I write about personal finance, mortgages, debt management, and corporate finance. I also cover how artificial intelligence, automation, and blockchain are changing the financial landscape.
How To Save Money During Inflation: 8 Tips For Surviving Economic Uncertainty
It’s understandable to become overwhelmed by the increasing cost of living and general uncertainty about the economy and the future. But one of the best things you can do for yourself is focus on what you can control, particularly when it comes to your finances.
How a Fannie Mae HomeStyle Loan Can Help You Hack a Red-hot Housing Market
There’s less competition for houses that look like they haven’t been updated in 20 years (or more, in some cases). Less competition means less chance of getting into a bidding war, greater chance of getting your offer accepted, and an opportunity to keep your homebuying budget in check.
Mortgage Wire Fraud: 4 Ways To Protect Your Money and Your Data
Mortgage wire fraud is one of the biggest risks to look out for when you buy a home. What is mortgage wire fraud? It occurs when scammers send homebuyers false information about where to wire their closing funds, including their down payment and closing costs.
Van Life Vs Homeownership: Which Is Better? And Do You Have to Choose?
A decade or so ago, the idea of living in a van, or an RV, or a renovated school bus might have seemed completely out there. To many people, it probably still does. But a growing number are embracing this nomadic lifestyle, whether to save money, get out of debt, travel more often, or simply escape the traditional 9-to-5 way of life.
Big business donors may be pulling plug on NC Trump loyalists
Seven North Carolina lawmakers continued to vote against certification — and now their campaign war chests could suffer for it. A number of high-profile corporations announced that they were suspending political donations in the wake of the Capitol riot.
Virtually no internet: Rural NC families struggle with online access for school-age children
According to the N.C. Broadband Infrastructure Office, or BIO, 1.6 million families in the state cannot access or afford home internet. Additionally, 261,000 live in areas with no service providers. In some rural communities, the few options that exist do not support large downloads, extensive streaming and the demands of multiple devices.
Rape victims need help from specialized nurses, but no one in NC keeps track of them
“I want to engage the legislature on this,” Stein said. “I think that we do need to change North Carolina’s laws so that they are more protective of victims of sexual assault.”
Coming Tuesday: The loss of SANE nurses affect providers and survivors in some North Carolina communities. Other states are employing models that may be more successful for ensuring access to SANE nurses, while innovative partnership programs in some North Carolina counties also offer solutions.
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France eCommerce Explorer: People and Payments Guide
French consumers favor credit cards, though their preferred payment methods vary based on what they’re buying. Any company expanding into France should be prepared to offer all preferred local payment methods to ensure that customers can checkout using whichever method they deem most convenient and secure.
Brazil eCommerce Explorer: People and Payments
Brazil offers ecommerce leaders lucrative opportunities in the largest eCommerce market in Latin America. Understanding how Brazilian consumers engage in digital commerce and how they prefer to pay is absolutely vital to capturing and growing business.
Everything You Need to Know About Budgeting As a Freelancer
For many, the word freelance means flexibility, meaningful tasks and better work-life balance. Who doesn’t want to create their own hours, love what they do and work from wherever they want? Freelancing can provide all of that—but that freedom can vanish quickly if you don’t handle your expenses correctly.
How to use your credit cards abroad as a conscious traveler
Conscious travel encompasses a range of decisions, including where you visit, the companies with whom you book and even how you pay. Here are some tips on how your credit card can help you be a savvy and sustainable traveler, and when you should use cash instead.
When should you get your child a credit card?
Some parents add their children to their credit card accounts in their early teens, while others insist that their kids wait until they can qualify for cards on their own. The right decision will vary from child to child, but it doesn’t hurt to start discussing credit with them early.
Planning to travel abroad for a special event? Here’s how to prepare
The only thing more exciting than planning to travel abroad is doing so for a special event. What’s more memorable than celebrating a friend’s wedding on a far-flung beach, or making your family reunion a global adventure? Preparation is key to making the most of those once-in-a-lifetime vacations, as an expired passport or lack of available funds can seriously derail your plans. Here’s what to do before you board the plane.
Considerations When Selling Your Company Shares
When you're intently involved in your company's growth, there aren't always opportunities to revisit your investment strategies. However, taking an active role in managing your financial future will help you avoid missteps such as putting too much weight into one asset, which is a real risk for executives.
How Millennials Are Finding Their Why of Wealth Through Social Entrepreneurship
Among the many ways in which millennials are changing the workplace is their demand for meaning. From the earliest days of their careers, these young professionals have sought out purpose and a means of contributing real value to the world around them. Because the desire to do good is a core millennial value, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship are natural next steps for this generation.