Friday's Personal Finance stories
- Short-selling sleuths spot accounting tricks
- Money isn't enough to make you happy
- Investor sentiment heats up in July
- Reverse mortgages and remarriages
- Is Chelsea Clinton's setting a bad example?
But if you don't take the time to understand your investments and you lose your shirt in the market, at least you can take comfort in knowing that money is not the basis of all happiness. Read Robert Powell's column for a look at a new study that finds a sense of purpose and social connections, as much as money, are underpinnings of the good life.
Then again, if you can't pay the bills, there isn't anything good about that.
-- Andrea Coombes , Personal Finance editor
As the 2010 second-quarter earnings season wraps up, accounting sleuths are once again scouring the latest reports for disconnects between what company executives are telling investors and what the numbers are saying.
See Weekend Investor.
When it comes to feeling as though you're enjoying the good life, money matters. Make no mistake about it. But it's just one critical ingredient, according to a new study.
See Robert Powell on money isn't enough to make you happy.
The buyers are back in town. Bullish sentiment among investors rose to 40% from 21% in the first week of July, according to the latest survey from the American Association of Individual Investors, while 33% of respondents were bearish, down from 57% earlier in the month.
See Jonathan Burton's Life Savings on investor sentiment heats up in July.
As U.S. stocks made a comeback in July, some biotech, resource and industrial stocks lapped the broad market -- and several health-care and tech stocks fell far behind.
See story on best and worst stocks in July.
Russian and Turkish stocks stood out from their emerging-market rivals in July, helping push the investment class to its best gain in four months as panic over European debt loads subsided and as China's economy expanded, albeit at a slower pace.
See story on emerging markets climb in July.
Central bankers have always been expected to play calming parent to markets' excited and unruly children.
See story on the market needs a reality check.
Money returned to long-term U.S. mutual funds last month after investors pulled holdings out in May in the wake of the stock market's "flash crash," the Investment Company Institute said in data released Thursday.
See story on mutual funds gained assets, thanks to bonds.
Question: I have a friend who took out a reverse mortgage with his wife. His wife passed away and he has since remarried. What happens to his new wife -- or more specifically, the house -- when he dies? Will she have to move out? If so, what can she do now to possibly prevent that when the fateful day comes?
See Realty Q&A on what to do with a reverse mortgage if you remarry.
I'm constantly amazed at how much some money people blow on the Great White Wedding. But Chelsea Clinton's forthcoming extravaganza takes the cake.
See story on is Chelsea Clinton's wedding too expensive?
I'm a little more conservative than most tech writers when it comes to hot trends that may not be hot nor be trends.
See story on e-reader battle is just beginning.
The U.S. economy lost momentum in the second quarter, according to figures released Friday, which may raise concerns of an extended soft patch if not an outright contraction.
See story on U.S. GDP growth slows to 2.4% rate in second quarter.
Concerns about personal financial prospects and the overall economy weighed down consumer sentiment in July, according to a report released Friday by Reuters and the University of Michigan.
See story on consumer sentiment falls in July.
Billionaire Texas brothers Sam and Charles Wyly have created a name for themselves by spending millions of dollars on conservative political candidates and committees, but new Securities and Exchange Commission charges against them are expected to depress - or completely wipe out - their donations to Republicans.
See story on SEC's Wyly brothers charge may depress GOP donations.
The nation's auto industry is on the rebound, President Barack Obama said Friday, with all three U.S. automakers operating at a profit for the first time in six years after the government extended a multibillion-dollar lifeline.
See story on Obama hails auto-industry growth.
The House of Representatives was set to vote Friday on a bill that would put tough new restrictions on companies that drill for oil offshore, with memories fresh of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
See story on offshore-drilling bill heads for House vote.
As President Barack Obama rallied the nation's auto workers in Detroit Friday, industry analysts were polishing forecasts for what they widely expect to be a big month for auto sales.
See story on despite lack of incentives, July car sales likely to be strong.