August 4, 2016
By Rebecca S. Fahrlander Taking a break between high school and university - a gap year - has been trending in recent years. Prince William famously took a gap year to travel and volunteer for worthy causes. More recently, Malia Obama decided to postpone entering university for a year. The gap year offers an opportunity to make a transition between two stages of a young life - taking a break from formal education and substituting the informal learning from travel and work in the so-called real world.
April 15, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 29-year-old self-made millionaire who has spent the last decade saving and investing my middle-class income. I grew up dirt poor, so at 18, I left home with $5, went straight to work, and never looked back. Recently, I've realized that I struggle to make friends for fear they'll find out about my financial situation. Those who know only want to talk about money, or they treat me differently. Most of my peers are broke, and it makes me feel guilty. Those with high incomes blow their money on fancy dinners and luxury vehicles.
February 23, 2016
Immigration attorney Emily M. Cohen, along with her three senior legal assistants, has joined the immigration law firm Steel, Doebley & Glassman . Cohen, a former shareholder in the firm Cohen, Fluhr & Gonzalez, has 28 years' experience representing companies, educational institutions, hospitals, and other entities and individuals in a broad array of immigration matters. Malvern Federal Savings, the Paoli wholly owned subsidiary of Malvern Bancorp Inc., has promoted Karen Walter to chief operating officer, from senior vice president.
December 30, 2015 |
There is an irony to the presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders: The senator from Vermont is often cast as exotic because he calls himself a "democratic socialist. " Yet the most important issue in politics throughout the Western democracies is whether the economic and social world that social democrats built can survive the coming decades. Let's deal first with the tyranny of labels. Socialist has long been an unacceptable word in the United States, yet our country once had a vibrant socialist movement whose history has been well recounted by John Nichols and James Weinstein.
December 22, 2015
UGI Corp., Valley Forge distributor and marketer of energy products and services, has appointed Roger Perreault to the newly created position of president, UGI International. He had been group vice president, large industries/world business line at Air Liquide. Glenmede, a privately-held investment and wealth management firm with $30 billion in assets under management in Philadelphia has appointed Laura LaRosa director of business development and Susan Mucciarone as director of private client relationship management.
July 14, 2015 |
ECONOMIC POPULISM is having a moment of celebrity these days. But so is economic gluttony. These conflicting impulses - equality vs. liberty - have been in constant competition. For some, equality of opportunity and outcomes is the ultimate political value; for others, it is liberty, which is degraded when property rights are too restricted by taxation and regulation. There is a view in both parties that voters are in an egalitarian mood. I don't buy it. The icon of economic gluttony in politics today is Donald Trump, however grotesque and trivial that may seem.
March 30, 2015 |
Glittering jewelry with hundreds of diamonds. A mansion towering over farmland near New Hope. More than 30 luxury cars - Ferraris, Rolls-Royces, Bentleys. Extravagant trappings were a fixture for the Risoldis, the politically connected Bucks County clan charged with duping insurers out of millions of dollars, according to filings from prosecutors and defense attorneys. What remains unclear is how a family whose members include a lawyer, a turnpike employee, a retired sheriff's deputy, and a matriarch who works as a receptionist afforded such a lifestyle.
February 16, 2015 |
Job-market improvements mean more people feel free to change jobs. But leaving a job can be difficult, even on the best of terms. Here are some guidelines for making a graceful exit. "Since the days of being loyal to one organization for an entire career are long gone, moving from one company to another is something that all of us will probably do," writes Ron Ashkenas, a contributor at Forbes.com. But, he asks in this post, "why do talented, bright, and capable people figuratively burn their bridges behind them?"
February 9, 2015 |
Valentines, in the course of time, may lead to a commingling of personal finances. Couples may not want to talk about money, but they probably should. Here are some conversation starters. "Congratulations , newlyweds," begins this post by personal-finance writer Laura Shin at Forbes.com. But Shin moves on quickly to the wallet. One study, she says, found that only 32 percent of engaged couples thought that talking about money would be easy and productive. According to Shin, "Money is the No. 1 cause of fights in marriage, but since that's no fun to think about, consider this instead: Establishing open dialogue around finances can help you ensure a long and happy marriage.
February 2, 2015 |
It's the season for filing your 2014 tax return - and time to know how the tax laws have changed for 2015. Knowing what's new now can save you lots of money, and possibly a lot grief, in the long run. Here's a one-stop shop for tax-code changes to be aware of. Forbes.com lays out some easy-to-read tables showing the 2015 tax rates on incomes for individuals, married couples, trusts, and so forth. The page is one of the handiest out there, with summaries of changes such as new higher personal exemptions and standard deductions, and limits on itemized deductions for high earners.