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Small Business Saturday and How You Can Participate 13

At this point, it's pretty fair to assume that the vast majority of American shoppers are aware of Black Friday. Also gaining prominence in the consumer conscience is Cyber Monday, which follows the weekend shopping blitz and takes place online. However, yet another holiday shopping initiative has been growing over...

The Growing Economic Consequences of Terrorism 4

According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, “in 2014 the global economic costs of terrorism reached US$52.9 billion, with a total economic impact of US$105.8 billion.” These alarming stats beg the question, "is the civilized world doing enough to combat terrorism or has the collective interests failed to effectively...

Tips for Sticking to Your Holiday Budget 10

With goodwill in your heart and the spirit of the season surrounding you, it can be easy to overspend on holiday gifts. In fact new reports from the National Retail Foundation indicate that the average person is expected to spend $463 on gifts for family members this year and $805...

Why Black Friday is Not All It's Cracked Up to Be 4

Black Friday has seemingly gotten more and more ridiculous each year. Many retailers now push their Black Friday opening times into Thanksgiving, leading many bargain shoppers to hustle out of their family dinners and over to their nearest big box stores. However, it seems that critical mass has been reached...

Square Launches Successful IPO 1

On November 19, the FinTech payments company Square went public, hitting the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol 'SQ.' Although the stock's opening price of $9 was below the company's initially announced target, it closed the day at $13.07 — up 45%. According to The New York Times' Dealbook...

Lending Club's Approval Process: A Peek Behind the Curtain 4

Perhaps the biggest question people have about online lenders is how they determine who will be a good borrower. Since FinTech companies like Lending Club never actually meet their borrowers face to face, they must rely on their application process, algorithms, and other factors to decide if a borrower should...

Managing Your Small Business Finances in the New Year 1

By definition, being an entrepreneur means taking on a lot of financial risk. That's why it's surprising that not all small business owners are as on top of their finances as they should be. When it comes to running a successful business, keeping your finances in order is of the...

Repairing Your Home Without Breaking the Bank 1

There are many financial benefits to owning a home instead of renting. Unfortunately owning also comes with the responsibility for making repairs and improvements. Between cosmetic upgrades, emergency repairs, and seasonal maintenance, being a homeowner can feel awful expensive at times. In preparation for the winter season, Money.com recently highlighted seven...