When the Finance101 article “Why donating your travel miles is a good idea” was written, during the holiday season last year, some of us would have no idea that we would, in a sense, be grounded for months in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. While we mourn our canceled trips and travel opportunities, we still may be able to do some good with the miles we have already accumulated. Instead of saving them all up for the trips you plan to take as travel becomes more feasible, why not donate them now to charitable causes that could really use …Read More
It’s Time to Divide the Family Heirlooms The executor of an estate is responsible for management if there’s a will, but a court-appointed administrator will oversee an estate if the deceased didn’t leave explicit instructions. This includes dividing jewelry among the surviving family members, and sometimes among siblings. There are a few ways in which …Read More
The FTC has received over 20,000 COVID-19 related complaints since January 1, 2020.
Fraudsters and scam artists are always looking for new ways to prey on consumers. Now they are using the same tactics to take advantage of consumers’ heightened financial and health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Federal, state, and local law enforcement have begun issuing warnings on the surge of coronavirus scams and how consumers can protect themselves. Here are some of the more prevalent coronavirus scams that consumers need to watch out for.
Schemes related to economic impact payments
The IRS recently issued a warning about various
We’ve discussed the gender pay gap and women’s overall economic vulnerability and all that was before we all had to meet the challenges of a worldwide pandemic. Many people have lost work due to the shuttering of the economy and according to CNBC, “Women May Take an Extra Hit from the Coronavirus Pandemic” because women “…are less able to weather that job loss without real harm because they are typically paid less than men in the same occupation.” And women who do find ways to get hired (either now or after orders to shelter in place are …Read More
We recently saw a social media post warning people not to look at their 401(k) accounts as we are in the midst of a global pandemic related to the spread of COVID-19. And as many have noted, it is possible that if the illness itself doesn’t get you, then anxiety and worry could wear you down instead. You may or may not choose to look at your retirement accounts but you cannot ignore the need for financial planning at this time. Certain industries, companies, and individuals will see a loss of income and it is how they manage to recover …Read More