Personal Finance

Hensarling: GOP Wants to End Rules on Retirement Advice, Payday Loans

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Congressional Republicans hope to scrap two contentious rules meant to rein in conflicted investment advice and payday lenders once President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Era of Low Interest Rates Hammers Millions of Pensions Around World

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Central-bank moves are pulling down returns for government-run funds, making it difficult to meet mounting obligations to workers and retirees. Low rates are exacerbating existing cash problems.

Concerns Over 401(k)s Spike, Then Fade, and Pros Say That's for the Best

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While companies that serve the 401(k) market say call volumes from investors spiked early Wednesday, they saw relatively few of those investors make changes to their portfolios. And that’s the best course, financial advisers and plan administrators say.

Tips to Save on Homeowners Insurance

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How homeowners can save thousands of dollars on their premiums.

Readers: Tell Us What Surprised You About Retirement

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Ask Encore: A retirement expert addresses questions often asked about retirement finances and other issues.

Judge Rejects Challenge to Retirement-Advice Rule

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A federal judge rejected a request from an insurance-industry group to block a new rule on retirement advice, handing an early victory to the Obama administration in its defense of the landmark regulation against a series of legal challenges.

Public Option for U.S. Health Insurance Gains Visibility in Washington

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Advocates and opponents are gearing up for a life or death battle over a problematic Affordable Care Act in 2017, and the idea of a government option in health insurance is gaining some traction among Democrats.

Merrill Lynch Ends Mutual-Fund Purchases in Commission IRAs

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Clients of Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch brokerage can no longer buy mutual funds in retirement accounts that charge commissions, another sign that the effects of new retirement regulations are already being felt months ahead of implementation.

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