The Color of Money / Home & Consumer

Color of money: Choices caregivers must make

WASHINGTON -- She just wouldn't move. My sisters and I had a meeting with our mother to talk about her living situation. It was hard to care for her when she lived in another state.

After two strokes, she had trouble walking. She needed help with...

Color of Money: Homeownership's downsides

WASHINGTON -- Before the housing market crashed during the Great Recession, homeownership was considered a no-brainer.

People were told to buy a home as soon as they could because it was the financial route to the middle-class American dream. ...

Color of Money: Advice worth repeating

WASHINGTON -- The music has stopped, the cap and gown have been packed away, and now the work begins. But not the work you think.

Now you have to work on getting rid of your student loan debt. So where do you start?

If you pay your student loan ...

Color of Money: Big Data is watching you

WASHINGTON -- I'm a glass-half-empty person. I say this as a way to express my feelings about a report released by the Federal Trade Commission on data brokers, companies that collect and sell consumer information.

Whenever I've been searching ...

Color of Money: No way to collect taxes

WASHINGTON -- The federal government needs money. I get it. The Internal Revenue Service has a significant number of overdue tax debts it needs to collect. More than 5 million taxpayers were delinquent near the end of April, according to the ...

Color of Money: The relief of a 529 college plan

WASHINGTON -- When I see college graduates celebrating their achievement, I can't stop wondering about all the loans many will be paying off for years to come.

But it also makes me relieved that my husband and I set up 529 plans for our children....