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US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent
Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, so it needs to recover for the economy to keep its momentum in the second half of the year. Economists had expected spending would slow in July based on reports of weak retail sales,...
Aug 31, 2014 | 8:31 AM
Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov
If you got health coverage through President Barack Obama's law this year, you'll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring.
Aug 31, 2014 | 3:31 AM
Credit lines are fashionable again
New data suggest a rebound boom in equity-tapping is under way. Owners have pulled out $120 billion in new home-equity credit lines in the past 12 months, a 27 percent increase in volume over the year earlier.
Aug 31, 2014 | 12:31 AM
Investors in junk bonds see value in buying low
Just because yields on speculative-grade debt are falling toward the lowest ever, that’s not a good enough reason to avoid it, JP Morgan Asset Management’s chief investment officer says.
Aug 31, 2014 | 12:31 AM
Translating that 401(k) into your retirement income
The retirement savings industry wants you to instead think about the monthly paycheck the account can generate. In other words, the thinking goes, consider it more like a pension.
Aug 31, 2014 | 12:31 AM
Aug 31, 2014 | 12:31 AM
With war under way in Ukraine, Russians don’t like what little they learn
Evidence of the extent of Russian military involvement in Ukraine has been dribbling out for months. But recently it also has been leaking into Russia itself, despite an official government policy that what’s happening in Ukraine is all about...
Aug 30, 2014 | 10:30 PM
California lawmakers pass first statewide plastic bag ban
California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
Aug 30, 2014 | 5:30 PM
Obama on Labor Day: Don't take rights for granted
President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted.
Aug 30, 2014 | 1:30 PM