Personal Finance,

After the FBI announced charges against 50 people in a college admissions scam, we take a closer look at college admissions (legacy, development, regular applicants), admissions essays (approaches to writing with authentic voices) and the effect of wealth on society and on determined parents (bribes, payments, sabotage), their children and other college applicants. 

First jobs were once forever jobs, but now many are part of the gig economy. Workers face decisions about job security, wages, benefits and loyalty — and employees who may or may not care about their well being. Many personal stories of survival rest beyond the paycheck.

There are dozens of voluntary trade agreements between two or more nations that are intended to benefit all parties. When tariffs are imposed on a unilateral basis they may result in retaliatory tariffs and increased prices on goods and services. Activities and articles cover the costs and benefits of trade, tariffs, trade deficits and surplus, and international trade agreements.

One’s home is one of the biggest investments one makes. The Real Estate supplement and Real Estate Guide provide current information on the market and complicated transactions, how to increase the value of one’s home, and what trends and neighborhoods are receiving attention.

Trade is a two-way transaction in a community and in a global setting. Economic principles of supply and demand, cost and benefits, trade agreements and tariffs, transnational labor outsourcing and immigrant skills balance against government policies, technological developments and human wants and needs.

Personal financial literacy is a life skill — to create and manage budgets, to understand credit and debit, to invest in education and training and to interpret the daily news.