There are no guarantees how long it will be good, and every moment you wait, the pickings get slimmer.
Perhaps regular folks can learn some lessons on what not to do with money as the McCourt financial drama plays out.
A little-known provision in bankruptcy law has been used in hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of Bay Area cases to eliminate second mortgages.
They're extremely well-reimbursed by anything but Wall Street standards, but too many are ill-prepared if the cash spigot stops flowing because of a work stoppage.
The future of the Borders bookstore chain seems dimmer than ever. But on the bright side, liquidation sales across the country mean great deals for customers.
The bookseller declares bankruptcy but says it will honor its gift cards. However, it might be prudent to redeem them soon.
My bankruptcy was my one big do-over, and you don't often get another one.
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Consumers are very status conscious in Asia, Africa and other emerging-market areas. This is especially true in China.
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