As an anti-corruption advocate, I don't have a position on derivatives trading. What I do have a position on is corruption, and H.R. 992 is a textbook case of the way corruption has turned the People's House into an auction house.
Healthy credit is such a reward... but sometimes you have to get through the details (and sometimes even a hard phone call or two) to get that reward.
Why are record numbers of Americans on food stamps? Because record numbers of Americans are in poverty. Why are people falling through the cracks? Because there are cracks to fall through.
The cost of child care may be a large percentage of your salary now, but your salary today is a fraction of what it can be in the future if you stay in the workforce, and nurture your career, along with your children.
If the average twenty-something has somewhere around $25,000 of debt to their name, then I must be a highly unique member of the millennial generation. I graduated from Kennesaw State University, a fast-growing school in the suburbs of Atlanta, in 2011. It was the same year that the total amount of student loan debt in the U.S. reached a whopping $1 trillion, but when I graduated, I did so as a completely debt-free individual.
Getting to the top of the gift-giving podium is as easy as spelling U.S.A. When those three letters follow "Made in," they instantly elevate your gift to the status of conversation piece.
It's not a time to point fingers at the other guys and blame them for their supposed past sins. If you haven't yet noticed, millennials are a pretty savvy generation and, as this poll shows, they're damn tired of being told to blame the other party for the problems that both created.
Unless you're a millionaire, don't plan on buying a nice home in the San Francisco area anytime soon. The high number of technology workers making million-dollar salaries is driving up the cost of real estate far beyond what most individuals and families can dream of paying.
Of course, it shouldn't take a serious recession to remind us that we should be grateful for our good fortunes. But in a world where it's all too easy to lose sight of what's going right, there may be long-term gains from short-term losses.
As property values across the nation are on the rise, property taxes on a primary residence are unlikely to go down without a bit of effort and knowing where to look for savings.
The worst penalty isn't a lump of coal in your stocking. It's a lowering of your credit score -- something that impacts your future cost of credit, and even the cost of homeowners and auto insurance.
Americans are getting serious about saving for college. A record total of over $205 billion has been invested in 529 higher education savings plans as of June 2013, according to the non-profit College Savings Plan Network.
The holiday season should be a happy and joyful time of year, but I know it can also be a time of stress and even depression. The important lessons are that ongoing, open, and honest conversations are essential.
You know that saying about the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Are we willfully engaging in collective insanity every holiday season?
With final holiday preparations looming, the last thing anyone wants to think about is next April's tax bill. But if you're over 70-and-a-half and have any tax-deferred retirement accounts (like an IRA), you'd better put down the wrapping paper and listen up.
Hiring a financial advisor means taking a giant leap of faith: here's my hard-earned money, make it grow. You are putting your financial future into their hands. The investment process can seem complicated, convoluted and confusing.
Beyond allowing many more people to sign up for plans, a key upgrade is the new plan comparison tool.
Why should freelancers forget about any kind of relief when they fill out their tax forms?