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The time is right for a muni grab

Dear Mr. Berko: My $55,000 CD comes due soon, and I don’t mind investing long term if I can get a decent yield. What do you think of municipal bonds? I’ve read that the municipal market is oversold and there ...

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A green light to tax dodges

RALEIGH — In the waning days of the legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers may give a big tax break to large, multistate corporations that do business in the state. Not that legislators will say that’s what they are doing. They’ll ...

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On closed doors and open mics

RALEIGH — Most people my age can probably remember those “Schoolhouse Rock!” educational cartoons that once accompanied the rest of the Saturday morning cartoon fare. “I’m Just a Bill” described, at least in theory, how a Congress member’s idea can ...

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Fight for your right to a home warranty

Dear Benny: I recently purchased a 5-year-old house and when I signed the residential purchase agreement there was a provision for the seller (a bank) to provide a one-year home warranty plan for a price not to exceed $350. Since ...

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