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Features by David Lazarus

Beware tribal payday loans

High interest payday loans are seen by critics as a fast track to endless cycles of debt for borrowers -- and there's a new breed of payday loan to watch out for.
Posted In: payday loans, scams

Furloughs: On the job, but out of work

Sequester-related furloughs went into effect this week, impacting mostly air traffic controllers employed by the federal government. How can other public servants prepare their personal finances to take on mandatory unpaid leave?
Posted In: furloughs, sequester

Staying smart and safe in a world full of scams

Los Angeles Times consumer columnist offers sage advice on how to avoid fraud in all forms.
Posted In: scams

Families face tough choices in the shadow of the Great Recession

A new HBO documentary takes a look at how millions of families have been left out in the cold in the richest country on Earth.
Posted In: tough choices, middle class, social services, American dream, documentary

Learn from immigrants... and test your knowledge

There's a lot Americans can learn from immigrants to the U.S. That includes good personal finance behavior. Plus, test your knowledge about immigration with our quiz.
Posted In: Immigration

How much would you spend for a taste of home?

Foreign-born folks talk about the meals they miss most from their native cuisine.
Posted In: Food

Atlanta real estate: Peachy keen or sour grapes?

The weather is hot in Atlanta, but is the housing market?
Posted In: Housing, Atlanta, Georgia

Letters: Can I deduct a lost diamond bracelet on my taxes?

Certified financial planner Louis Barajas talks taxes and immigration with callers who have questions about filing their returns this year.
Posted In: letters

A warning about the price of generic drugs

Drug manufacturers can charge very different prices for essentially the same generic medicine.
Posted In: generic drugs, prescription

The costs of living with HIV: One man's story

How does living with a disease like HIV affect one's financial choices?
Posted In: HIV, health care, AIDS

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