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Personal finance: Lick your wounds: Neither stocks nor bonds were kind last year

Personal finance: Lick your wounds: Neither stocks nor bonds were kind last year After a dismal stock finish to 2015, your natural conclusion might be: Why did I bother? If you glance at the markets and stock funds in your 401(k), IRA or college fund and subtract the money you plopped into the accounts during […]

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The Favorite Personal Finance Story of the Year

The Favorite Personal Finance Story of the Year Catey Hill and Quentin Fottrell discuss their favorite personal finance story of the year, and take a look at how same-sex marriage could help the economy and housing market in 2016. The Wall Street Journal Digital Network Continue reading at wsj.com No personal budget? Make writing one […]

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Personal finance New Year’s resolution: Max out your 401(k)

Personal finance New Year’s resolution: Max out your 401(k) USA TODAY’s Charisse Jones offers tips on smart ways to utilize your 401(k). USA TODAY Try to hit the contribution cap. In 2015, that was $ 18,000. For 2016, it’s the same. (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) With a new year comes a fresh start. So when … […]

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Mail on Sunday’s Personal Finance team reveal all: Journalists take stock of the highs and lows of their own money decisions

Mail on Sunday’s Personal Finance team reveal all: Journalists take stock of the highs and lows of their own money decisions It is that time of year when The Mail on Sunday’s award-winning Personal Finance team does its version of The Calendar Girls and reveals all. Not pots of flesh but how each of them […]

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The 5 most inspiring personal finance stories of 2015

The 5 most inspiring personal finance stories of 2015 Melanie Lockert doubled her income and paid off $ 68,000 of student loan debt View gallery Photo: Melanie Lockert Four years ago, Melanie Lockert grudgingly relocated from New York City to Portland, Ore., a hail mary move she hoped would lead to better job … Continue […]

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Personal Finance Q&A: Does having a student loan affect ability to buy a home?

Personal Finance Q&A: Does having a student loan affect ability to buy a home? Dear Liz: I recently completed a master’s degree in counseling and am now paying student loans. I am punctual and consistent in my payments. How does having a $ 30,000 outstanding student loan look to home lenders? We recently sold our […]

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Most American’s personal finance goals fell short this year

Most American’s personal finance goals fell short this year Many Americans will be happy to see the end of 2015. That’s because many of them fell short of achieving their financial goals this year, according to a new study by Capital One. The results found most Americans, though determined to do a better job this […]

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Personal Finance Q&A: Why teens shouldn’t drive convertibles

Personal Finance Q&A: Why teens shouldn’t drive convertibles Dear Liz: My son is almost 16 and has his heart set on a used luxury convertible. We have found a few that are priced at about $ 23,000 with about 50,000 miles. We are debating whether this is the right choice for him. The type he […]

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