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Coalition insiders reveal the challenges facing Malcolm Turnbull

After squeaking home in an election that analysts say has dented his political authority, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull finds himself looking at a …

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7 things you won't have to worry about in a shutdown

Worried that the government shutdown means you won't receive your Social Security check? Or that getting a passport in time for your long-overdue vacation is a long shot? Don't be.<p>Yes, the government shutdown will close national parks and museums and furlough hundreds of thousands of federal …

The Best Time to Post Tweets, Facebook Posts and More

<i>This post was originally published on the Buffer blog.</i><p>We’re pretty keen on optimal timing for social media here at Buffer, and I figured it was high time I collected all the information we have about online communication into one place. I’ve collected research and stats on Twitter, Facebook, email …

America's most popular six-figure jobs

The median household income in the United States has increased slightly over the past two years, but it is still down more than 6% from the start of the recession. As of June, a U.S. family earned an estimated median of $52,100 annually, according to Sentier Research. This means that the vast …

Entrepreneurial Tightrope: Making business a pleasure

Quality of life is usually associated with good health. But good health is only part of the picture.<p>While waiting in an outdoor restaurant for a friend to join me for lunch, I decided to play "people poker." I watched a young man dressed casually in khaki shorts, sports shirt and sandals having a …

Diversification: Why Not Put Everything in Whatever Will Go Up the Most?

The U.S. markets are doing well this year. Many other asset classes are not. The S&P 500 was up 16.9% at its peak on June 18. Then it dropped 2.9% in the last 10 days of the quarter. This gain in the U.S. markets has some people questioning the merits of a global portfolio. But the track record of …

Haven't saved enough for retirement? What to do?

A new report paints a rather grim assessment of how prepared we are for retirement. "The Retirement Savings Crisis: Is it Worse Than We Think?" from the Washington, D.C.-based National Institute on Retirement Security, says the typical American family has only "a few thousand dollars" saved for …

Gold plunges to lowest level in nearly 3 years

The price of gold sank to its lowest level in nearly three years Wednesday, in a massive meltdown of the precious metals market.<p>Gold is suffering as investors continue to weigh comments during the past week from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicating the central bank's massive stimulus …

Americans love to spend, lousy at saving

Americans are good at spending but lousy at saving, according to a new report on Americans' finances.<p>A report out Monday from Bankrate.com finds only 24% of Americans have enough savings to cover at least six months' expenses and only 50% have less than three months' expenses saved up.<p>Most …

How to Qualify for a Government Health Insurance Subsidy

Find out if you're eligible and what changes will take place.<p><i>Will I qualify for a government subsidy to buy health insurance under the new health</i> …

Which funds have best average vs. the S&P 500?

Since this is baseball season, and rather than fall into tired baseball metaphors for funds, we thought it might be more interesting to look at a fund's batting average vs. the Standard & Poor's 500.<p>What's that? Basically, it's a look at how a fund has performed against the S&P 500, with dividends …

Wall Street's newest fad: Risk-parity funds

Funds offer more conservative option for cautious investors.<p>The mutual fund industry is forever trying to build a better mousetrap—with mixed results.<p>Index funds were once a novelty, but pioneers like Vanguard 500 brought about a new standard for low costs, tax efficiency and solid performance. …

Stocks end lower but cut early losses

Stocks losses deepened Wednesday as rising interest rates sent investors fleeing.<p>The Dow Jones industrial average's decline at one point was almost 200 points in morning trading after the yield on the bellwether 10-year Treasury note topped 2.17% this week, a 14-month high. On Wednesday, the yield …

30 Ways to Waste Your Money

Almost all of us have holes in our budgets. And as with other kinds of leaks, you may have hardly noticed some of them. But those small drips can …