Category Archive: Finance

Moffat County facing fate of the changing West

Moffat County facing fate of the changing West

CRAIG —This tiny town was built on mining the rolling hills of northwest Colorado that surround it for coal and burning it to make electricity. Now, the community feels both its economic pillars under attack. The Colowyo coal mine is facing a federal court ruling on its environmental assessment some fear could close the mine. […]
Annual cost of car ownership falls to $8,698

Annual cost of car ownership falls to $8,698

Owning a car isn’t cheap. First, there’s the price of the vehicle, which now hovers north of $30,000, on average. Then there’s the cost of maintenance, which can be a real headache in some parts of the country. Tack on the price of insurance, fuel, and the occasional pair of fuzzy dice, and you’ve got […]
A step-by-step guide for tackling student loan debt

A step-by-step guide for tackling student loan debt

I have over $150,000 in student loans. What is the best way to tackle this debt on a $50,000/year salary? Answer below by Quora user Ariana K. Lema. I believe the rule of thumb is to not take out more in student loan debt for an education than you expect to earn as an annual […]
Income Inequality Is Costing the U.S. on Social Issues

Income Inequality Is Costing the U.S. on Social Issues

Thirty-five years ago, the United States ranked 13th among the 34 industrialized nations that are today in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in terms of life expectancy for newborn girls. These days, it ranks 29th. In 1980, the infant mortality rate in the United States was about the same as in Germany. Today, […]
Shared Solar Tries Again To Light Up CT

Shared Solar Tries Again To Light Up CT

Saared solar, a concept that could make solar power available to the 80 percent of homes in Connecticut that are otherwise unsuited for it, appears headed for another rocky run through the state legislature. Last year a bill authorizing shared solar melted down in end-of-session dramatics marked by bickering and finger-pointing over who was to […]
2016 Race: Fixing our dysfunctional, unfair, economy-strangling tax system must be top GOP priority

2016 Race: Fixing our dysfunctional, unfair, economy-strangling tax system must be top GOP priority

Our country is in trouble and the American people know it. The economy, despite improvements here and there, remains sluggish. We’ve never had such a punk recovery from a sharp economic downturn in our history. Incomes are stagnant, and millions of people have either dropped out of the labor force or have been forced to […]
Ways to slash your monthly expenses

Ways to slash your monthly expenses

It can often seem like your monthly income flows right back out. If you feel like your money is gone before you even have a chance to choose where it goes, you may need to get a handle on your finances. Regular monthly expenses can fill your budget easily, leaving less money to spend now […]
No dogs allowed: San Francisco’s pet housing crisis

No dogs allowed: San Francisco’s pet housing crisis

The housing crunch in San Francisco isn’t just forcing out lower income renters, it’s forcing out Fido, too. According to San Francisco animal welfare nonprofit SF SPCA, there’s been a surge in owners abandoning their pets due to an inability to find pet-friendly housing. Over the last year, one in four people who left pets […]
The Only 3 Things You Need to Know About Money and Happiness

The Only 3 Things You Need to Know About Money and Happiness

The final word on whether money truly makes people happier still eludes us. But here’s what we know so far. Maybe you’ve watched Citizen Kane recently—or just heard the truism that “money doesn’t buy happiness.” Either way, you may not be surprised by a new study showing that more income doesn’t seem to make people […]
Will 2015 Be Any Better? Ten Numbers to Watch

Will 2015 Be Any Better? Ten Numbers to Watch

Enough with the debate over whether 2014 was a bad year (Islamic State, Ebola, Crimea) or a good year (homicide rates are falling). Time to take a look at the shiny new coin in the palms of our hands: 2015. How will it measure up? Here are 10 numbers to watch: U.S. unemployment rate in […]