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401k Financial Wellness Hindered by Ongoing Debt Debacle

We’ve heard a lot about the shrinking middle class. Despite an economy with the highest level of corporate profits in years and record employment levels, people are struggling financially. Economic gains have mostly gone to those already well-off. Many of the newly created jobs boosting employment numbers are in low-paying service and retail positions. Wages

Here’s how long it will take Americans to pay off their Christmas debt

In the days after Christmas, Americans can be found taking down the tree, cleaning up wrapping paper, and perhaps surveying the financial wreckage of another holiday season. Shoppers in the U.S. racked up an average of $1,054 of debt this Christmas season — an increase of 5% over last year, according to a survey from MagnifyMoney,

Wealth inequality is even worse than income inequality

You probably know the numbers on income inequality by now: The share of all income going to the top 1 percent of Americans now stands at around 20 percent, which is a big and disturbing number. But what about wealth inequality? Income is a relatively straightforward matter of wages and compensation. Wealth is more mercurial: It can be a

The four most depressing reasons why Americans are not saving any money

This year, Americans say they’re ready to make their savings accounts great again. Whether they actually will is another story. About 21% of working Americans aren’t saving any of their income, which remains unchanged from the answer consumers gave the survey in 2016, a survey released this week by personal finance site Bankrate.com concluded. And