| Feb 19, 2014
Home warranties, maintenance plans and service contracts have two things in common. One: You pay upfront to cover home repairs and services even if you never need them. Two: Many plans will pay for only part of the fix. Sound like a bad deal?
| Dec 22, 2013
| 7:00 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in China to promote Chicago business opportunities on a trip paid for by the city's economic development agency.
During the two-day trip that wraps up Monday, Emanuel is expected to sign an economic partnership agreement with eight...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 2:30 AM
If you bought a whole-life insurance policy when your kids were still in pull-up pants, you've probably built up a sizable stash of cash. And if you're heading into retirement with a decimated investment portfolio, a mortgage and increased medical...
| Oct 18, 2013
After three trips to Asia as secretary of State, I am more convinced than ever that, as a Pacific power, the United States must continue to forge a Pacific future. But building that future means confronting challenges that require cooperation with our...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 2:30 AM
The average cost of a private room in a nursing home is now about $248 per day (or about $90,000 per year), and 12 hours a day of home care costs even more, according to the MetLife Mature Market Institute. But for many baby-boomers, it takes more than...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
As employers search for ways to lower their health care costs, they're encouraging employees to sign up for a high-deductible health insurance policy paired with a health savings account.
An HSA gives you a triple tax break: Your contributions are...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 3:45 PM
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- As students occupied Taiwan’s legislative chamber Sunday for a sixth day to protest a free-trade agreement with China, President Ma Ying-jeou denounced the takeover as a threat to democracy.
Government officials have pledged...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 5:43 PM
Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers with older insurance policies untouched by Obamacare are getting some jarring news: Their premiums are going up as much as 25%.
These increases, 16% on average, are slated to go into effect April 1 for...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Q: I've not seen fracking addressed in your column but I understand that doesn't mean you haven't! Most homeowners do not know their home insurance does not cover fracking, even if they have earthquake coverage, because it would be "man-made" earthquake/...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 11:12 AM
As faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago consider another strike later this semester, school officials said they are unable to meet the faculty’s demands because of uncertainty in state funding.
UIC Provost Lon Kaufman said it would...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 12:12 PM
A Democratic candidate who has explicitly defended Obamacare holds a slight lead in a special congressional election in Florida that both parties are eyeing as a test of the political impact of the healthcare law.
A poll released Thursday by the Tampa...