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The Journey: Medically underwritten annuities can boost income for those who qualify

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Retirement plans focus on boosting the number of participating workers and the percentage of pay being saved, but few prioritize how employees will actually fare financially once in retirement, a new study shows.

The Plan Sponsor Council of America survey of 605 retirement plans found just 31 percent of plans benchmark their success based on ...Read more

Starting in 2020, all new homes in California must come with solar panels. Builders are getting ready

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When Irvine, Calif.-based City Ventures started sticking solar panels on all of its homes six year ago, the builder emerged as a front-runner in the race toward energy-efficient home building. Soon it will be joined on the track by every developer in California.

Starting in 2020, California will become the first state in the nation to require ...Read more

Could you deal with a commute from Tijuana every day?

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It's 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Mexican city of Tijuana and Bob Morris is walking out of his two-story green apartment complex to begin his commute to the United States.

The 66-year-old American, wearing a black suit, blue shirt, Nike sneakers and a small backpack, hops over puddles from the previous night's rain and into a Nissan Versa driven by ...Read more

Hot Property: Penthouse turns into a fun house

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LOS ANGELES -- Filmmaker Judd Apatow and his wife, actress-comedian Leslie Mann, have paid $14.5 million for the Santa Monica penthouse of skincare entrepreneur Howard Murad.

The 8,000-square-foot abode sits on the top floor of a building with its own slice of Hollywood history. The 13-story development, designed by architect A. Quincy Jones, ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: Yes, probate is tricky — but you can make it easier

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Q: I inherited two lots in Florida from my mother who recently died. Her estate was probated in South Carolina, and she left everything to me. The Florida tax bills still show the property is in her estate. How do I transfer the lots to my name? -- Barbara

A: To answer your question I need to review the concept of jurisdiction. A court's ...Read more

Smaller Amazon Go store tested in Seattle as retailer eyes new venues

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Amazon continues its experiments with new physical retail formats and technologies, this time with a shrunken version of its no-checkout convenience stores.

The company on Wednesday opened a 450-square-foot Amazon Go store -- about a quarter the size of existing Go stores -- on the sixth floor of the Macy's department-store building in downtown...Read more

Susan Tompor: Five things to know about your money in 2019

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No doubt, 2018 is ending on an economic thud.

Fear that the next recession is around the corner has been knocking down stock prices and our 401(k) plans. Word that General Motors will be aiming to close some factories next year only fuels the worry.

What started as a fairly optimistic year is gradually turning more and more pessimistic.

Yet ...Read more

Downtown LA's latest retail renaissance? Broadway's burgeoning 'Sneaker Row'

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LOS ANGELES -- USC freshman Mahmood Alfayoumi, 18, had heard about "Sneaker Row" in downtown Los Angeles, but even this seasoned fan of athletic footwear wasn't prepared for what he found.

At a recently opened Jordan-Nike-Footaction collaboration, Alfayoumi ogled hard-to-find sneaks, browsed the onsite customization center and ran on a VR Mars ...Read more

Vanguard is no friend to shareholders seeking more details on firms' political spending

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When shareholders of Camden, NJ-based American Water Works asked fellow investors to support a measure on corporate political spending accountability this year, Vanguard voted 'no.' So it went for similar resolutions put forth at annual meetings for Range Resources -- one of the first companies to drill for natural gas in Pennsylvania's ...Read more

Hot Property: A long way from that Boston bar

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LOS ANGELES -- Actress Kirstie Alley, who finished as a runner-up on the latest season of the reality show "Celebrity Big Brother," is ready to leave another house behind. She's put her longtime home in the L.A. neighborhood of Los Feliz on the market for $11.97 million.

The Italianate villa-style home was built for restaurateur and hotelier ...Read more

More millennial homebuyers? Digital brokerage bets on it

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SAN DIEGO -- The founder of a fast-growing mortgage lender is launching a tech startup in San Diego, hoping to help millennials and other tech-savvy buyers find houses within their budgets.

The company, called Greendoor, is building a suite of online tools to help buyers search for houses based on the monthly payment -- one that includes all ...Read more

The Mortgage Professor: Retiree's dilemma - Deprive self or risk destitution?

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A retiree of 64 has $1 million in her 401(k) common stock fund and expects a long lifespan. Her conundrum is deciding how much she can draw from the fund every month without worrying about running out while she is still alive. Existing options for coping with the conundrum are poor.

The 4 percent Rule

Investment advisers dealing with this ...Read more

The Mortgage Professor: Retiree's dilemma: Deprive self or risk destitution?

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A retiree of 64 has $1 million in her 401(k) common stock fund and expects a long lifespan. Her conundrum is deciding how much she can draw from the fund every month without worrying about running out while she is still alive. Existing options for coping with the conundrum are poor.

The 4 percent Rule

Investment advisers dealing with this ...Read more

Susan Tompor: Social Security calling? Nope, it's scammers out to grab your cash

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Watch out, the Social Security scam is looking like the new IRS scam.

Crooks increasingly are impersonating an official from the Social Security Administration, making harassing calls similar to the annoying Internal Revenue Service calls.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network now has had more complaints to its helpline in the past few months from ...Read more

How Northern California's destructive wildfires could exacerbate the state's housing crisis

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PARADISE, Calif. -- Northern California's recent wildfires have burned homes at a greater pace than developers are building them, deepening a housing shortage that already has left millions struggling to find affordable places to live.

Five large wildfires over the past 14 months, with November's Camp fire the most devastating, have destroyed ...Read more

'It's so much better here': Tenants who followed Bay Area landlord to Colorado aren't looking back

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The first snow dusted Colorado Springs in late October.

Tony Hicks -- San Jose resident for 37 years, Colorado Springs landlord for 4 months -- didn't take it as a sign he made the wrong move.

"It's so much better here. It is nicer, cleaner," said Hicks, a 58-year-old retired engineer and landlord. He sold his three San Jose rental homes this ...Read more

The poor are getting 'priced out of Charlotte' by an out-of-state company, critics say

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Over the last decade, out-of-state rental companies have bought thousands of houses across Charlotte, raising rents in a city already struggling with a shortage of affordable housing.

For Angela Campbell the news still came as a shock earlier this year: Her landlord, Tricon American Homes, would not renew her lease even ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: Can we separate taxes, insurance from mortgage payment?

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Q: We want to separate our taxes and insurance from our mortgage payment, but our mortgage servicer says no. It did not collect enough to pay our taxes, and now there is a shortage. We want to prevent this in the future. Is the servicing company right? -- Tania

A: Your mortgage lender requires you to escrow your property taxes and homeowner ...Read more

Changes to Seattle's single-family zoning could improve housing picture, city report says

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SEATTLE -- The single-family zoning that dominates Seattle has priced people who aren't rich out of most of the city's neighborhoods, is contributing to income and racial inequality, and has forced the city's booming population to crowd into small pockets of the city, a new planning-commission analysis concludes.

The advisory report released ...Read more

Housing has peaked. Here are the reasons the market has cooled.

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The housing market is one of the key sectors in the economy. When housing booms, many segments of the economy are pulled along. But this sector is now slowing.

Are we in for a new housing market meltdown? Probably not, but that doesn't mean the future of the housing market is bright. Factors are in place that imply housing has entered a new ...Read more

 

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