Tax season can be a very stressful, confusing time, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. There are plenty of people in the same boat and a wealth of great resources to help guide you to a successful outcome. The question is: Which one will make it easiest to put a smile on Uncle Sam’s face without opening your wallet wider than necessary?
For many people, Mardi Gras is all about four B’s, three of which are beads, booze and the Big Easy. But this multi-week carnival, which runs from Epiphany through Fat Tuesday every year, isn’t confined to New Orleans or the tawdry pursuits of partygoers.
Getting to the 2017 Academy Awards is easy. Just leave “Manchester By The Sea” for a “Moonlight” stroll, take a right at the “Fences” and head west when you see “Hacksaw Ridge.” Assuming you don't encounter a “Lion” or any “Hidden Figures” along the way, you'll be ready and waiting for Oscar's “Arrival” in “La La Land,” come “Hell or High Water”! Oh yeah, you also need to either know someone or go back in time and contribute to one of these aforementioned hit films because tickets are nearly impossible to come by, otherwise.
Which flick will take home the Oscar for Best Picture remains to be seen, of course. And we must similarly wait to see who will claim statues in all of the other categories, from Best Actor and Best Actress to Best Cinematography and Best Score. But even before PricewaterhouseCoopers finishes tallying the votes for the 83rdtime, there are a few things we do know for sure about the 89th Academy Awards.
When President Donald Trump first floated the idea of a southern border wall, way back in June 2015 while announcing his candidacy, man-made barricades and natural barriers guarded more than 82% of the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico divide, according to data from the Government Accountability Office.
Whether or not you’re a fan of Donald Trump, a chance to keep more money in your pocket is always a good excuse to celebrate Presidents’ Day. WalletHub’s data team has kept a close eye on America’s favorite retailers for the past year so you can take advantage of the best deals both during the holiday and throughout the month of February.
Valentine’s Day is the third-largest consumer holiday in the U.S., with lovesick shoppers shelling out more than $18 billion per year in Cupid’s name. So whether you love or hate his holiday, there’s no denying St. Valentine’s impact on the economy.
College once was a one-way ticket to a better financial life for the relatively few Americans who were fortunate enough to attend. But matriculation seems all but mandatory now if you want to keep pace in our increasingly competitive and well-educated workforce. The share of Americans aged 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree has increased sevenfold from 4.6% in 1940 to 32.5% in 2015, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. And college graduates earn nearly twice as much ($1,270 per week) as high-school grads with no college experience ($698 per week), according to fourth-quarter 2016 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While the Roman numerals may take some getting used to, Super Bowl LI (51) is largely characterized by familiarities, as Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots make their seventh run at the Lombardi Trophy since 2002 in the big game’s third trip to Space City. As usual, millions of people will tune in on television. And we’ll again consume more than a billion chicken wings while advertisers spend billions of dollars trying to curry our favor during uniquely popular commercial breaks. Lurking behind the standard hoopla, however, are an upstart and an unanswered question.
The auto industry has been red-hot in recent years, with more than 51 million new vehicles sold since the start of 2014, according to data from MotorIntelligence. Yet the average vehicle on the road is still more than 11 years old, according to IHS. So it’s clear that both new and used cars have their fair share of fans out there. The question, however, is which type of automobile is the better buy.
Money stresses us out even more than terrorism, according to the American Psychological Association, so it's understandable why some people consider currency to be especially evil. Money also greases the wheels of evil operations, from terrorist groups and violent dictatorships to human traffickers and poachers - just to name a handful. And the pursuit of material wealth can drive us to do some despicable things.
The movie business has been through its fair share of digital-age growing pains, but the internet certainly has not killed the movie star. Global connectedness and technological growth have actually bolstered the popularity of the big screen, even as many movie lovers tune-in on the smallest of devices. The $38.3 billion in global box office sales recorded in 2015 represents a 5% year-over-year increase, according to the most recent data available from the Motion Picture Association of America, and on-demand rentals generate billions in additional revenue each year.
The question of whether to arm teachers strikes at the heart of the debate over how to balance our constitutional right to bear arms with everyday public-safety concerns. Is the answer to fight gunfire
with more gunfire, by asking educators to wield Glocks as deftly as gradebooks? Or is commonsense gun control in order, despite its potential to limit our supposedly inalienable rights, even if only in the slightest?
The first of the year brings both the promise of new beginnings and the burden of self-improvement. Fueled by the nostalgia of the holidays and armed with a year’s worth of regrets, some 45% of Americans decide to make New Year’s resolutions each January, according to research from the University of Scranton. They are, it seems, taken by the spirit that led Benjamin Franklin to advise: “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”
At this point, it seems like many of us could use an app just to manage all of our dating apps. Whether you’re mining the Web for a mate, longing a long-term relationship or just hunting for a quick hook-up, there’s certain to be an app to match. After all, more than 2,800 companies operate dating websites, and the 500-plus dating apps in the iTunes store collectively have more than 91 million users.
Every president takes his (or her) own unique path to the White House, but the ascent of President-Elect Donald J. Trump has truly been unlike anything we’ve seen before. Trump has gone from rich kid to real-estate mogul, from bankrupt to “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and from leader of the birther movement to leader of the free world. And with no previous political experience, it’s fair to wonder whether the Oval Office will suit him.
WalletHub has made economic predictions for each of the past five years with pretty strong results, earning an average GPA of 3.63. But we are truly in uncharted waters as 2016 comes to a close, riding an economic recovery that has lasted years longer than average and awaiting the inauguration of a new president who can send shockwaves through global financial markets with a single tweet. So it’s really anyone’s guess what the future holds for our wallets.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday didn’t quell your holiday-shopping thirst? Lucky for you, December has more great deals in store, and WalletHub’s data team has kept a close eye on them all year to help you get ahead of the lines and find exactly what you’re looking for — at bargain prices.
Countries all around the world have their own unique New Year’s traditions. Many places feature customary cuisine, such as lentils (Brazil and Italy), suckling pig (Austria) and grapes (Spain). Others get a bit more creative. The Danish, for example, smash broken china on friends’ front doors, supposedly in a sign of affection. But you obviously don’t need to go global to learn a lot about New Year’s.
We have plenty of customs right here at home, from watching a giant crystal-covered ball drop in Time’s Square and drinking sparkling spirits at midnight to eating black-eyed peas and making resolutions on Jan. 1. And even these famous traditions have a history that most people don’t fully understand. For instance, you might not know that the Time’s Square ball weighs nearly six tons, or that more than 360 million glasses of sparkling wine are consumed in the U.S. each New Year’s Eve. The fact that New Year’s Eve is the busiest night of the year for celebratory gunfire may or may not come as a surprise, too.
As a licensed private investigator and a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist, I’m naturally well aware of identity theft and the various other crimes that accompany it. But I’m perhaps even better acquainted with these matters because I was actually a victim before I dedicated my professional life to helping others protect themselves from fraud.