The week's top Personal Finance stories
If your idea of a dream retirement home is a luxury contemporary overlooking a championship golf course in the desert, you better be prepared for some mighty small block parties: When it comes to retirement living, golf courses are out.
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Times have changed, and the square footage of new American homes is dropping. Supersized homes are out, and efficiency and versatility are in. MarketWatch's Amy Hoak reports on the latest building trends.
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How often do you see real passion when it comes to tax preparation? Meet Dr. Edward Kane, of Venice, Fla. Kane is one of over 34,000 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers. This retired orthodontist was introduced to the Tax-Aide program 17 years ago at his church in Pacific Beach, Calif.
Bitten by the bear one too many times and uncertain about their jobs and the economy, investors have avoided stocks even after the market's rapid ascent. Indeed, the market's strong rebound over the past 10 months only makes many sidelined buyers more afraid to get on board. Their mantra: We won't get fooled again.
See Jonathan Burton's Life Savings.
Good, but not enough. That's how academics and advisers characterize President Barack Obama's plans to help Americans save more for retirement. Obama wants to expand tax credits that reward retirement savers, and he wants to require all employers to provide workplace-based retirement savings plans, the so-called automatic IRA.
See Robert Powell.
What would the proposed health-care overhaul do for regular Americans? President Barack Obama tried to answer that question and regain control of the issue in his State of the Union address Wednesday after the stunning result of last week's Massachusetts special election sunk the prospects for quick passage of a comprehensive health-care overhaul.
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The Las Vegas metropolitan area suffered a foreclosure rate that was five times the national average and the highest rate in the country in 2009, according to a report on Thursday by RealtyTrac, an online foreclosure marketplace.
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Patti Ristau said she was terrified when she first landed in Seville, Spain, for a semester studying abroad. Though the 2009 University of Wisconsin graduate had a double major that included Spanish and felt sure of herself speaking the language in Mexico and the Caribbean, Ristau, 22, was worried she would be like a taco at a tapas bar in Seville. And she was all alone.
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It takes a Marine to raise a baby, at least in our household. My husband, Dan, who left the service in 2004, took care of Eve's 1 a.m., 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. feedings during her first few weeks of life as I recovered from a C-section and a nasty bug caught in the hospital.
See Diary of a Recession Baby.
One of the truly great human accomplishments of the past century has been the revolution in longevity. People in most of the world are living longer, by far, than their forebears. That is an upheaval with profoundly positive economic consequences. But there are also some drastic downsides to the vast expansion in population.
See Marshall Loeb.