Should Washington act to prevent a 'fiscal cliff'?

May 23, 2012
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released a study yesterday warning of a U.S. recession if lawmakers let the Bush-era tax cuts expire and enact a round of automatic spending cuts -- allowing for a 'fiscal cliff.'
Posted In: recession, budget, Fiscal policy, Bush tax cuts

Emergency Fund 101

May 21, 2012
How do you recommend investing funds in an emergency savings account? Peter, Cherry Hill, NJ
Posted In: emergency savings, Savings, family finances, budget

U.S. could be heading off a fiscal cliff in 2013

May 17, 2012
The Federal Reserve and lawmakers in Washington are warning of a fiscal cliff coming at the end of the year.
Posted In: budget

Unforeseen retirement expenses

May 7, 2012
When estimating expenses in retirement, it's good to think about family and friends, as well as the mortgage, utilities, food, clothes, and other financial-planning staples.
Posted In: Retirement, retirement planning, budget, expenses

Michigan and Detroit agree on deal to help city's deficit

Apr 5, 2012
The city of Detroit has a projected a deficit of more than $200 million his year -- and it could run out of money by June. Last night, Detroit's city council narrowly passed a controversial deal with the State of Michigan.
Posted In: budget, Michigan, Detroit

Paul Ryan budget plan dead in the Senate

Mar 29, 2012
The GOP casts itself as the party of fiscal discipline. The Paul Ryan budget blueprint does not close deficits until around 2040.
Posted In: Paul Ryan, budget

Bracing for baby

Mar 2, 2012
Kids are expensive! Author Carmen Wong Ulrich discusses the serious financial decisions to-be parents should be thinking about.
Posted In: budget, baby, children, carmen wong ulrich, childcare, college, diapers

Piggy for a personal finance paragon

Mar 2, 2012
Jacqueline Byers' salary is in the low $40,000 range, but she budgets, tracks her spending and saves up for what she really loves -- travel.
Posted In: Savings, save, budget, Travel, piggy

Trying to save missions to Mars

Feb 27, 2012
Mars researchers are meeting with NASA today to figure out if there's a way to pay for future trips to the red planet.
Posted In: mars, space, space exploration, NASA, budget

What Americans think about President Obama's budget

Feb 16, 2012
Do Americans agree with President Obama's latest budget proposal? Gallup's editor-in-chief Frank Newport explains what Americans want the government to cut and spend more money on.
Posted In: federal budget, obama budget, Barack Obama, budget