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Terry Savage: Manilla.com, a new, free service that collects and organizes your bills, may be what you need to get your papers in order. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:20 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/9612758-452/new-online-tool-revolutionizes-bill-paying.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/9612758-452/new-online-tool-revolutionizes-bill-paying.html <![CDATA[ Remind lawmakers they have a job to do ]]> Lead story image

Terry Savage: Congress rushes off to vacation, hoping to push the hard decisions into the New Year. And hoping we won’t notice if they can announce something temporary. It’s time for the bosses — us — to speak up, and force them to do the job that we’re paying them to do. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:20 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/9521559-452/remind-lawmakers-they-have-a-job-to-do.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/9521559-452/remind-lawmakers-they-have-a-job-to-do.html <![CDATA[ Occupy America through your generosity this holiday season ]]> Lead story image

Terry Savage: Instead of sitting in parks and protesting, instead of lamenting our political choices, instead of waiting for the government to figure it out — let’s occupy our country with the generous spirit of giving. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:20 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/9383925-452/occupy-america-through-your-generosity-this-holiday-season.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/9383925-452/occupy-america-through-your-generosity-this-holiday-season.html <![CDATA[ Watch for new bank fees, and safeguard your accounts, cash ]]> Lead story image

TERRY SAVAGE: It’s the holiday shopping season, a time when banks and pickpockets hope you’re concentrating more on spending than on safeguarding your money, so pay attention. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:20 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/9243766-452/watch-for-new-bank-fees-and-safeguard-your-accounts-cash.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/9243766-452/watch-for-new-bank-fees-and-safeguard-your-accounts-cash.html <![CDATA[ TERRY SAVAGE: Treasure what America still offers ]]> Lead story image

What would happen to the world’s economic and political woes and wars if we just didn’t think about them? It’s not an idle question. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:19 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/9099930-452/terry-savage-treasure-what-america-still-offers.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/9099930-452/terry-savage-treasure-what-america-still-offers.html <![CDATA[ Children’s gifts that gain value ]]>

TERRY SAVAGE: Here are a few ideas to help you get started on finding a gift that won’t be broken, worn out, or tossed aside within days. Instead, these gifts will grow in value. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:19 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/9034131-452/childrens-gifts-that-gain-value.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/9034131-452/childrens-gifts-that-gain-value.html <![CDATA[ Fear the long-term implications of flop ]]> Lead story image

Terry Savage: Global money has recently rushed to the “safety” of the U.S. dollar, fearing that the euro will be made worthless — either by default or by “printing” the money. Will we face any different future? ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:19 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8990570-452/fear-the-long-term-implications-of-flop.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8990570-452/fear-the-long-term-implications-of-flop.html <![CDATA[ Time of peace, gratitude vs. season of frenzied spending ]]> Lead story image

TERRY SAVAGE: The Thanksgiving weekend and the holiday shopping season are upon us. And the combination is filled with enough ironies for an entire column. The first irony is that we equate the two events — stuffing ourselves with turkey and then running out to shop like crazy. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:18 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8968153-646/time-of-peace-gratitude-vs-season-of-frenzied-spending.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8968153-646/time-of-peace-gratitude-vs-season-of-frenzied-spending.html <![CDATA[ Holdoff on the celebrations until debt crisis is over ]]> Lead story image

Terry Savage: The congressional “supercommittee” has until Nov. 23 to come up with at least $1.2 trillion in cuts to the federal budget deficit over the next 10 years. So be ready for anything. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:18 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8807998-452/holdoff-on-the-celebrations-until-debt-crisis-is-over.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8807998-452/holdoff-on-the-celebrations-until-debt-crisis-is-over.html <![CDATA[ VA loans great deal for veterans ]]> Lead story image

TERRY SAVAGE: VA loans are a great deal for veterans. If you are a vet, don’t miss out. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:18 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8713049-452/va-loans-great-deal-for-veterans.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8713049-452/va-loans-great-deal-for-veterans.html <![CDATA[ Pension reform needed ]]> Lead story image

TERRY SAVAGE: Here’s a Savage Truth, like it or not: Within the next 28 years, half the state’s general tax revenues will go to pension obligations, leaving little money for education, roads and bridges, prisons and law enforcement, or Medicaid programs. Then there will be no choices left. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:18 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8691562-452/pension-reform-needed.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8691562-452/pension-reform-needed.html <![CDATA[ Greece trapped in no-win situation ]]> Lead story image

TERRY SAVAGE: What’s going on in Greece is a modern day tragedy. The Greek people are facing a “damned if they do, damned if they don’t” scenario — one in which there is no winning position. If they follow the wishes of their creditors — other European banks and central bankers — their debt will be cut in half. But they will still be left with a huge burden — a debt ratio of 120 percent of their GDP. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:17 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8653988-452/greece-trapped-in-no-win-situation.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8653988-452/greece-trapped-in-no-win-situation.html <![CDATA[ Don’t be afraid to correct investment mistakes ]]> Lead story image

Terry Savage: Everyone makes mistakes. But when leaders of companies — or countries — make a mistake, the costs can be catastrophic. It takes courage to admit a mistake, and reverse course. But that can be a better decision than continuing down the wrong road. That’s especially true when it comes to your investments. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:17 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8509537-452/dont-be-afraid-to-correct-investment-mistakes.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8509537-452/dont-be-afraid-to-correct-investment-mistakes.html <![CDATA[ Don’t be afraid to correct investment mistakes ]]> Lead story image

Terry Savage: Everyone makes mistakes. But when leaders of companies — or countries — make a mistake, the costs can be catastrophic. It takes courage to admit a mistake, and reverse course. But that can be a better decision than continuing down the wrong road. That’s especially true when it comes to your investments. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:17 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8509537-452/dont-be-afraid-to-correct-investment-mistakes.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8509537-452/dont-be-afraid-to-correct-investment-mistakes.html <![CDATA[ Warren Buffett is bullish on America’s future ]]>

TERRY SAVAGE: Warren Buffett is bullish on America — and bullish on the stock market. And he’s putting his money where his mouth is — buying stocks and companies! I interviewed Buffett at a benefit that raised more than $1 million for Junior Achievement of Chicago. The audience of Chicago executives included several from Marmon Group, a company that Buffett owns, and Career Builder, which contributed $500,000 for its seats and a private reception. ]]> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:15:17 -0600 http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8458604-452/warren-buffett-is-bullish-on-americas-future.html http://www.suntimes.com/business/savage/savage2011/8458604-452/warren-buffett-is-bullish-on-americas-future.html