Struggling For Basics – Plight Of Many Californians

Even providing for basics such as food, housing, education and other needs is slowly but steadily becoming a big problem for many Californians, states Shan Li of LA Times. According to some figures just released by California Budget Project has highlighted some startling facts; for just surviving and meeting the basic needs a family of four with two children, a single working parent in California needs an annual income of around $61,000, which works out to around $29.00 per hour. This is much higher than the median wage of $19.00 per hour. Continue reading

How Government Budgets Could Impact Your Daily Life?

Whenever a new federal or state budget is announced, there certainly will be a lot of churning and in many cases; it will be a case of letting the cat, amongst the pigeons, stated Jeanne Sahadi of CNN Money. It would be interesting to have a closer look at the various ways and means by which government budgets could upset the applecart of households in more ways than one. Continue reading

Small Business Minister Vows to Cut Lending Costs

Federal Small Business Minister Bruce Billson has promised to cut lending costs for businesses. Billson said that as a former gallery owner, he can sympathise with entrepreneurs and understands the challenges that they face.

Billson said that lending costs for businesses have risen by 200 basis points above the cash rate in the past four years. Noting that 80 per cent of small business loans are secured by home loans, Billson offers the new “Son of Wallis” financial enquiry as evidence of his government’s commitment to improving business banking competition.

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Interesting means to generate extra income

In this article, we explore some avenues that could make you laugh your way to the bank.

Buying homes in towns that have a city side

In times of slow economic growth or worse during a recession, people are more likely to walk to public transportation (train, bus, transit). Having a home in such a neighborhood is valuable as they sustain their value ($$) and are recession-proof. Continue reading

Bank of England will raise its rate at its own terms

Bank of England has reassured that there is no hurry to hike the interest rates in the next year. With the surprising increase in the rate of recovery in the last quarter, BoE governor indicated that an increase in the rate, will have an adverse effect on the consumers and businesses.

Threshold of unemployment

The unemployment rate in the country has dropped below 7% and still the bank wants to keep the interest rate, at the same level. The governor advised the people not to be too assured about the promising figures, due to the economic recovery. This can be taken as a slight warning as the prices are rising faster than the wages.

Future effects

When the governor addressed the concern about the future housing bubble, he mentioned that he believes that the bank would be able to manage the problem without falling into deep levels of debts. The shadow Chancellor praised the growth in the economy but indicated that though the economy has positive growth, the current situation is keeping millions of households under debt. Though ministers are hoping the interest rate should not rise, the Prime Minister said that they will eventually rise and due to the unprecedented economic challenges, the very low interest rate was proposed to the country.