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  • Paid parental leave isn't enough. One of the biggest arguments for paid leave for new parents has been an economic one: Research has repeatedly shown that women with paid time off after childbirth are more likely to keep working. But
  • What's your secret consumer score. Little-known companies are amassing your data — like food orders and Airbnb messages — and selling the analysis to clients. Here’s how to get a copy of what they have on you.
  • Google to offer customers checking accounts. Google is taking its deepest dive yet into the financial lives of its users with plans to roll out a checking-account service. Citigroup Inc. and a California credit union are the tech giant’s
  • Cities are reimagining their relationship with cars. Several cities have begun by making it expensive to bring older diesel cars and trucks into the city center. Some are aiming to keep out diesel vehicles altogether during rush hour (Bristol, by 2021, for example)
  • Realtors association bans “pocket listings”. The National Association of Realtors board of directors voted 729-70 to ban the controversial practice of “pocket listings.” It’s a practice that was surging in competitive markets such as New York,
  • Start saving now for emergency trips. Normally when I book an airline ticket, I start my search months ahead of the trip, using comparison travel sites or signing up for price alerts to try to snag flights at the lowest cost
  • Zelle fraud emergency kit and FAQ. I’ve been writing about fraud at Zelle — and the mishandling of Zelle fraud claims by big banks — for more than a year now. I’m creating this page to be
  • Airbnb CEO pledges to verify all 7 million listings. Airbnb announced several measures to bolster trust and protect the safety of its users better. The news followed the deaths of five people after a shooting at an “Airbnb mansion party” in California
  • What if the road to single-payer led through the states?. As presidential hopefuls campaign on a national “Medicare for all” system, a California congressman is pushing for a different path to universal coverage: letting the states go first. Ro Khanna, a Democratic representative,
  • Medicaid's dark secret. For many participants, the program that provides health care to millions of low-income Americans isn’t free. It’s a loan. And the government expects to be repaid.
  • The 100-year family. Research shows that one of the most important differences between those who maintain their wealth and those who don’t is communication.

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