no correlation with commodities, gold and equities, making them a great way for investors to diversify.

  • Pensions Find Riskier Funds Fail to Pay Off Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | 11:37 AM ET

    Public workers’ pension funds across the country are increasingly turning to riskier investments in private equity, real estate and hedge funds, and they aren't paying off, reports the New York Times.

  • Lotto Advice from 7-Time Lottery Winner     Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 2:46 PM ET

    The Mega Millions Jackpot now stands at $640M and Richard Lustig, a 7-time lottery winner, discusses what to do if you win.

  • NEFE Announces 'Final Four' of Finance Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 11:10 AM ET

    A group of over 300 financial advisors and members of the Financial Planning Association submitted their brackets, ranking 32 personal finance concepts in the National Endowment for Financial Education's Financial Four showdown.

  • Don’t Be an April Fool – Remember Your IRA Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 12:36 PM ET

    April is the month with the deadlines for IRA contributions and mandatory IRA withdrawals and the deadline for your 2011 IRA contribution is April 17, 2012.

  • Not-So-‘Mad’ Ideas About Taxes Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 | 12:12 PM ET

    “Mad Men” plays to fantasies of louche living, but it also gives credibility to the liberal belief that high taxes won’t constrain the rich.

  • New Retirement: Boomers Brushing Up on Bonds Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 11:01 AM ET

    For years, Baby Boomers have been moving their money into the bond market in droves to ensure a steady income into retirement. But so far this year, yields have been falling lower and lower — until now.

  • Planning for Retirement? Slow Down! Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 12:37 PM ET
    Window with man looking at the Illuminated Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China. Window with man looking at the Illuminated Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, China.

    For most of us, retirement will be the shortest, most challenging period of our lives and yet few are fully prepared for this life stage.

  • Best Cars for $15K or Less Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 4:17 PM ET
    By definition, economy and compact cars have not been the glamorous categories of automobiles. They served the necessary function of affordable transportation, but not much else. That’s not the case anymore, judging by the following list of the best cars under $15,000.  The list was provided by TotalCarScore.com, which collects rankings for all car models from numerous sources, including Consumer Reports, U.S. News and World Report and JD Power, then averages them out to produce a comprehensive

    By definition, economy and compact cars have not been the glamorous categories of automobiles. That’s not the case anymore, judging by this list of the best cars for $15,000 or less.

  • After the Storm, the Little Nest Eggs That Couldn't Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 4:05 PM ET

    After the stock market sank in 2008, many investors lost money from their 401(k)s, leaving those who are looking to retire strapped for cash, the New York Times reports.

  • Cyclicals: Dangerous to Your Portfolio?     Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 3:33 PM ET

    Adam Parker, Morgan Stanley chief U.S. equity strategist, explains why it's risky buying and selling cyclical stocks.

  • Fed Study of Student Debt Outlines a Growing Burden Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 8:12 AM ET
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    As many as 27 percent of the 37 million student-loan borrowers have past-due balances of 30 days or more, a Federal Reserve Bank of New York report showed. The New York Times reports.

  • With Chase and Discover recently introducing and experimenting with free balance transfer credit cards, they have breathed new life into a genre that industry experts previously believed to be extinct. However, the moves have left many scratching their heads.

  • Tax Code Not Aligned With Basic Principles Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 1:38 PM ET

    With its relatively heavy taxes on labor, light taxes on unearned income and broad ranges of rates within the same income levels, the American tax code violates fundamental principles of income taxation. The New York Times reports.

  • Priciest Cities to Rent Friday, 17 Feb 2012 | 1:21 PM ET
    Many factors can make a housing rental market difficult to negotiate, such as tight supply and fierce competition for the most desirable properties. But chief among potentially problematic rental factors is the cost. To get an indication of how stretched renters are in each market, the data team at  looked at the rent-to-income ratios in 40 major U.S. cities. The resulting list is particularly heavy with representatives from one state. And while it might not be the argument-ender on where it is

    To get an indication of how stretched renters are in each market, the data team at John Burns Real Estate Consulting looked at the rent-to-income ratios in 40 major U.S. cities.

  • Users of Citibank Bill-Pay App Charged Twice Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 8:17 AM ET

    A technical bug caused Citigroup, the nation’s fourth largest bank by deposits, to double the charge for online customer bill payments in recent months. The New York Times reports.

  • Car Policy for Less, but Only If You Call Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 | 3:31 PM ET

    Most consumers know that they aren’t going to get a courtesy call from their service providers telling them they qualify for a better deal. Yet they still fail to review their policies or contracts each year to make sure they’re getting the lowest rates possible.

  • At 102%, His Tax Rate Takes the Cake Saturday, 4 Feb 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    Is it possible to pay more than all of your taxable income? For one businessman, an eye-popping bill can be traced to punitive U.S. tax polices. Meet Mr. 102%. The New York Times reports.

  • Boomers Fear 'Cash Drought' in Retirement     Thursday, 26 Jan 2012 | 1:58 PM ET

    With the prolonged environment of low interest rates, more boomers are afraid of running out of cash in retirement, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

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