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Gail MarksJarvis

Gail MarksJarvis
Gail MarksJarvis is a business columnist for the Chicago Tribune.
Gail MarksJarvis is a business columnist for the Chicago Tribune. « Show less

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  • Answering questions about the federal debt debate

    Answering questions about the federal debt debate
    Not surprisingly investors are worried about what a failed debt ceiling vote might do to their investments. But they are also starting to get used to terrible things happening, and so many have already prepared for what are called "black swan" events,...
  • Nerve-wracking economy, nice contextual column

    Nerve-wracking economy, nice contextual column
    I thought this was a really worthwhile bit of context this morning. Financial columnist Gail MarksJarvis looks at the uncertainty about whether or not there is a recession and examines the reasons for the uncertainty, and the implications. Esteemed...
  • Gail MarksJarvis on the year in Chicago stocks

    Gail MarksJarvis on the year in Chicago stocks
  • For parents, the ABCs of college finance

    For parents, the ABCs of college finance
    Look at your child, and think of college. If he or she is going to college this fall, you probably are feeling sick at the sight of the sticker price. After all, very few people can figure out how to come up with $20,000 to $60,000 a year on a moment's...
  • What to do when you can’t make car payments

    What to do when you can’t make car payments
    Q I feel like I can no longer afford to make my car payments. How much will it hurt my credit to turn my car back in? C.Y., Bolivar, Pa. A If you turn your car in, you will not be free of the debt. Your lender will continue to hold you responsible and...
  • Tax time: Be smart and act fast

    Tax time: Be smart and act fast
    There has been little normalcy in financial matters the last couple of years, which extends to tax strategies. Several factors are affecting traditional year-end decisions taxpayers make to reduce their burden -- whether they are affluent or jobless....
  • Tax changes can boost refund

    Tax changes can boost refund
    You might be able to reel in some extra cash by filing the right tax forms — but be aware of at least one change that could cost you. An array of tax cuts and refunds took effect in 2009 to spur the economy, so most Americans qualify for...
  • How to invest during uncertain times

    How to invest during uncertain times
    Stick to fundamentals ABBY JOSEPH COHEN Goldman Sachs senior U.S. strategist "There is incredible investor uncertainty," said Cohen, who sees slow growth for the economy. The recent 40 percent rally in the Standard & Poor's 500 was justified, she...
  • Tune out hysteria to build your wealth

    Tune out hysteria to build your wealth
    5 tips on recession investing 1. Cut spending, boost saving. 2. Avoid stocks if you need cash within five years. 3. Stay the course with retirement savings. 4. Still too nervous? Invest an IRA in CDs. 5. Younger? Be more aggressive. Now what?...
  • Don't be paralyzed by regret over debt

    Don't be paralyzed by regret over debt
    Q I'm 23, and when I was young I didn't handle my credit cards well. I've stopped using the cards or shopping unless I need something. But I have a lot of debt. I don't even want to look at it because it makes me sick when I think about paying bills...
  • College aid: Think like a shopper when seeking financial help

    College aid: Think like a shopper when seeking financial help
    Can you afford college? If you've lost your job or watched your college savings vanish, you may be among the countless people lying awake at night, wondering how to say "yes" to college for next fall. Many families are stunned by annual costs of $20,000...