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Jeff Brown

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Jeff Brown's personal finance columns have appeared in many newspapers. He has blogged for The New York Times and PBS' Nightly Business Report. He also writes regularly for Knowledge@Wharton, the business journal at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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529 College Savings Plans: Not a Bad Last-Minute Holiday Gift

By Jeff Brown

Sending cash to the child's parents is obviously the easiest option for grandparents or other givers — if the parents can be counted on.

09:18AM 12/18/14

Why It's Good That Homeowners and Appraisers Are Thinking Alike

By Jeff Brown

Homeowners and appraisers have narrowed their differences in home-value views, a sign of normalcy since the depths of the housing market bust in 2008.

08:08AM 12/16/14

Owning a Home Stretches Lead Over Renting, but There's a Problem

By Jeff Brown

In nearly all markets it again makes sense to buy a home. But those big rents you're paying is going to make it harder.

10:00AM 12/11/14

Here's Your Minimum Needs If You Insist on Actively Managed Funds

By Jeff Brown

Index funds are clear winners due to low fees and tax efficiency, but if you really want to dabble in managed funds, here's how to do it.

10:00AM 12/09/14

Half of Housing Will Be Fully Recovered in '15 (and Half Won't)

By Jeff Brown

Try hard enough and you can almost always see the housing-market glass as half full — but only by remembering how bad things were.

10:00AM 12/04/14

After Giving Thanks, Here Are Financial Presents We Need for 2015

By Jeff Brown

What would we like to be thankful for next year? Not to be ungrateful, but not everything is perfect.

10:00AM 12/02/14

How to Avoid Another Tax Headache From Big Distributions

By Jeff Brown

Many investors are paying for not organizing their portfolios in the most tax-efficient way. Reinvest in different funds or tax-favored accounts and reduce the problem.

10:00AM 11/28/14

Why Retirees Now Have to Question the 4% Withdrawal Rule

By Jeff Brown

To get to a living-large lifestyle in retirement, you're going to need more flexibility than blind adherence to a money withdrawal rule.

07:00AM 11/25/14

'HELOC Creep' Means You're Going to Waste Your Great Home Equity

By Jeff Brown

Homeowners who take out a home equity line of credit for one purpose but use it for another risk higher rates for low value.

10:00AM 11/20/14

Why You May Not Need Long-Term Care Insurance After All

By Jeff Brown

Yes, you might need nursing-home care. But the most common figures about those needs don't tell the whole story.

10:00AM 11/18/14

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