The Color of Money / Home & Consumer

Color of Money: The marriage premium

WASHINGTON -- This year, I'm celebrating 23 years of marriage.

In addition to the joy of being wed to my best friend, our relationship has economically lifted my life and that of my nuclear and extended family. Being married has netted results ...

Color of Money: The many perils of student debt

WASHINGTON -- Someone said to me that I make too big a deal of student loan debt.


I heard similar comments before the housing crisis. We now know how that turned out.

Next month, thousands of college graduates will see an end to their ...

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 ...