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Yes, the Gold Rush Is Still On…but How Long?
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.
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YODER & SONS
As an Adventure Begins, Another One Ends
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.
THE ACCIDENTAL ENTREPRENEUR
Why It's Worth Paying for a Tax Pro
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.
MARKETWATCH
Dangerous Jobs: You'll Be Surprised
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.
AL'S EMPORIUM
'Biflation' Bernanke
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.
THE AGGREGATOR
Four Money Rules You Can Break—for Now
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.
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Is the NYSE Sale Cause for Worry?
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Prepaid College-Savings Plans Take Hit
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Why You Should Buy That Home Now
The Bond Market
SMARTMONEY
Five Signs the Bond Bubble Is Breaking
Here's what investing pros are watching for in terms of interest rates and inflation, the housing market and municipal bankruptcies.
Bond Market Flashes Inflation Warning
Why Muni Bond Fears Are Overblown
Family Finances
Airline Credit Cards Take Off
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
4 Traditional Money Rules to Break -- for Now
SmartMoney: Suddenly, borrowing against a 401(k) and signing up for more credit cards makes financial sense.
FAMILY VALUE
A Referee for Family Disputes
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.
Investing
THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR
Ominous Undertone of Stock Rallies
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?
WEEKEND INVESTOR
New Ways To Gauge ETF Costs
Are you paying too much for your ETF? New research tools aim to tell you.
WEEKEND INVESTOR
Rising Yields Could End the Stock Rally
Treasury yields are rising—and that may be bad news for the stock market. Here's what investors need to know.
SMARTMONEY
Will a New Hedge-Fund Rule Lock You Out?
In Muni Bonds, Danger and Hope
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.
House GOP Rules Out Bailouts for States
Deal Journal: Analysis of muni-bond hearing
Graphic: Muni-Market Woe
California Plan Is Hope for Bondholders
Investors Wary of Muni Bonds
Investing in Funds
Index Funds Get a Makeover
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.
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Your Employer Knows Best. Perhaps
More are using re-enrollments to help employees get their retirement investments on track.
Podcast: What You Need to Keep in Mind
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The Germans Are Coming
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 Case for Sunbelt Real Estate
Investors Pile Into Egypt Fund
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?
Family Finance
Remaking the Reverse Mortgage
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.
Hidden Medical Debts Can Kill Home Refis
Personal Finance Calculators
Investing
Bluefin's Lord Believes Small Is Beautiful
Julie Lord, a wealth manager at Bluefin Wealth Management, tells The Wall Street Journal why she favors small cap and value stocks.
Money Funds Post Inflows
When This Fund Says Large Caps, It Means It
Taxes
Don't Overpay on Social Security Taxes
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.
Caregiver Tax Breaks
IRS Sets Offshore Amnesty
Retirement Planning
A Retiree Turns to Stand-Up
Did you hear the one about the retired real-estate agent? He became a comedian—and has never been happier
Retiring in 10 Years? Uh-Oh.
Are You Too Wealthy for Your 401(k) Plan?
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Latest Credit-Score Fixes Fall Short
FAMILY VALUE
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A Referee for Family Disputes
TAX REPORT
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Risks of Underplaying Your Income
THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR
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Ominous Undertone of Stock Rallies
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A DIY Retreat With A Deadline
A couple bet they can build their home on a slim budget and in time for their wedding.
Big Houses
Miramax's Tutor Leases Out Mansion
Autos
Nissan's Jazzy Juke, Imperfect on Purpose
Diminutive, loud, eager, winsome, but a trifle uncoordinated, the Juke is like a caffeinated preschooler, says Dan Neil.
His Car Set the Bar High for Lowriders
A European Sport Sedan—From Ford
Fitness & Health
Sanofi-Aventis finished its due diligence of Genzyme's books and facilities but the two drug makers have yet to settle on a price.
Careers
When Valentine's Day rolls around, some co-workers want to celebrate their deep—yet platonic—bond with their office spouse.
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