Tag: Society/Community

‘You would have to tread very carefully’: Like Peter Thiel, you too can turn your Roth IRA into a pot of gold — with some serious caveats

Peter Thiel transformed a tiny Roth IRA worth approximately $2,000 into a $5 billion tax-free behemoth, according to an article from the investigative news site...

I bought a store for $80,000. It quadrupled in value. My friend gave $7K for the purchase and $6.7K for repairs. Does he get back 4 times both investments?

The gist of my question is I bought a store with a friend, and he now wants me to buy him out, but I feel...

Canadian Indigenous Group Finds Hundreds of Unmarked Graves Near Former School

An Indigenous community in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan said it found 751 unmarked graves near a former boarding school, weeks after a similar discovery...

‘When we found out, all hell broke loose’: My father used a family trust to secretly build a house — and now rents it to his wife’s friends at below-market rent

I am 49 and my wife is 51. Between the two of us, we’ve managed to save and invest wisely over the span of our...

Indigenous Group in Canada Says It Has Discovered Hundreds of Unmarked Graves

An Indigenous community in western Canada said it found hundreds of unmarked graves near a former boarding school less than a month after a similar...

‘I am not a loan shark’: I loaned my sister $20K and she repaid me after two years with insane interest: 30%. What do I do?

Dear Quentin, I loaned my sister $20,000 to help her buy a new home. We did not put any terms in writing, but she said...

‘Marriage sure does make love suck’: My fiancée wants a big, expensive wedding — we had agreed to spend $15K tops

Dear Quentin, My fiancée and I are currently in the process of planning a wedding and reassessing where we’d like to buy a house. She...

How to claim the child tax credit if you don’t file taxes — payments start July 15

Weeks ahead of the first monthly payment to millions of families under the expanded Child Tax Credit, federal officials are trying to make sure as...

France’s Macron Pushes Controls on Religion to Pressure Mosques

PARIS—President Emmanuel Macron is redrawing the line that separates religion and state, in a battle to force Islamic organizations into the mold of French secularism....

Existing-home sales slump as momentum slows in the housing market

The numbers: Existing-home sales fell for the fourth consecutive month, as buyers continue to face major hurdles in becoming homeowners. Existing-home sales fell 0.9% to...

Academics Bristle Over LinkedIn Blocking Their Profiles in China

SINGAPORE—Eyck Freymann, an Oxford University doctoral student, was surprised to get a notice from LinkedIn this month telling him his account had been blocked in...

How much income tax will Biden and Harris pay under their proposed hikes? These accountants say they’ve found an answer

President Joe Biden has been touting his proposed tax hikes on the rich by saying they need to start “paying their fair share.” If his...

Here’s what’s coming to Hulu in July 2021, and what’s leaving

Hulu doesn’t have many originals coming in July, but will try to make up for that with a ton of older movies. The Disney DIS,...

Should we rent out the apartment over our garage in exchange for free housekeeping?

Dear Quentin, My wife and I are both in our mid-70s and are unlikely to downsize from our present home, which has three bedrooms and...

Biden, Erdogan Meet in Attempt to Reset U.S.-Turkey Ties

ISTANBUL—President Biden met with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the first time since taking office, as the two NATO allies attempt to repair a...

G-7 Leaders Rally to Biden’s Call to Challenge China

CARBIS BAY, England—Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies called on China to respect human rights but stopped short of an outright condemnation of...

Mortgage rates fell over the past week, despite inflation hitting a 13-year high. What’s going on?

Benchmark mortgage rates slid over the past week, without any clear reason for a decline, continuing the reprieve for price-sensitive home buyers. The 30-year fixed-rate...

Opinion: Public pensions lose on hedge funds — again

One of these days I’m going to write about a bunch of retirees and future retirees who have just made a ton of extra money...

Biden Pushes G-7 to Criticize China Over Forced-Labor Allegations

ST. IVES, England—President Biden is pushing world leaders to call out China over allegations of forced labor in Xinjiang as the Group of Seven leading...

‘She is an enabler who refuses to admit it’: My mother sold her house to my brother and offered me 10% of the proceeds. Is that fair?

Dear Quentin, Picture it: North Carolina, May 2018. My grandfather passed away a few years ago and left a nice piece of property to his two heirs. My...

‘I have these really deep beliefs about stability and survival’: Anna Sale, host of ‘Death, Sex and Money’ podcast, on our evolving relationship to money

I recently found myself reflecting on this question after reading Anna Sale’s “Let’s Talk About Hard Things.” In the book, Sale, the host of the...

‘Our Lord Isn’t Woke.’ Southern Baptists Clash Over Their Future

Evangelical Christians were a regular presence in the Trump White House. They laid hands on the president as they prayed for him, stood at his...

Don’t believe these Social Security myths

Talking with family and friends, listening to cable news or following public debate about the future of Social Security, you’ve likely heard one or more...

I’m 59. My wife is 33. We have 2-year-old twins. I pay for my mother-in-law’s rent. The time has come for me to cut the cord

Dear Quentin, My wife and I have been together for 11 years. We have twins aged 2, and I have a 20-year-old son in college.  I have...

‘Not being able to connect with people was really hard’: Company sports teams are finally getting back together

American office workers are moving from the Zoom window to the batter’s box. When Sean O’Rourke took the field at a softball league on Monday...