Alternative minimum tax: Is it only for the wealthy?
A high income may require alternative tax calculations.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy: A little breathing room while a company restructures
Relieve, reorganize, renegotiate—and hopefully, don’t repeat.
Sales loads, 12b-1 fees, and more: A closer look at mutual fund fees
A little slice for management.
Futures contract specifications: Know the delivery terms before jumping in
Specs are a key part of any risk assessment.
End of life planning: Cremation vs. burial, choosing a nursing home, and more
Is there any topic that’s less fun to discuss?
The Social Security decision: Drawing early, delaying, or taking at full retirement age
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer.
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cost of living
cost of living, monetary cost of maintaining a particular standard of living, usually measured by calculating the average cost of a number of specific goods and services required by a particular group. The goods and services used as indexes may be the minimum necessary to preserve health or may be what is considered average for a given income group, depending on the purposes of the index. Measurement of the cost of a minimum standard of living is essential in determining relief payments, social-insurance benefits, family allowances, tax exemptions, and minimum wages. Measurements of change in the cost of living are important in wage negotiations. It is difficult, however, to make precise comparisons over time, because consumer tastes and the availability of products change. Cost-of-living measurements are also used to compare the cost of maintaining similar living standards in different areas. See also consumer price index.
Mergers, acquisitions, and other ways companies join forces
The risk is huge, and so is the reward.
Cryptocurrency regulation: Rules are in development
Crypto policies are maturing (and changing).
Pell Grant: What it is, who’s eligible, and how to get one
Get an education without going broke.
Peer-to-peer payments: How and when to use Venmo, Zelle, and others
P2P apps are quick and convenient. Are they safe?
The corporate balance sheet: Assets, liabilities, and owners’ equity
Taking stock of your investments.
How much can you contribute to your 401(k), IRA, HSA, and 529 in 2024?
You can save more in ’24.
How the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) changed investing
You probably use it, even if you don’t know it.
How money moves in the era of digital payment systems
From tapping (Morse) code to an encoded tap.
How to spot a spoofing attack—whether via email, text, or social media
Spoofing scams aim to swipe your info.
The student aid index (SAI) and FAFSA: The college cost home stretch
How to grab your share of financial aid.
Applying for student financial aid? Introducing the Student Aid Index (SAI) and other FAFSA changes
Why is FAFSA simplification so confusing?
On-balance volume: Joseph Granville’s pioneering indicator in technical analysis
It’s the power of volume.