Charisse Conanan and Adrissha Wimberly Are Changing How Millennials View Personal Finance

One of the hottest topics this election season is about student loans and student debt. According to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, student loan debt recently topped 1 trillion (yes, trillion) dollars by the end of this year. And while there's plenty of financial self-help books (Suze Orman's The Money Book for The Young, Fabulous, and Broke comes to mind), few financial tools are targeted to a generation that consumes information in a more tech-centric way. ...more
Here’s a quote to hold on to: Of your life's journey, don't seek permission. This kind of ...more

New Year, New Goals

Last year you took the leap and started your own business, or maybe you embraced your inner entrepreneur and set out to start your own business this year. Either way, you've been focusing on what it means to look to the future and set goals. This has been a hot topic with clients over the last month: looking to 2012 and going for it. Whatever "it" is, this is the year they want to step out and step up their game....more

LifeQuote Supports MassMutuals Kid's Life Insurance Social Media Campaign

The “Why Life Insurance?” consumer awareness program that was recently launched by Massachusetts Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), is having an impact. Their Facebook page has sparked more than 22,000 people to "Like" it. The innovative and creative combo of entertaining videos, interactive tools and informative content hosted solely on a social platform is incredibly unique in an industry that is relatively staid and conservative. Here is one of the videos....more

Back to the Beginning

     Today marks the beginning of the last week in September and that means that next month's rent is due. I don't mind saying this month I am depending on the arrearage check that is supposed to come in on September 30th. I have not worked enough to pay the rent without it. Though my job search has been encouraging I haven't been offered any permanent positions yet and until then I continue to substitute teach in Stamford, CT as often as I can. It is stressful, each day waking up at 5 a.m....more

Trickle Down Economics

"Trickle-down economics" and "the trickle-down theory" are terms that refer to the policy of providing across the board tax cuts or benefits to businesses and the wealthy, such as tax breaks, in the belief that this will indirectly benefit the broad population. The term has been attributed to humorist Will Rogers, who said during the Great Depression that "money was all appropriated for the top in hopes that it would trickle down to the needy." ...more
Trickle down economics! Let's call it what it really is "tinkle down economics." more

Spin The Life Insurance Wheel of Fortune: A Sure Bet

Spinning the wheel on the mega-popular TV show Wheel of Fortune is never a sure bet. Viewers hold their collective breath each night as contestants take chance after chance spinning that fickle wheel....more

Ways To Protect Yourself From New Online Scams

Money doesn’t grow on trees, so we should protect it like its gold. In this era of technology, our credit card security is under intense scrutiny. And in the world wide web of unknown, it can be hard to protect yourself from new hacking techniques.Smishing, or SMS phishing is the newest threat, pushing banks across the nation to make statements regarding consumer safety. ...more

Rich People Don’t Need Life Insurance?!

Really? Who says rich people don’t need life insurance? Would it surprise you to know that wealthy people are some of the biggest buyers of life insurance in America. Would it shock you to know that they even borrow money to buy huge amounts of life insurance for tax reasons? Maybe they know something that the average person doesn’t....more

A Call to Reverse the Charges: If a Service Provider Charges you for a Late or Missed App't It's Time to Return The Favor!

Restaurants, doctors, hair salons and other service providers often ask for a credit card to hold your reservation and will bill you for a late or missed appointment. ...more

Dominga Paz

***Hey guys, Raha from Paradigm here, I started this Bent Reeds to write about love and life, well, my friend has lovingly offered to be in charge of this blog. She is recently engaged and she knows way more about this topic than I ever will. She's also just as funny or even more funny than I am, and her and her other half are two of the most amazing couples I know. So, this is her first post of many, don't worry I will be on her and I'll make sure her fiancé "The Captain" is on her to write daily.XO Raha ***...more