Friday's Personal Finance stories
- The nursing-home question, up close and personal
- Selling a condo? Better hope it's approved
- BP is no Stupid Investment of the Week
- Focus on data point misses larger issue
- In Spain, World Cup is larger than (difficult) life
But then life drops you smack-dab into the issue, whether you like it or not, usually when an aging parent or relative becomes ill. As Robert Powell describes in his first-person piece today, the question of whether a family member should enter a nursing home isn't an easy one to answer.
After all, there are often other options, including staying at home with an in-home health-care aide, moving in with an adult child, or moving into an assisted-living facility. And as Powell notes, the question, for his family, is even more complicated: his father is married to an able-bodied woman who does not yet need care. Where will she live if he goes to a nursing home?
Read Powell's column today for a moving look at how he and his family are approaching this difficult care-giving issue.
-- Andrea Coombes , Personal Finance editor
In 1988, my father suffered a massive stroke. Ever since, my now nearly 80-year-old father has been fighting to maintain and enjoy a quality of life that might pass as normal and ordinary. The fight got harder about two years ago when he lost his right leg up to the knee because of diabetes. And it may get even harder still.
See Robert Powell on Retirement.
Question: I own an apartment in a condominium development that I am trying to sell. I have a potential buyer who wants to use an FHA loan because of its low down-payment requirements, but he says my project is not on FHA's "approved" list.
See Realty Q&A.
Give me your tired, your poor...and a real estate deal. Foreign buyers are ramping up home purchases in the U.S. What states are benefiting? Is this good for America's battered real estate market? How long will this trend last? Housing guru Thomas Lawler sizes up the landscape on this special weekend edition of MarketWatch News Break.
Listen to radio report on foreign buyers invade America's home front.
Millions of people love gardening. They get a primal satisfaction out of seeing flowers and shrubs and vegetables come to life in their yards each year. But millions more have tried gardening and given up, or were turned off before they ever got to the point of sticking some plants in the ground.
See story on the gardening conspiracy.
Since losing more than 40% of its market value amid the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP PLC stock has caught the eyes of certain fund managers who think the battered oil major not only will survive but now offers exceptional value.
See story on mutual funds look to bank on BP.
I had schoolteachers say that there are no stupid questions, but my mailbag can attest to the fact that there are plenty of questions about stupid investments. Here are some good ones.
See Chuck Jaffe on BP is no Stupid Investment of the Week.
It certainly sounds ominous -- even to an investing public already primed by a heavy dose of melodramatic pronouncements in recent weeks.
See Mark Hulbert.
Economists, traders and analysts are splitting mainly into two camps: slow growth versus double dip.
See Kathleen Madigan on tempest in data teapot misses larger issue.
The battle between the Obama administration and the business sector is increasingly becoming a smack-down.
See Thomas Kostigen's Ethics Monitor.
Lawmakers should invest an extra $5 billion in clean energy manufacturing tax credits to help create jobs and give the economy a boost, President Barack Obama said Friday.
See story on Obama stumps for clean energy, and Reid, in Nevada.
The worst of the recent financial-market turmoil tied to Europe's sovereign-debt crisis appears to have passed, a top European Central Bank official said Friday.
See story on worst of sovereign debt crisis is over.
Catastrophe has been averted, but the financial crisis isn't over, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said Friday.
See story on catastrophe averted but crisis continues.
Like all World Cups, this one was riveting. After several dull games in the opening rounds of the group stage, the tournament came to life, as it usually does.
LeBron James had better win the NBA title this year. By bolting Cleveland for the Miami Heat, he puts the pressure squarely on his broad shoulders. He had better win.
See Jon Friedman's Media Web.
In the minds of many Spaniards here, there will perhaps be no bigger "stress test" than the one that's coming on Sunday when virtually the entire country will grind to a halt to watch "La Roja" take on Holland for the World Cup title.
See story on World Cup is larger than a more difficult real life, in Spain.
BP PLC plans to remove a cap on its rogue gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday, part of what might be a three- or four-day effort to install a more efficient cover, officials said Friday.
See story on BP to remove well cap to install new one.
A federal appeals court rejected a bid by the federal government to restore a moratorium on offshore oil drilling, reports said late Thursday.
See story on appeals court rejects effort to restore drilling moratorium.