Fed on track to raise rates this summer: Survey - CNBC

Wall Street is looking for lower inflation and stronger growth from the plunge in oil prices but the CNBC Fed Survey shows it still sees the Federal Reserve on track raise interest rates this summer for the first time in eight years. Instead of seeing ...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bitcoin: What to expect in 2015 - CNBC

Bitcoin had a wild ride over the past two years, with prices driven by speculation, investment and government regulation, and investors should expect nothing less in 2015. "Although the swings in absolute value seem to be lower in 2014 than they were ...

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to Take Your First Steps Investing - Fox Business

In the recent post regarding the survey of how people invest , the most glaring observation was that over 70 percent of respondents who have yet to experience a recession do not invest at all. Since the survey didn't record the ages of respondents, it ...

Monday, December 15, 2014

4 predictions for the housing market in 2015 - Fortune

His response tells us that, for one, the real estate market can confound even the experts. But, more importantly, it suggests that housing has reached an inflection point. With home prices in many markets at or above pre-bubble levels, we can no longer ...

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

As Gas Prices Go Down, Likelihood of Higher Gas Taxes Goes Up - TIME

Raising taxes is never popular. But if there was ever a way to make a tax increase more palatable to Americans, it would be with a tax hike that didn't seem like much of a tax hike. Like, say, one that was optimally planned so that even after the tax ...

Monday, December 08, 2014

Nobody escapes US taxes - even astronauts - CNNMoney

Americans just cannot escape the Internal Revenue Service -- even by strapping on a space suit and blasting themselves into outer space. Yes, that's right. Astronauts are on the hook to file taxes by April 15, even if they're orbiting hundreds of miles ...

Monday, December 08, 2014

Beyond profits: Millennials embrace investing for social good - Los Angeles Times

The socially responsible investing segment of money management has been around since the 1970s, but its growth has exploded over the last decade and by some estimates now covers more than $6 trillion in invested assets. The strategy also has become ...

Sunday, December 07, 2014

10 hottest housing markets for 2015 - CNNMoney

Even though the housing market has been steadily recovering for a few years now, one thing has been keeping it from making a real comeback: first-time homebuyers. But that will soon change, according to Realtor.com.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Fast-Food Employees Demand Minimum Wage Increase - CBS Local

LOUIS (KMOX) – It's been two years since the effort to increase the minimum wage for fast-food employees became a coast-to-coast organized campaign. To mark the occasion, fast-food workers are walking out from behind the counter and onto the sidewalks ...

Thursday, December 04, 2014

5 Fears You'll Need to Conquer Before Starting a Business - Entrepreneur

Starting a business requires a lot of money, which usually comes directly from the entrepreneur's savings, or the pockets of independent investors. If you can't secure a reliable revenue stream by the time that initial startup capital runs out, the ...

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Black Friday 2014 Drove US Consumers To Dealerships - International Business Times

One reason Black Friday was a bit of a letdown at shopping malls around the country: Many consumers were at auto dealerships buying cars and trucks. U.S. car sales posted their best November in more than a decade last month, thanks in part to weekend ...

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Solid construction, auto sales data boost US growth picture - Chicago Tribune

Reports on Tuesday showing unexpectedly stronger automobile sales in November also buoyed growth prospects. "The economy is on firmer ground than people think, it remains a beacon of light in a world where growth in many countries remains subpar," ...

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The fight over online sales tax and how it impacts you - Engadget

With one-click buying and free-shipping programs, people have flocked online to buy nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars of stuff per year. Many of those transactions happen without the burden of sales tax, making online shopping not just convenient ...

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Should You Invest Or Pay Off Student Loans? - Forbes

Of course, you should never miss payments on your student loans and should at least meet your monthly minimums. The big question depends on whether your income exceeds your monthly expenses (including your minimum payments). How do you best ...

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

6 Times You Should Use a Credit Card Instead of a Debit Card - TIME

In the wake of the Great Recession, debit cards became increasingly popular among many who wanted to avoid the possibility of incurring debt. In fact, debit cards have several important qualities that credit cards lack, and there are times that even ...

Monday, December 01, 2014

Time heals all wounds when it comes to credit - USA TODAY

Time heals all wounds, or so the saying goes. This might be cold comfort if you're dealing with a breakup or career setback, but it's a helpful attitude to adopt with your credit. If you've recently experienced a financial hardship or made a serious ...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Beware these holiday credit card traps - Today.com

According to CardHub, a credit card comparison website, paying off your credit card debt one month behind schedule or missing a single payment could increase your financing costs by more than 27 times if you rack up charges under a deferred interest plan.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

U.S. Growth Revised Upward as Businesses, Consumers Spend - DailyFinance

The Commerce Department on Tuesday raised its estimate of gross domestic product to a 3.9 percent annual pace from the 3.5 percent rate reported last month, reflecting upward revisions to business and consumer spending, as well as restocking.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Investors watch for surprises in US GDP - CNBC

Traders are watching for any surprises in revised third-quarter GDP data Tuesday and are keeping an eye on the oil market ahead of OPEC's meeting later this week. Stocks ended higher Monday, and oil prices were lower in U.S. trading with WTI crude ...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GDP Counts in War and Peace - Bloomberg View

A question I often hear people ask is: Why should we care about a country's total gross domestic product? After all, India has a total GDP many times that of the Netherlands, but the Netherlands has a much higher standard of living. Shouldn't we ...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

6 Questions About What's Next for Keystone XL - National Geographic

The U.S. Senate's failure Tuesday to approve Keystone XL won't resolve the seemingly endless pipeline saga that has engulfed Barack Obama's presidency. Even if the Senate had passed a bill approving the $8 billion U.S.-Canadian pipeline, as the U.S. ...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The best places in the world to launch a start-up - CNBC

Taking that into account, the 2015 edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Index—which measures the quality and scale of small-business start-up activity—was released today, coinciding with Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international initiative ...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Economy|US Men Make Employment Gains - New York Times

October was also the month that the number of private sector jobs held by men, according to the survey of employers, finally reached the level of June 2007, when male employment had peaked. In October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated, 61,304 ...

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Five Best College Savings Plans - Forbes

Saving for college is hard enough. You would think that state programs that sponsor so-called “529″ savings plans would make it easier — and cheaper — for you. Unfortunately, some of the plans are bad deals because they are layered up with fund ...

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

First-time homebuyers abandoning the housing market - CNNMoney

The percentage of homes that were sold to first-time homebuyers dropped to 33% this year, the lowest percentage in almost three decades, according to the National Association of Realtors. Typically, first-time homebuyers comprise about 40% of all ...

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

This Is the Most Depressing Number in Personal Finance - TIME

How much do you think you'll spend servicing the cost of borrowing on credit over the course of your life? A few thousand dollars? Maybe 10 or 20 grand? The real amount will floor you. How about almost $280,000 ($279,002, to be exact). In many parts of ...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014