The economy is sluggish. The pace of U.S. growth is now largely hostage to the outcome of the next round of Europe's never-ending euro crisis, which has moved from peripheral nations like Greece and Portugal to the far larger economies of Spain and Italy.
Updated: August 04, 2012, - 05:52 PM
A 60-year-old professional who would like to take early retirement and move to an East Coast dream home wonders if it's worth a mortgage.
Updated: July 21, 2012, - 09:09 PM
Q I'm almost 58 and would like to retire at 60, taking the widow benefit. My late husband's Social Security...
Updated: July 14, 2012, - 09:08 PM
Q I am six months into a 6-year auto loan. Thanks to changes in my personal finances, I now can pay more per month and retire the loan sooner. The payment could be as much as three times more. Is it better to add to the monthly payment? Or save the money to earn interest and then pay off the loan when I have enough savings to pay it off? I know that interest paid on loans typically is higher than interest earned on savings.
Updated: July 07, 2012, - 05:18 PM
Not enough retirement savings? The typical solution involves working well into the traditional retirement years.
Updated: June 30, 2012, - 05:07 PM
I read that at some point in one's senior years, it is better to rent rather than own a home. Is there any merit to this idea in 2012?
Updated: June 16, 2012, - 09:20 PM
QMy wife and I are retired and rely on our investments to supplement our pensions.
Updated: June 09, 2012, - 09:14 PM
Q I have a Stafford student loan, $45,000 with a fixed annual percentage rate of 4.5 percent. Currently this loan is with ACS Education. However, this loan has been sold more than 10 times in the last eight years and I feel that it's a matter of time before it is sold again to another firm.
Updated: June 02, 2012, - 09:16 PM
A recurring theme of these columns is that when it comes to investment returns, fees matter a lot.
Updated: May 24, 2012, - 11:14 PM