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Social Security Q&A: What Is Supplemental Security Income?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Question : What is the purpose of Supplemental Security Income, or SSI? Answer : The purpose of SSI is to help aged, blind and disabled people who have little income and few resources to support themselves. It provides financial assistance to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. You can receive SSI even if you have not worked and paid into Social Security. SSI is a federal income supplement …

At the Hospitals: July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

August Motorcycle Ride Will Benefit David’s House Lebanon — A motorcycle ride next month will benefit David’s House, a nonprofit that provides a home away from home for families with children receiving medical treatment through Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The guided ride, set for Aug. 2, leaves from First Congregational Church, 3470 Route 5, Westminster, Vt. It ends at David’s House, …

Business Notes: July 27, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lebanon — Valorie Armstrong, who spent 18 years in the aluminum business, is opening a new insurance agency in Lebanon on Friday. In preparation to launch the agency, Armstrong has been interning since January with Farm Family Insurance and working with agents in Concord, Charlestown and Littleton. She will be licensed to sell in New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, she said last week, …

Wheels: Big, Bold and Priced Right

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It seems odd that something so large and ungainly should have the temerity to call itself “sport.” But such is the case with the larger-than-life Chrysler 300 S, a full-size sedan available with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. Blame …

Landscaping Can Deter Intruders

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Done right, landscaping can do much more than attract compliments and boost your property value. It can help you repel intruders, both human and natural. Landscaping experts who’ve earned high marks from Angie’s List members say overgrown bushes and shrubs are like welcome mats to burglars. Keep plants …

Finally, an Answer To Sooty Marks on Wall

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A tip of the Heavens hat to Medford, Pa., architect Charles J. Collins Jr., ably assisted by Joe Ponessa, for helping to solve a riddle from a few weeks back: sooty marks on walls above electric baseboard radiators. Collins has inspected many homes and has renovated houses with …

Federal Reserve Will Continue to Be Too Patient

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Patience is a key attribute for any successful long-term investor. In these days of high-frequency trading, co-location services and millisecond trading orders, patience may be measured in minutes instead of months or years. But patience comes with risks. History will tell us if the Federal Reserve has been …

GM Sets Aside Millions For Recall Victims

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Detroit — General Motors, posting a second-quarter profit that missed analyst estimates, said it will spend at least $400 million to pay victims of the 2.59 million compact cars with a potentially faulty ignition switch linked to at …

Money-Market Funds Must Allow Share Value to Float

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Washington — The riskiest money-market mutual funds will be required to abandon their stable, $1-share value and allow their prices to float under rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The rules, approved Wednesday on a 3-2 vote, conclude a four-year struggle to toughen regulations after a …

Sluggish, but Sturdy: Slow Recovery May Leave U.S. Economy Stronger

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Washington — Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged. That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, …

Wal-Mart’s New Chief Faces Bare Shelves

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — Empty shelves, grumpy customers, long lines at the register: These are just some of the challenges facing Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s new U.S. chief. Greg Foran, who takes charge Aug. 9, inherits a chain wedded to an outdated big-box model, struggling to increase sales in its …

U.S. Stocks Decline As Amazon, Visa Stall

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks fell Friday, pulling the Standard & Poor’s 500 index down from a record, as earnings at Amazon.com and Visa missed estimates and durable goods data fueled concern corporate investment remains stop-and-go. Amazon plunged 9.7 percent after trailing analysts’ predictions for the second successive …

Higher Wages Signaled By Employees Quitting

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — If someone at your workplace recently quit, you may be poised for a raise. With more Americans voluntarily leaving their jobs and confidence about business conditions improving, wages could increase amid this labor-market turnover. More than 2.5 million U.S. workers resigned in May, a 15 …