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Jill On Money: Stagflation puts Fed in a bind

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As expected, the Federal Reserve did not alter monetary policy in its most recent meeting. Despite the inaction, current economic conditions must be throwing central bankers for a loop. The Delta variant has cooled down economic growth, while inflation remains elevated. Does that mean that the US is about to enter a period of 1960s-1970′s ...Read more

Jill On Money: The odd couple of retirement

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Retirement can make strange bedfellows. That’s what I thought when I prepared to interview left-leaning labor economist Teresa Ghilarducci and Kevin Hassett, the Chairman of White House’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Trump Administration. Perhaps the only topic that could bring together this odd couple is the woeful state of ...Read more

Jill On Money: Here's how to handle short supplies driving up prices

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This Q&A is devoted to questions about inflation. If you need more in-depth information about your situation, send an email to: askjill@jillonmoney.com. Here it goes.

Question: I understand that there was a period early in COVID when supplies for paper towels, toilet paper and disinfectant were hard to find, but what’s going on now? Why are ...Read more

Jill On Money: Ida, Caldor, and insurance

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The Caldor Fire, Hurricane Ida, and numerous other climate events should serve as a wake-up call to all of us — everyone should claw through their files to review their homeowners and rental insurance policies. I published a lot of this information after previous storms but have updated it and divided it into what you should do before and ...Read more

Jill On Money: Financial literacy - Sham or real?

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As millions of kids head back to the classroom, most parents are delighted for the professional teachers to take back control of the educational process. However, there are still areas that require parental involvement including financial literacy. For years, many have bemoaned the poor level of understanding that Americans demonstrate about ...Read more

Jill On Money: Rethinking student loans

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On August 6, the government extended its forbearance on federal student loans until Jan. 31, 2022. Those who hold outstanding balances will continue to see a suspension of loan payments, a 0% interest rate applied to those loans, and the government will halt collections on defaulted loans. Officials were clear that this is the “final extension...Read more

Jill On Money: Thinking about joining the Great Resignation?

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Despite a better-than-expected July employment report, where the economy added 943,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 5.4%, the mismatch in the labor market persists. Paradoxically, with 8.7 million Americans out of work, there are still more than 10 million job openings as of June. (Job openings lag monthly employment by one month.)

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Jill On Money: A closer look at Robinhood's public debut

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Robinhood’s recent initial public offering (IPO) has put the online trading platform back in the limelight. The company, launched in 2013, is an app that allows users to trade individual stocks, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), crypto assets, or options without paying a transaction fee.

For years, investors paid up when they bought or sold a ...Read more

Jill On Money: Short COVID recession casts long shadow

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Just over a year ago, the National Bureau of Economic Research’s (NBER) Business Cycle Dating Committee announced that the United States economy officially entered a recession in Feb. 2020. The pandemic put an end to the longest expansion in US history (128 months) dating back to 1854. The recession call was easy in this case because economic ...Read more

Jill On Money: Short COVID recession casts long shadow

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Just over a year ago, the National Bureau of Economic Research’s (NBER) Business Cycle Dating Committee announced that the United States economy officially entered a recession in Feb. 2020. The pandemic put an end to the longest expansion in US history (128 months) dating back to 1854. The recession call was easy in this case because economic ...Read more

Jill On Money: Will inflation kill the recovery?

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This spring, I wrote about how consumers and investors alike should prepare for inflation and then two months later, I wondered whether high prices would persist. So far, the answer to that question is a resounding, “at least for a while!”

The Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures what people pay for goods and services, soared by 5.4% ...Read more

Jill On Money: Lightning Round Q&A

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To help get through my ever-bulging inbox, I plan to devote a few summer columns to lightning round questions and answers. If you need more in-depth information, send an email to: askjill@jillonmoney.com. Here goes!

Q: We have two grandchildren who will be starting college next year and we would like to give them on the right track with ...Read more

Jill On Money: How to spend in the second half of 2021

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As we enter a post-COVID time, you likely have your mind set on connecting with friends and family and having FUN. Although I have worn the moniker of Debbie Downer at times, I promise to incorporate your need to unleash the pent-up spending that has built up over the past 16 months. Like the intermission of a show, you don’t want to overdo it...Read more

Jill On Money: Everything you need to know about the new Child Tax Credit

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When the American Rescue Plan became law in March, the focus was on immediate relief that came in the form of $1,400 stimulus checks and supplemental federal unemployment benefits of $300 per week. Another important feature of the plan was the Enhanced Child Tax Credit, which entitles millions of American households to a fresh round of payments,...Read more

 

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