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

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:32:38 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 17:01:51 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 17:04:03 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 17:03:09 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 16:19:46 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 11:00:16 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 10:00:52 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 19:49:14 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 15:24:00 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 16:41:44 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 14:48:01 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 17:34:54 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 04:03:58 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 11:00:05 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 17:55:37 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 13:30:03 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 13:36:00 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 15:29:28 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 02:33:27 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

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 23:31:20 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 20:21:42 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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Your Money Adviser: Buy an Extended Warranty? Generally, There’s No Need

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:20:31 GMT

The post-sale plans are often difficult to use, experts say, and your credit card company may already extend the manufacturer’s warranty.

Your Money Adviser: Small Banks Also Charge Substantial Overdraft Fees, Report Says

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:49:32 GMT

Small banks are not much better than big banks when it comes to fees charged customers who spend more than they have in their account, the study found.

Sketch Guy: Let 2017 Be the Year of Working Hard and Resting Hard

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:36:45 GMT

Make it a priority to be human again — to work hard and to rest hard without worrying that we’ll fail at life if we rest, a financial planner writes.

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Strategies: Wall Street’s Annual Stock Forecasts: Bullish, and Often Wrong

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 22:55:59 GMT

Consensus forecasts are invariably bullish. They aren’t accurate, though. In fact, they are atrocious, by statistical measures.

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Economic View: Want to Get Rid of Obamacare? Be Careful What You Wish For

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 18:14:29 GMT

Donald Trump may actually have the political power to enact the single-payer approach, but Republicans are extremely unlikely to embrace it.

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The Haggler: Look Who’s Talking: The Previously Silent Conn’s

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:09:49 GMT

With a new C.E.O., a company that had remained steadfastly mum in the face of complaints now shows an openness to discussing them.

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Your Money: Six Ways to Give the Gift of Generosity to Children and Teenagers

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:19:20 GMT

Cissie Bonini, who represented EatSF, a nonprofit that gives food vouchers to low-income residents, spoke at Brandeis School of San Francisco. Students there pool their money in what is essentially a mini-foundation.Here is a guide to help you teach young people about philanthropy and offer them the tools to give.

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Sketch Guy: A Retirement Plan With Less Golf but More Satisfaction

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:12:48 GMT

What if you flip your goals? What if you decide to do work that makes you happy now instead of waiting to retire so you can be happy later?

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Fair Game: When a Business Faltered, Small Investors Stood Their Ground

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:08:45 GMT

“Management is trying to steal the company from the equity holders,” said John Myrick, a Breitburn holder who works in television post production in Los Angeles. “We know there’s value there.”A case involving Breitburn Energy Partners could offer a lesson for individual investors who are being run over by the company.

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Fundamentally: How to Play the Trump Stock Market Rally

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:08:15 GMT

Since the Nov. 8 election, emerging market shares such as the Chinese internet giant Tencent have fallen, while a broad range of shares in the American market have gained.Shares of several big banks have surged since election night, but some investors see bigger opportunity in the international markets.

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Your Money: With Uber and Lyft Nearby, Rental Cars May Be Ripe for a Comeuppance

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:17:11 GMT

Passengers at Los Angeles International Airport waiting for Uber drivers, an alternative to cabs and rental cars.Lagging customer service and a host of inconveniences give travelers a long list of reasons to avoid car rental companies altogether.

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Wealth Matters: Combine Long-Term Care With Life Insurance? Do the Numbers First

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:40:47 GMT

Linda Aikey, 62, of Burke, Va., was worried about the implications of long-term care and wanted a way to pay for it.New hybrid policies are less expensive than traditional long-term care insurance, but know your needs and ask some tough questions before deciding.

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Automated Assistants Will Soon Make a Bid for Your Finances

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:01:02 GMT

Ken Lin, chief executive of Credit Karma, which has been adding more financial features for customers, including free state and federal tax filings.Companies are vying to create automated financial assistants that employ artificial intelligence; one was directly inspired by science fiction.

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Your Money Adviser: Reverse Mortgage Lenders Fined for Ads That ‘Tricked’ Older Borrowers

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:08:54 GMT

The companies promoted the loans as essentially risk-free, federal regulators said. But borrowers can lose their homes through foreclosure if they fail to make necessary payments.

Your Money Adviser: Still Have a Health-Account Balance? Time for That 11th-Hour Eye Exam

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:43:49 GMT

Some employers still impose a New Year’s deadline for exhausting the balance of a flexible health spending account or forfeiting what’s left.

Sketch Guy: How Entrepreneurs Can Make Peace With Undiversified Investments

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:15:45 GMT

Knowing there’s a return on investment that doesn’t fit neatly on a spreadsheet can help ease the stress.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Cashing In on Climate Change

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:17:03 GMT

Socially responsible investing makes good business sense.

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Retiring: Pageant Glamour for Those Who Have Reached the Age of Elegance

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:18:55 GMT

From left, Dove Morgan Schmidt (Ms. Oklahoma), Sharon Peters (Ms. Michigan), Catherine Szerszen (Ms. Kentucky), Marguerite Rose (Ms. Rhode Island), and Linda Allbright (Ms. Washington) watch the performances backstage at the 2016 Ms. Senior America Pageant in Atlantic City.The Ms. Senior America pageant, and others like it, celebrate women of a certain age — “between 60 and death,” one contestant joked.

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Strategies: Trump’s Win Gives Stocks in Private Prison Companies a Reprieve

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:17:02 GMT

A detention center in Eloy, Ariz. President-elect Donald J. Trump’s promise to deport millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally and his selection of the tough-on-crime senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama as attorney general could mean big money for the private prison industry.In the market rally after Donald J. Trump was elected president, two big beneficiaries were operators of prisons and immigration detention centers.

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The Haggler: FlipKey Fiasco: All the Comforts of Home, Minus the Comforts

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:50:33 GMT

A customer requested a refund from FlipKey, an online rental service owned by TripAdvisor, after arriving at a filthy lakeside vacation rental.

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You’re Buying a Home. Have You Considered Climate Change?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:19:59 GMT

Houses in Norfolk, Va., on waterfront property. Some have raised foundations to ward off flood damage.It’s a smart idea to consider the long-term implications of owning a home in damage-prone areas.

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Wealth Matters: It’s the Giving Season. Would You Like a Radio Station?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:11:10 GMT

Jason Wolff and Jennifer Ferro, president of KCRW, at the station’s studios in Santa Monica, Calif. Mr. Wolff donated a radio station to KCRW.Many gifts this time of year are checks written to causes, but some come as junked cars and even orphan radio stations.

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Your Money Adviser: Conventional Home Mortgage Loan Limit to Rise Next Year

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:42:57 GMT

In another sign of a recovering housing market, the government will increase the amount that can be borrowed before loans become “jumbo” mortgages.

Your Money Adviser: Recent College Grads Have Choices When Bills Start to Arrive

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:29:45 GMT

This is the time of year that a student loan grace period typically ends for spring graduates — but flexible repayment plans can help ease the burden.

Your Money: One Money Question to Rule Them All: How Much Is Enough?

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:00:16 GMT

We can get an idea of what to us feels like enough money by getting a baseline on spending and quantity, then homing in on quality.

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Sketch Guy: Stop Spending Based on Other People’s Wealth

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:29:54 GMT

Trying to keep up with the Joneses, when the Joneses’ real finances are unknown, is unwise, a financial planner reminds us.

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Retiring: College Towns Can Be Attractive Later in Life

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:24:34 GMT

William Riffer (standing) joined the Christopher Wren Association in Williamsburg, Va., one of 400 University communities have advantages like intellectual stimulation, cultural amenities and a healthy economic base without a high price tag.

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Wealth Matters: Investing in Creativity, and in the Greater Good

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:24:27 GMT

Lorrie Meyercord in her home invested more than $1 million in a company that builds housing for artists who use their creative talent for social good.How individual investors are contributing funds to artists who are working on important social issues.

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Your Money: Should Trump Undo Investor Protections? Meet the Brokers of Madison County

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 23:09:48 GMT

Two brokerage firms, Clayton, Lowell & Conger and Ridgeway & Conger, in New Woodstock, N.Y., are no longer in operation. The building is for sale.Many brokers with troubled pasts are still running amok without their customers’ knowing their histories or their employers’ seeming to care much.

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Fair Game: The Kind of Car Insurer That Gives Consumers the Best Value

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:24:17 GMT

Mutual insurance companies owned by policyholders paid claims at a higher rate, providing the best value to consumers, a study found.

Sketch Guy: 6 Ways Pretend Investors Differ From the Real Ones

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:41:41 GMT

Like children, some adults seem convinced that they can pretend to be investors, but that can be dangerous.

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The Haggler: A $28,000 Mystery: Will the Real Toner Supplier Please Stand Up?

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:30:20 GMT

A nonprofit that disputes huge bills from a supplier of printer toner is whipsawed between two companies, one of which is not even supposed to exist.

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Strategies: It’s Not Just the White House. Change Is in the Air on Wall St., Too

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:04:06 GMT

Since Donald J. Trump’s victory, stock futures, bonds and some stock sectors have reversed themselves, and investors can expect more uncertainty.

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Retiring: No Rest at Rest Home: Fighting Bias Against Gays and Lesbians

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:42:33 GMT

In a lawsuit, Marsha Wetzel is accusing the Glen St. Andrew housing center and its managers of failing to protect her from hostile residents who have insulted and verbally abused her.If successful, Marsha Wetzel’s lawsuit against a senior living community in Illinois could set a legal precedent establishing housing providers’ responsibilities.

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Wealth Matters: How to Give an I.R.A. to Children Without Giving Up Control

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:40:48 GMT

Duane and Nancy Squires at their home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. They set up a trusteed I.R.A. to manage how their I.R.A. savings would be distributed to their children after their deaths.A trusteed I.R.A. lets parents determine how, when and why their children receive the distributions from their retirement accounts.

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The New Old Age: They’re Growing Older. Their Mortgage Debt Is Growing Deeper.

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:05:22 GMT

After pulling cash from their homes during the boom years, many older people are saddled with rising debt, making retirement more difficult.

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Your Money Adviser: How to Buy a Car When You Have an Upside-Down Loan

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:20:45 GMT

There are ways to minimize the financial pain of trading in a car that is worth less than what you owe.

Insure This Business? Start-Ups Face Challenges

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:04:35 GMT

Jeff Platt, chief executive of Sky Zone, at a Sky Zone location in Orlando, Fla. Mr. Platt said it took some effort to educate insurers about his trampoline park business.An entrepreneur might want to save money by ignoring potential liabilities, patents, copyrights or taxes, but such issues can be business killers.

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Economic View: Why Surging Stocks May Not Mean the Economy Trusts Trump

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 22:43:07 GMT

Rising share prices signify predictions of greater profits, but those profits could come at the expense of consumers if regulations are slashed.

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Sketch Guy: A Question for Uncertain Times: What Do You Still Control?

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:25:29 GMT

Like the outcome of the presidential election, investing can have unpredictable results because no one has any idea what the future holds.

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Tech Fix: How Not to Overpay on Black Friday? Let the Web Be Your Guide

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:51:49 GMT

Despite what the ads say, the overwhelming majority of deals on the day after Thanksgiving are duds.

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Your Money Adviser: How Students Are Responding to the Changes in Federal Financial Aid

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:25:21 GMT

This year, for the first time, the Fafsa was made available on Oct. 1 — three months earlier than usual — for the next academic year.

Your Money: We Have a Retirement Savings Problem. Politicians Can Help.

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:19:27 GMT

Half of all Americans who work in the private sector lack access to an employer-based retirement plan and efforts to increase those numbers have not yet amounted to much.

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The New World of Money

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 22:33:25 GMT

This special section explores how political turmoil here and abroad is raising uncertainty in the global economy.

Your Money Adviser: The Persistence of the Minimum Payment

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:43:57 GMT

Almost a third of credit card borrowers make payments at or near the monthly minimum amount, a new study shows, increasing the interest they pay.

Retiring: Bingo? Pass. Bring on Senior Speed-Dating and Wine-Tasting.

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:22:38 GMT

Older adults attend a sushi class at Mather’s-More Than a Cafe in Chicago.Senior centers have undergone profound changes in recent years to appeal to baby boomers who are living longer and expect more — much more.

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Your Money Adviser: How Refinancing Your Mortgage Can Pay Off Your Student Loan

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 19:27:46 GMT

A new program offers some benefits to borrowers with private loans but also carries risks, experts caution.

Public Sacrifice: How to Fix a Retirement Plan at a School or Nonprofit

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 15:22:51 GMT

Plans known as 403(b)’s often have mediocre investment choices and high fees; here are some ways to do something about it.

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Public Sacrifice: Nonprofit Employees, Already Underpaid, Face Special Challenges in Retirement

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:01:36 GMT

Short on time and money, small nonprofits often have little of either left for researching and adopting the best savings vehicles for their workers.

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Public Sacrifice: Even Math Teachers Are at a Loss to Understand Annuities

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:58:48 GMT

Schoolteachers and other government and nonprofit workers are often at the mercy of confusing contracts tied to arcane investments, sold by representatives who may not understand them.

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Public Sacrifice: An Annuity for the Teacher — and the Broker

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:54:23 GMT

A look inside the high-pressure job of selling workplace annuities to public schoolteachers.

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Public Sacrifice: Think Your Retirement Plan Is Bad? Talk to a Teacher

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:22:09 GMT

Schoolteachers and others who pursue careers of service in exchange for modest paychecks get lightly regulated retirement plans that often charge excessive fees.

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Public Sacrifice: Answers to Questions About 403(b) Plans

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:41:20 GMT

A 403(b) plan is similar to the more familiar 401(k), but it is subject to less stringent securities regulations.

Your Money: One Crucial Investing Question: Are Your Goals Different Now?

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 13:48:06 GMT

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. American investors tend to have at least half of their stock investments in United States companies.If your goals haven’t changed, resist a knee-jerk reaction based on an election that didn’t go your way.

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Sketch Guy: Skip Credit Cards and Preload Monthly Payments Instead

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:01:10 GMT

Before your next big purchase, use the preload method by setting up a savings account and automatically transferring the monthly payment to it.

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Wealth Matters: When Should Charities Throw In Together?

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 14:35:05 GMT

K. Sujata, president and chief executive of the Chicago Foundation for Women, oversaw a merger in 2012, when her nonprofit group took over the Eleanor Foundation.For foundations and public charities, a merger can achieve the same goals it does for businesses: growth, effectiveness and, sometimes, viability.

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Your Money Adviser: Comparing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 23:35:27 GMT

Experts advise those covered by Medicare to check the changes in their prescription drug plans and consider changing plans before the Dec. 7 deadline.

Your Money: The School of Wants and Needs — and Wood-Fired Showers

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:36:56 GMT

At the Midland School in Los Olivos, Calif., meeting the basic needs like electricity, hot water and food are a big part of the students’ responsibilities.A prep school that prepares students for entry into competitive colleges, but also teaches them how to raise livestock, grow vegetables and chop wood.

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Sketch Guy: A Big Life Change Is More Planning Than Magic

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 17:55:30 GMT

To streamline the process, embrace the uncertainty of life and be open to possibilities.

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Start-Ups for the End of Life

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:24:08 GMT

Eliam Medina, left, and Rob Dyson, co-founders of Willing, a service that walks people through the completion of estate planning documents.A crop of tech start-ups is looking to capture a slice of the funeral sector and end-of-life care. Many of them are founded by millennials, who have grown up online.

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Itineraries: Thinking of Renting a Car in the Yucatán? Think Twice

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:28:59 GMT

A 2016 Nissan Versa, left, collided with a 2015 Nissan Tsuru in a car-to-car crash test in Virginia last week.Because national laws vary, the make of car you drive at home might not have the same safety features in many other countries.

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Improve Your Odds of Getting a Safe Rental Car Abroad

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:35:36 GMT

Some tips on how to weed out the worst cars.

Your Money Adviser: Keeping Your Affordable Care Act Plan Affordable

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:28:00 GMT

The home page.Many with health insurance through government marketplaces are eligible for financial help that can significantly lower those premiums.

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Wealth Matters: Aligning Your Investments With What Motivates You

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:13:52 GMT

Suzanne Duncan led a team that started out researching incentives in investment decisions, but switched over to studying motivation.In finance, phi is a way for investors to quantify how their motivations, or the motivations of their money managers, will affect long-term returns.

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Wheels: Let the Lessee Beware: Car Leases Can Be the Most Binding of Contracts

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:00:44 GMT

Allie Mangel sits in her Ford Edge, which she leased before learning she had to stop driving because she was losing her vision. She was unable to get out of the lease.An auto lease, a common alternative to buying a vehicle, is a three-party contract that can be hard to break.

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How a Car Lease-Transfer Broker Works — or May Not

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:00:18 GMT

A driver looking to end a car lease early might turn to a broker, but using such a service comes with its own costs and restrictions.

Why Wait a Month for a Sofa That’s Not Even What You Wanted?

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:23:19 GMT

Edgar Blazona, founder of BenchMade Modern, one of several new furniture companies courting customers, increasingly millennials.Start-ups are trying to break off pieces of the furniture market by offering custom sizes and colors, or more affordable prices, and quicker turnaround.

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Sketch Guy: Do Your Investments Actually Help You Reach Your Goals?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:04:23 GMT

The answer to this basic question is the key to ensuring you’re on the right path, a financial adviser writes.

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Your Money Adviser: Employees, Do the Homework on Job-Based Health Coverage

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:58:56 GMT

Workers should look beyond the plan’s monthly premium to consider other costs that they might have to pay out of pocket.

Your Money: How Taking a Gap Year Can Shape Your Life

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:08:14 GMT

Top row, left: Masa Kenney, who served in the United States Army during Operation Desert Storm; right: Geoff Noer in the Faroe Islands. Middle row, left: Tim Holtan in Vietnam; right: Corey Flournoy, national president of Future Farmers of America. Bottom row, left: Josh Fine running a one-man college radio network in the 1992 presidential campaign; right: Toni Gorog in Brazil.Looking back, adults who took time off before or during college say they have no regrets.

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I’m 29 and I never learned how money works. It’s time to fix that.

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:31:46 GMT

Simple answers to questions you’ve always had about money.

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The Haggler: Do Not Anger the Travel Gods. Sweat the Details.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:58:19 GMT

When the travel insurance company Allianz denies a claim for a trip that was canceled for medical reasons, a traveler seeks help getting a reimbursement.

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Retiring: Migrant Workers in Recreational Vehicles

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:00:23 GMT

Bill McClain and his wife, Darla. He owned a Harley-Davidson shop in California for 22 years. But the economic downturn and increased state regulations, he said, pushed them to sell everything in 2010 and join the work-camping community.Work camping combines elements of the gig economy, telecommuting and contingent labor, and attracts older adults seeking more money and more meaning from life.

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Wealth Matters: Red-Flag Time: Your Broker Offers a Can’t-Miss Sales Contest

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:18:58 GMT

Ed Gjertsen II, chairman of the Financial Planning Association and vice president at Mack Investment Securities in Northfield, Ill.When brokers try to sell a product like a securities-backed loan, they aren’t being charitable. They are trying to make money.

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Economic View: I Paid $2,500 for a ‘Hamilton’ Ticket. I’m Happy About It.

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:10:15 GMT

High prices are a natural reflection of great demand and scant supply. In a free market, they are inevitable until demand subsides or supply expands.

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‘Lions Hunting Zebras’: Ex-Wells Fargo Bankers Describe Abuses

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:56:00 GMT

Kevin Pham at a Wells Fargo branch in Daly City, Calif. Mr. Pham said he saw fellow Wells Fargo employees targeting customers for sham accounts at the San Jose, Calif., branch where he used to work. “They would look for the weakest, the ones that would put up the least resistance,” he said.In legal filings and statements, former employees of the bank said immigrants, older adults, college students and Native Americans were targeted for fake accounts.

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Voices From Wells Fargo: ‘I Thought I Was Having a Heart Attack’

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:57:18 GMT

Former sales representatives at Wells Fargo described relentless pressure, being shamed and being fired.Former employees describe intimidation and ridicule tactics at the bank, which they said caused anxiety, panic attacks and other physical symptoms.

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Your Money: A Guide to Getting Rid of Your Big-Bank Checking Account

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:08:08 GMT

If the recent Wells Fargo scandal has left you disenchanted with giant banks and ready to switch to a smaller one or a credit union, here’s what you should know.

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Sketch Guy: Big Adventures Will Be Hard. Did You Expect Something Else?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:08:27 GMT

The lessons learned while pushing yourself outside your comfort zone can be invaluable, a financial planner writes.

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