As stocks flag and home prices dip, consumers spend less, spend different

Sep 27, 2022
It's called the wealth effect: Household spending decisions tend to be influenced by the ups and downs of asset prices.
Research suggests that feeling pinched financially shifts spending from services to goods, says  Stephanie Tully at the University of Southern California.
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While a 401(k) that includes cryptocurrency may pique the interest of younger investors, the volatility of bitcoin worries some financial advisors.
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Is ESG investing really socially responsible?

Oct 25, 2021
Emily Stewart of Vox says some socially responsible investments might not be what investors think they are.
Amy Domini, founder and chair of Domini Impact Investments, discusses the world of ESG investing.
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The rules for required retirement account withdrawals

Rules for the required minimum distribution, as it's called, changed both before and during the pandemic.
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Americans can now tap 401(k)s without penalty. Here's how it works.

People affected by the crisis can access of up to $100,000 of their retirement savings without the usual 10% penalty.
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Some companies are cutting retirement contributions in the COVID-19 cash crunch

Apr 1, 2020
During the Great Recession, about 20% of companies scaled back matching funds.
You probably don't want to check your 401(k) just now, or you might look like this trader did on March 9.
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How the SECURE Act changes saving for retirement

Jan 1, 2020
An economist and a financial planner break down the most important changes in the SECURE Act, which goes into effect Jan. 1.
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One idea to pay off student debt: use your retirement account

Dec 5, 2019
Senator Rand Paul wants to allow people to use retirement accounts to pay off student debt, tax- and penalty-free.
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Is the Trump administration leading an "anti-retirement savings movement"?

Nov 1, 2017
There are flaws in our retirement system, but GOP changes could make it worse, one expert says.
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How America's retirement savings system needs to change

Sep 29, 2017
Putnam Investments' CEO has some ideas for making defined contribution plans more relevant.
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