ARMs (question 2), Roth IRAs (question 10), and other personal finance questions fill the Reader's Mailbag.
As everyone begins drumming the buy-gold, buy-gold, buy-gold beat, is it time for gold's parabolic price explosion, shooting sharply up and falling just as quickly back down?
Sparta's 300 have been renowned for two millenia. How widely known is the impact of the 30 million American troops deployed overseas since 1950?
Politicians from the left and right have responded with knee-jerk objections to the report from the co-chairs of President Obama's deficit commission. It's time for the adult conversation to begin.
On Tuesday, a NYT column pointed out that gold is only at a record high if you don't adjust for inflation. Just what are gold – and the dollar – worth?
Should Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson have more directly tackled health care or the possibility that growth may address debt more effectively than frugality?
ETFs, aka Exchange Traded Funds, track a commodity or basket of assets much like an index fund, but trade like stocks. Though useful, might ETFs be a bit poisonous for markets?
As the South American giants face off, economists test a theory about the timing of effort exertion in a finite-length bilateral industry contest. In other words, is it risky to anger Brazilian players with early goals?
California's financial straits need radical solutions. How about these?
Silver prices peaked this week mid-day Tuesday, when iShares Silver Trust (SLV) briefly hit 28.6 during an 'outside day reversal.' Friday morning, SLV opened at 28.11. This essay, first published Wednesday, explains the phenomenon.
This is the tenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10.
A YouTube video argues against consumerism. How will consumers respond?
Tuition fees have UK students panicking, but they can relax: The proposed increase will actually make it easier to get a mortgage, and students will have lower monthly payments.
California has a chance to show the world how to balance greenhouse gas reduction with economic prosperity – if they can get it to work.
Gold is in a bull market, not (yet) a bubble. It will probably stay in a bull market for a long time. And before it declines, gold may climb a hundred dollars a day – or more.
The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage held steady from last week, at 4.28 percent. Refinancing is popular, but home-buying remains near decade lows.
Every day, 4,200 Americans declare bankruptcy. It’s a stressful experience, but it doesn’t happen out of the blue. There are warning signs along the way. Joan Feeney and Theodore Connolly, authors of “The Road Out of Debt: Bankruptcy and Other Solutions to Your Financial Problems,” have developed a color-coded alert system similar to the government's Homeland Security advisory system. What’s your bankruptcy color?