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Diving off the fiscal cliff? Bring it on.

Nov 30, 2012
Most of the chatter we've heard about the fiscal cliff focuses on the deal or no deal deadlock strangling Capitol Hill. So what if, in the end, there is no deal? Commentator Megan McArdle says that might be a good thing.
Posted In: fiscal cliff

Thanksgiving: A time to take your mind off the tough stuff

Nov 23, 2012
Commentator Scott Huler says Thanksgiving traditions create routine, routine creates simplicity, and simplicity creates a stress-free environment -- something we should all be thankful for.
Posted In: Thanksgiving, routine

'Cliff' fix should include triggers

Nov 14, 2012
Commentator Robert Reich says we should hold tax increases and spending cuts until economy improves.
Posted In: Bush tax cuts, fiscal cliff

The argument in favor of payday lending

Nov 9, 2012
Critics of payday lending say the industry is ripe for abuse and should be tightly controlled. Commentator Tom Lehman says the practice can actually be helpful, for individuals and the financial system as a whole.
Posted In: payday loans

Undecided voters, beware of Hello Kitty!

Nov 5, 2012
A passionate plea not to be tempted by a platform of smiles, hugs and rainbows.
Posted In: comedy, 2012 election

Retirement -- election no-show

Nov 2, 2012
Commentator Helaine Olen says neither President Obama nor Mitt Romeny acknowledge coming 'retirement crisis.'
Posted In: Retirement, Election 2012

Social Security: It's too complicated

Nov 2, 2012
More than 20 percent of the U.S. national budget is spent on Social Security, so of course politicians like to promise to reform it. Commentator Chris Farrell says unfortunately both candidates' plans are way too complicated.
Posted In: Social Security, Election 2012

Opinion: Why I'm voting for Barack Obama

Nov 2, 2012
Comedian Andy Kindler on why he's voting to reelect President Barack Obama.
Posted In: Election 2012, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama

Opinion: Why I'm voting for Mitt Romney

Nov 2, 2012
Comedy writer Brian Donovan on why he's voting for Mitt Romney.
Posted In: Election 2012, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

The high costs of looking good as you age

Oct 19, 2012
Appearing to look better than others in your age group could be seen as a blessing or a very expensive curse.
Posted In: aging, baby boomers

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A near billion dollar company, World Finance is the largest of an often-overlooked breed of high-cost lender: installment lenders. Ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, the loans typically last anywhere from six months to three years. The industry boasts millions of customers and over 4,000 locations across at least 19 states, mostly in the south and Midwest, and touts the product as a consumer-friendly alternative to payday loans. World and its competitors gouge borrowers with unnecessary insurance products and persuade their customers to renew their loans over and over again, creating a cycle of debt that often grinds on for years.