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The key to homeownership

May 30, 2012
Taken altogether, housing market indicators suggest the collapse is over.

Renting vs. owning

May 23, 2012
An underappreciated factor behind the recent gains in the housing market is higher rents.

Family health-care costs breach $20,000

May 21, 2012
For the first time, the total bill for the typical family of four with an employer-sponsored health-care plan (a preferred provider plan with co-pays and deductibles) breached $20,000 in 2012.

Protecting your portfolio from inflation

May 18, 2012
What's the best way to hedge against the risk of higher inflation rates? The timing is murky, but it's a prudent bet to anticipate a resurgence in inflation.

A 'natural rate' of homeownership

May 15, 2012
At 65.4 percent, we may be closing in on a "natural rate" of homeownership for the economy and society.

Investing lessons from the Great Recession

May 11, 2012
It's striking how well the old rules for managing money hold up. We forget that these insights were forged during scary times, such as the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Great Inflation of the 1970s.

Remember, older entrepreneurs start companies, too

May 11, 2012
The U.S. could be on the "cusp of an entrepreneurship boom -- not in spite of an aging population but because of it."

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High fees erode retirement savings

May 10, 2012
Fees matter. Financial companies love to talk about compounding returns. But fees compound too.

A startling health-care bill

May 9, 2012
The mutual fund giant Fidelity calculates that a 65-year-old couple retiring in 2012 will need around $240,000 to cover medical expenses through their retirement. Ouch!

Unforeseen retirement expenses

May 7, 2012
When estimating expenses in retirement, it's good to think about family and friends, as well as the mortgage, utilities, food, clothes, and other financial-planning staples.