The Ivy leap: 5 ways to land a college scholarship

March 28, 2011

A student uses her laptop computer on the steps to Memorial Church at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts September 21, 2009.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder  If you or your child is hoping to enter college in the fall, it’s a good time to be looking for a scholarship. Take the Ivy leap now.

4 ways to play Japan’s rebound

March 25, 2011

People walk past a display showing stock indices in Tokyo March 23, 2011.  REUTERS/Lee Jae-WonIf you’re an investor, how should you regard the Japanese crisis? Should you be shorting Japanese stocks? Should you bet heavily on Korean companies to pick up the slack? What about American-based companies like Apple and Hewlett-Packard that are dependent upon the Japanese supply chain?

Cut your tax bill now with five big deductions

March 21, 2011

Sheila Bradley speaks with a client regarding 2010 taxes in Tax Tyme Connection's office, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, February 15, 2011.  REUTERS/Jill KitchenerThis defies the conventional wisdom, but some tax preparation is easy and actually makes sense — if anything can in the murky U.S. tax code.

Saving safeguards: How to avert financial disaster

March 18, 2011

An elderly man sits on a chair among rubble in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, in this picture taken by Kyodo News on March 18, 2011. Mandatory Credit REUTERS/KyodoThe Japanese tsunami and nuclear disaster has triggered a lot of serious thinking about personal disaster planning.

How to beat the energy tax

March 14, 2011

A motorist prepares to put fuel into her car at a petrol station in Melbourne July 3, 2008.   REUTERS/Mick TsikaWith crude oil prices once again shooting above $100 a barrel, getting a fill-up at the gas pump is getting pricey again. I just spent $60 to fill up my minivan over the weekend.

Home market isn’t on rebound yet

March 11, 2011

A vacant house for sale is pictured at the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood in Denver, Colorado July 26, 2007.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking Are we there yet? Is the U.S. home market on the upswing?

As Alan Greenspan would say, “there are shoots,” although a true spring in housing is still hampered by a chilly economic climate throughout most of the country.

How health reform de-funding will cost you

March 9, 2011

Opponents of the proposed U.S. health care bill are pictured during a rally outside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, March 21, 2010.    REUTERS/Jason Reed  Although corporate and conservative interests have done a stellar job of demonizing “Obama Care,” it makes no economic sense whatsoever to de-fund this landmark legislation.

Make inflation a personal fight

March 8, 2011

A sign is seen in a Dollar Tree store in Arvada, Colorado February 25, 2009.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking It’s time to get personal with inflation. First you have to stop pretending that the government’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a precise guide to the cost of living.