Personal finance

Story Idea: Health Care Costs and Retirees

Two key surveys recently noted a continuing downward trend in retirement readiness among workers and retirees: The

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How to Localize Federal Rate Hikes

When Janet Yellen announced a quarter-percent raise in the Federal Reserve interest rate earlier in March,

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Financial Market Reporting, Part 6: Derivatives

Defining derivatives and options Now we are going to discuss investment vehicles that are derived from others,

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Financial Market Reporting, Part 5: “Real Stuff,” Commodities and Futures Contracts

Previous posts introduced the markets and the best-known investment vehicles, stocks and bonds. But even if

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Business Story Ideas: The Cost of Fertility Treatment

According to data published by the National Health Statistics Reports in 2014, 12 percent of women

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Covering Tax Season: How to Get Started

Now that W-2s and other documents are arriving in mailboxes, there’s ample opportunity for business journalists

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Story Jump-Start: Big Data on Savings

For many Americans, New Year’s brings a recurring resolution: Save more money. That can mean coming

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Financial Market Reporting, Part 4: Bonds and Bond Markets

Bonds gets no respect. It’s not clear why. For many companies, institutions and investors, bonds are

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Better Consumer Finance Reporting

Amid the rush to cover corporate earnings or the latest big acquisition, reporters often skip over

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Data-Driven Student Debt Coverage: Resources And Story Ideas

Student loans have increased by 84 percent since 2008, according to an Experian analysis. Students, former

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