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Where the Big Money Is

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:00:31 GMT

The number of billionaires is rising across the globe, and the sources of their wealth are changing in ways that reflect major shifts in global business trends.


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

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:01:19 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 05:01:15 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 05:01:18 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 05:01:15 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

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:01:18 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 05:01:14 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 05:01:13 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 05:01:13 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 05:01:15 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 05:01:14 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 05:01:19 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 19:47:19 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 10:00:33 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 10:00:34 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 17:01:18 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 20:58:55 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 10:00:23 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 20:48:30 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 19:49:50 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 18:51:47 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 21:46:09 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 18:00:59 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 10:00:37 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 17:31:15 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 18:31:50 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 17:05:41 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 14:56:44 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 19:37:22 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 16:22:52 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 20:29:18 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 20:22:59 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 23:30:00 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 15:12:41 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 10:00:20 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 20:55:57 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 16:26:12 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 22:34:11 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 15:22:23 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 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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