Sun, 04 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTQ What's the fastest way to boost my credit score? For most people, the fastest way to improve your credit score is to pay down your credit card balances. About one-third of your FICO score (the score most lenders use) is based on your credit-utilization ratio, which is the total of your credit c...
Sun, 04 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTIn my online discussions I frequently get questions from couples facing financial issues.
Sun, 04 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTNEW YORK -- Almost half of U.S. companies that reduced or suspended their contributions to employee retirement plans during the recession haven't restored them, according to Towers Watson.
Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:28:28 EDTNEW YORK -- It was one more blow for Bank of America: the Federal Reserve didn't allow nation's largest bank to increase its dividends.
Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:50:04 EDTFor years, officials in wealthy, liberal Montgomery County have avoided difficult decisions on scaling back pensions and health-care benefits for retirees. Now, the long-term shortfall is $4.8 billion.
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 18:12:44 EDT-- --- Home sales fell 9.6 pct. in February WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer Americans bought previously occupied homes in February and those who did purchased them at steep discounts. The weak sales and rise in foreclosures pushed home prices down to their lowest level in nearly nine years.
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:00:02 EDTAnthony Lanier built an assembly line of engineers, architects, historical preservation specialists, zoning lawyers and construction firms who could pump out renovated buildings one after another.
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:53:08 EDTNEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc., one of the worst-hit banks during the financial crisis, is taking more steps to get back in the good graces of shareholders.
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:34:02 EDTWASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department announced Monday that it will begin selling its remaining $142 billion in holdings of mortgage-backed securities purchased during the financial crisis.
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:25:43 EDTDES MOINES, Iowa -- Americans who were afraid to open their 401(k) statements during the recession are finding good news inside the envelope now: For the most part, their accounts have come all the way back and then some.
Sun, 20 Mar 2011 22:51:01 EDTIn all, about 210 of the city's 472 employees, many of whom have worked there for decades, were given pink slips.
Sun, 20 Mar 2011 11:32:00 EDTMaryland's emerging budget plan, with which few say they are pleased, is a case study of conflicting priorities in one of only 10 states that are a fully Democratic laboratory.
Sun, 20 Mar 2011 08:45:00 EDTIn all, about 210 of the city's 472 employees, many of whom have worked there for decades, were given pink slips.
Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:05:00 EDTVirginia is one of only a handful of states that prohibit collective bargaining for public employees in state and local government.
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:40:07 EDTDALLAS -- A federal judge in Dallas has rejected a deal that would have allowed brokerage Securities America Inc. to pay $21 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that the company didn't do proper due diligence on millions of dollars in investments it sold that later proved worthless.
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:40:01 EDTMany taxpayers are preparing for their annual battle with IRS form 1040 by gathering up all their documents, statements, checks and other assorted papers. At the end of this process, taxpayers are often left with piles of neatly sorted, tabulated and cross-indexed piles. From a homeowner's perspe...
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:23:01 EDTQ. We built a spec house in 2007 as the market declined. We've tried to do everything to get it sold and recently received a short-sale offer on the home.
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:22:01 EDTWhen you take out a home mortgage, do you expect to be treated fairly and competently by your bank or loan servicer?
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:23:32 EDTNEW YORK -- Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, on Friday said its first-ever cash dividend will amount to 6 cents per share and will be paid on April 20.
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:01:17 EDT-- --- Investors cheer dividend increases at large banks
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 16:31:54 EDTNEW YORK -- Bank shareholders got a long-awaited gift from the U.S. Federal Reserve on Friday when the central bank cleared the way for major lenders to increase their dividends.
Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:33:48 EDTWASHINGTON -- Inflation spooked the nation in the early 1980s. It surged and kept rising until it topped 13 percent.
Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:47:02 EDTOne thing is for sure, when there's a disaster in the U.S. or abroad there's an appeal to help victims.
Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:14:00 EDTThat question is coming up for more and more Americans.
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:31:00 EDTAmong government workers, one group enjoys lifetime health benefits virtually unmatched in the United States: military retirees.
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:25:00 EDTMembers receive much heftier retirement packages than most private-sector employees and state workers do.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:07:01 EDTYields on 10-year notes fell the most in almost three months as the Bank of Japan's efforts to provide liquidity and expand an asset-purchase program failed to stem an equity selloff, which sent the Nikkei 225 Stock Average down as much as 14 percent and sapped U.S. stocks. Two-year note yields...
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:58:01 EDTAmong government workers, one group enjoys lifetime health benefits virtually unmatched in the United States: military retirees.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:41:01 EDTGeneral Electric Co., which is in talks to sell reactors to India, fell 2.5 percent. Alcoa Inc. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. slumped at least 1.4 percent as commodity prices fell amid speculation demand will slow. Intel Corp. dropped 3.1 percent after Nomura Holdings Inc. cut its recommendation for...
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:29:52 EDTLAS VEGAS -- The promise of palm tree groves and low-priced real estate lured Alan and Katherine Ackerly across the Rocky Mountains from Denver to Nevada in 2004, where thousands of new houses beckoned brightly as any neon sign.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:44:40 EDT-- Stocks have bounced back but Americans continue to have serious doubts about their retirement security.
Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDTRegarding Charles Krauthammer's March 11 op-ed column " Et tu, Jack Lew? ":
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:02:02 EDTRegarding Charles Krauthammer's March 11 op-ed column " Et tu, Jack Lew? ":
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Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:17:00 EDT-- --- Japan central bank feeds markets money after quake
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:04:01 ESTQ. I was going into foreclosure, but the bank gave me a loan modification. I agreed to the modification at the beginning, but now I see it was a mistake and think foreclosure would be better. What do I have to do - just stop paying?
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 14:51:02 ESTWith hundreds of thousands of homeowners having negotiated loan modifications or short sales or been foreclosed upon during the past year, the Internal Revenue Service has issued fresh guidance on how to handle canceled mortgage debt in the coming tax season.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:00:00 ESTThe Post's real estate section editor Elizabeth Razzi and real estate reporter Dina ElBoghdady take questions about the springtime housing market in the Washington area.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 12:13:01 ESTFundamental changes are probably ahead for the American mortgage system as the federal government pushes to unwind its unprecedented involvement in the housing market.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 03:30:03 ESTWASHINGTON -- Republicans in charge of the House are facing two unappealing options on the budget.
Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:32:32 ESTWASHINGTON -- House Republicans will "lead with our chin" and offer politically explosive cost curbs this spring on programs like Medicare, Medicaid and perhaps Social Security, the party's point man for curbing crippling budget deficits said Thursday.
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:56:01 ESTDavid H. Stevens plans to leave his post as head of the Federal Housing Administration by the end of April after guiding the agency through its toughest financial challenges in one of the housing market's darkest periods.
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:58:01 ESTRegarding Robert J. Samuelson's March 7 op-ed column, " Why Social Security is welfare ":
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:21:26 EST-- --- Stocks lift household wealth; companies amass cash
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:56:40 ESTWASHINGTON -- Americans are spending more of their growing wealth. The economy still needs companies to do the same.
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:00:00 ESTNeed advice about how to handle your personal finances? Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions.
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:35:48 ESTAs I've said over and over again, more money doesn't mean your money problems go away. Take the possible lockout of National Football League players, who are in a contract dispute with team owners. If there is a lockout, many players, despite hefty annual incomes, would struggle to pay their bills.
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 18:20:57 ESTWASHINGTON -- In the midst of the budget crisis, an old debate has broken out with new force: Should Social Security be seen as part of the deficit that Washington needs to rein in?
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 18:11:16 EST-- --- Wholesale inventories and sales rise in January