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While the cost of job-based health insurance is moderating from earlier punishing increases, premiums are now a burden for many workers, health experts say. They recommend that employees review their options during this year’s open enrollment period to make sure they’re not overlooking some cost savings.Open enrollment, a window...
There is no mistaking how Eric Markowitz feels about borrowing money: “I hate debt,” he said. Dr. Markowitz, a dentist in Washington, D.C., took out a mortgage to buy a home for his family, but that’s the extent of his borrowing. And he fully intends to have...
With more than 7.5 million student loan borrowers in default and nearly 2 million others seriously behind on their payments, there’s little question that the handful of federal programs designed to help struggling borrowers pay what they can afford aren’t working for everyone. The idea is simple:...
Stocks have been even more fickle than usual. The main stock indexes are all up this month, and they have had double-digit gains since January. But it has been hard for traders to muster much enthusiasm. Despite the recent rallies, stocks haven’t made substantial net gains since the beginning...
Back in the spring, millions of Americans asked for and received six additional months to file their federal income tax returns.Now, the extension is almost up. The new deadline is Tuesday.“Time is running out,” said Lance Christensen, a tax partner at Margolin, Winer & Evens in Garden City, N.Y....
John Howe runs a small hedge fund in Connecticut. In the wake of the financial crisis, he took over a portfolio of underperforming loans, offering the debtors a choice: They could hand over their property, and he would release them from their personal guarantee. Or he would pursue them...