Monday's Personal Finance stories
- New 401(k) fee rule won't help
- Making the most of a starter job
- Foreclosure mess puts homeowners in limbo
- Half of all small-business loans denied, Fed says
- Explaining resume gaps to employers
Read his story for more on the new 401(k) fee rule, plus don't miss Ruth Mantell's story on how new college graduates can make the most of a starter job, and a story about a new report that finds half of all small-business loans are denied.
Greater disclosure helps investors if they can use that information to reduce their costs. But, other than changing jobs and/or tapping into IRAs and other products outside of work, employees are stuck with the workplace plan they're offered. That often makes it challenging to create a diversified and inexpensive portfolio.
—Andrea Coombes , Personal Finance editor
The U.S. Labor Department announced a rule this week that is designed to give the nation's 72 million retirement-plan participants more information about the costs and expenses associated with their investment decisions.
Read more on new 401(k) fee rule won't help.
In this difficult labor market, many recent college graduates may take jobs outside their preferred field and settle for lower salaries than they might have hoped for.
Read more on making the most of a tough labor market.
Jenson Crawford quit his steady job as lead programmer for Southern California Edison to pursue a dream of becoming a sound engineer. But he later realized that late-night concert schedules weren't compatible with starting a family. So he decided to go back to his old career.
Read more on explaining resume gaps to employers.
Board members received, on average, $172,966 per year at the largest U.S. corporations, according to a Conference Board survey released Monday.
Read more on board pay at large firms around $173,000: survey.
David Stiles was minutes away Tuesday from seeing his house sold in a foreclosure auction when he got a surprise phone call from his lawyer.
Read more on homeowners in limbo.
A veteran hard-money letter is sticking to its apocalyptic scenario. But, while we're waiting, stocks look good.
Read more on Adens say end is nigh, but stocks good for now.
It's been a rocky year for the stock market. Shares hit troubles early in the year, experienced a sudden one-day tumble in the spring that's been blamed on newfangled electronic trading, and have managed to rebound lately.
Read more on ‘superstar' stocks of 2010 outrun the market.
Just when Americans seem more desperate than ever for trustworthy investment advice, financial advisers are brandishing a baffling array of new credentials—some of which can be earned with minimal or no study and a few hundred dollars.
Read more on is your adviser pumping up his credentials?
We have come to expect our central bankers and policy experts to be gray, predictable and eager to take away the punch bowl once the party gets going.
Read more on the dawn of daredevil central bankers.
Builder confidence rose for the first time in October in five months, according to a report released Monday that nonetheless showed conditions at a weak level.
Read more on homebuilder confidence climbs in October.
Industrial production slipped in September, the first drop after six months of gains, according to data released by the Federal Reserve on Monday.
Read more on industrial production dips in September.
Roughly half the small businesses that apply for credit are turned down, according to a report released Monday. The study was conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York during June and July of 426 small-business owners. It found 59% of small businesses wanted credit, and half of those were denied.
Read more on half of all small-business loans denied, Fed says.
Roughly two months ago, Google Inc. filed an application for a U.S. trademark, "Speedbook," to be used with an unidentified piece of computer hardware. Speculation soon began that the company might unveil a branded tablet device bearing the name.
Read more on lawsuit stirs Google tablet intrigue.