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Spending Jump Outpaces Income Growth

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.30.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers boosted their spending in February by the most in seven months, raising expectations for stronger growth at the star...

Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Spend on Housing?

J.D. Roth | Posted 04.30.2012 | Business
J.D. Roth

Where do you live and how much do you pay on housing? What percentage of your budget does this represent? Does your housing payment cramp other parts of your life? Or have you intentionally kept it low so that you can afford to spend on other things?

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.

Emily Cohn

Americans Households Still Failing Financial Distress Test

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Cohn | Posted 02.16.2012 | Business

Seth was in his 20s on spring break in Florida when he fell into a debt trap. Alongside the cocktails on the beach and wet T-shirt contests were credi...

Bonnie Kavoussi

An Illusory Holiday Shopping Season: Americans Spent Less In December

HuffingtonPost.com | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.30.2012 | Business

The boost that the holiday shopping season was supposed to have given the economy proved to be mostly an illusion. Consumer spending actually decli...

Bonnie Kavoussi

Americans Save Less As Economic Growth Remains Sluggish And Real Wages Fall

HuffingtonPost.com | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.27.2012 | Business

At a time that the U.S. economy is struggling to pick up steam, Americans are struggling just to keep up. Over the last three months of last year,...

The Calculus of Convenience

J.D. Roth | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
J.D. Roth

For several years now, I've lived in a sort of financial sweet spot. After paying off my debt, I realized that Kris and I had everything we really w...

States With The Highest And Lowest Credit Card Debt

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale | Posted 01.22.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Americans cut down their credit card debt by 11 percent last year, compared to 2010, according to a new report by Credit Karma. 24...

Ike's Nightmare

Derrick Crowe | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

Fifty-one years ago today, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued his final, prescient warning about the rising power of the military industrial complex. Eisenhower was right to be worried. We're living in his nightmare.

No More "King-Washing" the Pentagon, Please

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Last year at this time, the Pentagon used the words of a friend of the King family to insinuate that, though King's plain words decry all forms of violence and war, today's wars are different and he would "understand" them.

Why Men Go Broke Spending On Women

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Searles | Posted 01.13.2012 | Science

The Ferraris and the diamond necklaces, the gold Rolexes and those lavish date-nights out on the town--wooing a woman can cost a pretty penny. To impr...

New Survey Shows Consumers Are Possibly Blind To Economic Realities

Posted 01.13.2012 | Business

Still riding the holiday shopping high, Americans are feeling more optimistic about the economy than they have in almost a year, according to data rel...

The Devil Is in the Details of the Pentagon's Plan

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

Will super-rich war-industry CEOs be able to keep bilking taxpayers out of hundreds of billions of dollars? That's the question everyone should be ask...

A Lesson From Occupy Wall Street

Christopher H. Lee | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Christopher H. Lee

Although OWS is largely a shape-shifting cloud of ideas and frustrations, there is one concrete solution emanating from the tents worth noting: bold, visionary investment in America's infrastructure.

Credit Card Interest Rates Hit Record Highs As Companies Market More Aggressively

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to pay off your credit card debt, be advised that it's getting harder all the time. That's because credit car...

Elise Foley

Ron Paul Makes Appeal To Iowa Moderates And Undecided Voters

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- As Ron Paul falls behind Mitt Romney in the polls, he is attempting to win over moderates and undecided voters, telling them ...

Catherine New

More Americans Charged The Holidays

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

In a turnaround from last year, shoppers were not afraid to pull out the plastic this holiday season. Spending on credit cards jumped 7 percent in Nov...

War Industry's Accountants Can't Count

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The war profiteers' shady lobbying campaign took another hit to its credibility today, as an accounting firm on which they relied to support their bogus "military spending = jobs" argument was cited for severe audit deficiencies.

6 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D.

You've had it with the holidays. It's run, run, run, spend, spend, spend. You are actually happy when they are over. So how can you get through the holidays, and maybe actually enjoy them?

Focus Turns To House After Senate Defeats Crucial Expiring Provision

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Courting disaffected conservatives, House Republican leaders offered Friday to overturn a pair of Obama administration environmenta...

Managing Money To Maximize Happiness

Laura Rowley | Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty

A new survey by MetLife finds the economic crisis and continuing malaise has people age 47 to 65 rethinking their personal priorities. A whopping 90% ...

Stores Aim To Continue Shopping Momentum After Black Friday

Posted 11.27.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Phil Wahba and Jessica Wohl) - U.S. retailers moved from the frenzied start of the holiday shopping season to the next phase on Saturday...

Why the Tea Party Is Doomed to Fail

Andrew Veselka | Posted 01.18.2012 | College
Andrew Veselka

There is a major flaw in the Tea Party's over-simplistic plan to fix America: it is impossible to actually implement.

13 Things That Are Causing Your Bills To Skyrocket

SavvySugar | Posted 11.18.2011 | Women

To err is human; to make budgeting mistakes, totally human as well. Most people are not aware of the little budget traps we get caught in, because lif...

House Takes Up Controversial Amendment

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With the federal government racking up deficits of more than $1 trillion a year and lawmakers paralyzed by political differences, t...