March 4, 2016
I TOLD you in January that 2016 is my year of change. I've done two things to stay encouraged to stop worrying about my financial security. I picked a theme song (the Disney anthem "Let It Go") and a motivational maxim ("Sweet '16"). I asked you to share your own financial theme songs, and I've been inspired by the stories behind your selections. But folks, if you're burdened by student-loan debt, I have a song for you. It's catchy, comical, and potentially life-changing. The ditty is by New Orleans native David Augustine Jr. (above)
February 20, 2016
Kanye the cop After Kanye West tweeted Saturday that he was $53 million in debt, Philadelphia police kindly offered him a job Thursday - in a tweet. "We R hiring, @kanyewest! Starting salary of $47,920; u could be debt-free by the year 3122!" Then they included their website for the career-bound: phillypolice.com/careers. This comes after Kanye asked Mark Zuckerberg for a loan (with no response), and fan Jeremy Piatt started a GoFundMe page for the artist. Puma? No way!
February 19, 2016
IF YOU'VE DEFAULTED on federal student loans, you can breathe more easily. You won't be arrested for simply failing to make payments. For a hot second, people were panicking after a Houston television station reported that a local man, Paul Aker, had been arrested because he owed $1,500 for a federal student loan he took out in 1987. "What's the worst that can happen to you if you don't pay your old federal student loans?" the anchor began the segment. "Garnishment, something on your credit report?
February 11, 2016 |
The Union added goalkeeping depth Tuesday by acquiring English-born keeper Matt Jones on loan from Belenenses of Portugal's Primeira Liga, the top division. He will be on loan for the 2016 Major League Soccer season. Jones holds a U.S. permanent resident card and will not occupy an international spot. That is crucial because the Union do not have one available. MLS rules allow teams eight international slots, but the slots are allowed to be traded. The Union have seven after trading one international slot last year in the Sheanon Williams deal with Houston.
January 30, 2016 |
Comcast Ventures, the venture capital arm of the cable giant, has invested in Wilmington's College Ave Student Loans. The College Ave Student Loans start-up operates an online marketplace to connect college students with loans for college. Comcast Ventures, part of Comcast Corp., was the largest investor in a $20-million financing round that includes Fenway Summer Ventures, DW Partners and former Sallie Mae CEO Albert L. Lord. College Ave Student Student Loans launched in 2014 and originated its first college loan in January 2015.
January 9, 2016 |
Montgomery County has canceled a planned $75 million loan and will resume paying human services vendors now that state funds are flowing. The partial spending plan signed by Gov. Wolf on Dec. 30 released crucial funds to schools and counties, but did not address questions of revenue and cuts that have kept him and Republican legislators at loggerheads since June. "We did receive this morning . . . about $20.7 million in payments," the county's finance director, Uri Monson, told the commissioners at their meeting Thursday.
December 28, 2015 |
Ken Weinstein wasn't sure how well the idea of gathering and training a force of residential developers to recycle housing in Germantown would play to the neighborhood. Nor was the developer certain that he could interest enough people in his idea, which included a revolving loan fund of $2 million to get Jumpstart Germantown off the ground. Since he announced his plan in March, Weinstein has taken 108 "mentoring" applications from experienced and would-be developers around the area, and 75 of them have completed nine-plus hours of training with experts in the field.
December 21, 2015 |
As with so many things, it all depends on whom you ask. The National Association of Realtors says the number of first-time buyers in the U.S. market declined a full percentage point between July 2014 and June 2015. In its annual "Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers," the Realtors' group places the blame on prospective home buyers' continued difficulty in obtaining mortgages. The Realtors' call for looser lending standards is nothing new. It echoes the National Association of Home Builders' complaint that tight credit is keeping construction at very low levels.
December 12, 2015 |
Earnie Stewart has recently started in his position as sporting director of the Union, and since the Major League Soccer offseason is so short, he has hit the ground running. The Union made a few trades this week and are also preparing for the Jan. 14 MLS SuperDraft, in which they will be selecting third and sixth overall in the first round. "There aren't enough hours in the day," Stewart said at an introductory news conference at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park). The Union went 10-17-7 and missed the playoffs for the fifth time in their six seasons.
December 7, 2015 |
What could you do with $217? It is certainly not an insignificant amount of money, but would it change your life? That's what I intended to find out during my trip to the Dominican Republic with Women International Leaders (WIL) of Greater Philadelphia. WIL members contribute time, knowledge, and money to raise women's economic and social status, promote self-determination, and help them become community leaders. Early in the week, we toured the lush region of Monte Plata, the future site of Schools for Sustainability, which will teach and model green technology.