President Joe Biden’s agenda is to “Build Back Better.” He wants a stronger economy, lower income inequality, and a restored middle class. And his tax plan aims to provide all three. But as with any new tax plan, Biden’s proposal would have both losers and winners. Find out how it affects you.
In March 2020, the United States’ longest economic expansion in modern history ran into the buzzsaw of the COVID-19 pandemic, causing an unprecedented spike in jobless claims. But the vast majority of workers are eligible for state unemployment benefits. Follow these steps to apply.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, has been through many changes over the years. And present-day SNAP has fairly elaborate rules to determine who’s eligible for benefits and how to calculate them. Find out whether you’re eligible and how to sign up.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was among this century’s most influential — and hotly debated — pieces of federal legislation. Learn the history of the legislation popularly called “Obamacare,” how the law has been implemented and modified since its passage, and preview what comes next for the ACA.
The gap between the wealthiest Americans and those struggling to get by on minimum wage is called income inequality, which is substantial and growing in the U.S. And economists say that’s bad news — not just for the poor but for all Americans. But what causes it, and how can we fix it?
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is a global economic event without precedent in living memory. In the U.S., federal policymakers recognize the gravity of the situation. Bookmark this regularly updated list of all the actions the government has taken to bolster the economy and how they affect you.
In the early days of the stock market, there wasn’t enough oversight. Since the 1930s, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has had its hands full. FINRA is a private organization that helps to regulate the industry. Read on to learn what FINRA does and how it protects everyday investors.
Cryptocurrencies, or virtual currencies, are digital means of exchange created and used by private individuals or groups. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and a host of alternative coins exist today. Learn what cryptocurrency is, how it works, the history of the technology, and examples of cryptocurrencies today.
One thing about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is already clear: It has dramatically changed societies and economies the world over. Many changes will outlive the pandemic, though to what extent depends on the eventual duration and toll it takes. Which ones will impact your life the most?
The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic spurred lawmakers to complete another stimulus package in early 2021. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes a third round of direct payments to Americans — the biggest stimulus checks yet. Learn who is eligible and how to get it.
Public figures like American politicians and tech billionaires are discussing a radical new type of government benefit program called universal basic income, which would give every single American adult a payment each month with no strings attached. But can it really work in the United States?
If you’re shopping for health insurance plans on the health insurance marketplace, you probably have some questions. Fortunately, comparing and purchasing plans through the marketplace isn’t rocket science. This overview will walk you through everything you need to know.