The holidays are usually a great time to pick up some extra cash with seasonal work. But, this year it seems like workers aren’t that interested in the jobs and small business owners are worried. Findings from a new report from an Incfile survey revealed about 34% of respondents said that it is harder to… Read More Despite Rising Living Costs, Workers Are Still Reluctant To Take On Seasonal Holiday Jobs
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.
BANGUI, Central African Republic — The dealer pulled back a shiny pink curtain and sprinkled the contents of two white envelopes across his desk: sparkling diamonds, more than 100 of them. Some gems are sold legally, he explained. But many are trafficked by rebels who fight over the mines, adding fuel to a six-year uprising… Read More Gems, Warlords and Mercenaries: Russia’s Playbook in Central African Republic
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
Consumers will soon be able to freeze their credit files without charge. So if you have not yet frozen your files — a recommended step to foil identity theft — now is a good time to take action, consumer advocates say. Security freezes, often called credit freezes, are “absolutely” the best way to prevent criminals… Read More Freezing Credit Will Now Be Free. Here’s Why You Should Go for It.
Most Americans assume that when they leave a tip for waiters and bartenders, those workers pocket the money. That could become wishful thinking under a Trump administration proposal that would give restaurants and other businesses complete control over the tips earned by their employees. The Department of Labor recently proposed allowing employers to pool tips… Read More The Trump Administration to Restaurants: Take the Tips!
Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter. Editor Tim Herrera emails readers once a week with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Monday morning. Though there’s never a wrong time to get your finances in order, a new year is the perfect… Read More 6 Ways to Be Better at Money in 2018
The emails have landed in my inbox, one every other day or so since Equifax revealed that cyberthieves had helped themselves to the Social Security numbers and dates of birth of more than 140 million Americans in the company’s files. And though the words differ (and some are unprintable in this space), the messages all… Read More ‘Dear Equifax: You’re Fired.’ If Only It Were That Easy.
It was past 1 a.m. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, on Memorial Day weekend, on Fulton Street between Throop and Nostrand. A few bodegas and a fried chicken spot were open, supported by gaggles of hungry young people bubbling up from the subway every few minutes. Hip-hop from passing cars with windows open or tops down melted… Read More At the Center of Change, Cherry’s Unisex Saturday night in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where the salon is an almost always-open witness to a neighborhood in the throes of change.