| Aug 21, 2011
Online budgeting sites aim to take the tedium out of money management, and the latest entry even tries to make a game of it with cash prizes.
Budgeting is such a turnoff that some financial professionals won't even use the term with clients.
| Apr 14, 2012
| 4:45 PM
Could crowdfunding work for entrepreneurs who need capital for their private startup and are willing to sell a stake in it to the masses? Congress seems to think so.
Charities and artists successfully raise money for their causes via crowdfunding, a...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 6:42 AM
Apparently, consumers have a breaking point — a $5 monthly debit-card fee.
Since news broke late last month that Bank of America planned to introduce such a fee next year, the uproar hasn't abated.
Legislation was introduced in Congress to make it...
| Feb 12, 2012
Derek Gabbard wasn't dreaming of California when he sought to raise investment capital for his Baltimore-based cybersecurity firm.
But the CEO of Lookingglass Cyber Solutions lucked out with a connection to venture capitalists in the state that dwarfs...
| Feb 12, 2012
Stef Gray recently delivered a petition to Sallie Mae's Washington office, asking the giant private lender to eliminate a fee that unemployed college graduates must pay to suspend payments until they find a job.
The 23-year-old New Yorker's online...
| Mar 19, 2012
| 1:11 PM
Students beware: Scholarship providers aren't just going by your application to learn about you.
They're also checking you out on Google and social media sites, according to a recent survey. And what they uncover — the good or the bad — could...
| Jun 10, 2012
A new report from the IRS shows that nearly 21,000 American households with incomes of $200,000 and up didn't owe federal income taxes.
If you're like me, your first question is: How can that be?
Your possible next question: Can I get that kind of tax...
| May 1, 2012
| 4:56 PM
Facebook has launched a program to promote organ donation, which grew from a conversation between the social media company's chief operating officer and a Johns Hopkins surgeon already passionate about the cause.
COO Sheryl Sandberg and Dr. Andrew M....
| Jun 4, 2012
| 4:47 PM
Susan Fulton says about 100 clients of her Bethesda asset-management firm were "up for the risk" last month and invested a total of $1 million the day Facebook went public.
"We bought it at the open, though we couldn't get confirmation on their trades,"...
| Dec 24, 2011
| 4:59 PM
Many parents braved the malls to find their children this year's must-have toy or the hottest gadget.
But gifts come in many forms.
My suggestion to parents is that they take steps in the months ahead to improve their finances in a way that will...
| Jun 26, 2011
Investment guru Peter Lynch once advised ordinary folks to "invest in what you know."
For many small investors, some of the companies they are most familiar with are the e-commerce and social media sites they use every day.
Now some of these private...
| Jun 13, 2011
| 6:21 PM
When Scott Burkholder wanted to raise money to create a mural showing the word "love" spelled out in hand gestures, he turned to the power of the crowd.
Burkholder, the executive director of the Baltimore Love Project, launched a giving campaign online...