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Gift Ideas for Dad -- From 'the Kids'

Women & Co | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Women & Co

While Dad appreciated those gifts because they came from his kids, nowadays it seems there are so many options. Kids can definitely do better -- with a little help from you. Here are some gift ideas for Dad that I think he'll not only appreciate, but he'll love and use!

Taking Stock: Public Finances Now Stronger in Many Countries

Carlo Cottarelli | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business
Carlo Cottarelli

The slow global recovery is making fiscal adjustment more difficult around the world, but this doesn't mean that little has been accomplished. In fact, significant progress in many countries has been made during the past two years in strengthening their fiscal accounts after the 2008-09 deterioration.

Donor Fatigue

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.10.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Some believe that donor fatigue is an inevitable consequence of long-term involvement with an arts organization, or other not-for-profit venture, and that these organizations must be prepared to replace their major donors regularly. I do not agree. I do not believe donor fatigue is inevitable.

Ask the Readers: How Do You Handle Money Mistakes?

J.D. Roth | Posted 10.07.2012 | Money
J.D. Roth

In a lot of ways, learning to be smart with money can be like learning to ride a bike. At first, the ride can be wobbly. Sometimes you might even fall.

Boards Can't Police Charities, So New Oversight Measures Are Urgently Needed

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business
Pablo Eisenberg

The boards at Penn State and the University of Virginia are the most recent prominent examples demonstrating why we can't trust boards. But plenty of other institutions have proved time and again that they can't hold their institution's finances or programs accountable.

How I Refinanced My Mortgage, Cut Other Costs and Saved $6,000

Mary Ellen Nicol | Posted 09.23.2012 | Money
Mary Ellen Nicol

I find ways to cut expenses every day for homeowners, and I've used these same techniques to cut more than $6,000 from my own expenses so far this year. The good news is that most people can use this strategy and achieve similar results.

The Budgetless Family: Formulating a Financial Plan

Ben Mulling | Posted 09.22.2012 | Money
Ben Mulling

We plan our family vacations, extracurricular time and workdays down to the last detail, but one of the most important aspects of our daily lives, our money, over half of our country has no plan for.

Stretching the School-District Dollar

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 06.19.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

While tight budgets present plenty of hardships, they also offer local officials a golden opportunity to rethink the way we run schools and boost productivity and efficiency.

John Celock

State Budget Crisis Closes Courts | John Celock | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics

Kansas state courts will shut down for five Fridays this spring to save money in a state budget crisis that includes a $1.4 million hole in the court ...

The Power of Financial Planning

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.28.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Organizations that devote time and energy to developing strategic plans must have the courage to imagine truly different futures. And the financial forecasts that should end every plan should reveal one aspect of this new tomorrow.

Another Wall Street Win & Main Street Loss

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

With a level-funded budget of $205 million, there is simply no way the CFTC can do their old job, never mind all their new financial reform responsibilities.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Price Of Pints Around The World

Posted 12.28.2011 | Travel

From Lonely Planet's new book, How to Land a Jumbo Jet, a visual exploration of travel facts, figures and ephemera. Available now from Lonely Planet. ...

Cash-Strapped States Turn To Budget Cuts Over Higher Taxes To Patch Shortfalls

The Wall Street Journal | Leslie Eaton And Kris Maher | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

Forty-six states began a new fiscal year Friday after lawmakers spent the spring hashing out budgets that largely avoid big tax increases in favor of ...

Shrinking Budgets Demand Smarter Schools

Martin J. Blank | Posted 07.21.2011 | Education
Martin J. Blank

In the midst of Duncan's "New Normal," community schools make more sense than ever.

WATCH: How To Spend $5,000

Posted 07.19.2011 | Comedy

Rock band Red Fang got a $5,000 budget from their record label to make a video for their song "Wires." So what did they do? We don't wanna ruin an...

You Can Do More with Less... But Only for So Long

Bud Hunt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Bud Hunt

Colorado's new governor is going to ask high school teachers at three of the city's schools to teach another class per semester. It's a kind of peer pressure move that is based on faulty logic.

This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Let's be clear: When politicians attack the poor, it is not partisan to challenge them -- it is a Christian responsibility.

The 20 Most Frugal U.S. Cities

Wallet Pop | Aaron Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Known for Coca-Cola, peach trees and Gone With the Wind, Atlanta now holds yet another honor: It is home to some of the most frugal shoppers in the co...

Mid (And Other) -Course Corrections

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

At this time, arts organizations must be far more nimble, financially, than ever before. Many of us have experienced unforeseen drops in contributed ...

This Week on Etsy: 19 Gifts to Fit Every Holiday Purse

Rosalyn Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Rosalyn Hoffman

Why buy vanilla mass-produced-anyone-can-buy-and-everyone-will-have gifts this holiday season? Avoid the stampede. Be creative. Find originals.

States of Pain

Nicole Lapin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Lapin

Moving forward, the first quarter of the 2011 fiscal year will be a true test of how far the states have come in repairing their bruised economies. For some, it's not a question of hitting rock bottom, but how to climb out of the fiscal hole once they do.

The Harshest State Budget Cuts - 8 States That Are Slashing Services (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If you think the recession has already decimated state services, think again. The worst state budget cuts are yet to come. States have enacted budg...

Money and the Magic Pill

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Right now, the top six "too big to fail" banks control about 70% of the wealth in America. Here's how we can all change that.

The Cost of Cuts

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

Mayor Bloomberg insists that raising taxes on the city's wealthiest citizens will induce them to leave the city altogether, leaving the city even worse off. This flies in the face of the evidence.

Ten Commandments for Fiscal Adjustment in Advanced Economies

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

What advanced countries need is clarity of intent, an appropriate calibration of fiscal targets, and adequate structural reforms. With a little help from monetary policy, and from their (emerging market) friends.