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Likelihood of a pricier mortgage discourages people from selling

Ryan Carson and wife Jenny work in the kitchen of their four-bedroom Seattle home. Daughter Clara will soon have two siblings and a nanny is moving in so they could use more space, but with a 3.85 percent mortgage rate, they plan to stay put and remodel instead. Ted S. Warren / AP

Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell. More

Beware if you're meeting far afield

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If you buy stocks on your own but aren't confident you are proficient enough with financial data to spot threats to your investments, here's one easy test that even a novice can master: Watch if a company you own schedules its annual meeting far from its headquarters. More

Workers not ready to retire try hands at 'encore' careers

After failing to find a job in his field, laid-off HBO employee Fred Wallace, right, took his marketing skills to a California nonprofit that helps young people transition out of foster care. 'It's terrific to know you can help an organization be better at what they do, you can give back, and you can earn a modest stipend,' he said. Gina Ferazzi / MCT

After Fred Wallace was laid off from a high-paying job in 2011, the 56-year-old knew the odds of landing a comparable position were slim. More

Chiding colleague for texting at wheel was the right call

Q: I'm afraid that I could be hurt or killed by colleagues who insist on texting while driving. Recently, one of my co-workers offered to drive us to a meeting with a new client. More

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