Years ago, a million-dollar financial fraud was big news. Now, $50-million and even $50-billion financial scams have become almost commonplace. But they’re anything but routine to the consumers who have lost their life savings. They learned a hard lesson: Trust, but verify, before investing a penny.
By all accounts, the U.S. economy is improving. Early in 2013, economic growth is still notching small gains, the unemployment rate continues to inch downward, and the housing market is getting stronger. But underneath the positive statistics lies a negative reality: too many Americans remain out of work, and too many employers are still reluctant to expand their employment rolls.
Whether you’re planning an addition for a growing family or simply getting new storm windows, finding a competent and reliable contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home improvement project.
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, says that when you’re shopping for a home loan, it’s important to understand all the terms and conditions of a proposed loan. Start with what is in the ad itself. Read what’s between the lines as well as what’s in front of your eyes.
n employee dies in a hunting accident. A small plane shuttling company employees to a business meeting crashes and burns upon takeoff. A gunman storms into a company and shoots and kills his estranged spouse. Such horrific events happen every day in America, as the Newton, CT school shooting reminded us. As a business owner, how should you respond when tragedy strikes a member (or members) of your team?
Before you buy a used vehicle or other secondhand product, check to be sure it hasn't been recalled for safety reasons. Some recalls ban the sale of an item, while others ask consumers to return the item for replacement or repair. Sometimes, a seller provides a part that reduces the danger of using the product.