Having more than $10,000 in student loan debt has a way of piquing your interest in personal finance. And because my degree was in English and public communication, I get to share that interest with you. My wide-ranging stories on money and business have run on Business Insider, the Christian Science Monitor, Reader’s Digest, the front pages of MSN.com and Yahoo! Finance, Money Talks News, and the South Florida Business Journal. In my free time, I like to jump off skyscrapers and play video games.
November 16, 2017
It makes no sense to punish your wallet for someone else’s political transgressions.
November 9, 2017
It’s been a year since America elected Trump. What have we got to show for it?
November 2, 2017
He signed a law undoing consumer protections for class-action lawsuits against financial abuse.
October 26, 2017
They’ve got — and are ignoring — a bill on bankrupting student loans. But what about these ideas states are considering?
October 19, 2017
Trump’s tax plan benefits him more than anybody else. But he doesn’t have to fight to change policy here… he could just leave.
October 13, 2017
We’re most scared of dealing with emergencies, losing our jobs, and outliving our savings.
October 12, 2017
Whether it’s retirement, health care, or identity theft, Trump has done some frightening things — that’s no trick.
October 9, 2017
This spooky map looks at how long it takes to pay off the typical credit card debt in every state.
October 5, 2017
His first real Supreme Court term starts this week, and his opinions will start affecting our financial lives.
September 28, 2017
If Donald Trump wants an easy win, promote financial literacy. It really does make a difference, according to the CFPB.
September 21, 2017
After years of mushy Obamacare repeal, Bernie Sanders gives us something concrete to debate.
September 21, 2017
The federal agency continues to aggressively battle companies that confuse and shortchange consumers.
September 14, 2017
A major credit bureau handed out 143 million Social Security numbers out of laziness and incompetence. Is Trump going to do anything?
September 7, 2017
The CFPB tried to pick up the department’s slack. Now the Education Department is pushing back.
September 1, 2017
Whether you were a victim or want to donate money, here’s our advice to protect yourself after the storm
August 31, 2017
And we’re not getting any relief from Donald Trump.
August 24, 2017
He promised 2.5 million jobs a year. Here’s what we have after six months.
August 17, 2017
Ethics and concern for the poor are not among them.
August 10, 2017
The biggest risk to the economy is this $1.3 trillion consumer debt — which Trump is doing nothing about
August 3, 2017
The education secretary is being sued for siding with for-profit schools over students. But at least she’s learning from her mistakes.
July 27, 2017
Democrats want to offer “A Better Deal,” but they’ll have to win a lot of seats first.
July 26, 2017
After the holiday season, back-to-school shopping is the second largest spending event of the year. Nearly half of Americans will shop online, according to the National Retail Federation. In total, they’ll spend an estimated $83.6 billion — a more than 10 percent jump over last year, and a five-year high — to get grade school […]
July 20, 2017
A close look at state balance sheets shows that “fiscally conservative” doesn’t mean financially healthy — but neither does “lots of taxes.”
July 13, 2017
For years, credit card companies and banks have avoided class-action lawsuits by writing rules prohibiting them. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just snapped those rules.
July 6, 2017
Looks like Richard Cordray and Betsy DeVos are going to fight over student loan forgiveness.
June 29, 2017
States that voted for Trump have fewer credit cards, lower balances, and a worse understanding of money.
June 22, 2017
the law he used to cancel last-minute Obama regulations won’t prevent changes to prepaid cards and other improvements.
June 15, 2017
That sucks in the short-term, but it’s good for consumers in the long-term.
June 8, 2017
He wants the CFPB gutted, but also is “looking at” busting up big banks.
June 1, 2017
The “student loan crisis” is so massive, we can’t even comprehend it anymore.
May 25, 2017
He wants to ditch almost everything that helps students save money and manage debt in order to “prioritize students” and “empower parents.”
May 11, 2017
One month into his new job, here’s a quick look at how Trump’s Justice weighs in. It’s way too early for a verdict.
May 4, 2017
Hint: His name starts with T and ends with rump. But at least it’s not Paul Ryan’s plan, and maybe if he gets a big break he’ll leave us all alone.
May 1, 2017
No, I’m not joking.
April 27, 2017
No matter what you think about Donald Trump, there are hard limits to how much he can reshape politics and the economy. Look no further than the crisis in Venezuela.
April 21, 2017
The IRS will use private debt collectors who have failed before, including one the federal government is already suing for ripping consumers off.
April 20, 2017
Deregulating for its own sake is incredibly stupid — but potentially profitable for internet companies and identity thieves.
April 13, 2017
Everybody wants their debt forgiven, but the people actually promised it could be screwed.
April 13, 2017
Tax-related identity theft is increasing, and experts say we ignore easy ways to protect ourselves by stressing about filing.
April 6, 2017
Trump thinks so, but research shows they do far more good than harm.
March 30, 2017
It depends on whether you have debt, and what kind. If you’re rich, it’s strictly good news.
March 23, 2017
He campaigned on not cutting entitlements, but conservatives think he has to.
March 16, 2017
Republicans may hate it, but the courts — and even Mike Pence’s economist — don’t.
March 9, 2017
Here’s a quick look at employment stats to put the first jobs numbers of the Trump administration into context — and what we can expect.
March 2, 2017
Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress Tuesday night was a nice change of pace. But actually doing stuff would be better.
February 23, 2017
If Congress needs help helping people, it should look to these state legislators.
February 16, 2017
These desperate White House petitions aren’t getting much attention. Some of them deserve it.
February 9, 2017
Secretary of Education responded (sort of) to more than 140 Congressional questions beyond her confirmation hearing. But nobody talked about it.
February 2, 2017
Neil M. Gorsuch is a lot like Justice Antonin Scalia — except for one big thing.
January 26, 2017
He’s hiring people that hate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and pledged to tear up post-recession banking regulations