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Financial Stability

My Secret Money Life: I Helped Bankroll My Brother -- and Came to Regret It

LearnVest | Posted 10.27.2014 | Women
LearnVest

If you're considering loaning money to friends or family, make sure you fully understand your expectations throughout the entire process, and make a plan together for how the money is to be used -- before you give.

One Nation Under Worry

Marianne Cooper, Ph.D. | Posted 10.04.2014 | Women
Marianne Cooper, Ph.D.

From well-paid business executives to low-paid retail workers, everyone I talked with is weighed down by something similar -- the anxiety generated by hard times. Across the class spectrum, we all feel insecure. We just feel it and deal with it in different ways.

Make Today Your Day of Action

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

Today, the high school graduation rate in the United States is 81 percent, the highest ever recorded, and thanks in large part to people from all walks of life -- people just like you -- who are coming together to tackle the source, not just the symptoms, of core community challenges.

WATCH LIVE: Re-Imagining America's Financial Services With Third Metric Principles

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business

One in every four U.S. households today lives outside the country's traditional banking system to manage their finances. They instead rely on services...

Guiding Lower-Income Families Along the Path to Financial Stability

Anna M. Babin | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Anna M. Babin

United Way THRIVE served 21,000 families during its first year. Since then, the number of families touched by THRIVE has grown each year, with 52,000 families served in 2013.

Global Financial Stability: Beginning to Turn the Corner

José Viñals | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
José Viñals

Global financial stability is improving -- we have begun to turn the corner. But it is too early to declare victory as there is a need to move beyond liquidity dependence -- the central theme of our report -- to overcome the remaining challenges to global stability.

Rising Divorce Rates in the 50-Plus Community and What this Means for You

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Whatever the cause, there are risks to divorce among the 50 and older population, particularly for women.

How Out-Earning My Husband Is Ruining My Marriage

LearnVest | Posted 11.29.2012 | Weddings
LearnVest

The idea of a wife being the primary or sole breadwinner is a relatively new one (though a new study shows that over half of American women are household breadwinners), but speaking as that sole earner: I don't like it.

New York's Families Need Minimum Wage Increase

Gordon Campbell | Posted 07.11.2012 | New York
Gordon Campbell

The Occupy Wall Street movement has drawn the nation's attention to these economic issues, starting a necessary dialogue, but we need legislative action to help those toiling away for next to nothing.

Improving Financial Stability in America's Cities

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Michael R. Bloomberg

Public-private partnerships have been critical to New York City's ability to pioneer innovative new policies and programs. We hope that giving people the tools they need to help themselves is not only a compassionate policy, it's a smart investment in our future.

Seven Billion Reasons to Worry: the Financial Impact of Living Longer

Erik Oppers | Posted 06.11.2012 | Business
Erik Oppers

It turns out, unfortunately, that the financial and fiscal problems associated with longevity may be a lot bigger than we thought. The good news is that if we act now, we can find solutions that limit hardship and disruption.

Why So Unstable?

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

The November BLS Non-farm Payrolls release had several strong and equally many weak points. Most discussion has centered on the large decrease in head...

Financial Industry's 'Value Added' Significantly Overestimated, Report Contends

Posted 11.30.2011 | Business

Banks' contribution to the economy may be hugely overstated, underscoring anger about the scale of taxpayer rescues and resultant government cutba...

Making It Into The One Percent Doesn't Mean You'll Stay There

Posted 11.17.2011 | Business

Getting a spot in the elite one percent club by no means secures your place there. A sizable minority of those in the one percent shifted between 2...

Riding Out the Stock Storm

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

I don't know how long it's going to take to dig out from under this monetary mess. I do know I'm not going to give in to panic.

U.S. Has 'Clear Path' To Selling Its Remaining General Motors Stake

Posted 08.22.2011 | Business

DETROIT - The Treasury has a "clear path" to selling its remaining stake in General Motors Co shares, a senior Obama administration official is ex...

5 Retirement Issues To Resolve During Your Split (Even If You're Still Young)

Jeffrey A. Landers | Posted 07.27.2011 | Divorce
Jeffrey A. Landers

The vast majority of divorcing women are much younger than their so-called "Golden Years", and yet it's essential that every woman address the issue o...

Macroprudential Policy -- Filling the Black Hole

José Viñals | Posted 06.15.2011 | Business
José Viñals

Given the enormous economic and human cost of the recent financial debacle, I strongly believe that we cannot afford to miss this opportunity for substantial reform.

Avoiding Another Year of Living Dangerously: Time to Secure Financial Stability

José Viñals | Posted 06.13.2011 | Business
José Viñals

We've slipped well beyond a year and the financial system is still flirting with danger. Durable financial stability has, so far, proven elusive.

Global Recovery Strengthens, Tensions Heighten

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 06.11.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The need for careful design of economic policies at the national level, and coordination at the global level, may be as important today as they were at the peak of the crisis two years ago.

Government Bonds: No Longer a World Without Risk

José Viñals | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
José Viñals

The risk free nature of government bonds, one of the cornerstones of the global financial system, has come into question as the global crisis unfolds.

Latin America: Making the Good Times Better

Dominique Strauss-Kahn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Latin America has enjoyed tremendous economic dynamism and a rising quality of life in recent years. But, faced with new challenges, the question is: how best to sustain this progress?

Alternative Credit Reporting: Is Experian Really Going to Help You Rebuild Your Credit?

Karen K. Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Karen K. Harris

To be financially stable, Americans must have access to credit. It remains to be seen whether alternative data is the appropriate way to ensure that credit for low-income families.

Time Waits for No Man: How to Secure Financial Stability in 2011

José Viñals | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
José Viñals

In emerging markets, policymakers must act now to avoid future crises. It is important to maintain the appropriate mix of macroeconomic and prudential financial policies to deal with the challenges posed by capital inflows.

Exploring Economic Policy Frontiers After the Crisis: 2010 IMF Research Conference

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The crisis has forced economists and policy makers to go back to their drawing boards. Where did they go wrong, and what implications does the crisis have for both macroeconomic theory and macroeconomic policy making?