Thursday, February 10, 2011 As of 6:46 PM EST
America's biggest obsession these days is with a shiny old friend. Though gold's price has tapered off lately, as recently as January it was hitting record highs, prompting everyone from hedge-fund managers to barbers to talk about the yellow stuff.
Steve and Levi Yoder begin their traveling adventure - but say farewell to Sunday Journal readers with the conclusion of their two-and-a-half-year family finance column.
Entrepreneurs operating on a tight budget may be tempted to forgo professional help in preparing their companies' returns. But experts say the investment is typically worthwhile to maximize deductions and avoid penalties.
The rate of fatal occupational injuries for farmers and ranchers is 38.5 per 100,000 full-time workers, versus 4.4 for firefighters, and 13.1 for police and sheriff's patrol officers, according to the most recent Labor Department data.
A new form of inflation is increasingly described in the blogosphere. It better explains the pricing paradox Ben Bernanke has failed to embrace. It's called "biflation." Everything you already own has rapidly declined in value. Everything you need to buy is going up.
Traditional financial advice isn't suddenly all wrong, but many of these axioms no longer result in higher savings or less debt. So it might be a good time to break them -- for now.
The Bond Market
Here's what investing pros are watching for in terms of interest rates and inflation, the housing market and municipal bankruptcies.
Airlines and card-issuers are promoting better perks like free checked bags and generous mileage bonuses, but some of the same old drawbacks remain.
SmartMoney: Suddenly, borrowing against a 401(k) and signing up for more credit cards makes financial sense.
Divorcing couples have long hired mediators to avoid court battles. Now, a growing number of mediators are starting to specialize in resolving disputes that relate to older adults.
The co-author of 1999's "Dow 36,000"—which called for stocks to triple in as little as five years—is now warning investors to protect themselves against another round of financial disasters. Should you care?
Are you paying too much for your ETF? New research tools aim to tell you.
Treasury yields are rising—and that may be bad news for the stock market. Here's what investors need to know.
Municipal bonds' prices have slid amid state and city financial stress, and some worry the bonds' troubles could spread, but there are differences between the muni-market turmoil and mortgage woes.
Deal Journal: Analysis of muni-bond hearing
Graphic: Muni-Market Woe
Investing in Funds
Here's how the new approaches work—and tips on the market environments when they make more sense than the traditional capitalization-weighted index funds.
More are using re-enrollments to help employees get their retirement investments on track.
Podcast: What You Need to Keep in Mind
There are better things for U.S. investors to worry about than the takeover of the New York Stock Exchange by Germany's Deutsche Börse.
The Wealth Report
Raising Taxes on the Rich. Cuz the Bible Tells Us So?
Politicians who want to raise taxes on the wealthy tend to use the same fundamental arguments. They talk about fair share. Or rising inequality. Or the excesses and rigged economics of the rich. Minnesota's governor is resurrecting an much older argument: the bible.
More Super-Rich Investors Get U.S. Citizenship
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Why You Should Buy That Home Now
The president's proposals for revamping the mortgage industry will make home loans costlier.
5 New Ways to Cut Valentine's Spending
Roses, chocolates and jewelry are more expensive this year; here are ways to save.
Can Buying Generic Lower Your Self-Esteem?
Research shows skipping name brands may make you feel worse about yourself.
The End of Prepaid Tuition Plans?
Can Credit Cards Help You Manage Money?
A new type of reverse mortgage is attracting the attention of affluent borrowers eager to extract cash from their homes. But they need to be aware of the tradeoffs.
Julie Lord, a wealth manager at Bluefin Wealth Management, tells The Wall Street Journal why she favors small cap and value stocks.
Did you work for two or more employers last year? If so, make sure you don't miss out on an easily overlooked tax credit.
Did you hear the one about the retired real-estate agent? He became a comedian—and has never been happier
A couple bet they can build their home on a slim budget and in time for their wedding.
Diminutive, loud, eager, winsome, but a trifle uncoordinated, the Juke is like a caffeinated preschooler, says Dan Neil.
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