NEW YORK (Reuters) – For Jim Kucera, the pain was just getting worse. The salesman from New Hope, Minnesota, needed a hip replacement urgently, but the cost of treatment would also be painful: Lacking health insurance, he would have to pay out of pocket.
At first, Kucera looked abroad at countries like Israel and India, where he figured he could get the procedure done for about $30,000, a bargain compared with the $50,000 or more that American hospitals would likely charge.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time for some good news: Despite a big stock-market run-up, there are still bargains to be had.
That’s because the rising market has not yet translated into a major expansion of price-to-earnings ratios, a key metric for valuing companies.
NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) – When Sharon Doyle thinks about
college savings for her two kids, the numbers are almost too big
Doyle, 44, recently calculated expected college costs for
her three-year-old daughter. It worked out to be north of
$500,000 – a whopping figure for even the most well-heeled
NEW YORK (Reuters) – With the “fiscal cliff” looming, taxpayers are wringing their hands about all sorts of things. Income taxes might rise, dividends might get walloped, lifetime gift-tax exemptions might get slashed.
But when it comes to immediate impact on their wallets, maybe they should be thinking about something else entirely: The Apple tax.
NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) – With the “fiscal cliff”
looming, taxpayers are wringing their hands about all sorts of
things. Income taxes might rise, dividends might get walloped,
lifetime gift-tax exemptions might get slashed.
But when it comes to immediate impact on their wallets,
maybe they should be thinking about something else entirely: The
NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) – As any astronaut will tell you,
re-entry is the trickiest and most dangerous part of space
The same might be said about returning jobseekers. Despite
the challenges of increased competition and gap-filled resumes,
more people who left the workforce, whether voluntarily or
involuntarily, are coming back into it, according to the U.S.
Labor Department. And they have not always found it easy to
reboot careers that may have stalled in the last recession.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Walk into any American conversation, and there are two volatile issues that could make it explode at any moment: Race, and money.
Combine the two, and spontaneous combustion is guaranteed.
Which is why no one ever talks about it. But given the rapidly rising number of interracial marriages in this country, perhaps it is time to discuss how coming from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds can sometimes lead to disparate attitudes toward money and security.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Not long after the megastorm Sandy hit the northeast United States, Maryum Goodwin and her little girl Ryleigh, 6, saw a disturbing picture of the New Jersey shore devastation.
“That’s somebody’s house?” Ryleigh asked.
“It used to be,” said Maryum, a stay-at-home mother from Kennesaw, Georgia.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – How well do financial planning firms respond to the needs of the LGBT community? The report card just came in. They flunked.
Financial giant Prudential Financial Inc today released an online survey of more than 1,400 Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. For institutions hoping to tap into this lucrative market, the numbers are a serious wake-up call.
NEW YORK, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Hurricane Sandy is charging up
the East Coast as a cold front is tearing across the U.S. from
the west and an arctic blast is barreling down from the north.
The resulting “Frankenstorm” could cause gale-force winds, heavy
rains and flooding – along with billions in damages along the
Valerie Dziengiel isn’t worried one bit.
That’s because Dziengiel, for the last 11 years, has lived
in “survivalist luxury” in the Connecticut woods with her
husband, Walter, a homebuilder. They have a flood-proof
basement, backup power systems and freezers full of food. The
worst thing that might happen as Sandy rampages: They’d lose
their cable television.