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The government has a good news/bad news announcement about Social Security, a reminder of the need to use sensible inflation projections in long-term savings and investment plans. Read more»
The Perils of Deflation
By: Jeff Brown
Economists and regulators are buzzing again about the perils of low inflation, or perhaps deflation, a topic that has flared up several times in the past couple of years. While fixed-income investors and other consumers may welcome flat or falling prices, the condition can be devastating to borrowers.The best rule of thumb in a period of deep financial and economic uncertainty: Be especially cautious with long-term commitments. Read more»
Wall Street types are buzzing over a report that the Federal Reserve is mulling over a second round of U.S. Treasury purchases, a move the Fed said it was considering according to the minutes of its Sept. 21 Open Markets Committee meeting. Read more»
Deals of the Week: Sept. 29
By: Brian O'Connell
Bank rate watchers may be growing weary, but we seem to be at yet another crossroads for interest rates. After some genuine upward momentum in bank rates in September, particularly in the first half of the month, things have leveled off heading into October. Read more»
Deals of the Week: Sept. 22
By: Brian O'Connell
Bank rates have seemingly stopped their year-long slide over the past few weeks. Bank checking accounts, savings accounts and money market rates aren’t exactly booming, but at least they’re not falling backward. This week, bank rates, as measured by the sbup Bank Rate Tracker remained level are as follows: Read more»
Certificate of deposit rates fell last week, despite good news for the economy. Rates were down across the line, with the three-month CD falling from 0.281% to 0.258%, and the five-year CD down from 1.799% to 1.755%, as measured by the sbup Weekly CD Rate Tracker. Read more»
Angry customers took to Twitter to tell Chase what they thought of its service — or lack thereof — when its website went down this week. For JPMorgan Chase (Stock Quote: JPM), it was the best of times and the worst of times, at least when it came to technology. Read more»
It’s starting to look a lot like the '80s again. Michael Douglas is back as Gordon Gekko, the Redskins have a good football team, and banks are increasingly looking to snap up weaker banks to grow stronger. Who are the big merger players and what are they up to? Read more»
By Pallavi Gogoi, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Americans want to be close to their cash. People are bailing out of bank certificates of deposit and parking their cash in checking and savings accounts that earn little or no interest but also don't exact penalties for early withdrawal. Read more»
If you suffered a crisis like a serious illness, job loss or investment setback, would you be financially prepared to handle it?Most people know they should have a rainy-day fund, enough money to cover expenses for three, six or 12 months. But most don’t actually have a fund earmarked for just that purpose. Instead, the rainy-day fund is mingled with other cash or investments.Of course, even a healthy fund might be too small if things were really bad. Read more»
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