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Middle-class parents weigh the costs of getting their kids ahead

Jun 14, 2013
Is spending to give your kids a leg-up worth it? How much would you be willing to sacrifice?

Economic value check: How much is enough?

Jun 14, 2013
Can we afford the consumer economy? Yes, but there are costs. And not all of them have dollar signs attached. Let's talk about values.

Millennials face uncertain future with part-time work

Jun 14, 2013
Many of America's 8 million underemployed are young -- of the Millennial generation -- and they are just getting by by working several part-time gigs at a time.

How putting a price on something can change everything

Jun 14, 2013
Why do Major League Baseball games take so long to play these days? Because the Oakland A's found that the best way to produce runs is to draw a lot of walks. So baseball became a game of hitters waiting…

Infographic: The consumer economy at a glance

Jun 14, 2013
Before we answer the question of whether we can afford the consumer economy, we have to know how much we're spending.
According to the current Consumer Price Index, the inflation rate is zero percent. But for many people, their cost of living doesn't reflect the data's averages.
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Father of modern 401(k) says it fails many Americans

Jun 13, 2013
Ted Benna was a pension consultant who noticed a new tax code provision, K, added to Section 401. He never intended the retirement plan that resulted to replace pensions or become so complicated.

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Report: To save for retirement, never stop working (no, this isn't an Onion headline)

Jun 13, 2013
Can we really save for retirement in this consumer economy? There's plenty of advice. Try to follow it.