Some people, including me, love to study the ins and outs of investments. Fortunately for those who don't, investing for retirement can be remarkably simple. Index funds--funds that track an investment benchmark rather than trying to beat it--aren't perfect.
Many Americans cross their fingers at tax time, hoping for a huge refund from the federal government. At the very least, they want to break even. The vast majority of filers — more than 70 percent — do get money back from the government, with the average
Surprise new costs for the long-troubled Airbus A400M military jet sent the European plane maker's profits plunging last year and will weigh on the company's financial prospects through next year, even as it forecast a rise in aircraft deliveries and demand. Airbus CEO Tom Enders acknowledged that "the jury is still out on the long-term success" of the A400M, but insisted "it's absolutely necessary" to maintain it as long as European militaries depend on it. Airbus' commercial plane forecast was more upbeat, after a year that saw a rise in deliveries but a drop in orders.