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A prolonged government shutdown could deliver a substantial blow to an already softening housing recovery. Read more »
America’s health insurance companies sold out for higher profits when they fought for the Affordable Care Act rather than a patient-driven system that would best serve the sick. Read more »
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Don't outlive your money. A carefully planned retirement means choosing options, way in advance, that are most likely to see you through with a minimum of financial worries. Read more »
While it is going to take balance to create financially stability, experts say there are positive signs that Americans have learned financial lessons from the recession. Read more »
Many seniors have not communicated their wishes about future health care or financial decisions to their children — potentially leaving their loved ones with difficulties and heartache. Read more »
For one week, Ron Shaich, the CEO of Panera Bread, lived on the average SNAP benefit amount of $4.50 a day to raise awareness about hunger in America. Read more »
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Seven midsize vehicles earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions. Read more »
Upbeat news about jobs and retailers lifted the stock market in early afternoon trading Thursday. Read more »
What do you need to know about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, the health-reform law or the “federal health-care overhaul”? Read more »
Guarding your 401(k) and other retirement money requires attention to details on your account statements and in the wider economy. Watch for missteps by your boss, and by the government. Read more »
A critical date is approaching for small business owners: Starting Oct. 1, they must make decisions about employee health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Read more »
Five years ago, the world of finance and economics changed forever. Read more »
The Detroit Free Press has gone underground — into the basement archives, not incognito — to unpack and piece together the story behind Detroit's fiscal collapse. It lays the blame at... Read more »
Research says it's much harder for people in some geographic areas to climb the income ladder from poverty into the middle class than it is in others. A child in Atlanta may not be able to escape... Read more »
A new study by Bankrate looks at how much better members of Congress will do in retirement than the average person. Read more »
To survive and even thrive as the elderly population doubles in coming decades, there are five things American communities simply have to do. Hot-button issues include housing, transportation,... Read more »
As hidden fees become more a way of life, rental car places are catching travelers unawares when their options are few. Read more »
Critics have argued that the Obamacare employer mandate will discourage the hire of full-time employees, but the White House and Center for Economic Policy Research recently refuted this assertion,... Read more »
After Detroit filed for bankruptcy, drawing into even sharper relief the complete collapse of one of America's great cities, the finger-pointing began. Read more »
Hostess has announced that Twinkies and other snack cakes will be back on shelves starting on July 15. Read more »
A new study by the Fordham Institute finds pervasive problems with underfunding of teacher pensions and retiree health care. The study puts underfunding into perspective and outlines efforts being... Read more »
Data shows a correlation between states with strong middle classes and funding for higher education. But increasing political clout for the wealthy is chipping away at middle-class influence. Read more »
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As pressure has been growing to hike the minimum wage, President Obama is now taking up the cause. Meanwhile, without great fanfare, two major restaurant chains have taken the first step toward... Read more »
Personal finance guru Dave Ramsey gives advice about paying into 401(k) contributions while getting out of debt. Read more »
The jobless rate dropped to a 5-year low — but that doesn't mean the job market is out of the woods yet. Read more »
Survey results provided to The Associated Press find that 21 percent of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, earning a household income of $250,000 or more at some point. Read more »
The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone... Read more »
Much of the media focus on work-life balance has covered how to juggle a career and raise children, but similar personal and professional sacrifices can be required of those who support aging parents. Read more »
When insurance agent Kelly Fristoe recently spent 30 minutes helping a client pick a mid-level health plan and the federal marketplace website froze, he called the government's hotline and tried to... Read more »
Harry Baron had already lived through a tough week this summer, facing the reality that his wife of 67 years could no longer live at home. Her memory issues were serious, Baron learned, and she... Read more »
More than half of U.S. workers aren’t saving enough money to be able to cover essential living expenses in retirement, according to a survey by Fidelity Investments. Read more »
Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday as signs of U.S. economic recovery offset concerns that the Federal Reserve may reduce its monetary stimulus this month. Read more »
Less Americans are filing for unemployment benefits and have neared a six-year low, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. Read more »
Iran indirectly challenged OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, announcing that it plans to pump as much oil as it can once sanctions on its crude exports are lifted, even if its extra output... Read more »
General Motors says it's in Japan for the long haul despite sales of Cadillac and Chevrolet models barely surpassing 1,000 vehicles a year. Read more »
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