from Nicholas Wapshott:

Obama versus Congress on Guantanamo

May 3, 2013

A young girl holds a picture of Bobby Sands in a republican march to mark the 20th anniversary of the IRA hunger strike at the Maze prison in Northern Ireland May 27. REUTERS/Archive

from The Great Debate:

Social Security as solution, not problem

April 3, 2013

Social Security is not the problem – it is the solution.

Washington is filled with talk of a looming “retirement crisis.” The discussion focuses on funding Social Security and usually includes calls to cut benefits – either by changing payout formulas or raising the retirement age.

from John Lloyd:

The moment for Irish unity is nearly over

January 29, 2013

The latest “troubles” in Northern Ireland began 45 years ago, and though much reduced, sometimes to invisibility, they are not over yet and will not be for some time. Protests over the Republican-dominated Belfast Council’s decision to fly the Union Jack just on certain days happened again over the weekend, if smaller and less violent than in the past few weeks.

from Reuters Money:

Deficit cutting will widen retirement gap for minorities

July 28, 2011

New research finds an appalling 20 to one chasm in net worth between white and black Americans, and an 18 to one gap between whites and Hispanics. The Pew Research Center found that the net worth gap has widened during the Great Recession, mainly because the housing bust disproportionately cut into the wealth of African-Americans and Hispanics.

from Reuters Money:

How to find your investing sweetspot

July 7, 2011

Dan Greenshields, CFA, is President of ING DIRECT Investing, a subsidiary of ING Bank, fsb. The opinions expressed here are his own.

from Reuters Money:

Charles Schwab to consumers: Rate our services

June 28, 2011

It's easy to find consumer reviews for restaurants, hotels and cars on websites like Zagat, Yelp and Edmonds. But what about financial services? Slim pickings.

from Reuters Money:

Most Americans find their retirement goals unattainable: study

April 5, 2011

A man waits during a job fair at the Southeast LA-Crenshaw WorkSource Center in Los Angeles November 20, 2009.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni If you're feeling discouraged about reaching your ambitious retirement goals, rest assured you are not alone.

from Reuters Money:

Take Social Security now or later? Answer not so simple

March 28, 2011

Executive assistant Mario Rebellato, 68, looks at a staff availability chart as he helps field calls at Pimlico Plumbers in London July 29, 2010.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett It's a no brainer that your retirement will be better funded if you delay it. Work longer, and you (1) earn more money; (2) reduce the number of retirement years you have to cover; and (3) boost your Social Security benefits doubly, by delaying them (unclaimed, they'll grow roughly 7.25 percent a year), and by adding new earnings to the formula by which they are calculated.

from Reuters Money:

Retirement: Playing a frantic game of catch-up

February 22, 2011

Janet Patterson is pictured in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/HandoutJanet Patterson has faced a lot in her life. Divorce, alcoholism, depression. Each time the 59-year-old Californian has come back from the precipice, and she’s now an accomplished nurse who specializes in pediatrics and critical care.

from Reuters Money:

Write a separate check for IRA fees, save big

February 11, 2011

Valerie Arbogast, France's Banque Populaire financial adviser, speaks with Eric Fresnel (R), head of packaging company Sleever, in Paris October 29, 2008.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier  If you're getting investment advice for your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), Roth IRA or Rollover IRA, you're probably paying for it, even if the charges aren't obvious. But by making that payment explicit, and covering it with funds from outside of your retirement account, you can magnify your retirement savings and get an extra tax deduction, too.