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  • Savvy Shopper's personal finance goals for 2014

    Savvy Shopper's personal finance goals for 2014
    The new year is a time to re-evaluate and re-assess, and your personal budget is one area that could use a hard look at least once a year. Here are some of my top goals for 2014. Look for advice from financial experts and local consumers in the Sunday,...
  • Millions of Americans lack basic financial literacy, studies show

    Millions of Americans lack basic financial literacy, studies show
    Guess how many Americans correctly answered this basic financial question: Is the stock of a single company usually safer than a mutual fund? A) 100% B) 80% C) 60% D) None of the above. The right answer is D. Barely 1 in 2 people knew that a single...
  • Financial markets: Six highlights -- and absurdities -- of 2013

    Wall Street had plenty of reasons to think 2013 would go miserably for the stock market — what with a lackluster global economy, the U.S. government shutdown, Syria's civil war, the Obamacare fiasco and Miley Cyrus. Instead, we're on track for a...
  • Rising consumer debt is good for the economy but not for consumers

    Teresa Martin was laid off in October from her job as office manager for a packaging company. The Corona resident is now struggling to pay her bills. Martin, 57, isn't carrying any credit card balances at the moment, but she said she may have to start...
  • Hold online lenders to account

    Hold online lenders to account
    The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau recently brought its first lawsuit against an online lender, accusing CashCall of collecting payments that borrowers didn't owe. The suit sets up a fight over the new bureau's jurisdiction, but it's one the bureau...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • It's time to rethink health insurance

    As the acute problems of the Affordable Care Act become increasingly apparent, it also has become clear that we need new ways of ensuring access to healthcare for all Americans. We should begin with an examination of health insurance. Insurance is about...
  • How to grow your retirement nest egg

    As private-sector companies that offer traditional pensions grow scarce, individuals are left to navigate retirement savings largely on their own, often turning to employer-sponsored 401(k) programs to help create a nest egg. Those who don't can turn...
  • Men's Wearhouse may now review potential merger with Jos. A. Bank

    Men's Wearhouse may now review potential merger with Jos. A. Bank
    Jos. A Bank Clothier's bid for Men's Wearhouse gained new life Tuesday. Under pressure from its largest shareholder, Men's Wearhouse may reconsider a bid to merge with Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. Houston-based Men's Wearhouse is asking its financial...
  • Fewer people blow 401(k) retirement money on meaningless purchases

    Fewer people blow 401(k) retirement money on meaningless purchases
    Fewer Americans are blowing their 401(k) savings on cars, clothes and other frivolities when they change jobs. Only 7.5% of U.S. workers last year cashed out their retirement money to spend on purchases when they left a job, according to data released...