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How California’s Drought Will Affect You

Written by William Cowie - One Comment

Statistically, 80 to 90 percent of you live outside of California. When you read reports of the drought in California, then, your reaction may be something like, “Bummer for those dudes. Patti, please pass the peas.” You might want to reconsider, though, because chances are this drought could affect you more than you think.
Saying the [...]

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Published on October 15th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Economy, Frugality, Miscellany, Saving & Investing
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5 Reasons to be Optimistic About the Economy

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I find that defaulting to pessimism about the economy is a great way to hedge your emotional bets. If things turn out well, then I can count it a pleasant surprise. If things turn out badly, at least I have the satisfaction of having been right.
Lately though, there have been some cracks in my gloomy [...]

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Published on September 15th, 2014
Modified on September 13th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Economy, Planning
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Are You Looking For A New Job?

Written by William Cowie - One Comment

If so, you might be in a better position than you think. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS as it’s more commonly known, keeps track of more than just unemployment statistics. Any time geeks try to analyze something, they go into inordinate detail, which glazes over the eyes of everyone trying to understand what [...]

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Published on August 20th, 2014
Modified on August 22nd, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Economy, Working
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Is The American Dream Dead?

Written by William Cowie - 4 Comments

Is the American dream dead? A majority of people say it is, according to the recently announced CNN Money survey, as well as several others done at academic institutions like Xavier and Youngstown universities and other private organizations. Although the samples, questions and methodologies differ from survey to survey, the results all seem to indicate that the American dream [...]

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Published on June 11th, 2014
Modified on June 9th, 2014 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Economy, Retirement, Saving & Investing, Working
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The Post-College Outlook: A New Money Worry for 20-Somethings?

Written by FCN Staff - One Comment

This post comes from Anna Williams at our partner site LearnVest.
College seniors graduating this spring are more optimistic than ever … but should they be?
According to Accenture’s 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey, a full 84% of the class of 2014 believes they will land a job in their chosen field. This group of [...]

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Published on May 23rd, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Economy, Working
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Retirement saving: Size isn’t the only consideration

Written by Richard Barrington - Leave a Comment

I recently read one of those articles debating whether a million dollars was enough to retire on these days. Mostly, the focus of the article was on the fact that a million dollars isn’t as significant as it used to be due to the impact of inflation. That’s a good point, but it also got [...]

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Published on May 12th, 2014
Modified on May 9th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Economy, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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The Super Bowl, changes, and your finances

Written by William Cowie - 5 Comments

SUPER BOWL!
Everyone knows the Super Bowl will be upon us in little more than a week. In many ways, the event has become the new Thanksgiving, hasn’t it? That’s because the people you invite to a Super Bowl party are chosen. You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends, and the annual, [...]

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Published on January 22nd, 2014 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Economy
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2014: Another good year?

Written by William Cowie - 3 Comments

Twenty-thirteen is the year the Haves and the Have Nots came to prominence, dressed up as a new TV series which opened on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The title of the show alludes, of course, to the notion that there is a distinction between those with high incomes and/or a high net worth, and, [...]

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Published on January 8th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Economy
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The world as we know it

Written by Richard Barrington - 2 Comments

I have a brother who is a history teacher, and a son who is on his way to becoming one. For me, history was one of my least favorite subjects in school, but now it represents a major portion of my reading. Studying financial history early in my career may have been the turning point.
When I [...]

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Published on January 6th, 2014
Modified on January 4th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Economy, Education, Planning, Retirement
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Income inequality: Whose side are you on?

Written by William Cowie - 8 Comments

Sometimes you just get a feeling something is wrong. You can’t put your finger on it, but you know, you just know, something is not right. Maybe you see something and wonder if you’re seeing it right. Then someone else mentions the same thing, confirming what you suspected. Then you read about in a news [...]

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Published on October 30th, 2013
Modified on October 27th, 2013 - 8 Comments
Filed under: Economy
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