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Getting Ahead in Northern Virginia is Not So Easy

December 4, 2017 Brian V. Lee

A new report, Getting Ahead: The Uneven Opportunity Landscape in Northern Virginia (November 28, 2017), shows why getting ahead in Northern Virginia is not so easy, especially if you live within the area’s many “islands of disadvantage.” The authors, from [ . . . ]

Spend Time, Not Money, During the Holidays

November 22, 2017 Brian V. Lee

Increasingly, Americans are experiencing time famine, the feeling of having too much to do and not enough time to do it. Life is so fast-paced now. The feeling of not having enough time can drastically affect your level of happiness. In [ . . . ]

4 Tips to Protect Yourself from Credit Fraud

November 15, 2017 Brian V. Lee

The recent Equifax breach has left 145.5 million Americans facing a lifetime of higher risk for credit fraud. All Americans should now assume that their most sensitive financial data has been compromised. Here are 4 tips to protect yourself from [ . . . ]

The Key to Saving is Living Below Your Means

October 18, 2017 Brian V. Lee

Have you ever heard of Parkinson’s Law? It was first articulated by C. Northcote Parkinson in an article in The Economist in 1955. Parkinson’s Law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Parkinson’s [ . . . ]

Class Divide: Classism in Microcosm in NYC

October 10, 2017 Brian V. Lee

The HBO documentary Class Divide examines wealth disparity in the West Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Specifically, the film toggles between the very wealthy young students of the Avenues School and the very poor living right across the street [ . . . ]

5 Common Credit Repair Myths

September 5, 2017 Brian V. Lee

Credit repair could be considered more of an art than a science. How you, individually, repair your credit depends on how it was damaged in the first place. Educating yourself about how you can repair your credit is smart, but [ . . . ]

What’s So Great About Stuff, Anyway?

August 1, 2017 Brian V. Lee

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can put a smile on your face. Everybody needs things, everyone needs stuff. What separates us from the other animals is our ability to use things to make our lives easier and more comfortable. [ . . . ]

How to Find Out If You Have a Debt in Collection

June 2, 2017 Brian V. Lee

If you’re concerned about your credit score, you probably want to know if you have any debts in collections. Having debt in collection can badly harm your credit score. And the damage can multiply if unaddressed. Creditors often report debts to [ . . . ]

Break Up the Banks

May 30, 2017 Brian V. Lee

We should break up the banks. Only the full separation of depository banking and investment banking can protect consumer savings from banks’ naked speculation. Our nation needs a modern-day Glass-Steagall Act, the Depression-era banking system repealed in 1999. Commercial banks should [ . . . ]

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