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

May 2, 2015

Regulators propose $183M settlement with student loan firm

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Federal regulators have proposed a $183.3 million settlement with a student loan company that authorities allege engaged in predatory lending practices.
National
August 14

Lots of questions still hang over Trump's tax plan

President Donald Trump wants to close a frustrating 2017 with the first overhaul of the tax code in more than three decades.
Business
August 9

Walmart tests app that lets shoppers skip checkout lines

Walmart is bringing back an app that lets shoppers skip the checkout line and pay for items themselves on their smartphones.
July 27

Yes, you can buy happiness - if you spend it to save time

Yes, you can buy happiness — especially if the money saves you time.
Was your company one of the Top Workplaces of 2017?
Top Workplaces Was your company one of the Top Workplaces of 2017?
updated 20 hours 41 mins. ago
Meet the companies that continue to be voted the best places to work in Minnesota. Also, nominate your company as a 2018 Top Workplace.
July 27

Do you know what's hiding in your ETF?

Smaller niche ETFs don't always deliver strictly what their names promise.
July 19

Will a sugar deal with Mexico affect US treat prices?

Are Americans getting a raw deal on sugar prices?
Nation
January 12
Asia Howard of Jacksonville, Fla., was stuck in mostly retail and fast-food jobs after graduating high school, but she is now studying for an associate's degree in business administration at Florida State College.

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…
ST50: 2017 ranking of Minn. companies
Special feature ST50: 2017 ranking of Minn. companies
updated 15 hours 31 mins. ago
The Star Tribune 50 is a measure of the largest publicly held companies with headquarters in Minnesota ranked by revenue.
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…
Business
May 2, 2015

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

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

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…
Outside Consultant
Weekly feature Outside Consultant
updated 18 hours 42 mins. ago
Answers to your questions about marketing and business in the Twin Cities.
Business
April 18, 2015

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.…
Business
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

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

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…