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Gail MarksJarvis: As open enrollment approaches, here's how to pick the right health-savings account

Aug/18/2017

Morningstar has an important message for employees who will soon start signing up for next year's health benefits: Take a close look at any health savings accounts you are considering enrolling in. Morningstar analyst Leo Acheson, in a new report...





Hot Property: He's found home, sweet Holmby

Aug/18/2017

LOS ANGELES -- Adam Levine won't be coming home to Beverly Crest anymore. The Maroon 5 frontman and his wife, model Behati Prinsloo, have purchased an estate in Holmby Hills for $18 million. Designed by architect Caspar Ehmcke and built in 1966, ...





Safety tips for reusing wooden pallets

Aug/16/2017

Q: Our family is having a debate over the use of wooden pallets for projects around the house. I say they are not safe because you do not know what has been shipped on them. Working in retail for more than 40 years, I have seen fertilizer, garden ...





The Mortgage Professor: How to effectively shop for a HECM

Aug/15/2017

How does one effectively shop for a home equity conversion mortgage? The secret is to ignore the interest rate and origination fee, focusing instead on exactly what you need, based on your retirement objective. I call these needs "decision ...





The Mortgage Professor: How to effectively shop for a HECM

Aug/15/2017

How does one effectively shop for a home equity conversion mortgage? The secret is to ignore the interest rate and origination fee, focusing instead on exactly what you need, based on your retirement objective. I call these needs "decision ...





Real estate Q&A: Seller not obligated to pay commission to buyer's agent

Aug/14/2017

Q: A real estate agent approached us, saying that our tenants want to buy the house they are renting from us. We are open to the idea if the price is right, but the agent wants us to pay her commission. Do we have to? If not, should we? -- Angela...





How big can Google get? Its aggressive push for elbow room in the Bay Area

Aug/14/2017

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- For the past six years, Google has been expanding bit by bit beyond its Mountain View headquarters. But this year, the tech titan's plan for a massive new push into San Jose coupled with big land buys in Sunnyvale show ...





The Journey: Figuring out finances after a loved one's death

Aug/11/2017

I've been hearing from widows lately. Some simply want to know when to claim Social Security benefits or how to find a financial adviser who can help create a budget, but others go much deeper. They aren't doing well being back at work, and ...





On Philanthropy: Set a new table, create a 'safe zone' for effective family philanthropy

Aug/11/2017

Philanthropic strategists often work closely with families to help them establish, refine or refocus mutigenerational family foundations and donor-advised funds. Some of these families enjoy long histories of open communication across the ...





Trouble saving for retirement? So do 96 percent of working Americans

Aug/11/2017

PITTSBURGH -- People at all income levels are guilty of not saving enough for retirement, but it may not be entirely their fault. Income shocks -- defined as an annual earnings drop of more than 10 percent -- are so common that 96 percent of ...