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Supreme Court to decide once and for all (hopefully) if severance pay is taxable
Posted on November 15, 2013

These days, terminated employees receiving severance packages happen quite frequently. Sometimes it happens voluntarily, such as during a layoff; other times, it happens after the employee has won a lawsuit against his or her company. It could even be required by state or federal law, or be part of a company’s policy. Severance pay is [...]


Ari Page On Blog Talk Radio
Posted on November 14, 2013

Ari Page, the CEO of Credit Card Builders, appeared recently for a guest spot on Club Wealth Radio, a show on Blog Talk Radio dedicated to real estate agents, investors and brokers. Ari joined host Michael Hellickson to discuss the work Credit Card Builders do in helping people obtain business credit and corporate credit at [...]


Paying the dead? In the case of Medicare, yes.
Posted on November 5, 2013

Perhaps you thought it couldn’t get much worse for the folks in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid due to the part they’ve played in the botched roll out of the Obamacare Website. If you thought that, you would be wrong. Now, there’s news that a recent study by the US Inspector General has Medicare [...]


Low salaries of fast food workers cost us all in the long run
Posted on October 30, 2013

There are many people who would love to have a job… any job. But even if you have one, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to make it without some help. Fast food workers are the perfect example. A recent study by the University of California Berkeley Labor Center and the University of Illinois [...]


Why rural banks are sometimes a better source of credit
Posted on October 23, 2013

There was a time, not so long ago, when most banks were local. Until the early 1980s, most people conducted their financial transactions at a bank that was chartered and owned in the county in which they lived. As a result, these financial institutions were of the “small” and “local” variety (source). Enter the deregulation [...]


Unemployment up as a result of government shutdown (but other factors are in play, too)
Posted on October 11, 2013

The government shutdown has already begun to take its toll on our country in a number of ways, including the unemployment rate. First-time unemployment claims made a definitive and rapid jump during the first full week of the shutdown. Specifically, almost 375,000 people filed for their first week of unemployment benefits during that week. That [...]


US Postal Service defaults on $5.6 billion retiree benefit pre-payment
Posted on October 4, 2013

Even if the United States Postal Service is able to push through its proposed three cent price hike, it won’t be enough to make up for the gigantic shortfall that recently came due – and the USPS was unable to pay. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue warned everyone that they would be forced to default on [...]


Protect your financial and credit card data from hackers
Posted on October 3, 2013

Even if it hasn’t happened to you, chances are you at least know someone who has been the victim of a computer hacker. These days, you can’t do enough to dissuade a potential identity or credit card number thief! Those who are not computer savvy (or just don’t think about it much) are currently doing[...]


You know who you are ... but does Big Data?
Posted on October 2, 2013

"Big Data" is defined by Wikipedia as “the term for a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications.” One of the “Big Data” files floating around out there in cyberspace is all about you. We imagine you’ve heard [...]


Chew on this: Your dog could affect your homeowner’s insurance rate
Posted on October 2, 2013

Most dog owners know exactly why they’ve been given the moniker of “Man’s Best Friend.” But recent findings suggest they are also one of “Man’s Greatest Homeowners Insurance Liabilities.” The Insurance Information Institute (III) recently released some alarming data. Their research shows that over the last decade, while the number of homeowner’s insurance claims due [...]