| Jul 3, 2014
| 7:43 AM
U.S. employment growth jumped last month while the unemployment rate neared a six-year low, decisive evidence the economy is moving forward at a brisk clip after a surprisingly big slump at the start of the year.
The economy added 288,000 jobs in June...
| May 27, 2014
| 10:10 AM
To head off a tough bout with stagflation — slow growth and high inflation — the Federal Reserve should start raising interest rates soon.
Most economists expected 2014 to be a breakout year. A surge in new home construction was expected...
| Jul 8, 2014
How honest should you be with old friends when you find their business dealings objectionable?
Recently, a reader was contacted by a high school classmate letting him know that he'd be visiting the reader's hometown, had some free time, and wondered if...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 7:18 PM
Audrey Ohl got worried when her caller ID showed Woodlawn Fire Department in South Whitehall Township was ringing her phone. One of her children lives in that area.
"I thought, Oh my gosh, what's happening? Did something happen at their house and they'...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 2:21 PM
Searching for a place to stash cash is frustrating.
You could put the money in a savings account and earn virtually nothing. You could put it in a money market fund and suffer the same fate. You could select a short-term bond fund, but you will get...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 5:00 AM
It was a slow grind, but U.S. stocks posted gains in the second quarter and first half, extending the bull run into a sixth year.
In a surprise, investors also were rewarded for sticking with bonds, as interest rates resumed their decline after...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 11:52 AM
The forces that move mortgage rates must have taken the week off because despite two good reports on the economy, borrowing costs were little changed this week.
The average interest rate on a 30-year, fixed rate mortgage was 4.12 percent this week,...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 4:16 PM
[UPDATE: The Warren- and Durbin-backed bill to refinance student loans at lower rates has failed to pass the Senate.]
The student loan fight has found a battleground state: Illinois.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has made student debt one of his...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 4:23 PM
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......
| Jun 1, 2014
| 2:00 AM
When you need a mortgage — whether to buy a house or refinance — what do you do? More than likely you jump online and check out competing quotes on sites that let you compare multiple offers, including interest rates, annual percentage rates...
| Jun 1, 2014
| 12:30 PM
There has been much tsk-tsking this college graduation season about students protesting their administration-chosen commencement speakers ("College: where kids become leftists," May 25). The finger-waggers seem to take one of two positions: Either we...