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  • 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...
  • Investing: Get 3 percent with low risk

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Wary investors have fallen in love with floating-rate bond funds. And no wonder: The funds pay a decent yield and are designed to protect against rising interest rates, which just about everyone expects once the Federal...
  • 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)...
  • Plan to die: Compile key docs, instructions for surviving spouse

    Losing a spouse is one of the most difficult events a person may face. The transition that follows is difficult, but it can be helped immensely if key records and documents, along with clear instructions about necessary financial, legal and other...
  • New rules ease rehabilitation of defaulted student loan

    In a September column, I discussed the three major ways to get out of default on a student loan: repayment, consolidation and rehabilitation. Of the three, rehabilitation is the only way to have a default removed from your credit report. It involves...
  • 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...
  • Money-smart kids: Feedback on fixing the student-debt crisis

    In a recent column on how to keep student-loan debt under control, I made the point that we need to apply out-of-the-box, even radical ideas to tackle spiraling college costs and student-loan debt. Readers quickly sent me their feedback. -- Limit...
  • 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...
  • How to mange the financial risk of investing in college

    Smack in the middle of the holiday rush, college applications are due — anxious weeks for high school seniors and their families. To heighten the anxiety, no month passes without a critic proclaiming that college is a pedantic waste of money,...
  • 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...