8 Tax Moves to Make Now How to stay on track despite this season’s tax delays By Eva Rosenberg | MarketWatch – Mon, Feb 4, 2013 10:48 AM EST
Transmitters have been storing up tax return data for weeks, just chomping at the bit, waiting for the starting pistol to go off. Finally, this week, the IRS opened the e- filing gates. See: Do your federal taxes for freeRead more
What's the fastest way to pay college debt? By Dr. Don Taylor, Ph.D., CFA, CFP, CASL | Bankrate.com – 18 hours ago
Dear Katie, If you have federally guaranteed student loans (instead of private student loans), you may have consolidation options that reduce the size and number of payments. Consolidation options are not as easy to structure with private student loans.
Also, you may want to check out a new loan program called the Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan. It was created for eligible Direct Loan Program borrowers in December 2012. If you qualify for this loan program, it can reduce your monthly payments. Read More
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We all live better lives when the common good is not for sale.
March 10, 2013 | This article was published in partnership with GlobalPossibilities.org.
It gets more maddening every day. Essential human needs are being packaged into products to be bought and sold. The right to food and water, education, health care, public spaces, and unrestricted speech shouldn't be based on who can pay the most, or on who can generate profits with the slickest marketing pitch.
The free-market capitalism that drives our economy is a doctrine of individuals pursuing profit. Nothing else matters. An executive for Roche, a healthcare company, said "We are not in the business to save lives, but to make money."
With privatization of the common good we risk losing both our heritage and our humanness.
1. The Taking of Public Land
Attempts to privatize federal land were made by the Reagan administration in the 1980s and the Republican-controlled Congress in the 1990s. In 2006, President Bush proposed auctioning off 300,000 acres of national forest in 41 states.
The assault on our common areas continues with even greater ferocity today, as the euphemistic Path to Prosperity has proposed to sell millions of acres of "unneeded federal land," and libertarian groups like the Cato Institute demand that our property be "allocated to the highest-value use." Mitt Romney admitted that he didn't know "what the purpose is" of public lands. Read More File Business
PBR's owner, which just bought the signature Hostess brand, has proven it can resurrect old products with smart rebranding campaigns.
By Ryu Spaeth | March 13, 2013
Like peas and carrots, these two.
Proving once more that Twinkies are indestructible, the brand was rescued from near-death on Wednesday when it was sold to private-equity firm Apollo Global Management and food company Metropoulos & Company. The sale caps a months-long ordeal for the classic snack, whose fate was thrust into limbo when parent company Hostess declared bankruptcy in late 2012.
Under the $410 million deal, Apollo and Metropoulos are also buying other signature Hostess brands, including Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, Sno Balls, and Dolly Madison Zingers. Read More