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Hamilton to be bumped from $10 bill for a woman

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Alexander Hamilton, who has been featured on the $10 bill since 1929, is making way for a woman. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is to officially announce Thursday that a redesign of the $10 will feature the first woman on the nation’s paper money in more than a century. The plan is to decide which woman sometime this summer. The bill will have new security features to make it …

Fake IRS agents target thousands in big tax scam

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail as part of a huge nationwide tax scam. More than 3,000 people have fallen for the ruse, Timothy Camus, a Treasury deputy inspector general for tax administration, said Thursday. They have been duped out of a total of $15.5 million. People in every …

Bill Gates again tops Forbes list of billionaires with $79.2B

Monday, March 2, 2015

NEW YORK — The world’s richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time. Forbes said Monday that Bill Gates’s net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine’s list of …

Shel Horowitz: Busting myths about the costs of going green

Sunday, November 24, 2013

You often hear going green is too expensive. Answer those critics with the ways going green is actually cheaper than staying brown. And there are many of those “low-hanging fruit” savings areas. So you can put those into …

Area propety deed transfers

Sunday, November 24, 2013

For the week ending Nov. 15, 2013 Amherst Cheryl H. Cobb, Cheryl V. Cobb, George & Cheryl Cobb Living Trust, George W. Cobb to Cheryl V. Cobb Revocable Trust, Cheryl V. Cobb, trustee, George W. Cobb Revocable Trust, …

Financial stress may hit your brain and wallet

Thursday, August 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — Being short on cash may make you a bit slower in the brain, a new study suggests. People worrying about having enough money to pay their bills tend to lose temporarily the equivalent of 13 IQ points, scientists found when they gave intelligence tests to shoppers …

Conspicuous Consumer: Beware of free checks in mail

Sunday, August 11, 2013

PICKY AND CHOOSY: Cleaning my refrigerator usually prompts some unsettling questions … What, exactly, is the food that now sports a furry white coat? What am I going to do with that half bag of spinach that has …

Survey: Brighter US economic outlook boosts hiring

Monday, July 22, 2013

WASHINGTON — Companies are increasingly confident the economy will grow at a modest pace over the next year and are hiring more, according to a survey of business economists. Nearly one-third of the economists surveyed by the National …

Four in 10 US homes have mom as top earner

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

WASHINGTON — A record number of American women are now the sole or primary breadwinners in their families, a sign of the rising influence of working mothers, a new study finds. Mothers now keep finances afloat in 40 percent of households with children, up from just 11 percent …

Counseling available for homeowners at risk of foreclosure

Sunday, February 17, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The Valley Community Development Corporation is currently offering free, one-on-one counseling for homeowners in Hampshire County who feel that they are at risk of foreclosure or need help with financial management. The counseling, which is confidential, is designed to help homeowners understand the options available to …

‘Economic root canal’ — personal bankruptcy primer

Sunday, February 3, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Personal bankruptcy filings continued to decline statewide last year after peaking in 2010, a trend some say signals an improved economy. Other bankruptcy experts paint a more cautious picture and say many Valley residents face significant …

Saving Makes ‘Cents’ program instills values in youngsters 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

HADLEY — In five years, when she plans to visit China as an eighth-grader, Aine Doherty says she will have enough money saved up to enjoy her visit to the Pacific Rim. Fellow third-grader Odin Moore says he …

Smith program helps kickstart entrepreneurs, aid women’s financial independence

Thursday, January 31, 2013

NORTHAMPTON ­— On a chilly January morning, Smith College students gathered for an interterm course listen to Kate Hammond, associate director of the college’s Center for Women and Financial Independence, recount her days as an intern at General …