There’s no way around it: Sheltering in place is the only way to slow the spread of COVID-19. But social distancing demands a rare suite of opportunities and resources. Right now, millions of Californians living paycheck to paycheck, without the ability to work remotely, face impossible choices: stay home and risk losing everything, or make… Read More We need to keep people from losing their homes. Here’s how we do it. Cancel rent and mortgage payments in California to prevent a wave of evictions
The Education Department has a powerful complaint resolution path that is kept largely out of sight. In the deluge of complaints about a troubled program that pays off student loans for people who work in public service, one stands out for its frequency: Thousands of people say they were misled by loan servicers working on… Read More The Student Loan Appeal Process the Government Doesn’t Tell You About
If you didn’t change the tax withholding in your paycheck, you still have time to avoid another unpleasant surprise — or even a fine. The first tax season under the Republican-sponsored overhaul brought an odd combination of pleasant and unpleasant surprises: lower tax burdens, but also lower refunds — and, for some, an unexpected bill.… Read More Last Tax Season Was a Mess. Now’s Time to Prepare for This One.
Mera Chung had known for weeks that her 30-year career in retail was coming to an end. But Chung, a vice president of design for Crazy 8, a division of Gymboree Group Inc., wasn’t prepared for what CEO Shaz Kahng and human resources chief Bridget Schickedanz would tell her late on a Wednesday afternoon in mid-January. They… Read More “She Lied to My Face”: Inside the Hectic Last Days of Gymboree’s Retail Bankruptcy
Equifax’s data breach on Sept. 7, 2017, stunned markets and American consumers, but where the data of those 143 million people disappeared to has remained a mystery. CNBC talked to experts, intelligence officials, dark web data “hunters” and Equifax to discover where they expect the data has gone, and what it is being used for.… Read More The great Equifax mystery: 17 months later, the stolen data has never been found, and experts are starting to suspect a spy scheme
Money mistakes are a dime a dozen. Except, you know, they end up costing us a bit more than that. Think More Critically About Your Resolutions To prevent those costly financial blunders, we asked some financial advisors and professionals what clients tend to get wrong—and you should do differently going into 2019. Don’t make News… Read More What to Do With Your Money in 2019 According to Financial Advisors
Critics have derided WeWork as overvalued and vulnerable to the next downturn. But the company holds so many leases in so many cities, it might hold more power than its landlords. Real estate titans have long scoffed at WeWork, which in eight short years has managed to attain a $20 billion valuation by selling short-term… Read More WeWork’s Rise: How a Sublet Start-Up Is Taking Over
‘Don’t reflexively call an ambulance,’ a Harvard researcher says. In many cases, a cheaper way makes sense. An ambulance ride of just a few miles can cost thousands of dollars, and a lot of it may not be covered by insurance. With ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft far cheaper and now available within minutes… Read More Uber, Lyft and the Urgency of Saving Money on Ambulances
The outrageous price of a U.S. degree is unique in the world. Before the automobile, before the Statue of Liberty, before the vast majority of contemporary colleges existed, the rising cost of higher education was shocking the American conscience: “Gentlemen have to pay for their sons in one year more than they spent themselves in… Read More Why Is College in America So Expensive?