• Alabama troopers report 9 dead in crashes during holiday


    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama state troopers investigated seven fatal traffic crashes that killed nine people during the Thanksgiving holiday. Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier says alcohol was a factor in at least one of the crashes. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency reported fatal crashes in Escambia, Geneva, Lauderdale, Limestone, Macon, Mobile and Talladega counties, including one motorcyclist who was wearing a helmet. Collier says only two of the people killed in vehicles were wearing seat belts and reminded drivers to use restraints every time they get in a vehicle. The holiday travel period runs from Wednesday to Sunday. Last year, officials reported six people had died during the holiday in

  • Idaho lawmakers review solar energy incentive proposal


    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials with Idaho's solar energy industry say they want to pay taxes on the energy they produce, not property taxes — a system that already applies to other renewable energy developers. The Solar Energy Task Force, a legislative interim panel, met Monday to hear input from solar energy developers and tax officials to discuss possible legislation for the 2016 Idaho Legislature. The proposed legislation would require solar energy developers to pay a 3 percent tax on the production of electricity rather than pay property taxes to their local taxing districts. The industry says the change would result in more money for municipalities over time. A similar proposal introduced to lawmakers this year

  • 14 clever books to teach kids about money

    Don Milne, FamilyShare | Updated: Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Do your kids a favor and tell a bedtime story that teaches a little lesson about money.

  • Millennials expected to splurge on themselves this Christmas

    Daniel Bendtsen, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Retailers aren't very optimistic about the Christmas season, but millennial consumers sure are. They're expected to spend more this year, especially on themselves.

  • Anti-gambling forces fight against rise of daily fantasy sports

    Daniel Bendtsen, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    After online poker's demise in 2011, daily fantasy sports have rapidly become the king of online betting. But the rise has brought scrutiny that could kill the industry, and now partnering with government regulators could be the only way to survive.

  • Killing Keystone XL, Obama says pipeline not in US interests

    By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Updated: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rejected an application to build the Keystone XL pipeline Friday after 7 years of federal review, declaring the proposed project wouldn't serve U.S. national interests and would have undercut America's global leadership on climate change. The 1,179-mile proposed pipeline wouldn't have lowered U.S. gas prices, Obama said, nor would it have contributed to U.S. jobs long-term or make the U.S. less dependent on foreign energy. Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama also said the proposed project had taken on an "overinflated role" in U.S. political discourse and had been used as a "campaign cudgel" by supporters and opponents alike.

  • Government regulations make AIG 'too big to succeed'

    Daniel Bendtsen, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Business magnate Carl Icahn urged AIG to downsize Wednesday. AIG's competitive disadvantages give insight into how regulations from Dodd-Frank could reshape companies in the long-term.

  • Daily fantasy sports are bringing in major dollars — and federal scrutiny

    Daniel Bendtsen, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Gambling on daily fantasy sports has been a rare exception to the federal ban on sports betting. The booming industry has some fans betting thousands of dollars, and the FBI is now investigating websites after reports of insider trading emerged.

  • 3 easy ways to stretch your dollar

    Candilyn Young, FamilyShare | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Setting a budget is difficult for all people, but finding ways to save money doesn't have to be. Here are 3 easy ways to cut back on spending in three very common areas.

  • The mutual fund where you can ‘set it and forget it’

    Jeff Wuorio, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Target date funds automatically adjust their holdings in anticipation of a specific date. They're not perfect, but they can be suited to people who might otherwise shy away from investing.

  • Are people who work from home more efficient than those in the office?

    Daniel Bendtsen, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Oct 23, 2015

    A recent study found that 90 percent of Americans believe their boss trusts them with their work — whether it's being done at home or an office. Could this be a sign that companies' fears about telecommuting have faded?

  • Help children find sustainable pace to build balance, reader suggests

    Greg Kratz, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    I'm always looking for opportunities to teach my children about working hard and finding the right balance in life. I wrote a few weeks ago about the challenge of teaching such lessons, and several readers responded with great advice.

  • How to manage the tax implications of investing

    Jeff Wuorio, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Oct 14, 2015

    Tax impact shouldn't be the trump card when making investment decisions. But it shouldn't be ignored completely, either.

  • The man who put the poverty line under the microscope wins a Nobel Prize

    Daniel Bendtsen, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Angus Deaton was given the Nobel Prize for economics Monday. Deaton discovered that changes in income don't proportionally affect consumer behavior, which brought more nuance to the ways that economists attempt to tackle inequality and poverty.

  • How to trim prescription drug costs

    Jeff Wuorio, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    Prescription drug prices continue to increase. But consumers don't have to wait for lawmakers to fight back.

  • 5 financial things every young married couple needs to do right now

    Dennis Walker, FamilyShare | Updated: Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    These tips will help every young couple get their financial lives on the road to short- and long-term stability, even if you feel like you don't have enough to start.

  • Exchange Traded Funds: What to know before making ETFs part of your portfolio

    Jeff Wuorio, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Many investors aren't familiar with exchange traded funds, a variant of mutual funds which can offer added diversity to many portfolios.

  • 3 reasons you should crowdfund your business

    Amy Osmond Cook, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    As the crowdfunding trend continues to expand, with 191 platforms in the United States alone, the face of today’s entrepreneur is evolving. Here are three reasons to consider using crowdfunding to develop your business.

  • National parks seek funding increase to mark centennial

    Daniel Bendtsen, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Entrance fees for several national parks were raised last week, the first increase that many have experienced since 2008.

  • Is the shift to all-day breakfast a good business move for McDonald's?

    Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Many McDonald's fans are celebrating the increased availability of breakfast foods, but the change could cost the fast-food chain.