| Sep 26, 2012
The one thing about the National Football League on which almost everyone agrees is that it takes its job of providing first-rate entertainment very seriously.
That could be one explanation for the league's effort to supplement the pleasure of watching...
| Dec 30, 2012
The good news for the U.S. economy as we enter 2013 is that the election's over. The bad news is that the election's over.
What's good about it is that both parties in Washington can shed their preoccupation with the campaign theatrics that dominated...
| Dec 1, 2012
| 9:00 AM
The question that normally comes to mind when someone claims to know the future is why he's out hustling rubes for pennies with his purported clairvoyance, instead of using it to make a fortune and retiring to the South Seas.
Of course, the answer is...
| Dec 9, 2012
Just as the devil's finest trick is persuading you that he doesn't exist (according to the poet Baudelaire), the best trick of big-money political donors may be persuading Americans that Citizens United doesn't matter.
Citizens United, of course, is the...
| Dec 9, 2012
Dear Liz: I'm about to marry an active-duty military man. We're in the process of marrying our finances, and I have several questions.
First, what is a good emergency fund for us? We run our household on his salary because I'm recently unemployed. I'...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 11:10 AM
Retirement planning, elder care and wills are touchy subjects for most people, but they’re especially rife with anxiety, miscommunication and disagreements for parents and their adult children, according to a new report.
The majority of both groups...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 6:18 PM
Whoever wins the presidential election in November will confront urgent problems: Should tax cuts scheduled to expire be renewed? Should federal spending be cut to reduce the deficit or would that weaken an already lackluster economy? After one of the...
| Oct 14, 2012
Dear Liz: I have a friend who owes $30,000 in credit card debt. I suggested he see a financial advisor who can help him to get out of this situation, but he never finds the time to do it. He pays all his bills on time, but only the minimum required, and...
| Oct 28, 2012
Dear Liz: My husband and I took out more than $200,000 in federal parent PLUS loans to pay for our two daughters' college educations. My husband earned over $300,000 when the loans were made. Since then, he lost his job and now makes $100,000. I went back...
| Nov 11, 2012
Dear Liz: I am increasingly annoyed by the entitlement attitude of today's students. Why should the taxpayers (me) pay to educate somebody else's children? I remember when there was no such thing as a student loan. If I wanted to go to college and didn'...
| May 27, 2012
WASHINGTON — It's a mortgage problem that is likely to intensify as home-owning baby boomers by the millions shift into retirement: Although they may have significant financial assets tucked away in retirement accounts, their diminished monthly...