Chris Farrell: Does a new house at 56 make sense?

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A glance at US mortgage rates

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July 2

CEO Musk: Tesla hits weekly goal of making 5,000 Models 3s

CEO Elon Musk sent an e-mail to employees Sunday praising them for producing 5,000 Model 3s, a compact car to aimed at making Tesla a mainstream automaker.
May 30

If you get bumped off a flight, make it worthwhile

Allison Preiss became a hero to airline passengers this spring when she scored a $10,000 travel voucher for losing her seat on an oversold flight.
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CFPB acting director Mick Mulvaney

Under Trump, a voice for the American consumer goes silent

In the 135 days since the Trump administration took control of the nation's consumer watchdog agency, it has not recorded a single enforcement action against banks, credit card companies, debt collectors or any finance companies whatsoever.
Was your company one of the Top Workplaces of 2018?
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Asia Howard of Jacksonville, Fla., was stuck in mostly retail and fast-food jobs after graduating high school. But after further developing her career

Pay gap between college graduates and everyone else at a record

Americans with no more than a high school diploma have fallen so far behind college graduates in their economic lives that the earnings gap between college grads and everyone else has reached its widest point on record.
Business
May 2, 2015

James Saft: Size is a factor for activist investors

Activist hedge funds, on the whole, do good work, but the best results come from those with the deepest pockets.A new study, looking at the…
Business
May 2, 2015

Buying your first car? Make sure to do these 5 things

Knowing what to do, and what not to do, when buying a car can mean the difference of hundreds or even thousands of dollars over…
Business
May 2, 2015

Tips on money planning for Gen Y

If you're a member of Gen Y (born between 1980 and 2000), you're probably driving just now to find the perfect job and establish your…
ST50: 2018 ranking of Minnesota companies
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The Star Tribune 50 is a measure of the largest publicly held companies with headquarters in Minnesota ranked by revenue.
Business
May 2, 2015
Money falling from one hand to another.

How to strike the right balance in microfinance lending

Lending to entrepreneurs and small businesses can combine investing with philanthropy, but it's important to keep some fundamental principles front and center.
Business
April 18, 2015
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Investing: Why converting 401(k)s to annuities requires new mind-set

For many investors, converting 401(k)s to annuities requires a whole new mind-set
Business
April 18, 2015
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4 questions to ask before choosing a real estate agent

A good real estate agent can make or break a home search, especially if you’re a young buyer. According to a new report by the…
Business
April 18, 2015

5 ways you're sabotaging your credit repair efforts

If your credit is severely damaged because you filed for bankruptcy or for any other reason, you can still take steps to repair it. In…
Business
April 18, 2015
Plans to cram more seats in airliners won't sit well with fliers

Plans to cram more seats in airliners won't sit well with fliers

Airlines increasingly are missing scheduled takeoffs and landings, losing travelers' bags and overbooking flights, according to a report released last week. The outlook for future travel all but guarantees even less-friendly skies.
Business
April 18, 2015

Carl Richards: Why take random financial advice?

Imagine you're walking down the street. A woman approaches and hands you a small piece of paper. You glance down and realize it's a prescription.…
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April 18, 2015

Farrell: Starting over all over again at 61

Q: I have made many poor financial decisions in my life — starting with choosing a new field to major in that didn’t pay diddly-squat…
Business
April 11, 2015

Refinancing: The loan hunt is about more than interest rates

Interest rates on home loans are historically low. That means now is the time to dig out your mortgage loan paperwork and consider whether refinancing…
Business
April 9, 2015
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For income investors, it's all about risk

It's definitely more complicated than it's ever been," said Tim Palmer, managing director at Minneapolis-based Nuveen Investments. Palmer was describing the quandary income-hungry investors face…
Business
April 9, 2015

Farrell: Tax diversification pays for most of us

Q: Years ago, when our income was low, I bought into the idea of deferring as much ordinary income as I could. In hindsight that…
Business
March 28, 2015
Mary Perkins received help from Matt Morseth at Schuler Shoes in St. Louis Park. Schuler Shoes receives high marks for its customer service.

Ewoldt: Paying more doesn't guarantee good customer service

In January, I wrote that people can’t expect great customer service and low prices. American shoppers want low prices and that means lowering our customer…
Business
March 28, 2015

Levin: Aligning your money with your purpose in life

May I have the courage today To live the life that I would love, To postpone my dream no longer But do at last what…
Business
March 21, 2015
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What's driving the surge in donor advised funds?

The recent Medtronic acquisition of Covidien not only lowered the company’s corporate tax rate, but also created a tax headache for longtime Medtronic shareholders —…