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Basing Life on What You Can Afford

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:16:22 GMT

Avalon Manly, middle school teacherWe all face financial trade-offs. Needs over wants. Faith over financial facts. A dozen people from around the country share their stories.


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Your Money: Navigating Our Shameful, Maddeningly Complex Student Aid System

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:00:27 GMT

The removal of an online tool for importing tax data into a financial aid form has highlighted the enormous need for reforming the way we pay for college.


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Your Money Adviser: Filing for Federal College Aid Without an I.R.S. Shortcut

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:09:41 GMT

Graduation at Southern Maine Community College. For years, the annual chore of completing a financial aid form for college had been eased by a digital tool. But the I.R.S. took it down, citing privacy concerns.Financial aid forms for college just got a bit harder to complete, but it is worth the effort to get them done in a timely manner.


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Sketch Guy: How to Turn Your Wishes Into Reality Instead of Regrets

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:05:23 GMT

Find one thing on your wish list, and do it today. The process is simple, and boring, but far from easy.


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Wealth Matters: An Unorthodox Gift to Notre Dame from Muslim Philanthropists

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:44:04 GMT

Rafat and Zoreen Ansari at home in Granger, Ind.A family of prosperous immigrants from Pakistan is giving $15 million to set up an institute for the study of religions.


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Retiring: When the Boss Is Half Your Age

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:40:18 GMT

Karen Dennis, left, 60, and Barbara Goldberg, 10 years her junior and her former boss at O’Connell & Goldberg, a public relations firm in Hollywood, Fla.Older workers — and their younger supervisors — say the dynamics are tricky but can work with effort on both sides.


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Sketch Guy: The Wish List I Made After My Wife Almost Died

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:19:27 GMT

The shock of nearly losing a loved one can bring things into focus. What’s on your wish list? What might you regret if you don’t do it soon?


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Your Money Adviser: Ways to Save (and Not Spend) Your Tax Refund

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:51:57 GMT

An H&R Block storefront in the Bronx. For many families, the tax refund is seen as the major windfall of the year. These days, more people are aiming to save at least some of it.The I.R.S. makes it easy to use your refund to buy savings bonds or to divide your refund among various bank accounts.


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Your Money: Are You Middle Class Enough to Deserve a Health Care Tax Break?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:00:28 GMT

The Republican health care bill sets income parameters that may — or may not — look like a useful benchmark, depending on your perspective.


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Retiring: Single? No Children? No Will? Big Mistake

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:00:19 GMT

Elias Colombotos decided to complete his estate planning after both of his parents died eight weeks apart in 2012. His prized Yamaha guitar will be left to his sister.It’s easy to procrastinate on drawing up the document, but it isn’t all that difficult to take charge of the chore.


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Travel Tips: How to Have a Green Vacation

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Find a hotel that is environmentally friendly, try to bike or walk, eat local — and don’t buy plastic water bottles.


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Wealth Matters: A $2,000 Room and Stale Pastry? When Luxury Travel Goes Awry

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:00:17 GMT

Cristina Verger alerted a manager to problems during her stay in a luxury hotel in Milan, and they were addressed. “I’d go back and stay in that hotel,” she said.Bad service? A noisy room? If you’re paying top dollar, it’s wise to contact a manager as soon as possible.


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Strategies: Trump Immigration Crackdown Is Great for Private Prison Stocks

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:27:28 GMT

The worse the news for immigrants and their lawyers, the better it has been for the two publicly traded companies that operate for-profit prisons.


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Your Money Adviser: What to Do if You Have Medical Debt

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:52:36 GMT

About a quarter of adults ages 18 to 64 reported having past-due medical debt in 2015.About a quarter of adults under 65 have medical debt, but there are often ways to reduce it or pay it off over time.


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The Haggler: Unhappy Customers Make Him Happy, and Rich

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:00:26 GMT

The owner of Special Operations Equipment delights in taunting his dissatisfied customers. And he says his sales increase when he does.


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Your Money Adviser: Funeral Home Fees Vary Widely, and It’s Hard to Shop Around

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:38:55 GMT

A display of coffin options at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home in Manhattan last year.Consumer watchdogs say that the biggest chain in the business, Service Corporation International, usually charges more than its rivals, but prices aren’t posted.


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Finally, a Retirement Plan for Job-Hopping Millennials

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:00:18 GMT

Corey Polyoka and Hannah Ragan of Foodshed have over 265 employees, about 85 percent of them millennials or younger.Maryland will offer a savings account for those not covered by a typical pension or 401(k) at a small business.


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From the Elders to the Kids: What I Wish I’d Known

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:00:48 GMT

Lucille Biondi and Grant ViolaA group of journalism students asked a group of retirees about their work life, how they should plan for later life, and what it all looks like in hindsight.


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Your Money: When Teachers Face the Task of Fixing Their Retirement Accounts

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:00:24 GMT

Matthew Lesser, a Connecticut state representative, sponsored a bill that would require more disclosures on conflicts of interest by those who sell 403(b)-type retirement plans.In Greenwich, Conn., a town brimming with hedge fund managers, teachers have to study up on finance to try to find better investment options for retirement.


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Welcome, Airbnb Guest! Your Neighbors Are the Trumps

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:00:27 GMT

Police officers outside Trump Tower last week. An apartment inside had been listed for rental through Airbnb.An apartment listed on the rental website until last week offered a prime location, luxurious appointments and a lot of security. It was inside Trump Tower.


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From Downsizing Boomers, a Flood of Donated Art

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:02:18 GMT

Brian Szott, art curator at the Minnesota Historical Society, in the vault with some recent additions to the collection that were provided by baby boomers.The need or urge to offload art collected since the 1970s is both a bonanza and a challenge for institutions like the Minnesota Historical Society.


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The (Mostly) Safe Golf Cart

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 11:00:26 GMT

Golf carts are ubiquitous in retirement communities. But the slow-moving vehicles are also largely unregulated.


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Conversation With: Replacing Work: A New Purpose Can Lift Your Emotional Well-Being

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 09:00:24 GMT

Dorothy W. Cantor, a psychotherapist from Westfield, N.J., says that the experiences of people in her family who had problems related to their own retirements taught her a great deal.Retirement can lead to boredom and depression, a therapist advises. Ask how you want to spend your time, she says, and remember your childhood dreams.


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Strategies: The Stock Market Has Gone So High, It’s a Problem

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 13:00:27 GMT

With the Dow having an exciting bull run, investors are in a quandary: Do I stay or do I go?


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Your Money Adviser: Should You Move (Your Money) to Canada?

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:53:37 GMT

Canadian banks say they are not seeing a flood of customers from the south, but the option is available for United States citizens who are nervous.



Workers Are Working Longer — and Better

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Bonnie Leonard, 79, retired as dean of continuing education at Wellesley College when she was 65. She now runs her own coaching business, focusing on middle-aged women who are looking to make career and life transitions. She continues to push back her plans to retire.Around 19 percent of Americans 65 and older are still working, a number only expected to go up. Experience and education have a lot to do with it.


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Encouraging Players to Plan for After the Games

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:00:24 GMT

Alana Beard (middle) on the court for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2012. Ms. Beard said the coming season will be her last in the W.N.B.A.Female athletes, who make less and have fewer sports-related options after their playing days, tend to be more prepared for their second careers.


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In the Middle of a Career, and Finding a New One

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:00:27 GMT

Laura Callens, 52, at home in Rochester. After her husband died, she left a job as a school admissions director and chose to become a nurse. She will soon work in the same hospital unit that treated her husband.Job-seekers of a certain age may be daunted by the idea of reinventing themselves. But The Times spoke to a few professionals who did just that, by repurposing their skills and becoming tech-savvy.


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Money Worries for Retired Women

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:00:17 GMT

Cindy Hounsell, the founder and president of the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement. Women often put their own retirement needs last, she says.Less income and time off for families can mean less savings and a greater chance of poverty after age 65.


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For Many Farmers, Retirement Is a Source of Dread

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:00:21 GMT

Mark and Ellen Francois on their farm in Dundee, Iowa. Mr. Francois, 64, said he was not looking forward to retirement. “I can only play so much golf,” he said.A survey of farmers in Iowa indicates that many do not have a formal retirement plan. The land, they say, is their 401(k).


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Helping Your Children Plan for Retirement, Even as You Plan for Yours

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:00:14 GMT

Talking to offspring about saving early in life without boring or panicking them can be tricky.Many parents never discuss retirement savings with their children, but creating a strategy early can yield a big payoff later in their lives.


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Wealth Matters: The Three Different Flavors of Family Businesses

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:12:20 GMT

Dennis T. Jaffe said his research with James Grubman suggested that President Trump was rooted in the “honor” family business culture, which places a primacy on family loyalties.Two psychologists have identified distinguishing cultures — revolving around honor, individualism and obligation — that they say shed light on potential frictions.


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Your Money: Republicans Want You in a Health Savings Account. So Now What?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00:16 GMT

Major proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act promote health savings accounts, which do offer tax savings but are complex and favor the wealthy.


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Retiring: Calling a Cruise Ship Home: See the World, Then See It Again

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 22:56:44 GMT

Mario Salcedo on the top deck of Freedom of the Seas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.It’s not for everyone, but a 67-year-old has sailed almost nonstop for 20 years, on 950 cruises. Bonus: Now he only pays half the single supplement.


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Your Money Adviser: Health Savings Accounts: Don’t Leave Money on the Table

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:35:12 GMT

There’s a simple tax-free way to amass money for health expenses, but many eligible people don’t take advantage of it.



Inside Wealth: For Millionaire Immigrants, a Global Welcome Mat

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:00:24 GMT

Shoppers in Beijing. China is the country most millionaires move away from.There is one category of migrants that countries embrace: the very rich. And more of them are moving than ever. Their top destination? Australia.


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What to Do Now to Retire Better

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:15 GMT

How to get your financial situation in shape, whether you are closing in on retirement or just starting out.


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Rethinking Retirement for Longer Lives With Fewer Safety Nets

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:14 GMT

Kim Moske, shown outside her home in Delaware, Ohio, is 56 and expects to retire in six years. She started to save and invest in her late 20s.Traditional pensions have grown scarcer, life expectancies are generally greater and, for workers of all ages, planning is more important than ever.


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The Anti-Trump Activist Taking On Retailers

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Shannon Coulter, a founder of Grab Your Wallet, a campaign urging a boycott of retailers who carry Trump-family products, in a rented work space in San Francisco.Putting together a list of companies selling Trump products has transformed Shannon Coulter’s life, and not always for the better.


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The Haggler: Consignors’ Complaints Pile Up Against Vintage Car Dealer

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:21:56 GMT

A consignment seller does not budge even after 89 complaints against him are filed with the New Hampshire attorney general’s office.


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Wealth Matters: Those Fancy Oscar Gems? You Bet They’re Insured

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:07:15 GMT

Christy Scott Cashman, an actress and producer, with some of her jewelry at her home in Boston. Mrs. Cashman, who has borrowed jewelry to wear at events, said that when she travels with her own jewelry, she takes pains to protect it.Jewelry policies can be costly, but the alternative can be worse.


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Reverie: How Big Do You Want Your Nest Egg to Be?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:01:19 GMT

Julien Mellon is a tour guide who was raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn. His dream amount of money is $20 million. He would buy a “beautiful” home but have enough left to spend $100,000 a year.A sampling indicates people’s calculations typically range into seven (or even eight) figures. But one woman says $36,000 a year would be just fine.


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Losing a Fortune Often Comes Down to One Thing: Family

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:01:15 GMT

Frances Stroh has written a book about how her family lost its company, the Stroh brewery, and its fortune through a series of bad deals and personal missteps.A business can implode, the economy can go south, the markets can buckle. But one of the most reliable ways to demolish a fortune? You’re related to them.


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Who Are the Richest of the Rich?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:01:18 GMT

There are 2,473 billionaires in the world by a new count, and how they got their money and what they plan to do with it are matters of global importance.


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Where the Billionaires Come From

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:01:16 GMT

Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich,” which was published in 1937 and became a self-help guide for everyday Americans seeking great wealth.More than half of the ultra-wealthy are self-made billionaires. The chance of joining their ranks remains incredibly slim.


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Where the World’s Wealthiest Invest Their Billions

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 22:52:21 GMT

A look at 10 billionaires’ money reveals one thing the superrich have in common: a large amount of cash and liquid securities.


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Who Will Listen to a Billionaire’s Troubles?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:01:14 GMT

Brad Klontz is a psychologist and certified financial planner who works with the uber-wealthy.A psychologist says the ultrarich suffer from the same existential angst the rest of us do. The main difference: Few people want to hear about it.


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Inside the Minds of the Ultrawealthy

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:01:13 GMT

The psychologist Brad Klontz.What motivates a billionaire to keep working? What makes them different? What are their fears and worries? The psychologist Brad Klontz has some answers.


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The Rise and Decline of the Hedge Fund Billionaire

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:01:14 GMT

Clockwise from top left: William A. Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management; David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital; Marc Lasry of Avenue Capital Group and owner of the Milwaukee Bucks; and Nelson Peltz, of Trian Fund Management.When several hedge fund managers fell off the list of the nation’s 400 richest people last year, some wealth watchers took it as a sign of a changing financial landscape.


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Strategies: Why You Might Not Want to Take Away a Billionaire’s Money

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:01:15 GMT

John D. Rockefeller, who turned his colossal wealth toward a legacy of enduring philanthropy, on his 84th birthday in 1923.The very rich may have too much of it, but if you stripped them of all their wealth, you would, in many cases, do more harm than good.


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What Do Billionaires Have in Common? Big Bucks, and Not Much Else

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:01:14 GMT

Rising Sun is a yacht once owned by the billionaire Larry Ellison, a founder of Oracle and its executive chairman.The popular imagination may associate billionaires with superyachts and private islands, but just as many live modestly, complicating the idea of the billionaire lifestyle.


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Keeping It: How Mark Cuban Hangs Onto His Money

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:01:20 GMT

Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner, arguing a call during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in January.The outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks followed an out-there path toward wealth — and then took moves to protect it.


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Itineraries: Which ‘Trusted Traveler’ Program Is Right for You?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:47:19 GMT

The T.S.A. PreCheck line at La Guardia Airport. An alternative, Clear, which also allows passengers expedited security, recently opened at La Guardia.Several fast check-in programs accommodate various domestic and international travelers, and even baseball fans.


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Your Money: The 21 Questions You’re Going to Need to Ask About Investment Fees

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:00:33 GMT

Natalie Dunston of Denver, whose husband, Lynn, once exchanged credits he earned selling annuities for a diamond ring worth about $3,500, which he gave to her. “The fiduciary rule ultimately comes down to the fact that some people are making a lot of money at the expense of other people who have no idea how much their adviser is getting paid,” Mr. Dunston said.Are financial advisers trying to part you from your money in ways you don’t understand? Ask them this set of questions.


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Wealth Matters: Is Your Financial Adviser Acting in Your Best Interest?

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:00:34 GMT

Gary Ribe, left, chief investment officer, and Mark Cortazzo, senior partner, in the Parsippany, N.J., office of the Macro Consulting Group, a wealth management firm. Both advise investors to keep a close eye on fees.A tale of two abysmally performing mutual funds, one of which investors fled on advice of their adviser, and the other less so.


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Fair Game: The Watchdog Protecting Consumers May Be Too Effective

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:01:18 GMT

President Trump signed an executive order on Feb. 3 directing the Treasury secretary to review the Dodd-Frank financial reform act of 2010.Republicans have taken aim at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a lone safeguard for Main Street against financial predation.


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Strategies: How to Take a Cosmic View on a Trump Stock Market

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:58:55 GMT

Political turmoil may have you rattled. You can invest in the stock market anyway, but unless you’re a professional trader, take a very long view.


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The Haggler: Trying to Minimize the Misery of Mug Shots

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:00:23 GMT

For someone arrested on a D.U.I. charge nearly 30 years ago, why does it have to be so high in the Google search results?


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Your Money Adviser: Why You Should Get Around to Drawing Up a Will

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:48:30 GMT

A recent survey found that just 36 percent of adults with minor children had a will. An important function of a will is for parents to name a guardian to care for their children, in the event of their death.Many Americans don’t have wills, but should. You can do it yourself online, but consulting a lawyer is often a safer bet.


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Inside Wealth: America’s Most Expensive House ... Times Two

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:49:50 GMT

Bruce Makowsky at the house he built in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles and put on the market for $250 million.Near Los Angeles, the most expensive house in the nation is on the market for $250 million, but one is rising nearby that may cost half a billion.


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Fiduciary Rule Is Now in Question. What’s Next for Investors.

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:51:47 GMT

President Trump with Stephen Schwarzman, chief executive of the Blackstone Group, at the White House. Mr. Trump on Friday signed an executive order seeking to review a rule that would have forced financial professionals to act in customers’ best interest when giving advice about their retirement accounts.What should consumers do now that President Trump is trying to kill a rule that would have forced investment professionals to act in customers’ best interests?


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Trump Moves to Roll Back Obama-Era Financial Regulations

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:46:09 GMT

President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial reform law on July 21, 2010.The actions constituted a broad effort to loosen rules enacted after the financial crisis that restrict the way Wall Street can operate.


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Fair Game: The Trump Effect: What’s an Investor to Do?

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:00:59 GMT

The New York Stock Exchange last month. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 1 percent immediately after the president’s executive order on immigration.Bombshell executive orders from the president have dampened investors’ hopes of quick economic growth, at least for now.


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Your Money: Uber and Starbucks Protests Show Boycotts Need More Than a Hashtag

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:00:37 GMT

A coalition of labor, community and immigrant-rights groups protested this week outside Uber’s New York City corporate headquarters in Queens.Still, no matter which side you favored in the latest executive-order controversy, wasn’t it good to see companies back on their heels a bit?


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Ed Talk: Bernie Sanders Talks Tuition, Free for All

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:31:15 GMT

Senator Bernie SandersHis movement seems to be gaining momentum.


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The List: Top 20 Fields for Internships: Get Your Skills On

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:31:50 GMT

To get that summer position, here’s what students need to know how to do.


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Your Money Adviser: Navigating the Many Offers of Free Tax Help

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:05:41 GMT

The Internal Revenue Service and commercial vendors provide free tax software, but the offerings often carry income restrictions, and features vary.



Wealth Matters: Profits? Nice, but for These Investors, Conscience Matters More

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:56:44 GMT

Royce Pinkwater, a real estate broker in Manhattan, said that trying to find companies that align with her passion, reducing pollution, but are also profitable had led to tough choices.A rare subset of investors flouts conventional wisdom to put money into companies that embody their passion for the environment and other causes.


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Your Money Adviser: Better Deals on Homes Can Chase Away Winter Doldrums

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:37:22 GMT

February is the most affordable month to buy a house, real estate experts say.



Your Money: How to Buy a Used Car in an Age of Widespread Recalls

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:22:52 GMT

Earl Stewart, a Toyota dealer, at one of his lots in West Palm Beach, Fla. He refuses to sell used cars with open recalls, but he does not turn away buyers trading in cars whose airbags have not yet been fixed, like the ones at this lot.Dealers are scrambling every which way amid a recall of over 60 million Takata airbags, and consumers need to ask some very pointed questions.


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Retiring: Warning to Retirees Who Take Up Music: The Cat May Flee the Room

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:29:18 GMT

Lois Owen plays the piano for a group singalong at the Forest at Duke in Durham, N.C.Older people who played instruments as a child — or never — are taking up piano, flute and chamber music as a new passion.


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The Haggler: Seeking the Footage of a Special Walk Down the Aisle

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:22:59 GMT

A videographer is resolutely silent in response to a complaint that he never sent a wedding tape.


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Your Money Adviser: Millions Live Where Car Insurance Is Unaffordable, Study Says

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:30:00 GMT

Rates for basic liability automobile coverage were analyzed in more than 9,000 ZIP codes with high proportions of “underserved” consumers.



Your Money Adviser: Sign Up for Health Care Coverage? ‘Absolutely,’ Experts Say

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:12:41 GMT

Though the Affordable Care Act faces an uncertain future, advocates say consumers should still sign up for coverage if they need it.



Your Money: 6 Tips for Avoiding the Worst Student Loan Repayment Traps

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:00:20 GMT

Rohit Chopra, former student loan ombudsman for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has filed suit against the nation’s largest student loan servicer.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accused Navient, the nation’s largest student loan servicer, of much wrongdoing. Here’s how to steer clear of problems.


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Retiring: Seniors Welcome New, Battery-Powered Friends

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:55:57 GMT

Herbert Yarbrough and Maxine Duncan with their robot in their retirement community in Walnut Creek, Calif.Cutting-edge innovations are set to upend some of the constants of growing old.


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Wealth Matters: Kroc’s Giving, Like McDonald’s Meals, Was Fast and Super-Sized

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:26:12 GMT

Ray Kroc and his wife, Joan, at a San Diego Padres game in 1980. Mr. Kroc owned the team at the time.What do you do with all that money when you can never spend it all? After Ray Kroc amassed a vast fortune, his third wife, Joan, gave most of it to philanthropic causes.


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Your Money Adviser: Increases in Interest Rates on Savings Accounts Remain Slow to Materialize

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:34:11 GMT

The Federal Reserve increased short-term interest rates, but that hasn’t yet translated into significant increases in deposit rates paid out by banks.



Your Money Adviser: Time Is Not on Your Side When It Comes to Credit Debt

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:22:23 GMT

If you overspent on holiday gifts, credit experts advise that you pay down your card balance as quickly as possible.


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Your Money: You Don’t Want What Wells Fargo Is Selling. What Should It Do Now?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:32:38 GMT

Scandals aside, most of Wells Fargo’s products have been mediocre at best — but the bank could mend fences by being more generous, fair and clear.


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Wealth Matters: A Tool Kit for the Donor Eager to Grasp All the Risks of Donation

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:01:51 GMT

Reclaim Detroit workers salvaging wood and other materials from a soon-to-be-demolished church for refashioning into new products. The organization faced a problem when it lost its warehouse to a fire.Nonprofits rarely lay out the risks of their projects, lest they spook funders. And donors don’t dig deeply enough for that information. But help is on the way.


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Retiring: Death Is Inevitable. Financial Turmoil Afterward Isn’t.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:04:03 GMT

Erika Lupo, whose husband, John, died of cancer last year at age 57, was better prepared than many widows. He did everything he could to prepare his estate and make sure his wife knew where his assets were.Preparing for the death of a spouse or partner and its ramifications may be an unhappy task, but doing so can ease some avoidable financial sorrows.


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Your Money Adviser: How to Keep Debt Collectors Honest, and at Bay

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:03:09 GMT

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says it gets more complaints about debt collectors than anything else.



Sketch Guy: Stop and Acknowledge How Much Luck Has to Do With Your Success

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:19:46 GMT

You don’t get to take credit for good luck. But it doesn’t have to take away from all the hard work you’ve done, either.


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Your Money: How to Pounce on Best Credit Card Offers (Before Banks Pull Them)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:00:16 GMT

Even if you thought you’d had enough of card-hopping, you might consider grabbing one of those eye-popping sign-up bonuses.


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Retiring: For Millennials, It’s Never Too Early to Save for Retirement

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:00:52 GMT

Ginger Hamilton, 28, of Atlanta, with her husband, Cory. They decided to live on a single income and put the rest into savings.A snapshot of five millennials shows that some of them are very serious about saving for retirement, busting the myth that their age group is free-spending.


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Wealth Matters: Trump May Not Like Alternative Energy, but Investors Should

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:49:14 GMT

Nancy Pfund, a founder and managing partner of DBL Partners in San Francisco. “No longer is there a trade-off between what you believe in and what you can make money off of,” she said.With clean energy creating jobs in every state, the sector has become as much about getting returns on investments as it is about helping the environment.


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Your Money Adviser: A Settlement Highlights the Complexity of Credit Scores

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:24:00 GMT

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said two credit bureaus had deceived customers into buying scores of questionable value. Experts say consumers have multiple scores, not just one.



Common Sense: 2016’s Winning Investors Talk About 2017, and Donald Trump

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:41:44 GMT

A dump truck unloading ore into a crusher at Freeport McMoRan’s Grasberg copper and gold mining complex in Indonesia in 2015. The copper producer was a contrarian bet in 2016, but finished the year with its stock price more than doubled.Investors who made the correct — and often bold — calls of last year see opportunities in the uncharted waters of the year ahead.


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Sketch Guy: The Sketch Guy’s Most Valued Lessons Still Sting. How About Yours?

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:48:01 GMT

This acknowledgment is also an invitation for readers to share the experiences that produced their hardest-won wisdom.


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Your Money: Want Hopeful Signs From 2016? Look to Some of Its Aggravations

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:34:54 GMT

Airlines will have to provide prompt, automated refunds of baggage fees if they don’t deliver luggage on time, new legislation says.Glimmers of hope emerged on some consumer irritants of the year, including airline and rental-car fees, and college tuition transparency.


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Chase Sapphire Reserve Card’s Huge Bonus Will Be Slashed

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 03:03:58 GMT

The sign-up bonus, 100,000 points, will be cut for online applicants after Jan. 12, and for those applying at JPMorgan Chase branches after March 12.



Law of Averages: It’s Time to Ignore Advice About Which Stocks to Buy in 2017

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:00:05 GMT

The temptation for financial experts to offer stock tips is almost irresistible, but history shows why taking them is a bad idea.



Your Money Adviser: For Earned-Income Credit Filers, Refunds Will Be Later

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:55:37 GMT

A new law will affect lower-income people who claim one of two refundable tax credits, and who may be caught off guard by their refunds’ delay.



Retiring: A Voice of Christmas Past Returns, Asking for a Hippopotamus

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:30:03 GMT

Ms. Peevey was 10 when her recording of “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” became a hit.A Postal Service ad has revived interest in a 1953 Christmas novelty hit by the former child star Gayla Peevey. (She did get the hippopotamus.)


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Wealth Matters: After a Year of Faulty Predictions, 3 Approaches to Investing

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:36:00 GMT

Donald J. Trump, then a presidential candidate, as seen from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in March.Forecasts about how the market will perform are seldom useful, but there are some bedrock principles that can help investors plan.


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Your Money: United Way Searches for Its Place in a World of One-Click Giving

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:29:28 GMT

Kelly High School in Brighton Park, in southwest Chicago. The United Way branch in the city has focused on increasing graduation rates in the neighborhood.An increasing number of donors are asking whether they need a charitable middleman when causes and data galore are at their fingertips.


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Inside Wealth: Why Aren’t There More Female Billionaires?

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:33:27 GMT

Martine Rothblatt, who founded Sirius Satellite Radio and a pharmaceuticals company, supports programs that introduce girls to technology and engineering, fields that include some of the country’s top earners.A study shows that women are making inroads among the wealthy, but that their ranks at the very top of the earnings ladder are still remarkably thin.


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Wealth Matters: Family Cemeteries Bind Generations, for Remembrance and Tax Reasons

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:24:06 GMT

John Sanderson, left, with his grandchildren Luke and Clinton and his son Bill during a visit to their family cemetery in Cartersville, Va.They give people a powerful reason to connect with their family history. The I.R.S. provides its own: Nonprofit cemetery rules require a detailed accounting of descendants.


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Retiring: Is Early Retirement Great? For Some, It’s Hard Work to Have Fun

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 19:21:42 GMT

Al Villeta was 52 when he retired last year from his job as a UPS driver and porter. He was a little lonely but made friends with men 30 years his senior and got a dog.Early retirement and a life of leisure may sound like the stuff of daydreams, but the reality can be jarring for people used to being busy and important.


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