James Dennin
James Dennin

James is a staff writer covering money and millennials. Send your tips and your money problems to jdennin@mic.com.

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Can you trust your financial adviser? The 3 best questions to ask before hiring a professional

The world of financial designations is full of fraud, as almost anyone can call themselves a financial planner. Here are three questions to ask before you pay someone for independent, unbiased advice.

March 20, 2018

Why average costs of living are increasing in the US — and 5 ways to live better for less

Why the cost of living, especially in certain U.S. cities, is rising faster than wages in 2018. Here are calculators and how to save money on housing, education, child care and more.
March 16, 2018

How to get money back from Yahoo and Equifax — plus more news on scandals, scams and your cash

Here’s everything you need to know about Wells Fargo, Equifax, Yahoo, cryptocurrency initial coin offerings, class-action lawsuits and more financial news of the week affecting your money.
March 14, 2018

5 student loan myths — about forgiveness, repayment, interest and more — that everyone should know

Student loan payment and interest rate confusions abound. Don't fall for these misunderstandings about debt, forgiveness, federal versus private loans and servicers like Navient, Nelnet and OSLA.
March 13, 2018

Where is my tax refund? How to track federal or state return status and best use your 2018 IRS check

Tax refund tips for 2018, like where your check is, how to contact the IRS if you filed your return by the deadline and your refund is late and the best, smartest ways to spend or invest your cash.
March 12, 2018

NCAA basketball: 2018 March Madness schedule, bracket — and how to win a tournament pool as a newbie

NCAA bracket still blank? As the 2018 March Madness tournament begins, these strategies can help maximize your chances of winning your office pool despite tricky college basketball prediction chances.

March 9, 2018

Tariffs and trade war: From hiked prices to job losses, the best- and worst-case scenarios to expect

What is a trade war going to look like, worst case? If President Donald Trump's protective tariffs go through, here is what to expect as a consumer, worker and at a global level.
March 9, 2018

Dodd-Frank rollback: 5 ways losing the post-crash reforms could affect your bank account and more

The Dodd-Frank partial repeal bill, which rolls back parts of the act, would relax regulations on financial institutions as large American Express and Suntrust.
March 7, 2018

Are your tax withholdings right? How to check with a calculator — and fix your 2018 paychecks

Tax refunds are a sign your withholdings might be wrong. How to check your 2018 paycheck and allowances, given changes from tax cuts and life events affecting your income tax bracket — and more.
March 2, 2018

Trump trade war fears rattle Dow, beer buyers — and 5 more news stories affecting your money

Here's the latest on the Equifax hack, Spotify's initial public offering and all the other business news you probably missed this week.
March 1, 2018

How to invest money in 2018: The best beginner’s investment plan, with funds, stocks, bonds and more

What are the best investments? How do you invest in the first place? Here's how to grow your wealth in stocks, bonds, ETFs and more — so you can end up richer and maybe actually retire.

Feb. 28, 2018

Gun companies and your money: The truth about divesting — and what might work even better

Gun control, NRA boycotts and firearm stocks on your mind? Divesting from gun companies can be tough and costly. Here's how you can go about it if you're determined, and what might work even better.
Feb. 27, 2018

Want to work from home or remotely? The best jobs to be your own boss — and the top places to do it

If you want to work from home, remotely or for yourself, set your own schedule and get paid well, look no further than these careers and these countries.
Feb. 26, 2018

Get richer in 2018 with these 3 credit power moves

Open the best credit card in 2018 and increase cash back and money saved, by playing hardball with credit bureaus like Equifax and bargaining with card companies for better rates, points and rewards.
Feb. 23, 2018

Maximize your 2018 tax refund: 3 key tax tips to put cash in your pocket after you file your return

Income tax bracket tables, 2018 calculators, and details on credits, returns and refunds making your head spin? Breathe. These 3 simple moves lower your 2017 tax bill, leaving you richer this season.
Feb. 21, 2018

Does free money make people lazy? Why the case for a universal basic income is getting stronger.

Support for a universal basic income is gaining traction, including from prominent members of the business community like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Feb. 20, 2018

Tax fraud 2018: 3 top scams to beware, from fake IRS refunds to realistic emails and phone calls

Tax scams are harder to spot in 2018 than you’d expect. As you hunt for calculators, bracket tables and general help to file your return, be sure to also look out for sneaky signs of fraud.
Feb. 15, 2018

Student loans: From repayment to forgiveness to consolidation, your 5 biggest questions — answered

Student loan questions? From FAFSA stress to pros and cons of refinancing student debt to questions on consolidation, forgiveness and interest payments, we’ve got answers.
Feb. 14, 2018

How much money do you really need to be happy? A new study has answers.

One secret of happiness: Getting rich helps you only to a point, a new study has found. Here's the ideal income to maximize life satisfaction and positive daily emotions.
Feb. 14, 2018

Dow Jones today: Why the stock market had a mini-freakout about the inflation rate — then recovered

The Dow Jones industrial average opened lower today on news the consumer price index climbed more than expected. Why is that — and why is the market so volatile right now? Here's what to know.