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  • Funny Money: STOCK-tober: I'm ready for my close-up

    We are rolling into the penultimate (look it up!) week of STOCK-tober, our monthlong docudrama detailing the agony and ecstasy of stock investing. As of this week, the overall market as measured by the S&P 500 Index is down 0.6 percent since New Year's...
  • I'll pay extra for the backpack that won't sing

    Parenting can be an assault on the senses, from the effluvia of the diaper pail to the torture of bare feet on a rug strewn with Legos. But nothing tortures a parent suffer more than the musical assault of the Childhood Industrial Complex. When I was a...
  • Generous in-laws serve up guilt on the side

    It's time for another installment of Money Manners, our regular feature dedicated to proving that whenever people say, "It's not about the money," you KNOW it's really about the money. You can send your Money Manners questions anytime to brian@...
  • Meet Santa's new helper - Fiscal Cliff

    We are now officially in danger of driving over everyone's own personal "fiscal cliff" as we approach our December holidays. Although I just used the "h-word," let me note that I keep Christmas in my heart (and St. Patrick's Day in my desk drawer) all...
  • Time for comic relief on checking accounts

    It's April Fool's Day, a time to celebrate humor in all it's forms, but some jokes aren't funny, especially if you've heard them too many times. Now, certain jokes do have a distinguished history, such as mankind's oldest recorded joke, which was...
  • Tax season's busting out at long last

    Well, we're finally getting to that extra-special time of year, and I don't mean the first day of spring, St. Patrick's Day, baseball's Opening Day, or even National Cleavage Day (which is an actual, real thing). While those holidays certainly make three...
  • Funny Money: Light up, folks - it's time for Stock-tober

    Today kicks off the first Funny Money STOCK-TOBER, when we'll look at you and the stock market, which is now on such a wicked comeback that the S&P 500 index is down just 1.5 percent since New Year's Eve 1999. Some call it a "lost decade," but that's...
  • Psst! Want a good tip? Leave one!

    We're two weeks into January, so let's check on those New Year's resolutions. How's that diet? Are you digging your beet-and-onion smoothie every morning? Has that daily stint on the treadmill caused your last brain cell to die from boredom? Well, you've...
  • A perfect prescription for holiday spending

    Holiday shopping budgets are taking a bit hit in this year's "Twelve Days of Christmas" shopping list. The annual survey from PNC Wealth Management found that rounding up the leaping lords, drumming drummers and a flock of assorted birds from the...
  • IRA tax move not really so wonderful

    Spring surely must be here. The first crocuses are up; the Final Four is drawing nigh; and all the usual financial experts are handing out all the usual advice about cutting your 2012 tax bill by contributing to an IRA. Which raises some important...
  • Paying for another type of hangover

    Good morning, Funny Money fans, and, by the looks of it, you had a great St. Patrick's Day. At least I hope you downed a couple pints of green beer yesterday. Otherwise, you need to see a dentist pronto. Of course, there a lots of worse aspects to a...
  • The nicest loan shark around? Try the IRS

    There are sentences in the English language that can chill us to our very marrow, such as: -- "This is your captain speaking. Please assume the crash position." -- "Hey, there's a state trooper waiting for you down at reception." -- "Next on HBO:...