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  • Watchdog: Don't wait to cut debt: Front & Center

    Watchdog: Don't wait to cut debt: Front & Center
    There's rough weather ahead for the federal budget and the nation's economy, according to this month's long-term forecast from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO projects the growing national debt will reduce Americans' incomes, raise...
  • Build on rising consumer confidence [Letter]

    Does the recent uptick in consumer confidence indicate that the agendas of the White House and Congress are misaligned with middle class aspirations? The U.S. consumer confidence index jumped to 90.9 in July, marking the highest level in seven years...
  • Beware debt relief scams

    After my recent column on financial priorities for the New Year appeared, I heard from a reader with $55,000 in credit card debt. She said that her options were limited for paying off the debt and asked about using debt relief services. "Will that destroy...
  • Let's review a few 401 (k) basics

    When AOL CEO Tim Armstrong made a splash recently about changing (and then not-changing) the 401(k) corporate matching policy, the focus was on his rationale for the new policy. He blamed costly "distressed births" of two AOL employees ($1,000,000 each)...
  • Florida Panthers workshop: Live blogging, live-stream

    Below: A chronology of today's Florida Panthers / Broward County Commission meeting, with highlights of all that was said. Bottom line: A majority of commissioners support giving more hotel taxes to the team. The Broward County Commission is holding...
  • Mortgage bankers hog the 2014 Piggy Awards

    The end of the year is a time to review the year that just was. If, like me, you write about the financial services industry, this means you tend to find yourself drinking heavily and/or upping your blood-pressure medication as you total the year's supply...
  • Former Fort Lauderdale executive pleads guilty in million dollar bank fraud

    The former owner of a Fort Lauderdale-based consulting company has pleaded guilty to bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer announced. Henry Fecker III, 60, formerly of Ft. Lauderdale, was the owner of Camden Consulting, Inc., a shell company used...
  • Co-signed student loans flunk borrowers

    Here's a riddle for all you trigonometry fans: What do you call it when a student asks dad or grandma to help them take out a college loan to study advanced math? Getting someone to co-sign so you can study cosines. Trust me: Somewhere, a university...
  • Local banks jockey for new customers

    Local banks jockey for new customers
    Central Florida's financial institutions are jockeying for position in what could be the banking industry's most competitive year yet since the end of the Great Recession. With many businesses investing in expansion, consumer confidence strengthening...
  • Not contributing to retirement plan is usually expensive mistake

    Not contributing to retirement plan is usually expensive mistake
    Dear Liz: I have about $16,000 in student loans at 6.8% interest. At the current monthly payment it would take me about 7.5 years to pay them off. I contribute 10% of my income to my company's Roth 401(k) plan (my employer matches the first 6%...
  • Five questions with NAREB President Donnell Spivey

    Five questions with NAREB President Donnell Spivey
    Donnell Spivey was a 32-year-old Amtrak employee when he decided to start investing in real estate, but what began as a sideline quickly became a career. He entered the business with Baltimore-based Otis Warren Real Estate Co., and later worked for...