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  • Big slump is no cause to ditch stock market Oct 26, 2014 7:31 AM
    Worries about a slowdown in global growth drove oil prices and global stock indices sharply lower. Headlines about the spread of Ebola and the deepening conflict with Islamic State fighters in the Middle East also turned investors cautious. Still, many investment strategists pointed out that the key factors supporting stocks during their current bull run market remain in place. The U.S. economy is still growing, and so are corporate earnings.

  • Navigating the wide world of mortgage overlays Oct 26, 2014 7:45 AM
    The word “overlay” in the context of home loans refers to the mortgage approval standards that lenders and their investors place above the guidelines set by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs. While many real estate professionals bemoan the tightened lending standards put in place since the housing crisis, restrictive lending practices are not solely the responsibility of the federal government.

  • Why poor kids don't stay in college Oct 27, 2014 8:29 AM
    Even after controlling for ability, the gap in college graduation rates persists. Low-income students who scored between 1200 and 1600 on their SATs were half as likely to finish college than their counterparts in the top 25 percent of the income distribution, according to one analysis of data from 2000. Economic distress can dim a student's chances by forcing her to take on part-time jobs or reduce her credit load to help out at home.

  • Despite uncertainty from state, Palatine will reduce levy for fourth straight year Oct 23, 2014 6:40 PM
    Palatine will reduce its tax levy for the fourth year in a row, under a proposed budget village officials will present to residents at a Saturday morning meeting. News: According to a budget overview from Village Manager Reid Ottesen, the 2014 property tax levy reflects a decrease of $100,412 over the 2013 levy, and there has been a cumulative reduction of $653,284 over a four-year period.

  • 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.

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