February 28, 2021

Month: February 2021

I run a luxury marriage proposal planning business

  • Heather Vaughn is the founder of “The Yes Girls,” a marriage proposal service based in San Clemente, California.
  • Since 2008, she’s helped couples plan the proposal of their dreams, ranging in cost from $1,000 to over $100,000.
  • Here’s what her job is like, as told to freelancer writer Molly O’Brien.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

I’ve always been someone who likes a challenge. I started my company right after graduating college in 2008, when I was only 22 years old. 

It wasn’t an ideal economy to be looking for a job or launching a brand new

Read More

Spring Crop Insurance Guarantees Set at $4.58 for Corn, $11.87 for Soybeans

For most Midwestern growers, the deadline to purchase crop insurance is March 15. University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey said farmers should expect premiums to increase. He also encourages farmers to consider a new supplemental crop insurance product, called the Enhanced Coverage Option. While it’s based on county yields instead of farm history, it has a high probability of paying out. For more details on that program, please read “New Crop Insurance Option Provides Higher Levels of Coverage” here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….

Higher crop insurance guarantees reflect the upward trend in prices that began last August, as Chinese demand for

Read More

Blended finance, the spinach of investing, will make us stronger

The White House faces a conundrum: President Joe Biden has bold infrastructure plans but how the heck will he pay for them?

Biden has repeatedly promised to spend $2tn or so to upgrade (and green) America’s crumbling infrastructure. This is likely to be popular with voters and business leaders: last week Dow’s Jim Fitterling called on Biden to use the electricity crisis in Texas as a catalyst for overhauling the national grid.

Yet the Congressional Budget Office recently warned that America’s debt will hit 102 per cent of gross domestic product this year — even before new infrastructure spending or

Read More

Beyond stimulus checks: All the tax breaks parents and retirees should know about

Under the current stimulus proposal, families with children and older adults may be eligible for new tax breaks that could bring in thousands more dollars.

Sarah Tew/CNET

Whether or not you meet the requirements for the third stimulus check for up to $1,400 apiece, you and your family could still benefit in other significant ways if Congress approves the $1.9 trillion relief bill that is now with the Senate. (Here’s the third stimulus check timeline so far.)

The stimulus proposal, called the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (PDF), would expand the Child Tax Credit, support affordable

Read More

Liz Weston: Shoot for zero credit card debt to reach personal financial health

Dear Liz: I’m paying down credit card debts. At what ratio of debt to income would you consider my personal finances healthy?

Answer: The healthiest level of credit card debt is none. Credit card interest rates tend to be high and variable, which makes this kind of debt toxic to your financial health. Congratulations for making progress on getting rid of yours.

There are a number of measures you can use to judge whether an appropriate amount of your monthly income goes to debt payments. Among the most common:

  • Traditionally, mortgage lenders preferred home loan payments to be 28% or
Read More

Facebook switches news back on in Australia, signs content deals

Facebook Inc ended a one-week blackout of Australian news on its popular social media site on Friday and announced preliminary commercial agreements with three small local publishers.

The moves reflected easing tensions between the U.S. company and the Australian government, a day after the country’s parliament passed a law forcing it and Alphabet Inc’s Google to pay local media companies for using content on their platforms.


The new law makes Australia the first nation where a government arbitrator

Read More