Personal Finance

admin June 19, 2018

Few women make it to the top of the business world. So it’s a big deal when they do. But it’s also a big deal when they leave. Several high-profile female CEOs announced they were stepping down last year, including Marissa Mayer at Yahoo and Irene Rosenfeld at Mondelez. Following these exits, the number of […]

admin June 18, 2018

Even at the very top of American business, people hesitate to openly discuss sexual harassment. An April 2018 Boardlist survey revealed 57% of board members said their group still hadn’t discussed sexism at work or the far-reaching impact of the #MeToo movement. Even among those boards that had raised the topic, 78% said their boards […]

admin June 18, 2018

Why do financial experts recommend creating an emergency fund before paying off credit card debt?—Brandon You have some credit card debt and you’re up for doing the hard work of paying it off. Then along come financial experts who tell you: Hold on! Emergency fund first! But why wouldn’t you pay off debt as quickly […]

admin June 18, 2018

You’ve seen the headlines about the lack of female leadership, the challenges women overcome to reach the C-suite and the dwindling numbers of women at the top. Some companies are testing out structured mentoring, empowerment programs and ambition summits to fix the problem and correct gender imbalances. But other experts say this may not be […]

admin June 18, 2018

The overhaul of the US tax code was supposed to make taxes simpler and more streamlined. Nearly doubling the standard deduction was a move in that direction. But the changes did very little to reduce the number of so-called tax expenditures — a term for all credits, deductions, exemptions and exclusions. “We just had a […]

admin June 17, 2018

Discover is offering its workers a new perk: A free college degree. Employees can choose from seven business or computer science-related bachelor’s degrees selected at three universities. Discover will cover the cost of tuition, fees and books and supplies needed to complete the program for however long it takes. About 99% of Discover’s 16,500 workers […]

admin June 17, 2018

Bosses. Coworkers. Strangers. That’s who we usually think of as perpetrators of sexual harassment. But in certain roles and industries, women face another kind of harasser: the customer. Someone who doesn’t even work at the company, but is still making the work environment uncomfortable or even unsafe. Retail and restaurant workers are particularly vulnerable. Employees […]

admin June 17, 2018

If I just invest my money in some good low-cost mutual funds, do I really need to pay a financial adviser for help?—Daniel The answer depends on you — but not just on your ability to pick mutual funds. Ideally, you also want to be sure you can put those funds to work in a […]

admin June 16, 2018

Housing markets out west are on fire. Prices are rising, supply is tight and competition among buyers is fierce. That’s all good news for homeowners. Not so much for buyers. Home prices have risen faster than wages in many cities, creating an affordability issues for buyers — especially first timers. “Everything from the Rocky Mountain […]

admin June 16, 2018

My daughter received a scholarship, but we still owe the college $15,000 this year. That’s more than we can afford to pay. Where do we go for a student loan?—Anonymous Sometimes, taking out a student loan is unavoidable. About 30% of undergrads took out a federal loan during the 2016-17 school year, according to The […]