Posts Tagged ‘personal finance’

Swipe-fee ruling means merchants could pay less for debit card transactions

The Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors erred in letting swipe fees that banks charge retailers for each debit card transaction go as high as 21 cents a transaction, a federal court recently ruled. The ruling by the U.S. District Court in Washington drew the predicable applause from groups such as the National Retail Federation and […] [...]

TROTTER: What lessons can be learned from Detroit?

On July 18, Detroit became the largest American city to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. A city once having a population of some 1.8 million has whittled down to less than 700,000. What will happen to the pensions of its 20,000-plus retired public employees? There is for sure the distinct possibility they could be reduced […] [...]

Know the differences between banks and credit unions before moving your money

Credit unions and banks are, of course, two different types of financial institutions but they do offer some similar services such as deposits, checking accounts and loans. It’s become a common practice for customers to take their money out of one place and move it to another, usually looking for a better deal or better […] [...]

TROTTER: Spenders and savers are linked by asset conservation

For this article, we will discuss those areas of estate and financial planning for the age group I will refer as “age 50 and older.” Obviously, we’re dealing with a wide age span for people in this group that pairs those of the World War II generation along with the Baby Boomer generation that followed […] [...]

Why it is wise to diversify

by Published: February 22,2013

Tags: Ike Trotter, personal finance

Most all of us know of friends and neighbors who try and “chase returns” with the stock market today. Throw in to that mix day traders and others who are constantly hunting for the next hot stock, endlessly refreshing browser windows in search for breaking news and tips from assorted gurus. Is that the path […] [...]

Looking for a bright future for people of Mississippi

From Will Loftin’s perspective as senior vice president and consumer banking executive for Regions Bank, the future looks bright for Mississippi. Loftin is responsible for consumer banking operations in the central and southern parts of Mississippi, representing 80 branches and more than 600 employees. Statewide, Regions has more than 146 branches and over 1,600 employees. […] [...]

Mississippi job levels fall to an alarming 17-year low

by Published: January 25,2013

Tags: Barack Obama, personal finance, taxes, Ted Carter

Mississippi’s job levels sank to their lowest levels since 1996 last year and ended the year looking slightly worse than 2011, the first quarter Mississippi Economic Outlook reports. The January report from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning was not all gloom, however. Leading indicators such as retail sales, tax collections and housing starts have […] [...]

Bad money habits to break in 2013

by Published: January 11,2013

Tags: budget, budgeting, debt, money management, personal finance

Do bad money habits constrain your financial progress? Many people fall into the same financial behavior patterns year after year. If you sometimes succumb to these financial tendencies, the New Year is as good an occasion as any to alter your behavior: No. 1 — Living without a budget. You may make enough money that […] [...]

November 9, 2012- Chuck McIntosh

by Published: November 9,2012

Tags: budget, credit score, financial literacy, personal finance

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Financial considerations for 2013

by Published: October 29,2012

Tags: Medicare, personal finance, Social Security, tax excemptions, taxes

We are now in plain view of our country’s “fiscal cliff.” After the election, Congress may or may not end up keeping income and estate tax rates at their recent levels. Next year may bring some notable financial developments, and it isn’t too soon for households to think about what may be in store: You […] [...]

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