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  • Adjustable-rate mortgages regain popularity as prices, rates rise

    When Michael Shuken recently bought his family's first home, a four-bedroom in Mar Vista, his adjustable-rate mortgage helped them stay on the pricey Westside. For now, his interest-only loan costs him about 35% less per month than a 30-year fixed...
  • Dow finishes year up 26.5% in record year for stocks

    NEW YORK -- Stocks closed at all-time highs, finishing this year's epic rally with yet another record. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 72.37 points, or 0.4%, to 16,576.66 on the last trading day of 2013. For the year, the index of blue-chip stocks...
  • October housing price data show 'boom is fading'

    October housing price data show 'boom is fading'
    Home prices in large U.S. cities posted strong annual gains in October but slowed from a month earlier, according to a leading gauge, reflecting a seasonal cooling and the struggles of home buyers in a pricier market. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of 20...
  • Stocks soar in 2013 as fear bubble pops

    When Wall Street finally stopped living in fear of another bust, the opposite happened: a market boom that propelled U.S. stocks to their biggest rally in at least 16 years. Share prices ended Tuesday with more gains, capping a stunning advance that...
  • Stock market notches its best year since 1995

    NEW YORK — Wall Street closed out an epic year with the stock market's best performance since 1995, fattening the retirement accounts for a generation of Americans crushed by the financial crisis just five years ago. The 27% gain in the Dow...
  • Meet the people who've already paid their 2014 Social Security tax

    Meet the people who've already paid their 2014 Social Security tax
    Call them the 900: The Americans who will meet their 2014 payroll tax obligations for Social Security as of today, Day 2 of the New Year. They're an impressive group and very elite, bless their hearts: To have earned the maximum taxable wage for...
  • Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.53% from 4.48%

    Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.53% from 4.48%
    The economy is brightening as 2014 arrives — but that could signal higher borrowing costs for homebuyers as the Federal Reserve scales back its efforts to lower interest rates and the chance of higher inflation increases. Lenders were offering 30-...
  • Home seller resolutions for 2014

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin A year ago, at the end of December 2012, we saw far fewer "For Sale" signs. And this year, there are even fewer. The surprising thing about the real estate market is its resiliency. It never fails to surprise how...
  • As interest rates rise, hybrid mortgages may be a good option

    WASHINGTON — Higher mortgage rates for 2014? Count on it. Could this be the year to check out hybrid mortgages, which haven't been popular lately? Maybe. You can count on interest rates going higher because: •The Federal Reserve intends...
  • Small firms' stocks soared in 2013, outpacing the broader market

    NEW YORK — It's been a fantastic time for stocks, but it's been even better for shares of small companies like Zale Corp. The small Texas company's shares rocketed more than 280% last year, propelled by investors who expect lovebirds to...
  • Muni bond fund forecast: Cloudy in 2014

    With interest rates set to rise, many on Wall Street are wondering if the municipal bond market is in for another pummeling as 2014 gets underway. Investors couldn't get out fast enough last year. Bonds from states, cities and counties suffered their...