Prospective homeowners face a pleasing condition: In half of U.S. metropolitan areas, buying now beats renting after a mere two years.
Pouring money into riskier types of bonds, such as high-yield bonds, to get slightly higher interest payments? Everyone else already thought of it.
Yes, federal regulations are tougher than they used to be, and lenders are more cautious. But lenders don't make money if they don't approve loans.
Giving money, stocks or other valuables to loved ones is a nice thing to do. But if you have more than one to give to, how can you be fair?
Thanks to the Internet, many now make quick work of car shopping, often completing the process in just a few hours.
Starting Social Security payments early makes sense for only two groups, including those expecting to die young. But not many people do the logical thing.
Investors who don't want to do a lot of investment research, or feel unequipped for it, have a couple of easy options.
Though most sellers don't think of it, exploring open houses provides a chance to see how their home compares.
Just five states -- Florida, Michigan, Texas, California and Georgia -- account for nearly half the foreclosures completed in the 12 months ended with February.
When index funds provide fine returns and managed funds provide plenty of risk and higher fees, it's a reasonable question for any investor to ask.