China struggles to teach its savers that investments carry risks

by Jennifer Pak May 22, 2019
Wealth management products are massively popular among the Chinese public.
A Bank of China Shanghai branch is one of the big state-owned banks that sells instruments called wealth management products, which are very popular among ordinary Chinese investors.
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Divided Decade

Divided Decade: How the financial crisis changed jobs

by Tommy Andres Dec 19, 2018
The work we do and the way we’re paid is different.
Amy Grady, who ran as an independent for a seat in the West Virginia state Senate, teaches in her classroom at Leon Elementary on Oct. 18, 2018 in Leon, West Virginia.  West Virginia teachers went on strike this year demanding higher pay and better health care.

IRS raises retirement account contribution limits

by Marielle Segarra Nov 2, 2018
The IRS just raised the limit on how much you can contribute to your retirement accounts. Starting in 2019, you can put $6,000 a year into an individual retirement account and $19,000 into a 401(k) or 403(b). But a very…

The best personal finance books for recent college grads

by Ali Oshinskie and David Brancaccio May 18, 2018
Marketplace contributor Chris Farrell shares some of his recommendations.
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Save more or owe more?

by Aaron Schrank Feb 22, 2018
With wages and incomes up, more Americans say they are saving for a rainy day. But it might be wiser to use the money to pay down debt. Marketplace’s Aaron Schrank explains. Click the audio player above to hear the…

The savings rate is at its lowest point since the recession

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 29, 2018
The lack of personal income savings is a reminder that all this growth economic growth could slow down pretty quickly.

5 things you need to know about 401(k)s

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 27, 2017
The award-winning author of "Money Girl’s Smart Moves to Grow Rich," tells us what we need to know about the popular retirement savings account.

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What's your financial plan for retirement?

by Marketplace Weekend Staff Sep 27, 2017
Why only a third of Americans are saving for retirement.
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Almost half of American households are unable to save for emergencies

by David Brancaccio Jul 25, 2017
And many don't have enough to cover basic needs for three months.
A mother and her child at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger food bank in New York City. 
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Baby boomers begin mandatory retirement account withdrawals. Are they ready?

by Adam Allington May 29, 2017
Seventy and a half. That is the magic age that starts mandatory withdrawals from 401(k)s and other tax-deferred retirement accounts. The oldest members of the baby boom generation start hitting that age this year, and the milestone is expected to…

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