Gail MarksJarvis, Chicago Tribune
The college graduate underemployment epidemic is easing. And the stereotypical image of young people stuck in parents’ basements, working as baristas at Starbucks and wondering why they burdened themselves with $30,000 in student loan debt is becoming outdated.
CHICAGO — When Julius Givens moved to Chicago after graduating from college in 2013, he spent six months delivering sandwiches by bicycle while living with two other roommates in a studio apartment. "I had no money" and more than $20,000 in student loans after earning a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri, said Givens, who aspired to be a firefighter at the time. "It's tight living with three people in a studio, but you figure out how to handle it."
In 2016, it was a delightful year for almost anyone with money in the U.S. stock market and cruel to people who thought they’d be safe with bonds.
When you open the door and greet your mother or father during the holidays, it’s probably not a good idea to follow the hug with: “Gee, you’re looking old.” And here’s another idea that might not play well but is worth a try: During some quiet moment with a parent or parents, adult children should start a discussion that’s being called “the talk.”
When Peggy and Stephen Goulding sold their company in Wenona, Ill., this year, they decided they wanted to set aside a large sum to give to charity.
If your child is a sophomore in high school now and you do some quick thinking before the end of this year, you may be able to save yourself thousands of dollars paying for college in a few years.
Attention holiday shoppers: Zero percent interest often isn’t free. It can be a trap that will cost you dearly. So before being enticed by the zero percent interest you may be offered on a store credit card, notice the tiny print in the agreement and realize that the deal you think you are getting is probably trickier than you think.
If you had to bet, would you bet that your taxes will be higher or lower next year? The question is important now, because this is the time when people try to juggle their income and certain spending before year-end so they pay as little as possible in taxes when they file their return in a couple of months.
Look in your wallet. Do you see IOUs signed by Donald Trump, or did you merely imagine that he plopped them there?
There’s been barely a word from presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump about some important issues that will affect your pocketbook.