Insider games

May 31, 2011
There's a vote tonight (Tuesday evening) on raising the federal government's debt limit ceiling. House Republicans are bringing up the vote even...
Posted In: debt, numbers

To TIP or not to TIP

May 9, 2011
The Marketwatch headline grabbed my attention: Holding TIPS will make you poorer. It's by columnist Brett Arends....
Posted In: Investing, numbers

Paradigm shift

Apr 29, 2011
Is the ghost of Thomas Malthus stalking the global economy? It sure seems like it....
Posted In: Investing, numbers

The Big Squeeze

Apr 27, 2011
The housing market is struggling to climb out of a depression, hobbled by falling prices, foreclosures, short sales, and negative equity....
Posted In: Housing, numbers

The misleading 70% rule of thumb

Apr 22, 2011
Financial rules of thumb are often useful. You have to start somewhere. Rule of thumb also evolve. For instance, it used to be standard advice to...
Posted In: numbers, Retirement

The taxman cometh

Apr 14, 2011
Let's stick with the theme of taxes with the looming April 18 deadline. America's modern tax system was created in 1913. The income tax form was a...
Posted In: numbers, Taxes

The retirement market crawls back

Apr 13, 2011
The number is impressive: $17.5 trillion. That's the total of U.S. retirement assets, according to the Investment Company Institute, a Washington D...
Posted In: numbers, Retirement

Did you pay your taxes?

Apr 8, 2011
Have you finished your taxes yet? If tradition holds, about a quarter of taxpayers still haven't filed. Still, most of us get our taxes done on...
Posted In: numbers, Taxes

Student loan nation

Apr 7, 2011
Americans are borrowing again. Consumer credit rose at a 3.8% annual rate in February. According to the Federal Reserve "non-revolving" consumer...
Posted In: numbers, student loans

The high cost of quality child care

Apr 4, 2011
Millions of Americans are among the "working poor." They have jobs, yet earn so little that they live at or below the government's official poverty...
Posted In: Education, numbers