Bad Behavior

Share List Five of the world’s biggest banks recently pleaded guilty to colluding to manipulate currency and interest rate markets. Apparently, by agreeing not to buy or sell at certain times, the traders protected each other’s positions and suppressed competition in the foreign exchange market. Collectively, these banks will pay penalties totaling $5.6 billion to…

The Business of Risk

Share List Cyber threats have created an interesting conundrum in which the criminal perpetrators are frequently more tech savvy than those responsible for preventing their crimes or apprehending them. And the situation, at the moment, doesn’t really show signs of improving. Several national security experts recently issued recommendations to help address the problem. They referred…

Going Global

Share List Not everyone has the opportunity to travel. But doing so can open up a world of opportunities — not just in learning more about the world, but in expanding the way we think. Just seeing life lived in ways other than how we grew up can help us understand different perspectives. We often…

Taxes Filed. Now What?

Share List In a 1789 letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, Ben Franklin wrote, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” It’s interesting that while the Constitution has changed only minimally since 1787, the tax code…

Trends in Jobs and Education

Share List It’s that time of year. Student graduates have crossed the tassel from one side of the cap to the other, parents are both teary-eyed and relieved, and millions of wide-eyed young adults will be flooding both college campuses and the workforce. For young college grads just entering the job market, the news is…

Surprising Findings

Share List Sometimes, hidden among the gloom and doom news headlines and economic predictions, we find little nuggets of information that surprise and can even make our day. For example, thanks to national budget cuts, fewer taxpayers are being audited. The average taxpayer’s chance of being audited has dropped by 23 percent in the past…

3 Tips for Doing Something Better

Share List You see those article headlines all the time: “10 Tips for …” blah blah blah. The writer claims to have simplified some common problems we all face — losing weight, achieving happiness, getting along with your boss at work — into three, five, or 10 nuggets of no-fail wisdom. Often we find two…

Best-Laid Plans

Share List A recent survey revealed that six out of 10 Americans believe they are inadequately prepared for a financial emergency, and only 50 percent feel that they are overall financially secure. For most, planning for retirement is one of their biggest worries. This stress is further exacerbated by the fact that most Americans reported…