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8 ways the super committee is not super for retirement

August 5, 2011

social security super committeeSocial Security and Medicare will be in the sights of the Congressional “super committee” that will be looking for $1.5 trillion in federal spending cuts under the terms of the debt ceiling agreement. That means the financial security of seniors and Boomers nearing retirement will be on the line, so let’s consider the outlook for these vital programs as the negotiations get underway.

Overworked Americans don’t take all their vacation time

August 4, 2011

Technology blurs the line between home and work, according to  Reuters/handoutGetting a lot of out-of-office emails and feeling some vacation envy? You may feel like you’re the only one left in town during these dog days of summer, but that’s not the case.

Stable value funds facing extinction, despite popularity (CORRECTED)

August 4, 2011

Who wouldn’t want to get a significantly higher yield than a plain-vanilla money market fund — but with limited risk? Most of us in 401(k)s and other tax-deferred savings plan will recognize the stable value fund option as the let-you-sleep-at-night investment.

Royal flush: 5 luxury bathroom items to boost your home value

August 4, 2011

While $250,000 could land a vacation home in some markets, these days, you could also spend that amount on the most amazing bathroom money can buy. Think of the re-sale value that could add to a home!

Trading up in a down housing market

August 4, 2011

There’s no getting around it: In much of the country, this is a terrible time to unload your home.

An inside look at a bad stock play

August 3, 2011

The following is a guest post written by Marianne Paskowski, who was vice president of Reed Business Information’s Television Group. Today she manages her extended family’s portfolios from Cape Cod.The opinions expressed are her own.

Long-term care funding wrapped up in deficit debate

August 3, 2011

The following is a guest post by Brad Allen. The opinions expressed are his own.

The debate over funding long-term care has gotten renewed energy – but no greater clarity – from the current deficit reduction discussions roiling Washington.

Debt deal puts off tax decisions for another day

August 3, 2011

The legislation to lift the debt ceiling gives the country a framework for more than $2 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years and avoids default. But it also puts off discussion of taxes for another day — and it’s unlikely that we’ll see any movement on tax reform or significant tax changes until 2012.

Complaints surge over group coupon deals

August 3, 2011

Deal hunters are consuming deep discounts on everything from restaurant meals to boat tours, but they are also starting to complain about troubles with these offers in increasing numbers.

6 ways to protect your portfolio after debt deal

August 2, 2011

With the U.S. debt ceiling crisis: It “ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” to quote my favorite philosopher Yogi Berra. And this one is definitely not over by a long shot.