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

May 2, 2015

In debt and afraid: dealing with debt collectors

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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…
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…
2016 Minnesota Top Workplaces
Special Project 2016 Minnesota Top Workplaces
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Meet the companies that continue to be voted the best places to work in Minnesota.
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…
ST100: 2016 ranking of Minn. companies
Special feature ST100: 2016 ranking of Minn. companies
updated 10 hours 11 mins. ago
The Star Tribune 100 is a measure of the largest publicly held companies with headquarters in Minnesota ranked by revenue.
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

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…
Outside Consultant
Weekly feature Outside Consultant
updated 23 hours 51 mins. ago
Answers to your questions about marketing and business in the Twin Cities.
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…
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

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 —…
Business
March 21, 2015

A primer on how, and when, to start drawing down your IRA

Last year I reached a milestone age: 59 ½, old enough to withdraw money from my individual retirement accounts with no penalty. While this felt bittersweet,…
Business
March 21, 2015

Farrell: Getting started with 529 college-saving plans

Q: I am looking for a 529 plan for my grandson. Do you have an idea on some of the better plans that seem to…
Business
March 14, 2015

Business credit cards have many advantages

Business owners’ needs are often distinctly different from consumers’ needs, which is why a business credit card can be beneficial. Instead of making all of…