A recent report by the New York Times asserted that more than 1 million consumers are being denied bank accounts because of past problems with overdraft fees and other glitches tallied up by private databases, like ChexSystems, which track consumer banking habits and flag things like bounced checks. The article recounted the stories of people [...]
It’s called insurance, but this beat is really about people and the bad things that they hope won’t happen. Paige St. John, from the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, explains ways to approach the beat with extra skepticism and very good sources.
Automakers are expected to post new-vehicle sales on Thursday, and if you haven’t done a car-related story lately, the monthly numbers are a useful springboard for all sorts of economy and personal-finance reports. That’s especially so at this period, in which manufacturers and dealers are motivated to clear off lots of the expiring sales year’s models and [...]
My first reaction last week upon hearing news that the American Medical Association has decided to classify obesity as a disease was “Cha-ching!” Not on my own behalf, of course, but in thinking of practitioners, drug makers, weight-loss program providers and all sorts of other entities that likely will cash in on an increasingly medical [...]
The farm bill limping along in Congress is back in the news again. The Senate is expected to pass its version of the legislation next week and then the bill would go to the House of Representatives. Studying the massive, five-year bill (an extension expires Sept. 30) is a big project, but you can likely [...]
With the deadly Oklahoma tornados still top of mind — some meteorologists now say the storm had far more power than the atomic bomb the United States released on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II — you might want to contemplate another day or so of related business angles. Even if you’re far from the [...]
It’ll be a while yet before the true toll of the past days’ destructive tornados in Oklahoma is known but you may be wondering about how to tackle the business and financial angles of a disaster. I can’t provide as many links as usual to stories you may want to emulate, because they haven’t been written [...]
It’s hard to overlook the buzz created by this week’s revelation by actor and activist Angelina Jolie that she had preemptive surgery to remove both breasts, because she carries a gene that makes cancer likely. News of Jolie’s decision, which she wrote about in a first-person New York Times essay on Tuesday, has generated a great [...]