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Fed Aims to Pull Cash Out of the Economy
By: The Associated Press
By Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is fine-tuning a strategy to reel in some of the unprecedented amount of money that's been pumped into the economy during the financial crisis. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that investors and others shouldn't conclude anything about when the central bank will reverse course and start boosting interest rates and removing other supports to fend off inflation. Read more»
A new study is out saying that financial consumers over the age of 50  - age 53, specifically - start losing focus and proper decision-making skills on key personal financial issues like banking and investing. Is there anything to it? Let’s take a deeper look. Read more»
Deals of the Week: Nov. 25
By: Brian O'Connell
It’s Thanksgiving eve, and we’ll spare you the jokes about giving thanks for all the great bank deals out there — because in all honesty, there are more turkeys than triumphs in the bank rate marketplace this holiday season. But, as always, Deals of the Week finds a juicy drumstick or two. Let’s take a look. Bank Checking Read more»
Are You On Track for Retirement?
By: The Associated Press
By David Twiddy, AP Business Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Are you going to be ready for retirement? Retirement-plan ratings firm Fiduciary Benchmarks on Monday unveiled a new index that measures how well 401(k) plans for thousands of companies are preparing their employees. Read more»
Payday lenders have a bad reputation, and the news coming out of New York this week isn’t going to change that anytime soon. This after two payday lenders and a Delaware bank were forced to pay more than $5 million to 14,000 consumers who were victimized – usually through paying higher interest rates than legally allowed. How did New York hold these payday lenders accountable? Read more»
Morningstar Inc.(Stock Quote: MORN), the market-data firm, has released the finalists list for its Manager of the Decade award, to be announced early in the New Year. Read more»
Employer Stock: Blessing or Curse?
By: Jeff Brown
Is company stock making a comeback? A new study by Charles Schwab (Stock Quote: SCHW) finds many companies renewing emphasis on using their own stock to reward and motivate employees. Read more»
Financial institutions make a killing off of fees. Whether it’s overdraft charges from the local bank or load fees charged by mutual funds, what you pay in fees can drain your finances and eat into your disposable income. Here are three avoidable fees that you might be paying: Overdraft Fees Read more»
Gift Card Discounts to Drool Over
By: Brian O'Connell
What do Americans want for Christmas this year? Cards. Specifically, gift cards. A recent survey from the National Retailers Federation reported that sales of gift cards in the U.S. reached $25 billion in 2008 — much more than any other single gift during the last holiday season. Overall, 55.2% of U.S. adults want a gift card under the tree this year. Read more»
To rollover or not to rollover: That’s the question for millions of people who change jobs or retire in any given year. They must decide what to do with their defined-contribution retirement plans like 401(k)s, 402(b)s or 457(b)s. The issue has always been complex, but now it’s even trickier for people who will have access to Roth IRAs after the first of the year repeal of the $100,000 income limit on “rollovers.” Read more»
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