This week's top Personal Finance stories
Eager to spend more time with his kids and looking for more on-the-job flexibility, Steve Rosen, a 36-year-old father of two, left his job with Comcast in mid-April, and now helps his wife run her pet-services business, Fur-Get Me Not.
See Diary of a Recession Baby.
Attention, expectant dads: Moms aren't the only ones who experience health risks before or after birth. Even though fathers-to-be don't go through the physical changes of carrying a child, some have insomnia, nausea, irritability or even labor pains, a condition called Couvade syndrome, or sympathetic pregnancy.
See story on five tips to protect new dads' health.
With the job market in dire straits, household incomes declining and foreclosures dragging down home values, the housing market may take years to recover, according to the annual State of the Nation's Housing report released Monday by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.
See Amy Hoak's Home Economics.
Cutting inscrutable health-insurance jargon out of their communications. Opening retail stores to answer people's questions and offer wellness classes. Measuring customer-service efforts to give callers a better experience.
See Vital Signs.
About 1.2 million jobless workers are expected to lose unemployment benefits this month, and doctors will start to see a 21% cut in Medicare payments Friday, following the Senate's inability to move forward with the far-reaching jobs and tax-extenders bill.
See story on doctors, the unemployed squeezed by Congress's inaction.
Right about now, your broker or mutual-fund firm is sending you a note suggesting that midyear is a good time to rebalance your portfolio. But are they right? Maybe.
See Robert Powell's Your Portfolio.
Most shoppers don't realize they are in the middle of a heated debate over the fees merchants pay to banks on debit-card transactions, but the outcome may bring steeper costs and fewer rewards for consumers.
See Jennifer Waters's Consumer Confidential.
If you want to figure out where the next big financial crisis is coming, watch the proceedings in Washington over the next two weeks. Whatever pieces of the proposed financial reform legislation get watered down or eliminated during current negotiations will create the holes that future bad actors slip through.
See Chuck Jaffe.
Whether it's a rebate check from Medicare, an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or any other headline news, there's likely a scam artist not far behind. And more often than not, the victim is an older American.
See Robert Powell.
Consumers, particularly those who are consistently late in paying their credit-card bills, now can breathe a sigh of relief: The Federal Reserve said Tuesday it is limiting penalty fees to no more than $25 in most cases as well as banning so-called "inactivity" fees.
See story on Federal Reserve caps credit-card penalty fees at $25.