Tag: money

How to Handle Merging Families

Ed note: Weddings and family drama. Unfortunately the two often go hand-in-hand. While we can’t help you explain to grandma why you do not care to use her wedding gown, we do have some advice around one of the hot-button issues: how to communicate with your family about the finances of the wedding. Leer en español. […]

Freelancer Friday: Reminder of Penalties under the ACA

Ed note: We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. For those who think the life of a freelancer is footloose and fancy-free ­– we are here with your dose of reality. There are serious implications this year when it comes to making sure you have health insurance and comply with the Affordable Care […]

Careful Strategies for (Figuratively) Cutting Cable Cords

Ed note: I’m still searching for that utopia where I can watch my favorite shows, for a reasonable price, without paying for the thousand other channels I don’t care about one bit. Until that day comes, I may just have to implement some of these strategies to decrease my bill without ditching everything.  Is there […]

Social Security Benefits – How Much Is Taxable?

Ed note: It’s one of the most frequently asked questions on our social media channels – “Are my social security benefits taxable?” Like so many things with taxes, the answer is a variation of “it depends.” Leer en español. All social security benefits, whether in the form of retirement benefits, survivor benefits or disability benefits, […]

The Hemline Index: Fashion and Economic Predictions [INFOGRAPHIC]

For the fashionistas out there, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that today marks the start of New York Fashion Week. For everyone else: if you think fashion is nothing but mindless, meaningless frivolity, then this might be shocking. There are several useful economic indicators that follow fashion trends. Some more, um, high […]

Trip Hacks: Crowdsourcing Your Vacation

Ed note: I love it when technology makes life a little bit easier. Even better when that technology is powered by real people and their collective smarts. Here are a few ways you can tap into local intelligence and expert help when planning your next vacation. The Internet is now a place where people share […]

Tax Questions, Answered: The Tax Implications of Selling Your Home

Ed note: Congratulations, you just sold your home! That profit burning a hole in your pocket may be free-and-clear from taxes, but – yes, there’s a but – not always. The Tax Institute looks at some of the exceptions you need to know about. Question: I’ve been waiting years to sell my home. Now that […]

Tax Questions, Answered: Your Kid’s Education

In our latest installation of this question-and-answer series with The Tax Institute, we look at some of common tax questions that come up around saving and paying for your child’s education. Q: Should the earnings on my child’s 529 account be counted as income as they accrue? What about when I use 529 funds to […]

Emerald Card Myths Busted

What do you think of when you hear “prepaid debit card?” Maybe you think it’s just for teenagers. Or that it isn’t any different from a credit card. Maybe you have no idea what it is at all! Leer en español. Prepaid cards can be useful financial tools for anyone. They help prevent overdrafts and […]

Hispanic College Students: Knowing the challenges and learning how to overcome them

Ed note: The debt associated with higher education has been getting more and more attention. We know there are many ways to fund your education but wanted to dig into some of the unique and specific resources available to Latinos. Leer en español. A recent study by the PEW Hispanic Research Center shows that Hispanic […]