Here are a few of the most blatant ways that your lack of familiarity with local culture in Europe can bring you public shame and humiliation, plus advice on keeping it cool while abroad.
The asset boom combined with wage stagnation have only intensified our nation's disparity disorder, the prime metaphor for which is Walmart and its heirs, the Waltons.
When one person in a relationship earns far more than the other, splitting expenses down the middle can leave the lower-income partner financially strained -- not to mention, resentful.
I hate paying fees; they cut into our cash flow and they can cost us big in the long run. It's amazing how fees are charged for everything these days, fortunately a lot of these fees you can eliminate or control.
It's my belief that more and more people will take their career futures into their own hands - and more and more will identify themselves as being self-employed or as freelancers.
I refuse to sit idle while others attempt to dismantle Social Security. I will not surrender to the fuzzy math of the anti-government crowd who think deregulation and privatization is a panacea for all ills -- real or imagined. I have a simple proposal that would keep Social Security solvent without slashing benefits.
Now, there's a sense that the role of the traditional investment adviser may be threatened by new technologies and algorithms that bring advice and discipline to the investor who never had access to an investment adviser.
This is another area where Congress should step up to the plate. Students need to be protected from deceptive marketing. And debit card agreements between companies, colleges and universities should be subject to the same transparency requirements as campus credit cards.
Technology has brought us a long way in the field of investments over the past 35 years. We've come from the era of fixed rate brokerage commissions, exclusivity of information and limited market access to today's instant access at low costs.
Imagine you're planning a much-needed vacation. You rent a home using an online site and pay in full to secure the deal. You board your flight and travel to your destination, excited to be far away from work and ready to relax. You arrive at your rental to get the keys -- and find out you've been scammed.
Most of these policies come with fairly high fees. The commissions are often front-loaded. The costs can eat up your returns, so it can take years before your cash fund sees significant growth.
let's examine the importance so many investors attach to the S&P 500 or the Dow Jones Industrial Average. U.S investors tend to heavily measure their portfolio performance against American indices, even though they have been proven not to be the best benchmarks.
The effect of unequal educational funding is to reinforce existing wealth inequalities across social class, race, gender, and region. But the most significant effect is the reproduction of these inequalities across generations.
Today, with more mobile phones than people on Earth, any savvy foreign policy recognizes the power of this small device to do good or evil in the world. Gone are the days when rebels and reformers fought only using guns and physical bombs; this portable machine is as important as any as weapon.
Wall Street associations and lobbyists are fighting the DOL and SEC 'tooth and nail' to avoid higher ethical standards for hundreds of thousands of stockbrokers who sell investment products to current and future retirees.
In the world of personal finance, credit concerns and debt issues, there is no single issue that is more misunderstood than bankruptcy.
The bottom line is you can't really save too much, only too little. So use all the savings and investing vehicles available to you, including both an IRA and your 401(k), to save as much as you can, as early as you can -- and, at the same time, get the maximum tax break. You won't regret it.