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Color of Money: For readers, a second opinion

WASHINGTON -- When folks ask me for advice, I have a standard line: "To be clear, you asked me, right?"

I preface my answer with this line because it's my way of warning them they may not like what I have to say.

Then there are readers who weren...

Color of Money: Some SUN on foreclosures

WASHINGTON -- Lisa Shepard followed the rules.

She got a good education. She became a registered nurse and then got a law degree. Her schooling led to a good job in health care management. She bought a home she could afford in Jessup, Md. She ...

Color of Money: Easing retirement fears

WASHINGTON -- In taking the pulse of how people feel about retirement, a Wells Fargo/Gallup survey of investors found that nearly half fear they will outlive their savings.

This certainly was the sentiment of many readers who participated in one ...

Color of Money: Getting caught in a co-sign trap

WASHINGTON -- I'm going to urge seniors to practice using one of the most powerful words in the English language.

Before I tell you what that word is, let me tell you about a recent report from TransUnion, one of the major credit bureaus. It ...

Color of Money: Getting in sync on retirement

WASHINGTON -- Retirement is something I've increasingly been thinking about. My husband and I have set a goal of retiring once our youngest child finishes college in about eight years.

We've talked about whether we might move. We know we ...

Color of Money: Small steps to financial health

WASHINGTON -- Seeing decorations popping up everywhere reminds me of one of my favorite songs from the television feature "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town."

A young Kris Kringle is trying to help the mean old Winter Warlock see that he can change ...