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Tribune staff reporterThis is the time of year when taxpayers pull out the rule book that guides them in making last-minute moves before year-end to reduce their income tax bill. The summary: Do whatever you can to delay receiving income for the year, and hunt for whatever...
Tribune Media Services columnistTo generate lifetime income in retirement, my goal is to tap our savings and investments as needed without having to rely on insurance company guarantees. If it turns out my wife, Georgina, and I need those guarantees, or if insurance products such as...
Tribune staff reporterThe Dow sets record after record, only to sink 416 points in a day. It then endures some big swings over the next few days before losing more ground. Forgive people if they feel a little whipsawed. What's an investor to do? Don't panic, experts say. But...
Tribune NewspapersAt the halfway point in 2007, most investors have substantial portfolio gains to celebrate. Now, how best to hold on to them? Many financial advisers are warning clients to be prepared for a stormy time in markets in the second half. That reflects the...
Record stock-market highs have enticed many everyday investors to do some trading. But those who have been out of the game for a while may encounter a new brokerage landscape. It no longer simply involves finding the lowest-priced trades, even among...
When Jim Stoops sees new clients at his Charles Schwab office in Naperville, he puts them through an exercise more apropos to the world of counseling than financial consulting: "I ask them to recall how they grew up with money," he says. "I want to...
Tags: Consultancy Service, Finance
Tribune reporterGranted, the recession looks bound to stick around far longer than a New Year's hangover. But take heart: 2009 marks an ideal time to take hold of your finances and create a family budget that gives you fiscal peace and a clear list of spending and saving...
Your Money staff reporterIt used to be that financial-services firms focused most of their attention on people who already had accumulated wealth. Now, though, much younger age groups are being embraced, even lauded. Consider this statement from one brokerage: "Gen X-ers . . ....
Teens & Credit: Survey Results (Source: "Teens and Money," Charles Schwab Foundation, April 2006) - Nearly 33% of teens owe money to either a person or company, with an average debt of $230. - About 26% of teens ages 16-18 already have...
Tags: Credit and Debt, Teen-agers, Consumers
Tribune Media Services columnistAmericans are generous people who give billions of dollars to charity each year, including $223 billion donated by individuals in 2006, according to the Giving USA Foundation. Sad thing is, we could give billions of dollars more if we knew how and...
Fees slapped on your money are the bane of the average investor. Extra costs can be slipped in so many different ways by investment firms that the investor often doesn't even realize it. Some represent valid costs of doing business, but others are tacked...
Your MoneyWhen's the best time to start saving for retirement? As soon as you start working, goes the mantra of financial experts, with their spreadsheets showing the miracle of compounding. Save even small amounts over a very long time horizon and you are...
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