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Waste Not, Want Not

The proverb, “Waste not, want not,” suggests that if you use a commodity or resource carefully, you will never be in need. As a nation, we’ve seriously enhanced our efforts in the “reduce, reuse, recycle” department over the past 20 […]

The End of the Material World?

In the 1980s, Madonna sang about being a material girl living in a material world. Following the economic slump of the 1970s, the ’80s came to be known as “The Decade of Excess,” featuring a sustained period of low unemployment […]

Gaining Interest in the U.S. Economy

The Federal Reserve doesn’t just raise interest rates on a whim. While a steady economy and improving unemployment rates have many convinced a rate hike is in order for the United States, there is plenty of reason for the Fed […]

The Shame Game: How Much Does Peer Pressure Motivate Us?

The globalized age of the Internet has deepened an already uncomfortable fact of human society: shame. Classroom bullying has migrated to text and social media. Business reputation is more Yelp or Angie’s List than word of mouth. But how much […]

Growth: A Product of Planning and Sharing

We all want the magic key to growth. From growing our personal wealth to business growth to national gross domestic product, Americans are obsessed with figuring out the perfect growth formula. Unfortunately, the reality is there is no magic solution […]

Flipping the Script on the Gender Pay Gap

Despite increased efforts to narrow the financial gap between men and women, there’s still no shortage of cultures that prioritize males when it comes to divvying up the monetary spoils. In China, when divorcing couples can’t agree on how to […]

Feeling Stressed? Find Some Green.

It’s not easy being green. That signature line delivered by Jim Henson’s Kermit the Frog, and later covered by Frank Sinatra and countless others, has taken on a variety of meanings over the years. One way the classic Muppets song […]

Don’t Spend Summer in Hot Water

Everyone slips up from time to time. It’s human nature. But some mishaps are easier to make up for than others. A misstep in your financial decision making can have significant and far-reaching ramifications, which is why it’s generally a […]

Health Care Reform Here to Stay

If there were any lingering doubts about the long-term sustainability of the Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA or Obamacare), a recent Supreme Court ruling assured the health care overhaul is here to stay. Not only does the […]

The Heat of Negotiations

As we approach the dog days of summer, the world’s elected officials are pouring on the heat in political debates ranging from Euro debt to global trade agreements. Greece and its creditors have been arguing over how much debt Greece […]