This week's top Personal Finance stories
There was a time when a retiree didn't need to worry about balancing the need to leave an inheritance with the need to have guaranteed income for life with the need to enjoy a decent standard of living.
Read more on retirement income for life.
The next time you pull up to an ATM, take a closer look at the machine. Does it look a little clunkier than usual?
Read more on watch out for ATM skimming.
While the current mortgage meltdown and resulting housing bust has been described as the worst since the Great Depression, it's nothing when compared to what happened in 1933.
Read more on the housing crisis in 1933, and today.
One of the big questions mutual fund shareholders can face is how long to put up with a struggling manager.
Read more on know when to dump a losing fund.
Social Security recipients will not receive a cost-of-living increase to their benefits next year, the government announced Friday, following data that showed few inflationary pressures.
Read more on Social Security benefits won't rise in 2011.
Whether you recently bought or plan to buy a foreclosed home, the latest news that banks have mishandled foreclosures may have you worried.
Read more on foreclosure crisis: What it means for you.
Fixed-rate mortgages fell this week to record lows, with the benchmark 30-year loan averaging 4.19%, Freddie Mac said Thursday. It marked the 23rd consecutive week the 30-year has been below 5%.
Read more on fixed-rate mortgages fall to record low.
President Obama is calling on Congress to make permanent tax credits to cover all four years of college expenses in a move that could save some families as much as $10,000 toward a degree.
Read more on Obama wants tax credit for four years of college.
If the media doesn't understand consumer delinquency numbers, there's no reason to believe consumers get it. But what became patently obvious last week when the American Bankers Association released second-quarter data on the nation's credit picture is that the "good credit behaviors" we keep hearing about of late are mostly hogwash.
Read more on consumers paying off debt? Not likely.
U.S. households will spend 2.5% more on heating fuels this winter than last year, with fuel prices rising "moderately" even as slightly milder weather is expected, the Energy Information Administration said Wednesday.
Read more on winter heating bills to rise 2.5%.