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Features by Tracey Samuelson

Deciding to buy while just getting by: Low-income families and the housing market

Would-be homeowners balance the risks of buying with benefits like building their assets and bettering their children's chances.
Posted In: affordable housing, Housing

Homeownership: The right choice for low-income families?

Advocates say home ownership is still a good way for low-income families to build wealth - but it shouldn't be their only form of savings
Posted In: foreclosure, buying a home

How to retire on just $25,000 in the bank

In a recent survey, more than half of U.S. workers saving for retirement have less than $25,000 in the bank for the golden years. That's not a lot of money -- how do retirees survive on that?
Posted In: Retirement

Leggo my Legos: The Danish toys brand keeps building

The Danish toymaker Lego continues its string of successes: The company has tapped into a growing Asian middle class; it has gotten girls to decide that Legos aren't just for boys; and it's found a way to make plastic bricks tell elaborate stories.

Borgata hotel room gambling trains customers to go online

As states legalize online gambling, how does a casino hold on to customers? At the Borgata in Atlantic City, you can leave the casino floor and play the slots on a TV in your room.
Posted In: online gambling, hotels, Atlantic City, new jersey

U.S. seeks to increase oversight of student loan servicers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to institute rules for certain non-bank loan servicers. What’s the likely result of the rules for borrowers and the industry?
Posted In: CFPB, student loans, higher education

High rents, low income

It’s becoming harder, especially in certain cities, for low-income people to find affordable rental housing.
Posted In: renting, minimum wage

Rebuilding our schools, literally

A report from the U.S. Green Buildings Council, supported by former President Bill Clinton and the PTA, details scary estimates of how much it would cost to upgrade public schools in this country.
Posted In: schools

Can the new OMB chief tame DC's budget monster?

President Obama's new budget director will have less leeway to bargain than her predecessors. But it's also a chance to prove her mettle.
Posted In: President Obama, Office of Management and Budget, Wal-Mart

Will Yahoo inspire your boss to ban telecommuting?

Maybe, but companies must weigh several factors before reversing the trend toward letting some employees work from home.
Posted In: Yahoo, Melissa Mayer, telecommuting

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