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Finance, economics, credit, hospitality. A.B. in economics from the University of Chicago.

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Borrowing Against a 401(k): What to Consider

Ideally, money that you put into a 401(k) is supposed to stay there until you retire.

The Pros and Cons of DIY Landscaping

The main advantage of doing your own landscaping is that you save money over the long run.

The future of guest room technology

In-room technology once meant a phone and a television, but now hotels equip guests’ rooms with sophisticated devices and systems.

How robotics could change the hotel industry

Hotels are already using robots to serve guests.

How to stay safe when you work hotel night shifts

Working the night shift at a hotel's front desk is a vulnerable position for employees.

Falling in love on the job... is it ever ok?

People are often warned not to mix romance with their job, but dating a coworker has led to some happy, long-term relationships.

How Credit Scores Are Calculated: Five Factors That Make Up Your Score

Credit scores inform lenders about your borrowing history.

Four Steps to Creating a Financial Plan You Can Stick To

A financial plan shows you what you need to do in order to pay your bills and meet financial goals.


3 Obscure Twitter Accounts Making Money Off of You

While casual Twitter Inc. users share content with their followers for fun, Twitter is serious business for some accounts with large audiences.

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The Bible and Its Translators

When Aviya Kushner enrolled in Marilynne Robinson’s Old Testament course at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she didn’t recognize the text her teacher and classmates were familiar with.


Are mutual funds better than single stocks?

Mutual funds offer advantages over individual stocks, including diversification and convenience.

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How to Avoid ATM Fees

It’s free to withdraw cash at your bank’s branches or from one of the ATMs in its network, but you usually pay ATM fees when you use an out-of-network ATM.

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Why Missing a Credit Card Payment Can Negatively Affect Your Future

In the short term, missing a credit card payment is expensive. You have to pay a late fee, plus interest on that fee.

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All About Payday Loans

People who are having trouble paying bills sometimes turn to payday loans to get the cash they need.

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Credit Card Dispute: What Happens After You Dispute a Charge?

A credit card dispute over billing errors has a good chance of being resolved in your favor thanks to the Fair Credit Billing Act, which regulates how credit card companies handle these disputes.