Personal Finance

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018
Most investors are ready to leave 2018 behind and focus on the New Year. But hopes for a smoother ride ahead are likely to be tested as familiar old risks and new uncertainties emerge upon an economy that is well along in its statistical life expectancy. No alarm bells, but a healthy assessment of...
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Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2018
The venerable New York Stock Exchange will be closed today to mark the passing of former President George H. W. Bush. President Trump declared today a National Day of Mourning, and the NYSE along with other U.S. equity markets will mark the occasion by halting operations for one day. It is a...
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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
U.S. auto dealers deploy an array of incentives to boost sales during certain months of the year. One spiff coveted by car buyers is the availability of zero-interest loans offered by the major manufacturers. As interest rates have continued to normalize from historic lows, those cut-rate loans...
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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
What is the fastest-growing age segment of the U.S. population? Answer: 85 and above. That is great news, but it raises issues as well, including the need to cover expenses of long-term care as we live longer. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 70 percent of Americans...
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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Return to 1973: the Vietnam War ended, gasoline was 40 cents a gallon, and the United States was the world’s largest oil producer, pumping nearly 10 million barrels per day. Those of a certain age will mark that year as the beginning of our long national energy nightmare, as domestic production...
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Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2018
If you own mutual fund shares outside your IRA, be on high alert for the tax man. Funds generally announce their required distributions of realized capital gains around this time of year, so you should mind your timing of purchases and sales accordingly to avoid unanticipated tax liabilities....
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