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  • Continued rally puts investors in tough spot

     Continued rally puts investors in tough spot
    As investors enter the second half of the year, they are faced with a conundrum. Continuing growth of the economy is on stock investors' side after lifting the Standard & Poor's 500 index 6 percent in the first half of the year, plumping up 401(k)...
  • Should college grad get car loan to build credit history?

    Should college grad get car loan to build credit history?
    Dear Liz: Our son is graduating from college and needs a car for his new job. Is this an opportunity to help him establish a good credit rating? His credit union offers loans to first-time auto buyers who don't have a credit history, but the interest rate...
  • Investing: the outlook for overseas stocks

    The economies of Japan, Europe and emerging nations are giving off mixed signals. Here's what we see happening in the next several months. Japan on the mend. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign to turn Japan's economy around is bearing fruit. But as Abe...
  • Legislation seeks to cap interest rates on payday, car title loans

    Pennsylvania has laws that try to protect people from lenders that charge exhorbitant interest on payday and other loans. But with recent attempts to weaken those protections and allow for the return of payday loan stores, a federal lawmaker is...
  • Investing: the midyear outlook for stocks

    We predicted in January that Standard & Poor's 500-stock index would finish the year in the vicinity of 1900, and the Dow Jones industrial average would close above 17,000. We still think that's a good, conservative bet, although it's possible that stocks...
  • Infrastructure building is historically cheap. Why has it stopped?

    Infrastructure building is historically cheap. Why has it stopped?
    Via Twitter, Erik Brynjolffsson of MIT posts a graph similar to the one above and asks:  "Why is public construction plummeting? a)no workers available b)interest rates too high c)nothing worth fixing d)??" The answer, of course, is d. There is no...
  • Readers shed more light on latest twist on credit card interest scam calls

     
    My column today on the latest twist in the credit card interest rate scam hit home with a lot of people, and I'm starting to see a trend emerge. I've heard from about a dozen people today who have received......
  • Half time for the economy and you

    In the beginning of the year, I dusted off the crystal ball and made some predictions about 2014. At mid-year, it's time to see how those guesstimates stack up. Economic growth: Who knew that Polar Vortex would put the deep freeze on 2014 economic...
  • Hillarys choice and the Democrats' dilemma [Commentary]

    Hillarys choice and the Democrats' dilemma [Commentary]
    What's the reason for the tempest in the teapot of Hillary and Bill Clinton's personal finances? It can't be about how much money they have. Wealth has never disqualified someone from high office. Several of the nation's greatest presidents, who came to...
  • Is this the worst Congress ever?

    Is this the worst Congress ever?
    This will be a short rant, as we prepare to head off to celebrate the birth of our nation with fireworks, barbeques and the usual trappings of summer. In spite of the celebratory mood, I am troubled by the unrelenting incompetence of the U.S. Congress....
  • Jerry Brown weighs in on Apple taxes, gets ire of the Irish

    Jerry Brown weighs in on Apple taxes, gets ire of the Irish
    Irish media are raising a fuss over Gov. Jerry Brown's comments on the Irish tax laws that shelter Apple from billions of dollars in U.S. taxes. "I don't know how you got to have Apple to have so much of their business in Ireland, we thought they were a...