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Barron’s wants to recognize people and organizations whose products, services, or education programs are making an impact to improve the financial health of individuals across the U.S. Be sure to head to barrons.com/celebrates for more information and to submit a nomination by Feb. 29 for the Barron’s Celebrates: Financial Empowerment program.

Fewer people are having trouble paying their medical bills — now for the bad news


‘Significant expenses for one family member may adversely affect the whole family.’

‘They’re looking at where you live.’ If you’re wealthy and haven’t filed your taxes, the IRS could soon be ringing your doorbell

IRS audits have been sliding for years as the federal tax collector’s staffing has been reduced.

I took out $50K in student loans, but now I’m living on disability. Is my spouse responsible — and will my family have to pay off my student debt if I die?

‘There are several deferments and forbearances that can temporarily suspend the obligation to repay federal student loans.’

This diet will help reduce your risk of heart disease, scientists say

Researchers evaluated the coronary health of 760 women over a decade to figure out how what we eat affects our heart health.

Lawsuit: Department of Education is making it ‘nearly impossible’ for defrauded students to cancel their student loans

Department officials say the new rules help students, and also save taxpayers money.

This is the cheapest time to visit Disneyland and Disney World

Disney increased the prices of some tickets and passes for its theme parks in California and Florida.

As Democratic candidates debate Obamacare and Medicare for All, voters say their biggest concerns are health-care and drug costs

Implementing systemic change like Medicare for All, the plan championed by 2020 Democratic frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders, sits lower on the list.

I’m 71 and I’ve been married for 27 years. She wants me to pay for everything and bend to her will. Am I too old to bite the bullet — and ask my wife for a divorce?

‘She tries to curb my outside activities, and basically wants me to bend to her will on anything and everything.’

‘I stock shelves at a grocery store 3 days a week.’ I’m 28, a single mother, a veteran and work two part-time jobs. Should I accept my father’s offer to pay my expenses?

‘For the last few months, I’ve been working two part-time jobs in addition to my military duties to save up for my monthly shortfall while I’m in school.’

Michael Bloomberg says it’s not so ‘simple’ to produce his tax returns — here’s what most high-income tax returns have in common

‘The number of pages will probably be in the thousands of pages.’

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Roger Stone, longtime Trump ally, sentenced to 40 months in prison

Roger Stone, a longtime associate of President Donald Trump, on Thursday was sentenced to 40 months in prison after being convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction.

Is a strong economy enough to re-elect Donald Trump?

The odds of an economic downturn in the this year remain low, which means that President Donald Trump’s prospects for re-election in November are strong. But he remains his own worst enemy, writes Michael Boskin.

Why global health diplomacy is more effective at stopping coronavirus than closing borders

Governments must urgently adopt effective global health diplomacy to stem the growing global panic caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Burger King portrays moldy Whopper in new TV ad

Burger King announces it is removing artificial preservatives from its most famous burger.

A neuroscientist says these are the ideal ages for the optimal presidential ticket

Young and old each have their advantages, but the combination of both is best for solving problems.

Leading indicators surge in January, point to steady economic expansion in early 2020

The economy showed some more sizzle at the start of 2020, pointing to steady growth in the next several months, according to an index that measures the nation’s economic health. The leading economic index jumped 0.8% in January.

Tesla isn’t the only ‘green hedge’ that’s been on an absolute tear lately

Do you believe the world will embrace a green path toward the future? If so, you might want to consider slapping a palladium position next to your Tesla shares in your portfolio, according to the investor behind the Market Ear blog.

Stocks fell Thursday because investors realized ‘too many traders are running with scissors,’ says strategist

Thursday’s stock-market swoon could be down to traders finally realizing that the coronavirus impact could be more lasting than thought.

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