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Economy by the Numbers: Are We Better Off Than We Were in 2008?

This fall, as Americans prepare to mark their ballots, Republicans are hoping that voters' minds will be focused on one (and only one) simple question: Are you better off today than you were four years ago? Unfortunately for the GOP, the answer isn't quite as clear as they'd like.

Borrowers Beware: 401(k) Loans Hold a Hidden Risk

If you're in financial trouble, borrowing from your 401(k) may look smart -- at first. There's no application process, and the low interest you pay goes back into your account -- you're paying it to yourself. Unfortunately, those benefits come with a catch.

The (Extended) Family Home: Why Millions Are Moving In

Multigenerational households in this country are growing fast. At the end of 2009, 51.4 million Americans lived in a home with three or more generations under one roof, up nearly 5 million from 2007. So what's driving this trend, and how can you move in relatives without drowning in drama?

Retirement Savings: Managing Your 401(k) After a Layoff

In part one of this three-part series on retirement savings, we reviewed how to best manage a 401(k). But as today's companies continue to combat the tough economy by downsizing, part two explores what to do with your employer-offered retirement plan if you lose your job.

Freelance Nation: Why Good Jobs May Not Come Back

Many of the jobs that have been lost in the recession are unlikely to come back. Those that do are more likely to be freelance, temporary or contract positions rather than permanent jobs with benefits. Technology, off-shoring and the disappearance of bubble-era jobs are all to blame.

TARP: One Big Success but Many More Failures

The Congressional Oversight Panel's December report on TARP concluded that it "proved decisive enough to stop the panic and restore market confidence," but failed to address many of the "ongoing problems" in the financial markets and the broader economy. However, it didn't call for ending the program.