Monday's Personal Finance stories
- Home buyers, get the most for your money
- Five ways to keep your kids safe this summer
- Stocks safer than bonds, managers says
- Financial aid: How to get more of it
But as with any sharply discounted product, you may end up paying more than you thought, especially if you're not the do-it-yourself type. Read Amy Hoak's Home Economics column for more on the unexpected costs of purchasing a relatively cheap house.
While the cheapest thing on the shelf sometimes really is a good deal, with some purchases, like a home, shelling out a bit more for the right house is a smart move.
-- Andrea Coombes , Personal Finance editor
The nation's housing inventory is cluttered with foreclosures, short sales and home builders willing to make a deal. If you're in the market to buy a home today, you're likely weighing the benefits of each type of property available for purchase.
See Amy Hoak's Home Economics.
Resales of homes in the U.S. real-estate market rose 7.6% during April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.77 million as buyers rushed to complete sales before the expiration of a tax credit, according to data released Monday by the National Association of Realtors.
See Economic Report.
As summer approaches, so does the prime injury season for children. Parents have different ideas about how to keep their kids safe, but their assumptions don't always match up with some of the biggest known threats.
See Vital Signs.
With summer just around the corner, many families are looking forward to relaxing and enjoying warm-weather recreation such as swimming. But parents can't afford to relax too much when their kids are around water.
See Kristen Gerencher's Health Matters Blog.
The investment move that has made consumers most comfortable since the market crisis of 2008 is about to become the investment folly of the 2010s.
See Chuck Jaffe.
Stocks traded over the past week with all the panache of the drunk uncle at a shotgun wedding, stumbling through four and a half weak-kneed sessions before snapping to attention at last call in the final half hour.
See Jon Markman.
Three letters that anticipated the crash of 2008 were skunks at the party when the 2010 rally began. They're still bearish.
See Peter Brimelow.
The guaranteed payouts on immediate annuities offer insurance against the kinds of rocky times investors have been weathering of late. But retirees need to be sure the value of their investment doesn't get slowly whittled away by inflation.
See story on inflation's toll on annuity payouts.
Now that families have sent in their college acceptance letters, reality is setting in. How in the world are they going to pay the bill?
See story on financial aid and how to get more of it.
Like many twentysomethings, Sean Aiken of Vancouver, British Columbia, did not know what he wanted to do when he graduated from college. Everyone told him that he needed to find a career he cared about, but Aiken felt that the likelihood of stumbling onto his passion amid a sea of advertised job titles was low.
See story on have week, want job.
Call it a concession to reality: Credit-card companies are now required to print a toll-free number for a nonprofit credit-counseling service on every bill.
See story on how to get out of debt.
Locking yourself into a long-term certificate of deposit with the current paltry returns may not be so appealing.
See story on CDs that let you up the rate.
With unemployment still high and hiring still slow, this year's college graduates are moving into uncertain headwinds. But even if your career begins in the slow lane, a slew of new consumer laws and programs may help you get off to a good start on financial matters.
See story on personal-finance basics for the class of 2010.
Last week, Dad suddenly asked me: "What would you think of taking six months off to take a trip to trace the history of Western civilization?"
See Yoder & Son.
Americans can be "heartened" that the U.S. economy is growing again and creating jobs, but job growth is still lagging, top White House economic aide Larry Summers said Monday.
See story on economy growing but still short of jobs, Summers says.
The amount of oil BP PLC (BP) is siphoning from a massive leak on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico has declined to 1,120 barrels a day, a company spokesman said Monday.
See story on oil collected from spill down to 1,120 barrels a day.