Month: September 2021

Yesterday Congress avoided a government shutdown. But the fix is temporary. And all the uncertainty caused the stock market to plunge almost 5% for the month of September. Since Republicans are adamant about not raising the debt limit; there is more trouble ahead.   What would a government shutdown mean for ordinary Americans? Since essential
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Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed three laws meant to encourage more housing construction and supply, allowing some overriding of local zoning policies in order to get more affordable and racially equitable housing.  But the state’s dramatic intervention probably won’t be enough to overcome decades of anti-housing policies and practices, driven by existing homeowners who
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With a white-hot real estate market and so many people moving, you’re bound to need a housewarming gift or two these days. But why go for generic flowers or yet another bottle of wine when you can choose something that’s truly meaningful? Whether you need to buy a luxury housewarming present, an eco-friendly gift, or
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A Social Security Administration office in San Francisco. Getty Images The debt ceiling debate has sparked conversation about whether Social Security payments will still go out on time. However, Congress also faces another deadline with regard to the nation’s largest social insurance program. In just 13 years the trust funds Social Security relies on to
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From a Bel-Air estate to a Spanish Hacienda to an iconic New York residence, these properties offer five-star pedigrees for global buyers. When marketing premier properties, those with a back story are distinctively interesting. Il Sogno, listed for $45 million, is a Tuscan treasure featuring the work of several noted … [+] architects, designers and
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Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc. | Getty Images A significant number of harmed investors still aren’t receiving award money after winning disputes with brokers or brokerage firms, a watchdog organization says. When companies mishandle money, investors can fight for compensation through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, an independent, self-regulatory organization that oversees brokers and
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Very few people self-identify as upper middle class or wealthy — even if, by the numbers, their income or net worth puts them in that category. Only 1% of Americans consider themselves upper class, according to a 2015 Pew survey, and just 6% of those earning $100,000 or more say they fit this category. According
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