It’s been nice, 2011, but as we move into the new year, many consumers are no doubt wondering what 2012 has in store for them, particularly when it comes to their wallets. Is a double-dip recession in the cards? Will it be easier to get a mortgage? Is a checking account switch in order? What will interest rates be like in the new year? Here are my Top 6 predictions for consumers in 2012:
Andrew Luck easing up on course load with an urban sustainability class? Don't diss sustainability!
In Aesop's ancient Greek fable of the ant and the grasshopper, the ant was right: Save for a rainy day. New Year's resolution for America in 2012: We need more grasshoppers.
Politicians on both extremes think voters want stubborness in the budget battle. They're wrong.
Taxes were frequently in the spotlight in 2011, and not it a good way. Here are my Top 10 worst moment in fiscal policy and taxes.
The stock market is a roller coaster, rising and falling hundreds of points, sometimes in a single day. If it's stressful for investors, it wreaks emotional havoc on the traders who work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. As photographers have discovered over the years, the daily story of the stock market can be encapsulated in a single trader's face. Can you tell the market's performance based on the expressions of these traders? Take our 10-question stock market quiz:
More than two dozen Christmas toys on sale this year have too much lead, contain dangerous plastic additives, or pose choking or hearing hazards, according to a recent report from consumer group U.S. Public Interest Research Group (see my blog post on it). But often, the dangers aren’t discovered until after the presents are bought and opened. So how can parents ensure that their children’s new Christmas toys are safe? Here are five ways to stay informed.