House and Senate champions and impacted families appear at a Dec. 7 Washington, D.C., event for expanding the child tax credit during the lame duck session. Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images Millions of children were lifted out of poverty in 2021, thanks to a more generous child tax credit that included
Thomas Barwick | Stone | Getty Images The share of retirement savers who withdrew money from a 401(k) plan to cover a financial hardship hit a record high in October, according to data from Vanguard Group. That dynamic — when coupled with other factors like fast-rising credit card balances and a declining personal savings rate
Smiling female professor reading an e-mail on a computer in the classroom. Copy space. Skynesher | E+ | Getty Images In October 2021, the Biden administration announced a one-year opportunity for student loan borrowers pursuing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness to get closer to being debt-free. Signed into law by then-President George W. Bush in
The national average credit score sits at an all-time high of 716, unchanged from a year ago, according to a report from FICO, developer of one of the scores most widely used by lenders. However, this marks the first time since the Great Recession that scores did not improve year over year, the report found.
Tim Robberts | Digitalvision | Getty Images Coming up with enough money for retirement is a challenge for all workers. Women are more likely, at 50%, to say they’re behind, versus 35% of men, a new report from Goldman Sachs found. What’s more, 24% said they are “very behind schedule,” compared with 14% of men.
Matthias Clamer | Getty Images Long-term wealth-building strategies should not be an all-or-nothing game. Yet videos on YouTube, TikTok or Instagram may sometimes tout seemingly urgent get-rich-quick schemes. “At the end of the day, if there is some misinformation that’s keeping people on the platform for a very long time, that video might get surfaced
Ascentxmedia | E+ | Getty Images The CEOs of some of the biggest American companies believe the economy may be heading for a recession. “It could be a hurricane,” JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday morning. Yet financial advisors warn against too much certainty, or pessimism, over what’s next. ‘It’s possible
Student loan debt holders take part in a demonstration outside of the White House staff entrance to demand that President Biden cancel student loan debt. Jemal Countess | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images The fate of the Biden administration’s sweeping student loan forgiveness plan now rests with the Supreme Court. That may be bad
Travel demand has surged this year, although not everyone can afford the sky-high tab. Along with rising costs for hotels and rental cars, travelers can expect to pay up to 39% more for a round-trip flight around Christmas compared with last year, according to data from the travel booking app Hopper. Young adults, in particular, are shifting
New cars are getting increasingly expensive. But they’re also more durable than before, which means drivers have a better chance of getting their money’s worth. As the average transaction price for new cars reached an estimated $45,872 in November — the highest on record, according to a joint forecast from J.D. Power and LMC Automotive —
Marko Geber | Digitalvision | Getty Images Some men may need a bigger push than women when it comes to participating in their workplace retirement-savings plan, new research suggests. In 401(k) plans with automatic enrollment — meaning employees must opt out if they don’t want to participate — 93% of both men and women remain
10’000 Hours | Digitalvision | Getty Images A recent wave of layoffs in the tech sector may lead American workers to wonder whether their job is next on the chopping block. So far, evidence is scant that the thousands of cuts at major technology firms — Meta, Amazon and Twitter, to name a few —
Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, April 2, 2021. Erin Scott | Reuters Most American workers dream of a comfortable retirement. Yet many find their money falls short of meeting that goal when they reach their golden years. Much of the problem has to do
Holger Scheibe | The Image Bank | Getty Images The rate of job cut announcements at U.S. employers in November was more than five times greater than a year ago, according to a report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Overall, U.S.-based firms announced 76,835 job cuts in November, led by the technology sector. So far this
Momo Productions | Digitalvision | Getty Images Remote work surged in the pandemic era — but this trend, borne of necessity for public health, has now become a fixture of the U.S. job market, one that’s likely to remain entrenched, according to labor experts. Almost 10% of online job searches in September mentioned “remote work,”
Americans are increasingly finding alternative ways to satisfy their holiday wish lists as they continue to grapple with high prices and inflation. In many cases, that means opting for flexible payment plans. On Black Friday through Cyber Monday, buy now, pay later payments through companies such as Klarna, Zip, Zilch, Affirm and Afterpay jumped 85% compared with