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  • Fund investors are looking abroad for dividends Jun 1, 2014 7:08 AM
    Markets outside the United States have long been fertile ground for dividend hunters because their stronger cultures of paying dividends have resulted in higher yields. U.S. companies have boosted their own dividends and paid a record amount last year, but many mutual-fund managers say the most attractive dividend stocks are still outside the country. Investors also are showing a preference for foreign dividend payers: That’s where they’re putting more of their money.

  • How tightening your home can save you money Jun 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    Many residents are paying far more than they should to cool their homes because cold air is leaking out and hot, humid air is getting in. The air seeps through obvious places, like under doors, and not so obvious places, like cracks around plumbing that you can’t see. “We accept a much higher level of bad performance in our homes than we would in our cars. You shouldn’t be uncomfortable.” says Jennifer Amann, director of the buildings program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

  • Are the Clippers really worth $2 billion? May 30, 2014 7:01 PM
    A small time frame to negotiate, skyrocketing television rights fees that pushed professional sports franchise values through the roof, an owner-friendly collective bargaining agreement negotiated in 2011 and Steve Ballmer’s own desire to land the team after missing out in his bid to buy the Sacramento Kings last year collided to drive the Clippers price into the stratosphere, experts say.

  • Visa, MasterCard renew push for chip cards May 23, 2014 4:20 PM
    Card processing companies argue that a move away from the black magnetic strips on the backs of credit cards would eliminate a substantial amount of U.S. credit card fraud. They say it’s time to offer U.S. consumers the greater protections microchips provide by joining Canada, Mexico and most of Western Europe in using cards with the more advanced technology.

  • Chicago plans $784 million bond sale for Midway Airport May 23, 2014 2:08 PM
    Moody’s has a stable outlook on the bonds, noting that the airport is “largely insulated” from the financial strains of the third-most populous U.S. city.

  • Finding new frontiers in mutual fund investing May 11, 2014 6:09 AM
    Finding stocks that zig when others zag is a key goal for investors, and mutual fund managers say they’re finding candidates in places that may be unfamiliar. They’re delving deeper into less-developed economies, buying stock in Nigerian breweries, banks in Kazakhstan and cement companies in Colombia.

  • Kraft Foods investigated by regulators over 2011 wheat futures May 2, 2014 5:04 PM
    If there are legal penalties, Mondelez will bear most of the costs, Kraft said. The Northfield-based company doesn’t expect the matter to have a material effect on its results or operations.

  • News Corp. buys romance publisher Harlequin May 2, 2014 7:41 PM
    The acquisition should help bolster News Corp.’s book unit sales, which brought in about $1.4 billion last fiscal year, or about 15 percent of total revenue. The book unit may now make up about 20 percent of News Corp.’s total sales, according to Eric Katz, media analyst for Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.

  • Minding the tax bite in fund investing Apr 27, 2014 6:16 AM
    For many investors with mutual funds in a taxable account, it was tougher this year than last. That’s because the best year for stocks since 1997 pushed many funds to make capital gains distributions to their shareholders, and those got taxed even if the shareholder didn’t sell any shares. Investors who make the biggest incomes got a double whammy: They paid a higher percentage of their capital gains distributions in taxes than a year before.

  • Lower mortgage rates are a fading middle class perk Apr 27, 2014 6:25 AM
    Most ordinary homebuyers are paying the same or higher rates than the fortunate few who can afford much more. Rates for a conventional 30-year fixed mortgage are averaging 4.48 percent, according to Bankrate. For “jumbo” mortgages — those above $417,000 in much of the country — the average is 4.47 percent.

  • First Midwest acquires Popular’s Chicago operations Apr 23, 2014 5:30 PM
    Itasca-based First Midwest Bancorp said it will acquire the Chicago operations of Popular Community Bank, a subsidiary of Popular, Inc. First Midwest will take over Popular Community Bank’s retail banking offices and its small business and middle market commercial lending activities in the Chicago metropolitan area.

  • Wal-Mart joins Ria for money transfer service Apr 17, 2014 10:08 AM
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is introducing a new money transfer service that it says will cut fees for customers by up to 50 percent compared with similar services. The service, which will be available April 24, allows its customers to transfer up to $900 to and from more than 4,000 Wal-Mart stores in the United States.

  • Average U.S. 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27 pct Apr 17, 2014 10:06 AM
    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.27 percent from 4.34 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.33 percent from 3.38 percent.

  • Goldman’s income falls 11 percent, still beats expectations Apr 17, 2014 9:01 AM
    Goldman Sachs’ earnings fell in the first quarter as bond trading slumped, but the results still came in well ahead of what investors were expecting.

  • U.S. retail sales up strong 1.1 percent in March Apr 14, 2014 8:36 AM
    U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products. The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales rose 1.1 percent in March, the best showing since September 2012.

  • Savers beware: Fees may be shrinking your 401(k) Apr 13, 2014 6:37 AM
    It’s the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees. And now a new study finds that the typical 401(k) fees — adding up to a modest-sounding 1 percent a year — would erase $70,000 from an average worker’s account over a four-decade career compared with lower-cost options. To compensate for the higher fees, someone would have to work an extra three years before retiring.

  • On Russia, Europe too cautious for U.S. Apr 12, 2014 2:24 PM
    Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland told a Senate panel this past week that U.S. and EU sanctions now in place are “biting” and “pinching” the Russian economy, “and we’re now considering further measures.”

  • Stocks fall on jitters over earnings, tech rout Apr 12, 2014 7:30 PM
    “Earnings are going to come in on the sloppy side,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital. “The market needs to correct,” he added, referring to sharp downturn in stocks.

  • ‘Age Well’ event guides seniors through finances, retirement Apr 2, 2014 12:41 PM
    College of DuPage Continuing Education will partner with DuPage County Senior Services to host “Age Well DuPage: Renew, Recharge, Reinvent.” The free event runs 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in the Homeland Security Education Center, Room 1022, on the College’s main campus, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn.

  • Event to show how to prepare for retirement Apr 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    An event this weekend in DuPage County is hoping to give anyone looking toward retirement the tools they need to get the most out of their golden years.

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