It Pays to Know the Difference Between Credit and Debit Cards

Bank-issued debit and credit cards are used every day, and have become common in shopping and paying bills. Credit cards were introduced in the 1950s, while debit cards came out in the mid-1970s. By 2006, there were more than 984 million bank-issued Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards in the United States. Whereas debit […]

Celebrate Financial Planning Week October 3 – 9, 2011

October 3-9, 2011, marks the *Financial Planning Association’s  (FPA’s) tenth annual Financial Planning Week! Financial Planning Week is a celebration to help individuals discover the value of financial planning and make smart financial decisions to achieve life goals and dreams.  There are many topics to consider when thinking about a financial planning strategy, including the following: […]

After-Shock by Robert Reich: a Book Review

After-Shock – The Next Economy and America’s Future is the latest offering by former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich.  Here, Reich reviews the recent recession and asserts his diagnosis that the cause of the current stagnant economy is that too much national income has gone to the rich in the last 40 years, which has induced the federal […]

Women & Money Series Starts This Week: Money Management Developed by Women For Women

The Women & Money Series sponsored by the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and Housing and Credit Council, Inc. (HCCI) begins this Thursday, September 8, from 6-8:30 pm in the Library’s Marvin Auditorium.  Subsequent classes will be held on Thursdays through Oct. 20, 6:00 to 8:30 in Marvin Auditorium. Enrollment is required through HCCI, […]

Most Recent Kansas Labor Market Report Shows Very Slow Jobs Growth

According to the latest Kansas Department of Labor estimates, the July 2011 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent in June 2011 and down from 7.0 percent a year ago. Kansas Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee states,  “Private sector jobs continued to grow last month — albeit at a snail’s pace. However, we do […]

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins Holds Second Annual Jobs Fair at Expocentre Agricultural Hall

Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins will hold a second annual Jobs Fair on Thursday, September 1st, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m  in the Agricultural Hall at the Expocentre, 17th and Topeka Blvd. The jobs fair is free, open to the public, and open to any business that is currently seeking employees.  Congresswoman Jenkins is […]