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

May 2, 2015

Wisconsin CUB sees consumer, environmental fights converge

June 16
As a wave of consumer activism swept the country in the 1970s, Wisconsinites formed the country's first statewide consumer advocacy group focused on utilities.
May 23

US long-term mortgage rates slip; 30-year average at 4.06%

U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell slightly this week, marking a fourth straight week of declines to lure prospective purchasers in the spring homebuying season.
May 14

Should it stay or go? Clearing out financial paperwork

it's not just for closets and windows.
April 25

It's not just record-high stocks feeling the Fed effect

It's not just the stock market at a record high that's feeling the Fed effect.
The annual Star Tribune 50 looks at the state's largest public companies. Combined, the companies on the list employ more than 1.2 million people.
Star Tribune 50 Our top 50 public companies – with No. 1 at $226B in revenue
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Who took the top spot? See where Target, UnitedHealth, Best Buy and other massive companies landed in our 28th annual report.
April 25

Make a home down payment without wrecking your finances

Maximizing a home down payment can make sense: The bigger the down payment, the lower the monthly mortgage bill and the better the chance of…
March 26
In this Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, photo a sign is displayed outside a house for sale in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood. Freddie Mac, the mortgage

US home price gains fall to lowest in more than 6 years, but Minneapolis is a hot spot

U.S. home prices rose at their slowest pace in more than six years in January, as higher mortgage rates last year weighed on sales.
February 12

Millennial money: Minimalism can declutter finances, too

Christian Matney, 22, and his wife, Aubry, 23, haven't let their youth hinder them from big financial goals. The Austin, Texas-based couple — content creators…
February 4

'Bond King' Bill Gross to retire from Janus

William H. Gross, the famed and colorful bond investor who once controlled the world's largest mutual fund, is closing his professional career of more than 40 years and retiring to focus on managing his personal assets and private charitable foundation.
Minnesota's 4 largest member-owned firms add depth, diversity to state's economy
Minnesota's 4 largest member-owned firms add depth, diversity to state's economy
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There are more ways for companies to have shareholders other than trading on a major stock exchange. And if you use a broadened definition, as…
January 31

As Wall Street spasmed with fear, 401(k) savers held steady

While professional traders on Wall Street scrambled to sell stocks amid a fear-fueled, nearly 20 percent drop for the S&P 500 late last year, most people at home remained relatively calm when it came to their own retirement savings.
January 17
An employee assembles a model with Lego toy bricks in a rest area during the opening of the Robert Bosch Internet of Things campus in Berlin on Jan. 1

Looking for a good investment? Try Legos

Lego collecting delivers huge (and uncorrelated) market returns.
January 17
John Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group and advocate of low-fee investing, died Wednesday at age 89. File photo of Bogle during an interview with Th

John Bogle dies at 89; fought for lower fees for investors

When he lost his job running a mutual fund company after stocks tanked in the early 70's, John C. Bogle decided that money managers knew very little about predicting the market — and charged way too much for that lack of knowledge.
December 28, 2018

Trade war, profits, marijuana: Markets saw it all in 2018

U.S. stocks climbed to new highs early, shook off a sudden, steep drop by spring and rode a wave of tax cut-juiced corporate earnings growth to another all-time high by September. Then the jitters set in.
December 26, 2018

Edmunds: How much car can you get for $399 a month? Plenty

The average car payment in the U.S. is now $530 a month. And the average lease is $430. But there are plenty of good cars that can be leased for less than $400.
November 28, 2018

US new-home sales plunged 8.9 percent in October

Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 8.9 percent in October, as the number of newly built, unsold homes sitting on the market climbed to its highest level since 2009.
November 23, 2018

S&P 500 slides into 'correction' for second time this year

U.S. stocks closed lower after a shortened session Friday, bumping the benchmark S&P 500 index into a correction, or drop of 10 percent below its…
November 23, 2018

Black Friday protesters hit Target over store closings

Some Black Friday shoppers in Chicago have been met by protesters who are upset over Target's decision to close two stores.
November 15, 2018
Specialist Matthew Grenier works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in this October 2018 photo. Even the most balanced investors have gotten

Stocks have struggled in 2018. Bonds too. Oh, and gold.

Even the most balanced investors have gotten knocked on their heels this year.
November 1, 2018

As stock prices go on discount, their biggest buyers return

The biggest buyers of stocks are coming back.
November 1, 2018

October marks worst month for US stocks in 7 years

What a difference a month makes.
September 7, 2018

Stocks fall again on trade war, rate worries

U.S. stock indexes fell Friday after President Donald Trump said he may intensify his trade battle with China. A strong jobs report also pushed investors to gird for higher interest rates.
August 15, 2018

How US Fed is unintentionally squeezing developing economies

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blaming the United States for Turkey's financial crisis, ignoring homegrown problems like high debts, raging inflation and his own erratic policies.