WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.”
WASHINGTON — The fees that banks charge debit-card users who overdraw their accounts usually cost more than the items being bought.
Several years ago, my wife and I played "Heads or Tails" at the Chase Hawks Memorial Banquet in Billings. Four hundred people in attendance joined in the game, each standing with one hand placed on either their head (for heads) or bottom (for tails). The emcee flipped the coin and declared “…
FLINT, Mich. — Earnest moralists lament Americans’ distrust of government. What really is regrettable is that government does much to earn distrust, as Terry Dehko, 70, and his daughter Sandy Thomas, 41, understand.
In a highly competitive financial services market, institutions are constantly prospecting for credit-worthy customers.
Kevin Rookhuizen says Billings Federal Credit Union works closely with customers to help them improve their credit scores.
Jessica Piffero of Fresno, Calif., was like thousands of other customers throughout Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley who used their debit or credit cards for holiday shopping at a Target store.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's broken promise about people being able to keep their existing health insurance is much larger than we've been led to believe. Until now, attention has focused on the individual insurance market: people buying coverage for themselves and their families fr…
The torrent of criticism that has accompanied the opening of health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act — known as Obamacare — has continued unabated. Republicans say the problems with the program’s websites (and with some private insurance customers having their old policies c…
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday that he doesn’t plan any immediate changes to the state overhaul of the public employee pension system even if courts throw out portions of the law affecting retirees.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Only a handful of Wyoming residents have managed to enroll so far for health care coverage through the troubled federal insurance exchange network that kicked off three weeks ago.
Last week marked the 5-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, the supposed spark that set off the financial crisis of 2008. Conventional wisdom holds that it was the federal government’s decision against bailing out this investment bank that froze credit markets and sent the eco…
WASHINGTON — One of today’s economic puzzles is why the Federal Reserve’s low interest rates haven’t spurred a stronger recovery. A partial answer lies in the beleaguered housing market, which is a crucial channel through which low rates operate.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Insurance is a hard sell for those who are young, well and feeling invincible. The same can be said for employers with transient working populations.
WASHINGTON — We are now discovering the limits of cheap money.
Every day, America’s small-business owners overcome incredible challenges to pursue their dreams. But over the years, most have confronted one challenge beyond their control: the rapidly rising price of health coverage. As a result, many businesses have struggled to find health insurance tha…
HELENA — An attempt to modify the future impact of an error in a new pension law continued Wednesday, but wasn’t resolved.
WASHINGTON — John Maynard Keynes once said that words should be used aggressively, "for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking." That's a starting point for an appreciation of Mervyn King, who will retire soon as governor of the Bank of England and who has displayed the quirky in…
HELENA — Two fixes for the state's pension systems are nearing final approval, despite lingering concern from Republicans over the cost, after the House advanced the measures in a pair of close votes Saturday.
BOZEMAN — Gov. Steve Bullock has signed into law a measure that prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage for cancer patients participating in clinical trials.