The week's top Personal Finance stories
The recovery in home building and housing will begin in states that were far removed from the big boom of the last decade.
Read more: The 5 states where housing will recover first.
A good job is still hard to find, though recent labor-market data indicate the employment situation is slowly improving.
Read more: Where the jobs will be in 2011.
Retirement savers often are advised to buy products that aim to mitigate retirement risks and provide retirement income. But many of the companies that provide such products are leaving the business — or raising rates.
Read more: Retirement products: rising costs, fewer providers.
Mutual-fund managers have seen better days. More than a quarter of actively managed stock funds trailed the indexes they're measured against by five percentage points or more in the first nine months of 2010 — their worst performance since 1998, according to J.P. Morgan.
Read more: Meet the managers behind top funds.
When a mutual fund company cuts management expenses on a stock fund, it really has something to crow about.
Read more: Fund investors, watch your wallets.
Some lawmakers want to repeal the health-reform law — and doing so would include killing its mandate that some employers provide "reasonable break time" for workers to pump breast milk for their babies.
Read more: Family-friendly policies? In the U.S., not so much.
Apartment dwellers face double-digit rent hikes in the coming years as a shortage of new multifamily units gives landlords the upper hand.
Read more: Double-digit rent hikes are on the way.
There is a wealth of do-it-yourself tax software out there, and you're hankering to prepare your own tax return. But do you know enough about the tax laws affecting you to do it on your own? Take this 10-question quiz to find out.
Read more: A tax quiz: How much do you really know?
These five strategies can help parents bond with their teens — and help them build their finances, says Jennifer Openshaw.
Read more: Five tips for parents to start the new year right.
After five years of development, direct-connect technology is making old-time reservation providers redundant — and nervous.
Read more: Technology strains airline–travel agent relations.