Nov 2, 2012

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With Election Day fast approaching, we're looking at the financial issues that might impact who you're going to vote for -- from Social Security to retirement, Medicare to food stamps. Plus, in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, we take a…

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How people behave after a crisis like Hurricane Sandy

Nov 2, 2012
Professor Dan Ariely discusses why there's an altruistic feeling following a crisis and what happens when everyone is going after a few limited resources.
People shop for bottled water at a supermarket in the Rockaway Beach neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
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Opinion: Why I'm voting for Mitt Romney

Nov 2, 2012
Comedy writer Brian Donovan on why he's voting for Mitt Romney.

Opinion: Why I'm voting for Barack Obama

Nov 2, 2012
Comedian Andy Kindler on why he's voting to reelect President Barack Obama.

Redefining 'senior living' in Phoenix

Nov 2, 2012
More seniors in the Phoenix area are looking at spending their golden years in the city -- and developers are responding.

Social Security: It's too complicated

Nov 2, 2012
More than 20 percent of the U.S. national budget is spent on Social Security, so of course politicians like to promise to reform it. Commentator Chris Farrell says unfortunately both candidates' plans are way too complicated.

Risky business: Tapping retirement funds for other uses

Nov 2, 2012
Increasingly, retirement funds are being used for anything but retirement. But there are huge risks involved with raiding your retirement to start a business or for private equity investments.
Increasingly, retirement funds are being used for anything but retirement. But there are huge risks involved with raiding your retirement to start a business or for private equity investments.
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Retirement -- election no-show

Nov 2, 2012
Commentator Helaine Olen says neither President Obama nor Mitt Romeny acknowledge coming 'retirement crisis.'

Medicare's unexpected beneficiaries

Nov 2, 2012
The government medical program for the elderly means seniors and their families have more money to spend on other things.

How the stigma of food stamps plays into the election

Nov 2, 2012
Politicians keep bringing up the food stamps program this election season -- how does that affect the people who actually use them?

Defending yourself against fraud after a disaster

Nov 2, 2012
Disasters leave people vulnerable to more than just damage on their homes. After hurricanes and other crises, fraudsters hit the streets -- and the Internet -- to try to cheat people out of their money. How can you protect yourself?
Mounds of debris pile up in the heavily damaged Rockaway neighborhood in Queens where a large section of the iconic boardwalk was washed away on November 2, 2012 in New York. Limited public transit has returned to New York and most major bridges have reopened, but will require three occupants in the vehicle to pass.
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The shrinking middle class, the shrinking American Dream

Nov 2, 2012
Why are so many people in the middle class struggling right now? Author Hedrick Smith discusses the events that hurt the middle class and what can be done to help it.
Why are so many people in the middle class struggling right now? Author Hedrick Smith discusses the events that hurt the middle class and what can be done to help it.
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With Election Day fast approaching, we’re looking at the financial issues that might impact who you’re going to vote for — from Social Security to retirement, Medicare to food stamps. Plus, in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, we take a look at how disasters can pull communities together and offer some advice on how you can protect yourself from scams.