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Conflicting Studies Reignite Minimum Wage Debate

While many presumed Seattle would serve as a test case for other cities looking to significantly increase their minimum wages (some of which have already passed similar laws), it's now clear that the data coming out of that experiment can't even be agreed upon. Because of this it will be...

Visa Pitch Asks Businesses to Go Cashless

In recent years use of mobile payments has steadily increased while still falling short of what one might call widespread adoption. Meanwhile credit and debit cards are the clear favorite for consumers, being utilized in nearly half of all transactions completed by U.S. adults. Despite that, good old cash still...

Money at 30: Three Job Ideas For People Who Want to Work from Home

Working from home doesn't have to be a fantasy and not every remote work opportunity is a scam. As a work-from-home (or anywhere) person myself, I'm proof that the dream is possible. Of course the path you choose will depend on what you're good at and what you like to...

Is Amazon Prime Worth It? What You Get for Your Money

Prospective members should be aware that the beloved two-day shipping does not apply to every item on the site and that Prime's entertainment offerings might not be enough to satisfy everyone's TV craving. However, with a free 30 day trial and a monthly payment option after that, there's really no...

Peer to Peer Lending Review: What is It and How Do You Make It Work for You 4

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about crowdfunding and sites like Kickstarter that have been used to fund independent films, tech gadgets, and even the return of Reading Rainbow. These sites collect donations towards a monetary goal in exchange for various incentives chosen by the project’s host. Similarly peer...

Home Improvement Loans: The Freedom Peer to Peer Lending Offers 3

Looking to make renovations, repairs, or additions to your home? It used to be that in order to secure funds to improve your home you needed to visit a bank to refinance your mortgage. But why should you need to take out a second mortgage just to add value to...

Finance in Hindsight: Money in Your 20s 4

It's a thought we've all had at some time in our lives (and The Faces famously sang about): I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger. Time Magazine recently ran a piece on this very topic where successful individuals shared knowledge they wish they had decades earlier....

Bernanke Boasts Monetary Policy in WSJ Piece 3

How's the economy doing? According to Ben Bernanke, pretty well... and it's because of him. Writing in The Wall Street Journal, the Federal Reserve Chairman explains ever-so-humbly how "the Fed saved the economy." In the piece (which comes on the heels of his book release), Bernanke points to the decreasing...

Small Business Lending: The Good and Bad News

Small businesses have long been called “The Backbone of the Economy.” In order to grow many small businesses rely on loans to buy inventory, repair equipment, and market themselves in order to bring in customers. Unfortunately following the 2008 financial crisis it has been extremely difficult for small businesses to...