When a Spouse Inherits an IRA

When it comes to deciding what to do with the proceeds from a deceased husband's (or wife's) IRA, the surviving spouse who inherits an IRA has a choice.

The Financial Landscape: An Economic Spilt Personality

Is the American recovery fast or slow? Depends on who you ask. The Wall Street Journal sees corporate America merrily rolling along while Main Street suffers. The New York Times warns that Wall Street is about to feel the pinch too. But nobody is all that optimistic about Greece today.

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.

The Frugal Consumer: Stay Home for Dinner and Suspense

Looking for an easy way to keep your entertainment budget in check without feeling like you're pinching pennies or getting bored? Bring the gang over for a dinner party and movie night that features one of these classic Hollywood suspense films.

Hyundai/Kia and VW Top Latest Safety Ratings

Who makes the safest cars? Hyundai Motor and its sister make, Kia Motors, along with Volkswagen and its luxury brand, Audi, garnered the most awards in the recent vehicle crash tests conducted by an insurance industry testing group.

Should You Convert to a Roth 401(k)?

Do you or don't you want to convert to the Roth 401(k) or a 403(b) by the end of 2010? That's the hot retirement-planning topic of the year for...

Changing Jobs? Don't Leave Your 401(k) Behind

Changing jobs is always a bit of a stressful process, even if you're leaving your previous position by choice. But personal finance expert Jean Chatzky wants to remind you not to let this detail slip through the cracks: Roll over your 401(k).

Consumer Reports Lifts 'Don't Buy' Rating on Lexus SUV

Consumer Reports has lifted its "Don't Buy" rating on the Lexus GX 460 SUV less than a month after it warned of handling problems, following new tests that showed recall work corrected the problem. The magazine said Friday the vehicle passed its tests after a Lexus dealer updated the car's electronic stability control software.