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'What are the odds?  I retire and the stock market crashes.  All my plans are upside down.'  I want to draw on my 401(k) to renovate my new home.  What options do I have?

‘What are the odds? I retire and the stock market crashes. All my plans are upside down.’ I want to draw on my 401(k) to renovate my new home. What options do I have?

Dear Quentin, I’m due to retire in two months and I have already moved to my new home in the sun. I have not sold my apartment in a major US metropolitan area on the east coast, as I wanted to see how I settled into my new life. It’s a quiet, but beautiful city …

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A history of Trader Joe's and Joe Coulombe, the man behind the brand

A history of Trader Joe’s and Joe Coulombe, the man behind the brand

New York CNN Business — Turns out Trader Joe was a real guy, and his shrewd instincts led him to create a counter-culture grocery empire. Joe Coulombe, a struggling convenience store owner in Los Angeles, decided in 1967 to open a grocery chain to appeal to the small but growing number of well-educated, well-traveled consumers …

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My stepfather died.  He inherited my late mother's estate and always said he'd take care of us in his will.  How do I tactfully broach this issue with his children?

My stepfather died. He inherited my late mother’s estate and always said he’d take care of us in his will. How do I tactfully broach this issue with his children?

Dear Quentin, My former stepfather passed away a month ago. He was married to my mother in Nevada at the time of her passing 21 years ago. During their marriage she gave him quite a bit of money from her retirement fund to buy and upkeep properties that he/they owned. When she passed away, her …

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Perseverance rover watches eclipse of Mars' doomed 'potato' moon

Perseverance rover watches eclipse of Mars’ doomed ‘potato’ moon

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN — The Perseverance rover just witnessed a unique kind of eclipse while sitting on the surface of Mars – and the robotic explorer captured video of it. And although it looks like the rover …

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German inflation: Producer price rises highest since 1949

German inflation: Producer price rises highest since 1949

London CNN Business — The price of goods leaving German factories has passed an eye-watering milestone. German annual producer price inflation topped 30% in March, the country’s Federal Statistics Office said on Wednesday. That’s its highest level since the agency began collecting data 73 years ago. The biggest culprit? Energy prices, which rose nearly 84% …

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Coffee could benefit your heart and help you live longer

Coffee could benefit your heart and help you live longer

CNN — Contrary to worries among some doctors and the public, drinking coffee may actually protect your heart instead of causing or worsening heart problems. Drinking two to three cups of coffee daily has been associated with a 10% to 15% lower risk of getting heart disease, heart failure or a heart rhythm problem, or …

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