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.
Why You May Not Want to Pay Cash, Own Your Home Free and Clear
A decline in cash home sales is good news, but cash deals will continue to make sense for some. And there are other options to consider.
Now You Can Get That Home Equity Loan in a Comfortable Hybrid
More homeowners think it's time for a home equity loan, thanks to rising home values and persistently low interest rates, and now they have more options.
If Retirement Health Care Costs Look Scary, Try These Tactics
The older you get, the more you're likely to spend on health care, because Medicare doesn't cover everything. So how do you plan for that?
Why Buying Bonds With Negative Yield Isn’t as Weird as It Sounds
While a first for Germany, other countries have sold negative yield bonds from time to time, and it's better than money in a mattress.
Investors Turning to Dividend-Paying Stocks See Benefits of Buybacks, But Must Heed Caveats
One cause for worry: Companies tend to be much more aggressive with share repurchases at exactly the wrong time.
How to Withdraw Money in Retirement for Most Flexibility, Least Taxes
The cardinal rule: Start by taking your required minimum distribution from any traditional 401(k)s or IRAs, then do what it takes to avoid a higher tax bracket.
We Still Aren't Recovered From Financial Crash, but Give It 2 More Years
By May 2017 the median home price should exceed its pre-recession peak, a study says, but a very slow recovery can be good news.
Year of 401(k), IRA 'Leakage' Costs Us About 25% of Our Retirement Money
Recent articles and studies raise questions about our standard approach to investing for the young, with non-financial 401(k) withdrawals being part the problem.
Car Shopping? Here Are Automakers Proving They Want You Buying New at 0%
This might be the time to get your shiny new car. Loan rates on new cars are at the lowest in years, but prices are rising.
Stocks Are Overpriced, So Stop Assuming Your Long-Term Returns Will Be Fine
Here are some experts' best investing assumptions for 2015 and beyond. First comes a suggestion to ratchet down market-return projections somewhat.
Reverse Mortgage Rules Become More Like Regular Mortgages in March
Starting March 2, borrowers will have to show they have the resources to keep up with property taxes and homeowner's insurance premiums.
Here's Why Index Investing May Actually Be Fine in Rocky Times
Common wisdom and common sense say the same thing: Index-style investing is best when markets are calm, but active investing may have the edge when they aren't.
Low-End Housing Boost Means Millennials Moving Out of the Basement
More lower-end home sellers help meet demand from entry-level buyers, then re-enter the market in search of a slightly pricier homes.
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.