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Some Medicare plans drop prices: time to shop is now

October 5, 2011

A nurse holds up a vial of H1N1 flu vaccine prior to an inoculation at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania October 28, 2009. If you’re a senior on Medicare – or if you help out aging parents with their money matters  – it’s time to get ready to shop. The annual enrollment period for Medicare prescription drug and Advantage managed care plans is about to begin, and it’s one of the best opportunities of the year for seniors to save money.

Borders fire sale stirs controversy over selling customer data

October 5, 2011

A Borders book store is shown in San Diego July 18, 2011.  REUTERS/Mike Blake When you sign up for services with many retailers, you’re often asked to opt in to marketing programs with the express promise from the company that they will respect your privacy and never sell that information to a third party. So what happens when they go ahead and do that anyway?

Secrets of wealthy whiz kids: How to make a million by 21

October 4, 2011

Earlier this month, Reuters Money featured a story with advice on how to get on the road to Millionaire Row. But what if you’re in a hurry, like so many multi-tasking teens of the 21st Century? What if your goal is to make that million by the time you turn 21? Can it be done?

How to protect your computer from supercookies

October 3, 2011

You probably didn’t know it while it was happening, but until this summer popular websites including Hulu and MSN were tracking their users’ travels through the internet with the use of so-called “supercookies” — a much more invasive type of behavior-tracking program than traditional cookies that is also harder to circumvent. When privacy advocates turned up the heat, both sites said they stopped the practice.

There will be tax breaks: Investing in oil and gas drilling

October 3, 2011

Seated in the conference room of his wealth management firm in San Ramon, Calif., Rich Arzaga breaks out a few tools to explain the investment advantages of oil and gas drilling programs. He’s got a fine-point pen and a sketch pad — but alas, no milkshake a la Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood.”

If you want lower property tax rates, you’ve got to ask

October 3, 2011

For years, the mantra of American homeownership was to count on home appreciation. Every year like clockwork the value went up and houses were a  growing source of wealth.

Gen Y out of work: What is corporate America doing about it?

September 30, 2011

Highly educated, sometimes entitled and incredibly humbled by the current labor market, Generation Y is hungry for work. But do employers understand this enormous and grossly underemployed demographic?

Charitable remainder trusts: How the wealthy give it away and get it back

September 30, 2011

Though he first attended the Hollywood Bowl more than 30 years ago, Ron Moormeister remembers well those Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts. His voice waxes rhapsodic as he recalls the lineup: Mandy Patinkin, Julie Andrews, a Tchaikovsky Spectacular complete with the bombastic 1812 Overture.

Has gold been trumped?

September 30, 2011

When Donald Trump accepts gold bullion as a security deposit for one of his buildings, is it time to bail out of the yellow metal as it heads for its worst month in three years?

How to get a refund on your Reebok EasyTones

September 29, 2011

If you purchased a pair of Reebok shoes that promised to strengthen and tone your buttocks and legs just by wearing them, you might not be in better shape physically, but you could be in line to collect a few bucks.