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Getting back into stocks has its risks, but so does sitting on the sidelines

The world changed dramatically for U.S. investors on Oct. 10, 2008. The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 8,451, dropping more than 18 percent for the week – the worst …


Bailout buck would easily stop at Pop

My Pop, bless his soul, had the mind of a mob accountant when it came to dollars and cents. Whenever I’d hit him up for movie money or an advance …


More parents are teaching their children money management

Scrawled in big, pink letters across three envelopes are the words “spend,” “save” and “give.” It’s how second-grader Chloe McLaughlin organizes her $8 allowance. It may sound grown-up for someone …


After layoff, game plan can help

DALLAS – Finding yourself unemployed can be frightening, as too many people are learning these days. If you find yourself in that position, try to keep from panicking.


Put your financial fundamentals to the test

When it comes to understanding money, Washington’s high school students are earning a failing grade. High school seniors could answer just 48 percent of the questions on a 2008 survey …


Fiscal education may be lost on most Americans

A lot of us don’t know much about money. In surveys across age groups, it’s clear that many Americans don’t understand fundamental concepts about the economy – from compound interest …


Financial literacy may be impossible goal

A lot of us don’t know much about money. In surveys across age groups, it’s clear that many Americans don’t understand fundamental concepts about the economy – from compound interest …


In economic downturn, brown-bagging it can help

Packing lunch instead of eating out might be considered too obvious for anti-recession advice. But market research shows Americans still aren’t packing as much as they could. Brown-bagging has risen …


The economic stimulus plan: What it means for you

An examination of how the economic stimulus plan will affect Americans. Taxes


Friday focus: Personal finance

Swiping your credit card would come with dramatic new protections under regulations considered by congressional lawmakers Thursday. Among the industry practices blasted at the Senate Banking Committee’s hearing was the …


Credit course on horizon

Community Frameworks, 315 W. Mission Ave., will continue their series of personal finance and mortgage lending courses on Feb. 18 with “Understanding Credit.” The class will begin at 6 p.m. …


Americans show shift in savings strategies

There’s an irony about savings and the economy: When times are good, people save less, and vice-versa. That means the United States may be heading into a period of increased …


Friday focus: Personal finance

It feels like someone kicked you in the stomach. Your pulse is racing. You’re not sleeping well. Many parents preparing to send children off to college in the next year …


Friday focus: Personal finance

The best way to teach youngsters how to use credit responsibly is to let your son or daughter learn to manage cash responsibly. If you give your children an allowance …


Tim Rutten: 401(k)s failed the test

As President-elect Barack Obama and lawmakers attempt to reach agreement on what sort of stimulus package has the best chance of arresting America’s economic free fall, the enormity of the …


Apply resolve to your budget

It’s never too late for a New Year’s resolution or two. So here are a few you might consider for 2009, gathered primarily from news reports and the Certified Financial …


Friday focus: Personal finance

No doubt many consumers will be happy to say farewell to 2008 with its record home foreclosures, massive job losses and weak credit market. However, there are some valuable lessons …


Live within your means this year – and every year

Here is a New Year’s resolution for which nobody asked: Do not try to live above your means. Yes, Miss Manners knows that everyone has resolved to cut back on …