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Doug Lebda

Taking the Plunge: Considerations for First-Time Homebuyers in Today's Housing Market

Doug Lebda | Posted May 18, 2012

The spring and summer months not only signal wedding season but usually also include the annual home-buying rush. In the past, it's been common for a couple to get married and buy a house together. But the housing market today is unpredictable which raises the question: how will the unstable...

Gemma Godfrey

How to Navigate Markets Through the Euro-Zone Turmoil

Gemma Godfrey | Posted May 18, 2012

As the euro zone crisis intensifies and global markets reflect investor concerns, we ask ourselves, is a Greek exit from the euro on its way? Crucially, preparations have already begun to protect shareholder interest, companies are robust and policy in the U.S. and China aims to maintain the upward momentum....

Gino Vicci

Floor Traders Upset Over CME Group's Changes

Gino Vicci | Posted May 18, 2012

Amid pressure from the nation's largest grain association and "significant feedback," the CME Group Inc. backed off a proposed plan to extend trading hours in grain futures and options, but only by one hour. The amendment, which still has to be approved by the U.S. Commodities...

Noah Kass

'That's Not My Job' Days Are Over: Ask Noah

Noah Kass | Posted May 18, 2012

Q: Very recently at work, I've noticed a tendency in my supervisor to unload some of the "busy work" he's technically responsible for. I'd love to believe he's testing me for a promotion by delegating new responsibilities my way. However, I can't help but feel a little used. How should...

Robert Reich

The Commencement Address That Won't Be Given

Robert Reich | Posted May 18, 2012

Members of the Class of 2012,

As a former secretary of labor and current professor, I feel I owe it to you to tell you the truth about the pieces of parchment you're picking up today.

You're f*cked.

Well, not exactly. But you won't have it easy.

First, you're going...


8 Signs You're Dating a Financial Frog

LearnVest | Posted May 18, 2012

Love is blind -- and never more than when it comes to our money.

But how do you keep from choosing a dubious financial partner while falling head over heels? It isn't easy, as any of us who've loved and wound up in the red can tell you.

That's what...

Sen. Jeff Merkley

This Is Our Best Chance to Fix Wall Street

Sen. Jeff Merkley | Posted May 18, 2012

The recent $2 billion loss by JP Morgan demonstrates clearly that Wall Street hasn't learned anything from the economic meltdown of 2008. They continue to make high-risk bets, putting our economy at risk.

Let's be clear: There's nothing wrong with high-risk trading, but if the bets go bad, only the...

Anthony Gregory

The Golden State Gone Broke

Anthony Gregory | Posted May 18, 2012

California Governor Jerry Brown proposes a $91 billion budget with dramatic cuts to medical, child welfare, disabilities benefits, and the court system. He also wants higher sales taxes and income taxes on the wealthy to reduce $8.5 billion from the $16 billion deficit. If this tax...

Adam Levin

Crowdsourcing the Student Loan Mess

Adam Levin | Posted May 18, 2012

For the record, I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Hitler Youth. I point this out because based on the comments to my last few


VIDEO: Industry Groups Insist on Charging You $1,195 to Read a Public Law

David_Halperin | Posted May 18, 2012

Today, private organizations charge U.S. citizens hundreds of dollars simply to read a copy of standards they issue, standards that regulate things like gas pipeline safety, crane usage, and toy manufacturing -- even though citizens are required to obey those standards, because the federal government has incorporated them into regulations....

Joy Lawson

For Democracy with Integrity, Students Take Action

Joy Lawson | Posted May 18, 2012

The odds might seem slim that two university students from different coasts, backgrounds and interests would be focusing their activism toward the same goal. But in the fight to get corporate money out of politics, Ariel Boone of U.C. Berkeley and Falon Shackelford of Howard University in Washington, DC are...

Don McNay

Gena Bigler: Practicing the Art of Financial Social Work

Don McNay | Posted May 18, 2012

Will you recognize me?
Call my name or walk on by
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
down, down, down, down

-Simple Minds

Today is the 40th birthday for my oldest daughter, Gena Bigler, who lives in Berea, Ky.

I wasn't around for...