Softer Growth In Retail Sales & Weak Industrial Activity In US Raise Concerns For Macro Risk Outlook

US retail sales ticked higher in August, rising 0.2%–below several consensus forecasts but still a decent if unimpressive gain. Industrial output in the US in August, on the other hand, was clearly disappointing, suffering a 0.4% slide vs. the previous month—the weakest performance in three months. On a year-over-year basis, industrial activity also weakened, with … Read more

Explaining U.S. Peer-to-Peer Lending – Investing (Part 2)

In part one of this article series we talked a bit about the history and development of peer-to-peer lending platforms in the U.S., especially Prosper and Lending Club. In this part two, we’ll talk a bit about the logistics of peer-to-peer lending investments and shed light on a few practical tips you can use starting … Read more

Explaining U.S. Peer-to-Peer Lending (Part 1)

Ever since Lending Club’s wildly successful IPO in December of 2014, peer-to-peer lending has been thrust into the forefront of the financial world in regards to alternative lending options. Even though more and more people are becoming aware of this disruptive alternative lending option and financial experts often recommend p2p loans as a debt consolidation … Read more

The Big Business of Education: Breaking Down the Dollars Behind Common Core and PARCC

As thousands of students across Ohio became the first in the nation to take the state-wide mandated PARCC tests last week—new standardized tests from the Partnership Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers—many parents are still concerned. From the more limited groups that have implemented testing in various states over the past couple of years, … Read more

Your Data Is Worth Money

Have you ever wondered why the ads on a website always seem to be really relevant to things you are interested in, or have viewed / searched for recently? Normally I tend to see advertisements for things like holidays, financial products or even occasionally food deals. Recently though I was searching for a present for … Read more

4 Types of Careers to Get with a Master’s Degree in Counseling

Getting a masters in counseling opens the door to even more career opportunities, some of which mean greater earning potential, a flexible working environment, and the sense of satisfaction attained from helping others. Plus, it could result in more challenges that help advance personal and professional development. These other careers also offer a way to … Read more