Sunday, December 8, 2019

How Americans Spend Their Money

Americans are notorious spenders. Compared to many other nations around the world, households in the U.S. have a particularly low savings rate, and 28 percent of American adults have no emergency fund. However, consumer...

In Debt and Scared of Risk: Millennials Compared to Gen Xers and Baby Boomers

Imagine taking a snapshot in time of Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials just as each generation was entering the workforce. On average, how would the total assets and debts...

The Credit Card Debt Burden in All 50 States

Total private and public debts in the U.S. have hit an all-time high $70 trillion. One contributor, fueled by high interest rates and expanding services, is credit card debt. Per capita credit card...

I Want My Stapler!

Do you ever feel like a hamster running in a wheel?  Do you feel like you are running as fast as possible, working as hard as possible, but going nowhere?  Sixty percent...

First-Time Home Buyer Map of America

Owning a home has long been a cornerstone of the American Dream. Before settling into a “dream home,” many first-time homebuyers look for a “starter home” instead. A starter home refers...

The United States of Unemployment Benefits: Here’s What You Need to Know in 2019

The first half of 2019 has yielded some optimism for the U.S. economy. For example, unemployment is near its lowest point in about 50 years. At the same time, the U.S. economy...

The Wealthiest Billionaires Around the World in 2019

Becoming a billionaire is about as probable as being struck by lightning (i.e. NOT likely). If you live in North America your odds of becoming a billionaire are one in 785,166. Your odds of...

Is Solar Installation Worth It? The Lifetime Savings in Each State

Advocates of renewable energy often claim its adoption should be considered an investment because, over time, the benefits of installation far outweigh the costs. Is that really true? Let’s take...

Guess How Much More Money the Top 1% Make than the Bottom 99%

Why is there so much wealth inequality? Economists have been trying to answer that question for decades, and one interesting way to think about the problem has to do with geography....

How Much You Have to Invest to Open One of the Top 20 Franchises

There are an estimated three quarters of a million franchises in the U.S. alone. While most people think of franchising in terms of fast-food restaurants, the U.S. Census Bureau notes that a...

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