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Buy or Rent a Home?

Submitted by Taylor Schulte on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 3:00pm

Do you fork cash over to a landlord in exchange for freedom of responsibility for residential maintenance, or take out a mortgage and shell out monthly for the pride – and eventually financial payoff – of homeownership?

The Fantasy Economy

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 9:00am

The summer weather and the media’s and Wall Street’s focus on positive economic news may have you feeling cheerier than usual these days. Two words: “Bah, humbug.” Or maybe, “Get real.”

Economy & Market: Linked?

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 3:00pm

Summer rolls along, theme parks are open and lines for roller coasters are long. Wild rides are fun, but you probably want a more predictable path when investing. Let’s look at some parallels and distinctions between the equity markets, thrill rides and the overall economy.

Reverse Mortgage Cautions

Submitted by Sterling Raskie on Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

As you near retirement, you may foresee a need for more money in the golden years than your savings can handle. You look to use Social Security, careful withdrawals from qualified accounts and maybe annuities. Can you also use one of your biggest assets: your home and its equity in the form of a reverse mortgage?

Key Homebuying Details

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:00pm

For most of us, our home is the largest investment we ever make. Counter your understandable butterflies at such an outlay of money by knowing as much as you can about the process in advance.

Should You Buy a Home?

Submitted by Maureen Crimmins on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 3:00pm

Dream of hanging your hat on a rack that you own? Purchasing a home is a financial decision and an emotional one – and buying at the wrong time or for the wrong reason can mean a big mess. Here are factors to consider before you sign that dotted line.

The Housing Help Fiasco

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 9:00am

The idea was logical enough: The government should step in to restore the housing market, which the financial crisis had crippled. Too bad that these seemingly noble efforts were ineffective.