Stocks fall, S&P 500 joins Dow in red for year - USA TODAY

A day after tumbling nearly 300 points, the Dow was down another 100 points in early trading Thursday, putting it on track for its fourth down day in a row, as jittery investors react to tensions in the Middle East and weak economic data. As of 10:10 a ...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Greek central bank governor calls for further debt relief - MarketWatch

LONDON (MarketWatch)—Further relief on Greece's whopping debt burden is needed to boost economic growth in the struggling nation, but it doesn't have to translate into losses for the eurozone lenders, Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras said on ...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

US Current Account Trade Deficit Widens to $113.5 Billion - ABC News

The deficit in the largest measure of U.S. trade widened in the October-December quarter to the biggest imbalance in more than two years as exports of goods fell at a faster pace than imports. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the deficit in ...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

What an interest rate increase means for real people - CNNMoney

An interest rate hike will impact everyone who has a home mortgage, car loan, savings account or money in the stock market. In short, life is about to get better for savers and a little harder for borrowers. Investors could also face tougher times ...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

House GOP budget cuts $5.5 trillion in spending - USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — House Republicans will unveil a 10-year budget blueprint Tuesday that they say will cut $5.5 trillion in spending and help create a budget surplus by 2026. "These reductions are hardly draconian," states the budget blueprint drafted by ...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How a Rising Dollar Is Creating Trouble for Emerging Economies - New York Times

As it rises, it is threatening emerging economies where companies have taken on trillions' worth of dollar-based debt in recent years. The dollar rally has been driven by decisions by the Federal Reserve, which begins a two-day policy meeting on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NCAA Tournament to bring millions of dollars to Jacksonville - First Coast News

As soon as the NCAA bracket was announced, hotels downtown were flooded with calls from the eight schools playing at Jacksonville Veteran's Arena and their dedicated fans. "This is a big win for Jacksonville," said Mayor Alvin Brown. "In 2010 the ...

Monday, March 16, 2015

Income Tax Makes States Radioactive To Sports Stars - Forbes

Michigan takes 4.25 percent of residents' earned income, while California nabs a staggering 13.3 percent. Suh's deal with the Miami Dolphins is $114 million. If he were offered a similar contract by the Lions, he'd lose nearly $5 million to the state ...

Friday, March 13, 2015

Why Saving Money Is Important - Investopedia

When you only have $5 left at the end of the month, why even bother to try saving? Because everyone has to start somewhere, and if you work at it, your financial situation is likely to improve over time. Saving money is worth the effort. It gives you ...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

How people plan to spend their income tax refunds - USA TODAY

Most people who are expecting tax refunds this year — or who already got one — plan to use the money to improve their personal finances. About a third (34%) say they'll use it to pay down debt, and another third (33%) say they'll save or invest the ...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Here's what Fed interest rate hikes mean - CBS News

As the U.S. economy continues its slow but sure recovery, the Federal Reserve will, at some point, begin increasing interest rates. Many analysts believe that will happen sometime this summer, while others say it will be several months later or even ...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

7 Ways Smart Parents Teach Their Kids About Money - U.S. News & World Report

Steve Schaffer, CEO of the coupon website Offers.com, created a unique allowance system to help teach his three children, ages 10, 12 and 14, about money. He and his wife dole out $5 plus 50 cents per year old each child is. (For example, the 10-year ...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Reduce Taxes, Pass Along Your Values, And Help Your Kids Succeed In Life - Forbes

Estate planning experts are advising people to give each kid/grand-kid up to $14,000 this year. But, these gifts can do a lot more than reduce your estate taxes. They can be used to pass along your values and give your kids a big advantage in life.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

U.S. Stocks Tumble as Dollar Gains Amid Interest-Rate Concerns - Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks fell the most in two months as the dollar strengthened to near a 12-year high versus the euro amid speculation the Federal Reserve is moving closer to raising interest rates. Intel Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. lost at least 2 ...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How to Save More While Earning Less - TIME

As a navigation officer on boats carrying supplies to oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, Lonnie Roberts Jr. is experiencing the downside of falling fuel prices. As oil companies look to preserve profit margins, Lonnie's employer cut back his pay 9% and ...

Monday, March 09, 2015

Negative Interest Rates: A Brilliant Concept! - Forbes

The traditional introduction to interest rates involves three basic components. The first is the “originary” rate of interest—the time preference between the present and the future. In years of teaching economics, I've never yet had a student express ...

Friday, March 06, 2015

How to Avoid Debt Spinning out of Control - Fox Business

Have your spending habits and overall debt load reached the point where your debt increases every month? If so, you have entered a debt spiral. As your debt increases, so do the interest payments on that debt. That in turn raises your overall debt ...

Thursday, March 05, 2015

This should be your first investment - CNNMoney

Today's young adults face huge financial obstacles, with huge amounts of student loan debt, difficulties in getting good jobs, and overall lack of confidence about their future. The last thing most young people are prepared to do is to start thinking ...

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

How Terrorism Affects Markets and the Economy - Investopedia

While the string of attacks highlighted the vulnerabilities of cities and countries to terrorism, it had little impact on financial markets and the economy in India or elsewhere. But it was an entirely different story 8½ years later on September 11 ...

Monday, March 02, 2015

The Suddenly Hot Job Market for Workers Over 50 - TIME

And now, as the job market lurches back to life, more companies are wooing the silver set with formal retraining programs. This is not to say that older workers have it easy. Overall, the long-term unemployment rate remains stubbornly high—31.5%. And ...

Monday, March 02, 2015

Should Students Be Required to Work in College? - Wall Street Journal

Some would say a lot of demands are placed on college students. They're expected to study hard, learn about life and be on their way to successful careers by the time they graduate. Many college students need to take out loans or find jobs to help pay ...

Monday, March 02, 2015

Buy a new car? Are you crazy? - USA TODAY

People shopping for new cars should stop, right now, and think about it, Consumer Reports says, though it does not say so quite as bluntly. "Buying a new car might be a lousy financial move," warns the widely consulted publication, which posted its ...

Friday, February 27, 2015

Job Market Perks Up for Recent College Graduates - Wall Street Journal

The job market for fresh college graduates is improving—as is the method for measuring the success of graduates. Just more than half of the nearly 67,000 members of the class of 2014 who responded to a survey had landed full-time jobs within six ...

Friday, February 27, 2015

More New Jobs Are in City Centers, While Employment Growth Shrinks in the ... - New York Times

Some cities — especially big ones hemmed in by water, like New York and San Francisco — have held onto a large share of employment near the city center. But now, urban job growth is increasing more quickly in those cities than before. And in other ...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015