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 named for the Roman goddess of the hearth. Also reachable by the less classical name

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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