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  • 401(k) conundrum: lots of cash, no best way to make it last Oct 19, 2014 6:23 AM
    Strategies for drawing down lump-sum accounts in retirement — more important than ever in the 401(k) era — have received little attention from policymakers. For retirees, choices about how to spend a life’s worth of savings are fraught with tricky calculations about financial risk, taxes and death.

  • Wintrust acquires Delavan Bancshares Oct 14, 2014 9:41 AM
    Wintrust Financial Corp, said it will acquire Delavan Bancshares, Inc., a Wisconsin state chartered bank, which operates four banks in southeastern Wisconsin, for approximately $38 million.

  • What’s next for funds when Fed stops buying bonds? Oct 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    On Oct. 29, virtually all economists expect the Federal Reserve to announce the end of its program that bought bonds every month in order to boost the job market. The purchases are widely credited for fueling price increases of all kinds of investments.

  • U.S. pushes some nations to do more for economy Oct 11, 2014 2:06 PM
    “European leaders should focus on recalibrating policies to address persistent demand weakness,” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said at the policy-setting committee of the International Monetary Fund, which was scheduled to conclude its discussions Saturday.

  • Third quarter review: Mutual funds take a summer break Oct 5, 2014 7:32 AM
    After delivering solid and consistent returns through the first half of this year, most types of mutual funds faltered in the third quarter. It wasn’t a disaster — most of the declines were modest, and the largest categories of stock and bond funds were virtually flat — but it was a letdown for anyone who got accustomed to steady and widespread quarterly gains.

  • 5 Ways to prepare for possible long-term care costs Oct 6, 2014 9:29 AM
    On average, nearly 70 percent of 65 year-olds will eventually need some form of long-term care, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. And HHS estimates that 20 percent will need it for more than five years. Here are some things to consider when preparing for the possible financial burden of long-term care.

  • Cuba begins to unite private enterprise, tourism Sep 27, 2014 1:34 PM
    Tourism is one of Cuba’s top four generators of income, along with nickel mining, medical services and remittances from relatives living abroad.State-run restaurants for tourists and for Cubans have long suffered from complaints about poor quality.

  • San Diego philanthropist launches newspaper bid Sep 25, 2014 9:17 AM
    San Diego would join a small group of established, metropolitan newspapers owned by nonprofit companies, including the Tampa Bay Times in Florida and the Deseret News in Utah. Nonprofit news organizations tend to be startups.

  • Bull run has Indian stock funds topping the charts Sep 21, 2014 7:41 AM
    To find the year’s best-performing mutual funds, head east. In India, excitement surrounding a new prime minister has catapulted stocks higher, and mutual funds that focus on the country have reaped the gains. The Matthews India fund (MINDX) has returned 52 percent in 2014 through Wednesday, for example.

  • Jeb Bush more focused on business than politics Sep 20, 2014 2:08 PM
    Those close to him say that after his two terms as governor, he has worked aggressively to improve his personal finances, a common practice for politicians after public service.Bush “is not currently a candidate for office. He’s a businessman,” said his spokeswoman, Kristy Campbell. “If he makes a decision to run for president, he would certainly review his work engagements at that time.”

  • Banks prepare for fallout if Scotland leaves United Kingdom Sep 12, 2014 6:17 PM
    Less than a week before a referendum that could see Scotland ending its 307-year political bond with the United Kingdom, officials at the Bank of England and the Treasury are gaming out how they would shore up the financial system if that happens. With the result being announced ahead of a normal trading day in the U.K., among the chief risks facing officials in the first 24 hours after any “yes” vote: a flight of deposits, a run on the pound and a drying up of bank liquidity.

  • Why some fear auto industry is returning to bad habits Sep 7, 2014 7:35 AM
    Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past. As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.

  • Airlines among strongest stocks in 2014 Sep 7, 2014 7:32 AM
    You just spent a small fortune on airline tickets — and the extra charges for the bags — for your family’s summer vacation. All your flights were packed with other passengers who also paid richly for the ride. No wonder airline profits are sky-high. Back home now, you might ask if you can share in the airlines’ good fortune by buying their stock. The answer: maybe you can, but you missed the big payoff.

  • Germans warm to crowdfunding as luxury resort attracts investors Sep 6, 2014 7:42 AM
    In Germany, crowdfunders seeking cash for business ventures raised a total of 8 million euros in the first half, 60 percent more than a year earlier, according to Frankfurt-based startup portal

  • One of five IRS probes ends in a draw Sep 5, 2014 4:52 PM
    Friday’s reports mark the conclusion of just one investigation. The Justice Department and three other congressional committees are continuing their probes.

  • ECB surprises with rate cuts, new stimulus plan Sep 4, 2014 9:36 AM
    The European Central Bank has cut its interest rates and announced a new stimulus program that involves buying financial assets, a bid to salvage a weak economic recovery. In a press conference following a meeting Thursday, ECB President Mario Draghi said the bank would start purchases of private sector financial assets in October.

  • Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy Aug 31, 2014 6:51 AM
    Coming out of the recession, the travel industry grew fee-happy. Car rental companies charged extra for services such as electronic toll collection devices and navigation systems. And airlines gained notoriety for adding fees for checking luggage, picking seats in advance, skipping lines at security and boarding early. Hotel surcharges predate the recession, but recently properties have been catching up to the rest of the industry.

  • Buffett’s Burger King financing includes warrant for 1.75% stake Aug 29, 2014 6:26 PM
    Buffett’s company received the warrant to buy common shares and agreed to purchase 30,000 preferred shares as part of the deal, Miami-based Burger King said today in a regulatory filing. The perpetual preferred securities pay a 9 percent coupon. Burger King didn’t specify how many common shares Berkshire has the right to purchase.

  • Chief in $800 million fraud gets 20-year sentence Aug 29, 2014 1:54 PM
    “My understanding is that most of the time, on the major decisions, it was you making the decisions,” Judge Robert Scola said. “It’s clear that you were the mastermind of the criminal enterprise.”

  • 5 tips to know if a home equity line of credit is right for you Aug 24, 2014 7:34 AM
    Rising home values and low interest rates are a powerful combination for homeowners looking for more financial breathing room. Many borrowers are take out a home equity line of credit, which can pose risks. Here are five tips to help determine whether a HELOC is right for you.

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