Making Financial Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts

Even a fortuneteller could not have foreseen what a crazy year 2020 has been. And it wasn’t just the pandemic. There was also the wild and close presidential election, and now there is the question of which party will control the U.S. Senate. The answer will determine what tax changes President-elect Joe Biden will be able to enact. Two runoff …

8 Tips to Help You Control Holiday Spending

Think you can’t get through the holidays without spending a fortune? You are not alone. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans reported that they spent on average $1,047.83 during the holiday season. You don’t have to go into debt to enjoy the holidays. Read on for eight tips on how to make the next season a spending holiday, rather …

The World Ahead: Ten trends to watch in the coming year

DO YOU FEEL lucky? The number 21 is connected with luck, risk, taking chances and rolling the dice. It’s the number of spots on a standard die, and the number of shillings in a guinea, the currency of wagers and horse-racing. It’s the minimum age at which you can enter a casino in America, and the name of a family …

How Pfizer Plans to Distribute Its Vaccine (It’s Complicated)

For months, scientists and public health experts have been saying the most crucial part of defusing the COVID-19 pandemic will be developing a safe and effective vaccine. So it was cause for celebration this week when Pfizer announced that an early analysis showed its vaccine candidate was more than 90% effective. Now the drugmaker, the government and the public health …

401(k) Contribution Limits for 2020 vs. 2021

If your employer offers a 401(k) plan, it can be one of the easiest and most effective ways to save for your retirement. But while a major advantage of 401(k) plans is that they let you put a portion of your pay automatically into your account, there are some limits on how much you can contribute. KEY TAKEAWAYS Employees can …

5 Questions To Ask Before Traveling For The Holidays In 2020

The metaphors for disruption due to COVID are as tired as we all are of 2020, but the fact is that you’re facing decisions you haven’t had to make in the before times. Even going home for Thanksgiving can be fraught with peril if your loved ones are more likely to suffer if they get COVID. Here are some prompts …

3 Ways To Plan A Great Thanksgiving Dinner In An Uncertain Season

In a year defined by social distancing, a holiday known for large group gatherings is bound to look different. You may be choosing to celebrate locally to avoid air travel. Your dinner may be limited to just your immediate family. Or you may be exploring new and safe ways to celebrate as a single or a couple. The pandemic is …

In a Divided Washington, Biden Could Still Exert Economic Power

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden will take office in January with a weak economy weighed down by the resurgence of the coronavirus, millions of Americans still unemployed and businesses struggling and shuttering as winter bears down. Addressing that economic challenge and following through on his campaign’s tax and spending promises could be complicated if Republicans maintain control of the Senate. …

How to Develop Your Leadership Style

Few things are more frustrating for talented professionals than hitting a ceiling in their careers because they lack the appropriate leadership style. The boss says something like “You need more gravitas” but fails to provide specific advice for improving. It is equally frustrating to watch people with mediocre technical skills move up the ladder quickly because they have an exceptional …