Jeff Brown's personal finance columns have appeared in many newspapers. He has blogged for The New York Times and PBS' Nightly Business Report. He also writes regularly for Knowledge@Wharton, the business journal at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Your Life Insurance Policy Is Probably Thoroughly Out of Date
These policies can stay in place for decades, with people just paying the premium and forgetting about it. Heres why that’s a mistake.
Here Are the Best Ways to Use the Money You’re Saving on Gas
Gasoline prices have plummeted by more than $1.50 a gallon since July, and that’s money in the pocket for drivers.
4 Things Homebuyers Have to Think About Before Signing the Papers
Consumers clearly realize housing market conditions have improved, but are nervous about buying. Here's what to think about for homebuyer peace of mind.
What It Means for You as Home Price Gap Becomes Biggest Ever
With a pricing gap as large as today's between new and used homes, buyers should think twice about clinging to the desire to own a new one.
How It Can Be a Buyer's, Seller's Housing Market at the Same Time
If neither side can have everything it wants, a market with no ugly surprises is a pretty good compromise.
It's Increasingly Easy to Accomplish Your Financial Resolutions
There are some personal finance goals that have good odds of success — better odds than with trying to lose 40 pounds.
How to Weave a Reverse Mortgage Into Your Retirement Plan
Whatever mix of strategies you settle on, they'll work better if you set up your reverse mortgage line of credit when interest rates are low.
The Essential Reverse Mortgage Trick: Get One Before You Need It
Experts generally say the home ought to be the last asset tapped, but one urges applying now and borrowing later to lock in today’s low interest rates.
How to Handle Your Retirement Fund RMDs at the Last Minute
Reminder: the unwelcome required minimum distributions deadline looms. If you need to act by Dec. 31 and don't, you'll face a whopping penalty.
529 College Savings Plans: Not a Bad Last-Minute Holiday Gift
Sending cash to the child's parents is obviously the easiest option for grandparents or other givers — if the parents can be counted on.
Why It's Good That Homeowners and Appraisers Are Thinking Alike
Homeowners and appraisers have narrowed their differences in home-value views, a sign of normalcy since the depths of the housing market bust in 2008.
Owning a Home Stretches Lead Over Renting, but There's a Problem
In nearly all markets it again makes sense to buy a home. But those big rents you're paying is going to make it harder.
Here's Your Minimum Needs If You Insist on Actively Managed Funds
Index funds are clear winners due to low fees and tax efficiency, but if you really want to dabble in managed funds, here's how to do it.
Half of Housing Will Be Fully Recovered in '15 (and Half Won't)
Try hard enough and you can almost always see the housing-market glass as half full — but only by remembering how bad things were.
After Giving Thanks, Here Are Financial Presents We Need for 2015
What would we like to be thankful for next year? Not to be ungrateful, but not everything is perfect.
How to Avoid Another Tax Headache From Big Distributions
Many investors are paying for not organizing their portfolios in the most tax-efficient way. Reinvest in different funds or tax-favored accounts and reduce the problem.
Why Retirees Now Have to Question the 4% Withdrawal Rule
To get to a living-large lifestyle in retirement, you're going to need more flexibility than blind adherence to a money withdrawal rule.
'HELOC Creep' Means You're Going to Waste Your Great Home Equity
Homeowners who take out a home equity line of credit for one purpose but use it for another risk higher rates for low value.
Why You May Not Need Long-Term Care Insurance After All
Yes, you might need nursing-home care. But the most common figures about those needs don't tell the whole story.
Build Refinancing Rainy-Day Fund, Protect Against the Unexpected
If you've just bought a home and have a brand-new mortgage, the last thing on your mind is refinancing. But the unexpected does happen.