Happy Thursday, MarketWatchers! Here are the top personal finance stories of the day.
This map shows who’s paying the most in sales taxes
Hawaii’s sales taxes per capita are especially high.
Prominent Republican wants to take student-loan payments out of your paycheck
Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee floated the proposal as part of a speech outlining reforms to the student-loan system.
My uncle’s caregiver raided his Social Security to pay for her car payments and cell phone
‘His shoes were held together by insulating tape — he said he didn’t have any money.’
8 weird things that America’s happiest couples have in common
A new report by eHarmony looks at what happy couples could tell us about finance and romance.
All that money you spend on bad dates every year could pay one month’s rent
29% of people aged 18 to 34 are more than $500 in debt from overspending on dates
Going back to college as an adult? Here’s what you need to know
The Class of 2019 is more likely to be older and have children.
Has Tom Brady reached a career peak at 41? If so, he’s not alone
Wage growth tapers off for millions of American workers when they reach a certain age.
Yet another reason why San Francisco Bay Area house prices may rise in 2019
For residents of the Bay Area and its surrounding communities, it could get more difficult to find an affordable home.
What to do if you can’t pay your taxes
Five ways to deal if you don’t have enough money to pay your taxes.
Only these 5 states have paid family-leave laws
The patchwork of laws on work leave across the U.S. is not simple.
Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Mortgage rates fall on worries about global economy
Rates for home loans declined, and now stand about eight basis points lower than their full-year average for 2018.
One economist’s defense of ‘excessively capitalized privilege exploiters’
It’s been a rough stretch for billionaires, at least in the public eye. Privately, they’re surely doing just fine. But in the media and in some corners of D.C., where politicians are floating various proposals aimed at narrowing the inequality gap, the richest of the rich are getting absolutely pummeled. One economist has a problem with how they’re being labeled.
U.S. consumer credit tops $4 trillion for the first time in December
Total consumer credit topped $4 trillion for the first time in December, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.
What the Fed will look at as it considers BB&T, SunTrust deal
Here’s what the Federal Reserve will review when they consider the merger of southeastern regional banks BB&T and SunTrust.
New White House message on China is that there’s a long way to go before striking trade deal
The White House sends a former television anchor to one of President Donald Trump’s favorite networks with a clear message: There’s a long way to go before a trade deal with China is struck.
The U.S. unemployment rate’s long and deep decline may have come to an end
Has the huge drop in the U.S. unemployment rate since 2009 almost come to an end? Signs are pointing to it.
Pelosi calls Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘new deal’ climate plan a ‘green dream’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she welcomes the “enthusiasm” of the “Green New Deal” unveiled by New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, after calling it by a different name in a published interview.
Seniors are to blame for housing shortage, study finds
Senior citizens are staying in their homes longer than they did in earlier generations, making it more difficult for young people to crack the housing market, according to an analysis out Wednesday.
Billionaires take more than they make
By daring to suggest that the ultra-rich should be taxed heavier, progressive politicians are forcing us to think about what billionaires actually contribute, writes Rex Nutting.
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Published at Thu, 07 Feb 2019 21:25:29 +0000