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Weston: How small businesses can help workers save

November 21, 2020, 6:00am Business

Donna Skemp of Bend, Oregon, struggled to save before she signed up for an automatic savings plan offered by her employer’s payroll services company. Now, some of her pay goes into a federally insured, interest-paying savings account that she can access any time with a debit card. Read story

Weston: When life blows up your well-laid plans

November 14, 2020, 6:00am Business

Job loss, business failure, involuntary retirement, divorce, disability or the death of a breadwinner — these are just some of the ways our finances can force us to come up with a Plan B. That’s never as simple as downloading a list and ticking off completed assignments, however. Read story

Weston: The upsides to thinking about when you will die

November 7, 2020, 5:14am Business

Social Security’s life expectancy calculator predicts I’ll live to about 86. An insurance company’s version says I should expect to die at 98. A longevity calculator created by actuaries demurs, putting the odds at only 32% that I’ll make it to 95. Read story

Weston: How losing Obamacare could cost you

October 31, 2020, 6:00am Business

If the Supreme Court throws out the Affordable Care Act, your finances and your future could pay the price. Read story

Weston: Playing the market is a bad idea, especially now

October 24, 2020, 6:02am Business

The current day trading boom will end as these frenzies always do: in tears. While we wait for the inevitable crash, let’s review not only why day traders are doomed but also why most people shouldn’t trade, or even invest in, individual stocks. Read story

Weston: Suddenly retired? Here’s what to do next

October 17, 2020, 6:00am Business

The pandemic seems to be driving a surge of early retirements as businesses close or downsize and older people weigh the health risks of continuing to work. Read story

Weston: Beware high-risk homes that drive up insurance

October 10, 2020, 6:02am Business

When house hunting, the price of homeowners insurance probably isn’t top of mind. But homes with hidden risks can make getting coverage difficult, expensive or both. Learning how to identify them could save you a bundle. Read story

Weston: Sustainable investing could get a lot harder

October 3, 2020, 6:00am Business

Interest in sustainable investing is soaring, as more people become convinced that making a positive impact can be profitable as well as good for the planet and society. Unfortunately, the Labor Department doesn’t think these investments belong in your 401(k). Read story

Weston: Fear of bankruptcy holds too many people back

September 26, 2020, 6:02am Business

The mystery isn’t why so many people file for bankruptcy each year. It’s why more people don’t. Read story

Weston: Some remote workers may be in for tax surprise

September 5, 2020, 6:00am Business

If the pandemic caused you to relocate across state lines, even temporarily, the next surprise could be having to file an extra tax return and potentially pay more taxes. Read story