The Best Life

July 2011


10 Ways to Get Americans Spending Again

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Despite years of near-zero interest rates and government stimulus programs, American consumers have not recovered their spending appetites. They are still reeling from big mortgage and other debts, facing stagnant wages and long-term unemployment, and desperately seeking reasons to once again ...

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retirement
economy

How to Cut Your Drug Costs

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Drug price inflation seems impervious to market forces, even during this very weak recovery. So it makes sense to do a thorough review of your drug costs at least once a year. Next year's Medicare coverage decisions seem far, far away but that annual renewal or, for first-timers, initial election ...

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retirement

5 Predatory Money Pitches to Watch Out For

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The stubborn continuation of tough economic times has made it likely that you'll be exposed to bottom-feeding merchants aiming take advantage of you with offers of "help." They live in late-night TV ads, Internet promotions, and elsewhere. All too often, their gain comes at your expense, and they ...

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retirement
fraud

10 Tips for Caring for Aging Parents

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Caring for an aging parent may be the highest calling of your life. But it also can rob you of time, money, and your own experiences. In some cases, these personal sacrifices can create bitterness and regret, causing ill will toward the very people you love and have pledged to help.

MetLife's aging ...

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retirement

The 10 Top-Rated 401(k) Plans

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Generous employer matches, broad and often imaginative investment choices, and low fees are the common attributes of the nation's most attractive 401(k) plans, according to rankings from BrightScope, a firm that tracks the performance of more than 50,000 retirement plans which it says contain 90 ...

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retirement
401(k)

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