The amount of outstanding student loans has more than doubled over the past decade. Part of that explosion has to do with tuition, fees and costs growing faster than the rate of inflation. But it’s clear that another factor is that many families had no way of discerning exactly what they were signing up for in the first place.
The clock is ticking for the millions of Americans who have not yet filed their tax returns. And probably for good reason, as this is the first tax year of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), and there has been a lot of confusion. To help, here are the most frequent questions that have arisen, as well as a bunch of resources:
I am using the occasion of Financial Literacy Month to define the most frequently asked financial words or terms that I find myself defining for readers, listeners and viewers. I will use the letters of the alphabet to help and if I miss something you would like defined, just shoot me a note and I will add to the Jill on Money Financial Glossary. I’ll complete the alphabet later this month.
Three different producers contacted me about the following headline, which appeared last week in the Wall Street Journal: “Inverted Yield Curve Is Telling Investors What They Already Know.” You may be forgiven for that case of déjà vu, because we last discussed the inverted yield curve in December. Here’s a refresher from my post on the topic:
Tidying Up Queen Marie Kondo has taken the world by storm, helping people de-clutter their lives with a methodical approach. She says that we should “Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service, then let them go.”
The college admissions bribery scandal has raised an important question: Is college worth it? According to the Social Security Administration “Men with bachelor's degrees earn approximately $900,000 more in median lifetime earnings than high school graduates. Women with bachelor's degrees earn $630,000 more.” But that “wage premium” varies depending on which college you attend.
The February jobs report was a mixed bag. Let’s get the bad news out of the way: the economy added only 20,000 positions, the smallest gain since September 2017. The number was much lower than last year’s average monthly amount of 223,000 and far below expectations for 190,000.
Spring home buying season has arrived and with wages up, mortgage rates down and inventory slowly increasing, many first time buyers are ready to enter the market. Before you get sucked into the vortex of never-ending open houses (say goodbye to your weekends!), you need to guard against the emotional pull that real estate creates, especially for those who have never gone through the process before.