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A new way to look at housing prices:  NYT’s shows what a buck will buy
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A new way to look at housing prices: NYT’s shows what a buck will buy

I always admire alternative storytelling, from video to maps to interactive graphics or just clever ways that writers use prose.  A a recent business story in the New York Times recently caught my eye and I think it’s just ripe for biz reporters nationwide to localize. In “The buck shops here,”the NYT columnist Ben Schott [...]

Money Monday:  Making sense sense of the financial advice industry
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Money Monday: Making sense sense of the financial advice industry

We’re midway through National Financial Literacy month and our look at resources and story ideas for addressing personal finance coping skills at various life stages.  This week, middle-age — the group that’s coping with myriad financial concerns from their kids’ (and perhaps their own) student loans to elder care to planning for their own old [...]

Quicktips: Mad Men kitsch, real-estate glitch, Passover product pitch
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Quicktips: Mad Men kitsch, real-estate glitch, Passover product pitch

We’re amid one of those stimulating times of year when the seasonal news pegs are so numerous it’s hard to keep up.  I missed National Love Your Produce Manager Day and going to have to take a pass on National Garlic Day; hoping to squeeze in some Earth Day ideas but meanwhile here are a [...]

Follow-up ideas to the gender-wage gap headlines
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Follow-up ideas to the gender-wage gap headlines

President Obama commemorated Equal Pay Day by inking an executive order that addresses the wage gap between men and women, at least at federal contractors.  And while Equal Pay Day (the day a female worker catches up to a male worker’s total wages for the previous year) has come and gone, the issue remains along [...]

New state tax revenue data gives insight into consumer spending
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New state tax revenue data gives insight into consumer spending

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau on state tax revenues are just out for the fourth quarter of 2013, with the annual summary for the full year also due out April 8. Because these figures are broken down into categories ranging from property tax to alcohol purchases, you might consider using them as a [...]

Money Monday: Staving off student loan woes
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Money Monday: Staving off student loan woes

As National Financial Literacy Month unfolds, we’re taking a look at story ideas pegged to various life stages; last week we pondered personal finance topics for young children and their parents. Next up, a look at money issues that are front and center for young adults. This is the life stage at which establishing good [...]

High-tech carts, speedier play: Golf industry courts new players
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High-tech carts, speedier play: Golf industry courts new players

Golf’s premiere tournament, the Masters, will be swinging into action in a few days, and it’s a great peg for a look at the fiscal health of your region’s golf industry – from resorts and courses to equipment sales and lesson. As fewer time-pressed Americans opt for a slow stroll around the links, and demographics [...]

Assess the vacation home market as getaway season draws near
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Assess the vacation home market as getaway season draws near

Whether a lakeside cabin, desert ranch, riverside RV or beachfront cottage, owning the getaway home is many a consumer’s dream. And as summer draws near, a new spate of information indicating an upswing in buyer demand makes this an opportune moment to take a look at trends in the sale of second homes and other [...]

Money Monday: Story ideas for reaching parents, kids and teens
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Money Monday: Story ideas for reaching parents, kids and teens

Welcome to Money Mondays! April is widely recognized by the financial industry and various consumer protection groups as National Financial Literacy Month, and in honor of it we’ll kick off each week with posts about a variety of hot topics in personal finance as well as resources to help reporters tackle them. Some financial matters [...]

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