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.
It's easy to see this investment is more profitable when loan rates are high, but prepayments can still pay off under today's relatively low rates.
A look at 1,000 couples that had joint bank accounts found 42% also maintained individual accounts, and there are certainly benefits.
The country is no longer in a monolithic mess. The West Coast is a seller's market, while the Midwest and East Coast favor buyers.
A tenth of renters would like to buy a home in the next year. Are the rest condemning themselves to financial doom?
Vanguard says 55% of participants in its 401(k)s now have target-date funds, up from 2% in 2004, with about 34% of all contributions now directed toward. What happened?