Russ Wiles, USA TODAY

Russ Wiles

USA TODAY

Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Recent articles by Russ:

Here's what investors should watch for in the next 6 months

The coronavirus pandemic paired with unprecedented government stimulus efforts to reverse the financial fallout changed the outlook dramatically. → Read More

Banks were already feeling the impact of COVID-19. This new accounting rule doesn't help

The coronavirus pandemic may cause banks to face eroding profits on a grand scale, and tougher rules on calculating future losses aren't helping. → Read More

Negative interest rates: What they are, how they work and whether they are coming to the U.S.

Negative interest rates, in the unlikely event that they become pervasive, would drastically alter the playing field for savers as well as borrowers. → Read More

What to know about your taxes if you're getting coronavirus relief from unemployment

From unemployment benefits to stimulus checks to withdrawals from retirement accounts, coronavirus relief measures could hit your taxes next year. → Read More

Trying to make sense of the stock market? It might be best to ignore earnings, for now

Given the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic fallout, it might be wise to focus on a company's stability rather than its stock. → Read More

What the federal coronavirus relief bill means for mortgages, credit and 401(k) loans

The CARES Act included provisions that will help with mortgage payments, credit scores and changes for 401(k) loans, if your company agrees → Read More

Retirement planning during coronavirus pandemic: Here's what to watch for

Seniors and pre-retirees can take advantage of flexible and lenient new rules on retirement accounts, but in many other ways things could get tougher. → Read More

What must you do to get a stimulus check? How much will you get? Here's what you need to know about payments

"It's a lot of work getting checks out to all those people, and there's a lot of room to make errors." → Read More

New changes in law will help those near retirement and others weather coronavirus's financial storm

The government has introduced several temporary changes that could help people shore up their finances and manage their retirement accounts. → Read More

Follow these steps to keep your personal finances in check during the coronavirus pandemic

Most of the checklist items are reasonably easy to implement, without requiring much heavy lifting. Many are actions you should take at any time. → Read More

Common-sense investing insights we forget during stock-market panics

Many people invest rationally most of the time, until the stock market starts falling. Follow these recommendations to keep downturns in perspective. → Read More

If you really want to sell stocks as the market declines, consult this checklist first

Selling stocks, mutual funds and other investments shouldn't be done as a knee-jerk reaction. There are many tax and other factors to consider. → Read More

Some risk-adverse people use this investing technique, but here's why it could cost them

Nobody likes to see their account drop 4% or 5%, perhaps more, just a day or two after they put a big chunk of cash to work → Read More

It's time to check your 401(k) plan – the investments might have more risk than you think

With thousands of mutual funds, it's easier than ever to be diversified. But if you don't check under the hood, your investments might be homogeneous. → Read More

Coronavirus and stocks: Outbreak is risky for health, but probably not your portfolio

Health outbreaks have pushed down stock prices before, but such scares don't exert a permanent impact. → Read More

3 things you can do in 2020 to get your finances in shape for retirement

From Roth conversions to better management of Social Security, here are some retirement planning strategies to consider in the new year. → Read More

The 2020 tax filing season opens Jan. 27: Here's what you need to know

For some taxpayers, returns have become easier to prepare and file but various problems linger, including with the Internal Revenue Service. → Read More

What to expect for stocks in 2020: After a hot 2019, market backdrop still looks favorable

It's hard to envision 2020 turning out as nicely for stock-market investors as 2019 was, but several favorable factors remain in place. → Read More

Did you make financial progress this year? Evaluate yourself with this checklist

From debt to lending to taxes and more, this is how you can know whether you are making progress or falling behind in your finances. → Read More

How to discuss those taboo money topics at over the holidays

Sex and money ranked first and second among five "taboo" topics for discussion among family members and friends, in a TD Ameritrade survey. → Read More