The Best Cities for Young Professionals

Personal Finance

The Best Cities for Young Professionals

The Best Cities for Young Professionals

The unemployment rate for recent grads could easily double the rate that the country faces overall. But your chances of landing a good job and thriving after college can be greater if you look in the right places.

Las Vegas Foreclosure Mess Ends in Bitter Duel

Mortgages

Las Vegas Foreclosure Mess Ends in Bitter Duel

Las Vegas Foreclosure Mess Ends in Bitter Duel

What happens when a city’s entire real estate market collapses, leaving only vultures behind? A big, nasty fight ensues for the scraps. Las Vegas, synonymous with gambling and vice, now has a new reputation: it’s the city where the housing bubble burst most spectacularly. One in 28 homes in Las Vegas were foreclosed upon in… Read More

Young Adults Increasingly Concerned Over Finances

Managing Debt

Young Adults Increasingly Concerned Over Finances

Young Adults Increasingly Concerned Over Finances

Consumers in their 20s and early 30s are now deeply in debt as a result of mismanagement of their credit card accounts, sky-high student loans and other financial hardships, according to a report from the Arizona Republic. The tough job market, which has made it difficult for many recent college graduates to find a job… Read More

Recent Govt. Data Breaches Pose Privacy Risk

Identity Theft

Recent Govt. Data Breaches Pose Privacy Risk

Recent Govt. Data Breaches Pose Privacy Risk

The Social Security Administration continued making public the full names and Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of people three years after it first learned it was putting citizens’ privacy at risk, according to a new report by the agency’s inspector general. The information, which also included the ZIP codes and dates of birth… Read More

6 Tips to Securing a Mortgage in Today’s Economy

Mortgages

6 Tips to Securing a Mortgage in Today’s Economy

6 Tips to Securing a Mortgage in Today’s Economy

My fiance and I are “this close“ to closing on a new condo in Brooklyn. We’ve spent several weeks at the beck and call of our prospective lender and have, along the way, discovered some new changes and requirements in the mortgage world that I think are worth sharing, as it could save you time,… Read More

Having Fun with Your Finances

Personal Finance

Having Fun with Your Finances

Having Fun with Your Finances

Call me crazy, but I’d much rather play a couple of rounds of Angry Birds rather than make a plan to pay down my credit card debt. It turns out a lot of people think games are more fun than twiddling with budgets on a spreadsheet. That’s why the trend of “gamification”— incorporating game-like elements… Read More

Financial News Roundup:  Few Employers Hire ‘Idle’ Americans, Struggling Cities May Merge

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: Few Employers Hire ‘Idle’ Americans, Struggling Cities May Merge

Financial News Roundup:  Few Employers Hire ‘Idle’ Americans, Struggling Cities May Merge

Today’s top news headlines feature a new strategy many cities are considering to overcome budget problems and creative ways unemployed Americans are advertising themselves to employers. Plus, find out why more individuals are taking on part-time jobs. Americans Work Part-Time to Avoid Gaps in Resume The Wall Street Journal Many employers look unfavorably on applicants… Read More

RockYou! Data Breach Lawsuit Moves Forward

Identity Theft

RockYou! Data Breach Lawsuit Moves Forward

RockYou! Data Breach Lawsuit Moves Forward

A California judge has decided that a lawsuit against a major online gaming company for alleged privacy violations can move forward. RockYou!, the company that makes the ridiculously popular “Jungle Jewels” and other Facebook-based games, is being sued for having exposed millions of users’ names, passwords and email addresses as the result of a data… Read More

How Sale Prices Nudge Us Into Buying Junk Food

Personal Finance

How Sale Prices Nudge Us Into Buying Junk Food

How Sale Prices Nudge Us Into Buying Junk Food

Photo by Christian Cable Deep down, people want to buy healthy food. Unhealthy foods have a negative association, with terms like “vice foods” and “guilty pleasures.” But even well-intentioned consumers have a hard time resisting buying the unhealthy stuff when they’re on sale. Price discounts can help consumers overcome their guilt of buying junk food,… Read More

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