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Paying Off Our Plastic Is Killing the Economy

Here's the good news: American consumers are finally starting to reduce their reliance on credit and pay off their high-interest debt -- a positive development for their financial futures. The bad news: More money in people's pockets means less overall spending in the economy, which desperately needs the cash right now. How might the tension be resolved?

Homeowners Move Away From 30-Year Mortgages

With the historically low interest rates, many homeowners with 30-year mortgages have been leaving their loans for younger models. According to a new report from Freddie Mac, more homeowners are refinancing into 15- and 20-year mortgages than ever before.

America's Low Interest Rates Have a High Hidden Price

Interest rates are the price of money, and though that price is near zero right now, the cost of low interest rates to our nation may be too high. Low rates are squeezing savers, seniors, banks and pension funds, and the benefits we're supposed to see from them don't appear to have arrived.

Why the Fed's Stimulus Only Boosts Emerging Markets

When QE2 is complete, the Fed's bond purchases will have injected $1.7 trillion in liquidity into the markets since 2008 in an effort to boost corporate investment in new production and new jobs in the U.S. Instead, companies are taking cash raised here and investing it in emerging markets.

5 reasons home buyers aren't biting

Last week, the news broke that interest rates hit yet another low: 4.45% on a 30-year-fixed and a stunning 3.87% on a 15-year fixed rate loan. At the...

Toyota to Offer Rebates on Lexus Models to Boost Sales

Seeking to boost sales of Lexus brand vehicles, Toyota plans to offer rebates of up to $3,000, as well as subsidized financing on certain models, company executives told a gathering of Lexus dealers from across the country this week.

Gold Hits Record of $1,308.90 After Price Drop

Gold prices reached a record $1,308.90 an ounce Tuesday after earlier price declines and continued low interest rates spurred investors to buy bullion. Gold, which earlier had its biggest intraday decrease in more than two months, reached a record high for the eighth time in two weeks.

With Interest Rates So Low, What's an Investor to Do?

Interest rates are hovering near record lows, so investors looking for higher returns will have to look beyond interest-bearing assets like CDs and money-market funds. If low risk is a priority, consider two interesting options: utilities and oil pipeline partnerships.

Global Economy's Next Threat: China's Real Estate Bubble

After sagging in the global financial meltdown of 2008, property values in China's urban centers skyrocketed in 2009. Some economists believe Chinese real estate is now experiencing a bubble, and when that bubble pops, it could threaten the global economic recovery.

How Bank of America can raise capital

Bank of America is one of the worst companies on the planet, making the Medellin Cartel look like Trader Joe's by comparison. Yet for some reason the...