Personal Finance


  • Dividend Stocks Can Pay Off For Recent Retirees Monday, 22 Feb 2010 | 12:49 PM ET

    Retirement isn't all about fixed-income investing. Your portfolio also needs a solid income stream and growth potential (for offsetting inflation).  Otherwise, you may outlive your savings.

  • Banks have been trying to get customers to open up checking accounts for years by offering gifts like appliances and iPods. Now more banks are trying to up its customer base by offering cash sign up bonuses.

  • IRS Form 1040

    For individuals making $200,000 and couples making $250,000 or more a year, expect to see higher taxes  in 2011 unless Congress votes to keep Bush-era cuts.

  • The gap between short- and long-term interest rates poses some tricky problems for savers, investors and home buyers this year, says the New York Times.

  • Paper Cuts: More Firms Push Customers to Go Online Thursday, 14 Jan 2010 | 10:33 AM ET
    pile of bills

    Asking customers to go “green” with online statements is no longer enough for many companies. Some are offering financial incentives to switch, while others are charging for hard copies.

  • Level Playing Field for New Energy Technology: Turner Thursday, 14 Jan 2010 | 9:39 AM ET

    The government has to level the playing field when it comes to alternative industry for the sector to be competitive, Ted Turner, former vice chairman and head of Time Warner's cable networks division, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Patience, Please, With That Investment Plan Sunday, 27 Dec 2009 | 8:26 AM ET

    Many investors missed out on a decent percentage of this year’s rebound, which is typical of investor behavior in sharp market turns, The New York Times reports.

  • At Tiny Rates, Saving Money Costs Investors Saturday, 26 Dec 2009 | 11:09 AM ET

    Millions of Americans are paying a high price for a safe place to put their money: extremely low interest rates on savings accounts and certificates of deposit.

  • Check Your Mail—Credit Card Changes Are Coming Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 3:37 PM ET
    credit cards

    Credit card companies are making major changes to  customer agreements that could mean new fees and lower credit limits. Not being aware of the changes could prove costly or even embarrassing.

  • It’s Tax Time for the Savvy and the Quick Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 | 10:23 AM ET

    With the holidays in full swing, tax season seems like a long way off. But there are only 10 days left to lower your 2009 tax bill. The New York Times has some advice.

  • Junk bonds have returned a monstrous 56% thus far this year. “For performance-chasing investors, junk was the only game in town,” says one pro.

  • Why Your Prenup May Need A Postnup Monday, 7 Dec 2009 | 3:42 PM ET
    Tiger Woods

    You don’t have to be in the shoes of Tiger Woods to be wondering about that prenup you signed years ago. If life is messy, divorce is probably messier. So the question is: do prenups hold up when it really counts?

  • Why Many Home Loan Modifications Fail Friday, 4 Dec 2009 | 11:24 AM ET
    Thousands attend a mobile foreclosure prevention clinic in Daly City, California.

    Why are so few temporary mortgage modifications turning permanent? The New York Times tries to answer that question.

  • Foreign Bonds Provide Buffer If Dollar Declines Saturday, 31 Oct 2009 | 6:41 PM ET
    Stock certificates

    Investors typically buy foreign bonds as protection against inflation but some strategists say they're really more of a bet against the dollar.

  • Clauses Aimed at Keeping the Heirs Quiet Saturday, 31 Oct 2009 | 7:50 AM ET

    To deter lawsuits, many estate plans include a no-contest clause, which provides that anyone who formally challenges the plan gets nothing, according to the New York Times.

  • Inflation Might Be Tame, But College Costs Keep Soaring Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 11:13 AM ET

    The cost of attending a four-year private college in the US increased 4.3%, to an average $35,636, this year. The cost of a public college grew even more.

  • Prepaid, but Not Prepared for Debit Card Fees Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 11:02 AM ET
    Credit Card swipe

    For many people who do not have bank accounts, or cannot get a credit card, the pre-paid debit cards are irresistible. But their convenience comes with a catch. The New York Times reports.

  • More Upper-Income Workers Living Paycheck to Paycheck Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | 11:48 AM ET

    Thirty percent of Americans with salaries of $100,000 or more said they are living paycheck to paycheck, up from 21 percent last year, according to a survey.

  • Investors Regain Confidence in 401(k) Plans Friday, 11 Sep 2009 | 11:10 AM ET

    Some of the money that fled stocks for safe harbors like money-market funds and government bonds  is beginning to return. Even with trillions still sheltered on the sidelines, some $56 billion has poured into equity funds since April.

  • It’s Time to Admit it: Money Funds Involve Risk Saturday, 29 Aug 2009 | 10:55 AM ET

    Investors have come to expect that money market funds are as safe and stable as bank accounts. It's time to look at reality: money funds involve risk, says the New York Times.

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