Finance & Economy
Recipients of federal benefits who receive their payments by paper check have about a year to switch over to an electronic payment method. Under regulations announced by the U.S. Treasury Department in December 2010, all federal benefit payments, such as Social Security, will be paid electronically by March 1, 2013.
Despite the spate of predictions at the start of the year, very few forecasters can claim long-term success at looking into the future. Events and context change, demanding changes in investment strategy. But basic principles stay the same.
Sometimes, it’s important to stick to your convictions despite the emotional urge or outside pressures to change your mind. But other times, you need to be flexible enough to change your mind when presented with a new set of facts. Never has that been more apparent than in business headlines in 2011
Starting to save in your 20s will give you a huge leg-up. That’s not to say it will always be easy. But by starting now, you definitely have a chance to buy a house or another big-ticket item! Whether you’re in your 20s or well beyond, there’s no magic bullet when it comes to saving. It’s about setting realistic goals, prioritizing how you’ll manage your money — and sticking with it. Here are some ideas to get you going.
As soon as you recover from filing this year’s tax return, do the following:
1. Organize your files.
Get a manila folder, label it “2011 Tax Stuff,” and fill it with white file folders. Now, get your tax return. Go down the list of income items and deductions (a tax return is nothing more than a complicated income statement when you get right down to brass tacks),
When it comes to insurance, however, ignorance is not bliss. What you don’t know — or think you know that isn’t so — could lead to financial disaster. Take this true-or-false quiz from MetLife Auto and Home.
We are told that there are too many “rich” people. Instead, we should think that there are not enough rich people. Because only wealthy people can pay the taxes that will fill in our budget deficits.