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  • Average debt in collections: $6,767 in South Florida

    Average debt in collections: $6,767 in South Florida
    Nearly four out of 10 South Floridians with a credit history have a debt in collections with an average $6,767 past due, according to a new study by the Urban Institute. Those people in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade with unpaid bills that have been...
  • L.A. Times Ethics Guidelines

    L.A. Times Ethics Guidelines
    The goal of the Los Angeles Times is to publish a newspaper of the highest quality. This requires The Times to be, above all else, a principled newspaper. Making it so is the responsibility of every staff member. In deed and in appearance, journalists...
  • Ask Kim: Don't overlook the retirement savers' tax credit

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance What is the retirement savers' tax credit, and who is eligible to take it? The retirement savers' tax credit is worth as much as 50 percent of your contribution to a retirement account, up to a maximum of $1,000 per person...
  • Investing: investing in bonds now

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance These are confusing times for income investors. Not so long ago, they loved bonds, which presented them with three decades of falling yields and rising prices. Last year, they hated 'em, as the Federal Reserve's talk about...
  • Retirement: starting over in a new job

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance When a new company took over the packaging company where Pat Baines was vice-president and asked him to transfer from Charlotte, N.C., to California, he chose early retirement, at age 62. That early retirement, plus paying...
  • Family finances: when to hire a tax professional

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Tax software does a good job of breaking down tax preparation into manageable bites. But sometimes you need to call in a pro. If your tax situation is complicated, you could miss out on tax breaks that could save you hundreds...
  • Investing: small banks, big dividends

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Not all banks have been dividend duds since the Great Recession, when many firms slashed payouts to pennies per share. A recent report by SNL Financial, a financial-services research firm, found that 20 banks had lifted their...
  • Pimco rehiring a former top exec to quell uproar over CEO resignation

    Pacific Investment Management Co. is rehiring a former top executive in its latest bid to overcome the furor still lingering from the surprise resignation of its chief executive early this year. The Newport Beach bond fund giant said Tuesday that Paul...
  • Ask Kim: How can a high earner contribute to a Roth IRA?

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance I earn too much to contribute to a Roth IRA. Can I contribute to a traditional IRA and immediately convert it to a Roth? Do I have to pay taxes on the conversion? Your plan is a perfectly legal backdoor entry to a Roth IRA....
  • Investing: our picks for the best small-cap funds

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Small-company stocks (and the funds that invest in them) can pack a punch. But they can leave bruises, too. Over the past 15 years, the Russell 2000 index of small companies has gained an annualized 8.1 percent but has been...
  • Family finances: Super savers build wealth the old-fashioned way

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance With four children age 11 and younger, Krista and Chris Marren have plenty of demands on their pocketbook. Even so, the Glen Mills, Pa., couple, who are in their early forties, have amassed $1 million in their retirement...