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  • The student loan crisis: How middle-class kids get hammered

    The student loan crisis: How middle-class kids get hammered
    Last October, in between arguments over the debt ceiling, the federal government somehow found time to send me an email. My student loan payment was 70 days past due, the message read, so the government had negatively reported me to each major credit...
  • How to pay off multiple credit cards

    Dear Liz: I'm confused about paying down credit card debt. Some say to pay the lowest-balance cards first and others say the highest balance or the one with the highest interest. I have almost $16,000 on credit cards ranging from a $4,930 balance on a...
  • New baby, new money worries

    Dear Liz: My husband and I have decided that next year we want to have a baby. So we have at minimum a year and nine months to make sure we're financially prepared. I did some cursory Googling and I'm already a bit overwhelmed. I'm not sure where to...
  • The GOP discovers inequality

     The GOP discovers inequality
    "Poverty is not some rare disease from which the rest of us are all immune," a leading American politician said last week. "It is but the worst strain of a widespread disease otherwise known as economic insecurity. Most families worry about making ends...
  • Lew moves up debt limit deadline to late February

    Lew moves up debt limit deadline to late February
    WASHINGTON -- Congress must raise the nation's debt limit by late February, a couple of weeks earlier than previously projected, because of an expected large outflow of cash for tax refunds next month, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said Wednesday....
  • Oscar nominations 2014: Movies filmed in California barely register

    Oscar nominations 2014: Movies filmed in California barely register
    The big loser in Thursday's Oscar nominations may be California. The state barely registered in the Oscar contest, at least when it comes to film locations, underscoring the difficulty California faces in keeping its homegrown industry from fleeing...
  • Bank of America mailer refers to recipient as 'slut'

    Bank of America mailer refers to recipient as 'slut'
    There's junk mail, and then there's nasty mail: San Francisco writer Lisa McIntire says Bank of America sent her a credit card offer addressed to "Lisa Is a Slut McIntire," and she posted photos of it Thursday on Twitter. The bank tweeted her an apology...
  • Does advice of saving 10% of income for retirement still apply?

    Dear Liz: I often hear financial planners say you should save 10% of your income, but they don't go into exactly what that means. Is that 10% separate from retirement or including retirement? Does that include saving for your emergency fund? Is this...
  • Target security breach lasted longer than previously thought

    Target security breach lasted longer than previously thought
    WASHINGTON — A Target Corp. official told a Senate committee that a massive security breach affecting up to 110 million holiday shoppers lasted three days longer than previously thought. Chief Financial Officer John Mulligan disclosed the latest...
  • Jewelry maker must retool after bout with cancer

    Jewelry maker must retool after bout with cancer
    First, the cancer threatened Susan Braig's life, then it wrecked her finances. Now healthy at 64, Braig is worried about her future. Her primary income is the roughly $2,300 a month she gets from Social Security. Then there's her home-based business,...
  • Tom Sherak's passing is a loss to L.A.'s film industry

    Tom Sherak's passing is a loss to L.A.'s film industry
    The death of Tom Sherak, the respected Hollywood executive and recently appointed film czar for Los Angeles, is a blow to the city's film industry. Sherak, the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died Tuesday at his home...