Best and Worst Times to Buy a New Car

When it comes to car shopping, timing is everything. But the formula for figuring out the perfect time to make the purchase can be complicated. If you’re shopping for your next new car, keep the following tips and statistics in mind. Shop ...

Market Commentary: Earnings Reports Spur Market Momentum

Led by decent corporate earnings reports, the S&P 500 index powered to a new all-time high this week, closing at 1759.70, up 0.88%. Government bond yields continued their two-month descent, with the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury ...

Market Commentary: Congress Kicks the Can

Investors cheered the agreement to kick the can on short-term government funding until Jan. 15 — thereby ending the shutdown — and to extend the debt ceiling until Feb. 7. So the never-ending budget debate in Washington is not over by any means, ...

Market Commentary: Budget Battle Takes Toll on the Markets

The partial government shutdown and debt ceiling debates are starting to take a toll on the financial markets, sending stocks down 0.04% on the week to close at 1,690.50 on the S&P 500 index. U.S. Treasury bonds were mixed, with the yield on ...

Market Commentary: Syrian News Sends Stocks Higher

Spurred by the reduced probability of a U.S. strike against the Syrian military, stocks rallied this week. The S&P 500 index advanced 2.03% on the week to close at 1,688. U.S. Treasury yields drifted lower, with the yield on the 10-year ...

Vacations Over: Stock Market Takes a Nose Dive

Stocks and bonds tumbled worldwide this week, as investors reacted to stretched valuations and the ongoing fear of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s “tapering.” As early as September, the Fed may reduce its $85 billion monthly rate of ...

5 Must-Haves for Your Retirement Toolkit

Are you building a nice garden home, a castle, or heading for life in a cardboard box? Earlier this year, the Employer Benefit Research Institute issued its annual Retirement Confidence Survey. If the findings are any indication, we should all ...

Financial Papers: What to Keep or Toss

During tax season, you probably found yourself surrounded by piles of papers — and wondering how long to keep all that stuff. For tax documents — and all your other financial paperwork — here’s your answer. What How Long to Keep Why Tax ...

Military Families Continue to Face Financial Stress

Blue Star Families Survey Shows Positive Financial Behaviors, but challenges remain as financial stress lingers. This recent survey of military families found that nearly two-thirds – 65 percent – of respondents experience stress related to ...

What’s in a Used Car’s VIN?

When shopping for a used car, check the vehicle identification number with the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s VINCheckSM. This quick and free online service is an easy way to make sure a car or truck has not been reported stolen and not ...