The latest on quicker paychecks, better financial advisors, and why we’re seeing fewer government services

The latest on quicker paychecks, better financial advisors, and why we’re seeing fewer government services

Here are my favorite personal finance reads from around the web this week.


Fed wants workers to get pay faster

—The New York Times

The Federal Reserve recently announced that it would create a real-time payments system so people, especially low-income Americans, can access their deposited paychecks or money transfers more quickly. Currently, there is a lag—from several hours to a few days—between when money is deposited or transferred into accounts and when it’s available for use.

CFP Board vows stepped up oversight of financial advisors after complaints of lax review


The CFP Board of Standards, which oversees the Certified Financial Planner credential, has come under fire recently for not disclosing the disciplinary history of all CFP practitioners. The board has announced it would be reviewing its practices—hopefully making it easier for people to vet potential advisors.

A silent pension crisis is eating away local government services. Here’s what you need to know.

—The Washington Post

Local pension costs have been on the rise across the country for the past decade. Instead of raising taxes or other revenue to fund them, local governments have responded by cutting personnel, which means fewer government jobs and degraded public services, such as police protection, street sweeping, and waste collection.

All student debt in the U.S., visualized


Student debt in the U.S. is currently at $1.6 trillion. This video maps out what that looks like per person, across age groups and income levels, and what impact student debt cancellation would have.

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How parents can save money on kids’ sports

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