| Nov 14, 2012
| 6:54 PM
Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan's plan for cutting city pension costs took center stage in Wednesday's mayoral forum in Koreatown, with three of the four leading candidates in the March 5 election speaking against it during or after the event....
| Apr 15, 2012
On April 15, everyone's in favor of tax reform.
Nobody can survive the ordeal of preparing a federal income tax return without concluding that there must be a simpler, fairer way to pay for the federal government.
And so — as inevitably as death...
| 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...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 11:28 AM
A majority of people in a new poll say they’ll vote according to their pocketbook in November — but that doesn’t necessarily give either presidential candidate an edge.
Fifty-nine percent of Americans say their personal financial...
| 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...
| Sep 30, 2012
Dear Liz: My former employer is offering the one-time opportunity to receive the value of my pension benefit as a lump-sum payment. The other option is to leave the money where it is and get a guaranteed monthly check from a single life annuity when I...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 3:58 PM
Americans are borrowing huge amounts of money from their 401(k) retirement plans -- and then having big trouble paying off their debt, according to a new study.
Defaults on 401(k) loans have totaled as much as $37 billion a year in recent years, far...
| 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
Last week, Proposition 30 sailed to victory, and $6-billion worth of nasty budget cuts were avoided.
Guess again, Goldilocks.
K-12 schools and community colleges, in particular, won a temporary reprieve, but they're still wobbly...
| Nov 18, 2012
Dear Liz: I recently bought a new car, and the dealer, after running a credit check, told me my Experian score was 783. I have had only credit cards and no loans. This is my first auto loan. They gave me a 3.5% interest rate and I took it reluctantly. I...
| Oct 11, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Well, now Iâve gone and ticked off the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which got hold of me over the weekend regarding my posting last week on "Whoregate." Youâd think a guy who was once known as Gov. Moonbeam would......