Markets fall as twin defaults loom

Pensioners wait outside a bank in Greece. (Bloomberg)

Greece appeared increasingly likely to miss a critical debt payment, while Puerto Rico’s governor announced that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt.

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Washington Post boosts Web site security

Encryption efforts are intended to keep hackers, government agencies and others from tracking readers.

Puerto Rico urges U.S. to help save it from default

Puerto Rico urges U.S. to help save it from default

Gov. Alejandro García Padilla portrayed his territory’s economic condition as even more dire than previously revealed and appealed for unprecedented bankruptcy rule changes.

Battery maker to open College Park R&D center

Battery maker to open College Park R&D center

Award winning battery maker puts down roots with the place that helped give it its start.

Greece banks closed amid deepening crisis over future in euro zone

Greece banks closed amid deepening crisis over future in euro zone

European markets were tumbling in the wake of Greece’s decision to impose a bank holiday.

Main Street Morning: Intuit lays off hundreds of employees

Main Street Morning: Intuit lays off hundreds of employees

Our rundown of news affecting start-ups and small businesses.

US pending home sales climb to 9-year high

US pending home sales climb to 9-year high

More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in May, as pending sales climbed to their highest level in more than nine years.

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Teenage driver needs a payment plan for the damage done

Also, should a family dealing with terminal illness use part of an inheritance to make memories or save it?

Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz

You’re only human: An economist explains how it hurts your portfolio

As Richard Thaler explains, investors behave against their own interests — but you can outsmart your brain

Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks

What age is best to start drawing Social Security benefits? Truth is, it depends.

Waiting till 70 is often advised due to longer life spans, but sometimes starting sooner makes most sense.

Allan Sloan

Allan Sloan

A steady bloodletting by corporate deserters

Washington has failed to act on short-term-fix legislation and reforming the corporate tax code.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

The Boland family has a pretty hot — and sticky — business

The family that brought A/C to Washington wants to manage your energy, too.

Market News

Asia stocks bounce back but Greece uncertainty still looms

Asia stocks bounce back but Greece uncertainty still looms

Asian stock markets bounced back Tuesday, recouping some of the previous day’s sharp losses, but investors remained worried the crisis in Greece could spread to other financially weak countries.

Wonkblog

The four ways to end the Greek crisis, from Obama’s former top economist

The four ways to end the Greek crisis, from Obama’s former top economist

It’s not clear European leaders will choose any of the right options.

Things in Puerto Rico are getting really bad: What you need to know

Things in Puerto Rico are getting really bad: What you need to know

This is the place to start if like most people, you haven’t been keeping track of what’s going on in Puerto Rico.

Corporate America beat back its best job trainers, and now it’s paying a price

Corporate America beat back its best job trainers, and now it’s paying a price

Companies say they can’t find skilled workers. Turns out unions are pretty good at providing them.

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The workplace perks that are in — and out

A new survey examines the changing landscape of employee benefits.

IBM is struggling. But former CEO Sam Palmisano says he isn’t looking back.

IBM is struggling. But former CEO Sam Palmisano says he isn’t looking back.

“If you go through the patterns of mistakes I made, it all came down to speed,” Palmisano says.

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Active vs. Passive: How fund managers stack up to index funds

Active vs. Passive: How fund managers stack up to index funds

New data may help investors figure out when they’re more likely to find a fund manager worth the higher fees.

5 money questions gay couples need to ask after the Supreme Court ruling

5 money questions gay couples need to ask after the Supreme Court ruling

Here’s what gay couples need to ask their financial advisers.

The Switch

Washington Post starts to automatically encrypt part of Web site for visitors

Washington Post starts to automatically encrypt part of Web site for visitors

Visits to homepage, National security section, and the Switch to use https starting Tuesday.

Here’s how you can help crowdfund a Greek bailout

Here’s how you can help crowdfund a Greek bailout

Save the land of Ouzo and feta with this campaign.

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