James Dennin
James Dennin
Reporter, Payoff
June 11, 2018

LGBTQ equality in corporate America: Where are all the queer CEOs?

The age of marriage equality has pressured companies to become more inclusive, but leadership is still often dominated by straight white men.

May 30, 2018

The best money lessons I learned as a personal finance writer

Most personal finance “advice” really isn’t rocket science. Here's the best of what I learned.
May 24, 2018

Summer Fridays may be in decline in the US. Here’s why more employers should formalize the perk.

Research says workers would be more productive with shorter hours and mandatory breaks.
May 22, 2018

What the Supreme Court decision means for workers — especially if you work at a private company

More than 60 million workers just lost the right to take their employers to court in the event of wage theft, sexual harassment and other disputes.
May 21, 2018

The lifetime cost of rent is still rising — here’s how you can save on housing in the meantime

Generation Z will pay a record high $226,000 in rental costs while trying to save up for a home.
May 18, 2018

Do you have a bullshit job? Anthropologist David Graeber explains the rise of pointless work

In polls, 40% of workers say the world be the exactly same or even better if they stopped showing up to work. 'Bullshit Jobs' author David Graeber explains why the grind so often feels meaningless.

May 17, 2018

Buying tickets online is a massive headache — here’s why companies can charge all those fees

Why is buying tickets online such a nightmare? Critics say that it's because one company has grown too powerful to bother listening to consumers.
May 16, 2018

What is the Rooney Rule? Here are the pros and cons of the popular diversity initiative.

The Rooney Rule is often touted as a means of diversifying the upper ranks of companies and organizations. Here's how it works — and where it comes up short.
May 15, 2018

The DOE is scaling back its oversight of for-profit colleges — here’s how to protect yourself

For-profit schools may be losing an important watchdog. Here's why that may be a concern for people looking to improve their earnings by going back to school.
May 14, 2018

How much is your credit card balance costing you? How to find out — and negotiate a better rate

Nearly a third of credit card consumers now swipe purely for the points — and aren't paying attention to the all-important APR.
May 9, 2018

Older workers are consistently discriminated against in job hiring — here’s how we can fix that

If older workers are pushed out of the labor force, the consequences will be far worse for younger generations who already have to work longer than their predecessors.

May 8, 2018

How much financial help are millennials getting from their parents?

Whether you're still on the family phone plan or get help with the rent, you're not alone.
May 7, 2018

Why the market for first-time home buyers is getting tougher — and where to look if you’re buying

People are very confident that their home values are going to go up — a sign we may be moving ever farther from a buyer's market to a seller's market.
May 4, 2018

Why it’s so hard to convince yourself to buy generic items — and other ways brands trick you

Brands know how to use information overload and other psychological tricks to get you to buy their products.
May 2, 2018

Best travel cards 2018: How to find the best credit cards and when it’s better to go with cash back

Before you plan your travel for the rest of 2018, here are the credit cards worth considering.
May 1, 2018

Why being good at money isn’t always the best trait to seek out in a partner

A new study shows the hidden consequences of having just one person in a relationship deal with all the financial issues.

April 30, 2018

How to get hired for your first job when you don’t have any experience

Don't have swanky internships under your belt? Here's how you can stand out, nail the job hunt and find a gig that pays well.
April 25, 2018

Homeownership is actually getting more affordable — if you can get over the anxiety of buying

If you're thinking about purchasing a home, here's what to consider first, both financially and psychologically.
April 24, 2018

Digit’s new feature can help you pay off your credit card balance — but is it worth the monthly fee?

Digit, which tracks your spending to help you save money, is rolling out a new product to help customers pay off their credit cards.
April 23, 2018

What If We Didn’t... have banks?

Imagining a world where money and property could be stored digitally — and financial institutions didn't take a cut of every thing we buy.