The week's top Personal Finance stories
Kevin Scott is a "real bearded Santa." He commits year-round to wearing red, bleaching his naturally dark brown hair, beard and eyebrows a snowy white, and giving out friendly ho-ho-ho's to those who recognize him.
Mike Petty, a professional Santa Claus, says that when it comes to Christmas, families don't hesitate to dig into their wallets for Santa to make a cameo.
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Whether they wanted to or not, many Americans learned a lot about the state of their health care this year. High unemployment, the swine-flu pandemic and growing political momentum for a health-system overhaul made 2009 a high-stakes year for health care, with 2010 poised to carry on a few big themes.
See Vital Signs.
Check out our interactive feature that compares the U.S. health-care system with those of five other world powers.
See Vital Signs.
Eve is finally growing out of all the gifts and for the first time I'm going to have to start spending entirely out of my own pocket to dress her.
See Diary of a Recession Baby.
The holidays can be a romantic time and there will be plenty of guys popping the question along with the champagne corks in the next few weeks. And if you'll need a diamond to go along with that proposal, now is the time to buy.
See Holiday Gift Guide.
Holiday travelers are likely to see shorter security lines this year, fewer delays and friendlier customer service, but they're going to pay for it with their bags.
In a victory for proponents of passenger rights, the Department of Transportation said Monday it would cap at three hours the length of time a plane can sit on the tarmac during flight delays.
As stocks retreated and recovered over the past 15 months, commodities investments have moved in step with the U.S. market. That wasn't supposed to happen. Investing in commodities has been pushed as a useful way to cushion portfolio risk. In truth, the performance of commodities and stocks is now closely related, shredding the promise of diversification and strapping investors to the market's wild roller coaster.
See Weekend Investor.
This is the time of year when people send each other cards with notes inside highlighting selected family doings. In that spirit, here is my year-end wrap-up note.
See John Prestbo's Indexed Investor.
See the week's Top 10 videos on MarketWatch.