In Brief: Sep. 11, 2000

DEBT AGAIN The government last week reported that the July savings rate fell to a record low: -0.2% of disposable income. That means we're continuing to spend more than we make, a disturbing trend to economists but a boost to debt-counseling organizations like Myvesta.org named for the Roman goddess of the hearth. Also reachable by the less classical name savemyass.com

FLATLINERS In investing, you can't even count on death. With age-adjusted death rates slipping in the past few years, the stocks of funeral homes and cemeteries are looking terminal. Death-care stocks like Service Corp. International and the...

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