I was talking to someone about bitcoin and mistakenly called it “bitcon.”“Oh, what a Freudian slip,” the person said.I wasn’t trying to comment about the legitimacy of the digital currency. Bitcoins can be used to buy products and services. You can also invest in them.
Date: 03/05/2014 | Business
As much as you may loathe tax season, there are people who rejoice during this time of year.
Date: 03/02/2014 | Business
There’s an old joke that goes: “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time” is the answer.The larger point, of course, is that a seemingly insurmountable task can be conquered if you start small.
Date: 02/26/2014 | Business
As we get further away from the horrors of the Great Recession, it becomes easier for Americans to fall back into bad financial habits.And one of those bad habits was not putting enough into a rainy day fund. Even when money is tight and you are trying to pay off debts, you...
Date: 02/23/2014 | Business
With the rising cost of college, people have been asking if it’s worth the investment.But that might be the wrong question.
Date: 02/19/2014 | Business
I’m an advocate for just about anything that will help people save for retirement. These days we are pretty much on our own, so I am hopeful that a new starter savings account will help people jump-start their retirement savings.
Date: 02/12/2014 | Business
Everybody knows that one of the top issues couples fight about is money. But this same type of drama can play out between siblings, parents and extended family members. I’ve learned from my own share of family financial issues that have fractured relationships. So...
Date: 02/09/2014 | Business
Do you fear losing your job? If so, you are like a lot of people these days — and you’ll be interested in “The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life” by Kimberly Palmer (Amacom, $21.95). It is the Color of Money Book Club selection for February.
Date: 02/05/2014 | Business
If you have a question for the IRS that you think can be answered over the phone, think again.
Date: 02/02/2014 | Business
Since the major data breach at Target, many readers have been asking how to best protect their credit.
Date: 01/26/2014 | Business
There’s a tax break for struggling homeowners that Congress shouldn’t have let expire just before the new year. If not extended, some people selling their homes could get big tax bills.
Date: 01/12/2014 | Business
If you want to prosper, you have to work at it.I don't want to be a dream-killer, but the odds are not in your favor of winning the lottery. And a relative isn't likely to leave you an inheritance that will allow you to tell your boss to take this job and shove it.
Date: 01/09/2014 | Business
I love the annual ritual of making New Year's resolutions.Every year you have another chance. So don't be discouraged if you didn't meet last year's resolutions. Keep trying, especially if at the top of your list was to become a better money manager.
Date: 01/01/2014 | Business
One of the best parts of my job is helping address readers' financial concerns. The data breach at Target had a lot of people really worried.
Date: 12/29/2013 | Business
This is the time of year when you see lists of the best and worst television shows, albums, movies or books. I've come up with a list of my own -- financial issues that had me either ranting or applauding.Let's start with two serious matters that came up this year:
Date: 12/24/2013 | Business
Christmas is upon us, and I still haven't bought anything. I just haven't mustered the energy to shop. And I'm not alone. A survey conducted between Dec. 3 and 5 by RetailMeNot found that 87 percent of consumers still had holiday shopping to do.
Date: 12/18/2013 | Business
Remember Bernard L. Madoff? He should be as well-known to investors as is Warren Buffett, but for different reasons. Buffett is known for investment success and philanthropy. Madoff should be remembered as the embodiment of deceitfulness. Five years ago, on Dec.
Date: 12/15/2013 | Business
Can I confess? There was one time I got into credit card trouble and it scared me quite a bit. I had a department store credit card.
Date: 12/11/2013 | Business
Got a problem with your student loan? Not sure where to turn when the company managing your payments isn't responding to your complaints?Come March, you'll have a powerful ally because the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will have supervisory authority over nonbank...
Date: 12/08/2013 | Business
As you make decisions about giving for the holidays, you might run into the problem facing a reader who asked me to weigh in on a dilemma she's having with her sister.
Date: 12/04/2013 | Business
I get a lot of gift cards and I bet you do too.Since it's often hard to buy for people, our friends and family have resorted to giving us these cards. Once seen as the lazy person's go-to present, gift cards have become a practical and acceptable way to give.
Date: 12/01/2013 | Business
If you owe a debt, you should make every effort to pay it. After all, you've enjoyed the services or goods that your debt bought. And companies have a right to try to collect or even sell that debt to recoup their money. The more they can collect, the less likely they are to pass on their debt...
Date: 11/20/2013 | Business
The images from the Philippines following the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan are heart-wrenching. "Totally destroyed," one survivor described the city of Tacloban. In another dispatch from Reuters, one woman talked about her 11 missing family members. "I can't think right...
Date: 11/17/2013 | Business
I've often said that money problems are the result of issues that people haven't addressed or don't even know they have.One of those issues is scarcity -- having less than you feel you need.And that's why for this month's Color of Money Book Club, I've selected...
Date: 11/13/2013 | Business
You've heard of Veterans Day deals. Well, there's one special offer -- access to an online tool to help the nation's military maximize their Social Security benefits -- that could put more money in the pockets of veterans. But it's free on Nov. 11 only.The Social Security...
Date: 11/10/2013 | Business