Buying a new vehicle today takes resourcefulness, patience and flexibility. Healthy doses of luck and digital savvy go a long way, too. If you haven't shopped for a vehicle recently, there are some things you should know to prepare for the topsy-turvy road ahead.
At this point, you likely know inflation has been hitting historic highs worldwide. In the U.S., a gauge known as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) indicates that consumer prices rose 9.1% from June 2021 to June 2022 —the largest 12-month increase in 40 years.
And it's not just inflation that's increased—both inflation and interest rates have moved sharply higher, which is no coincidence.
Inflation is the rate of change in the prices of many goods and services over time. That rate has hit historic highs over the past year: You likely experience the pinch of inflation every time you make a purchase these days, but this headache-inducing phenomenon still may feel unfamiliar to you. After all, inflation in the U.S. economy has generally been low for the past 30 years.
As prices skyrocket, it's worth understanding how inflation works and how to tame it.
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may sound like intimidating investment instruments, but at their core, they're diversified portfolios, like mutual funds, that are easily traded, like stocks. But how do ETFs work exactly, and could they be a good addition to your taxable, tax-deferred or tax-free accounts? Read on to learn more about these increasingly popular securities.
Retirement funds may be particularly top of mind if you're going through a divorce in your later years. You may wonder if you're eligible to collect Social Security based on your ex-spouse's record—and, if so, how much you're entitled to.
So, how much Social Security does a divorced spouse get? Just as marriages and government programs can be complicated, so can navigating Social Security after a marriage ends.
Half of American adults started 2022 with a desire to boost their savings. That admirable intention could prove easier for those who developed good savings habits at a young age.
After all, it’s possible kids who get used to regularly depositing some allowance funds in their piggy bank won’t think twice about setting money aside when higher wages and expenses enter the picture later in life. There’s even a significant bonus for young savers: Compound interest, which is the interest earned on interest.
There’s a lot of energy in the southern half of Texas, and it’s not just the resources that power our homes and cars. This region has the kind of energy that draws people to a place and helps them and their businesses thrive.
Clearly, community banks in the area have plenty of opportunities to do what they do best: forge deep and lasting relationships with their customers and communities. We spoke with four community banks in the southern half of Texas to learn how they are serving this buzzing region.
If you're looking for a new challenge in retirement while maintaining the flexibility and freedom of your new independent lifestyle, starting a consulting business can be an attractive choice.
This story explains how to start a consultancy that sets you and your clients up for success.
As the coronavirus rages on, so do its impacts on the country’s businesses and workers. Remote work and hybrid arrangements are gaining a stronger foothold, and about 2.2 million Americans remain long-term unemployed while millions of others are quitting their jobs. This massive health and economic disruption is inevitably impacting health care as well.
Offering a sick leave policy that includes paid time off for employees to take care of themselves or others has benefits beyond wellness. It can also help your business boost morale, productivity, recruitment and retention. Your policy can be as unique as your business, which means there are many aspects to consider when formulating and implementing a plan.
Options for paid leave
Determining how you want to configure short-term paid sick leave for health concerns and preventive care is a key ...
Income inequality, which refers to how uneven income is distributed among a population, is no small problem today: The United Nations says 71% of people across the globe live in countries where this kind of inequality has risen. Still, some societies have become more equal than others, and to demonstrate this, Stacker used data from the World Inequality Database to compile a list of 30 countries with the lowest income inequality.
Financial information is used for so many touch points these days. Unfortunately, criminals are looking to obtain that data to withdraw money from bank accounts, fraudulently apply for loans and credit cards, or cause other headache-inducing trouble.
The good news is that you can adopt impactful habits and use simple tools to help enhance your financial safety. If you'd like to know how to protect your financial information online, here are seven techniques to master.
The topic of infrastructure has dominated a good portion of the news lately. So has the housing market. But have you ever thought about how the proximity of infrastructure to a home can impact its value — at least during normal times? It’s a worthy mental trip to take if buying or selling a home is in your future.