Federal Unemployment Assistance – Frequently Asked Questions

September 19, 2008

Being “laid off” is one of the most dreaded phrases in the English language.  No one wants to hear it, but as we all know, life happens.  Losing Your Job Thankfully, we live in a country with a relatively low unemployment rate, about 5 percent, but the low rate is little consolation to the people who […]

AIG Bailout, Stock Market Drop, Bank Closures, & Federal Reserve News – No Big Deal?

September 17, 2008

Lehman Brothers goes bankrupt, struggling Merrill Lynch is bought out by Bank of America, and AIG is bailed out by the US government – so who cares? According to a tool from Google that displays the trends on what people are searching for online, the financial turmoil engulfing the US this week isn’t prompting that […]

Health Insurance Plans Offered by Employers – Network Based Managed Care Programs

September 17, 2008

Thanks to a reader named Matt, a health actuary, who shared his feedback on the health insurance for a new job post and takes a look at the network-based managed care programs. PPO: What you described here is actually more like a traditional indemnity plan (which are rare these days). A Preferred Provider Organization actually does […]

Health Insurance: Planning For Coverage During a Career Change or Job Search

September 16, 2008

Health insurance is the single most important benefit that you must take care of during a job search or career change. Risk of Being Uninsured I have a friend who underwent major surgery about two years ago, and it was during a time that he was transitioning from one job to another. He didn’t elect […]

Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy and Merrill Lynch Buyout – What Do They Mean to You?

September 15, 2008

Lehman Brothers declaring bankruptcy and Merrill Lynch being bought by Bank of America all in one Monday?  Who knew when they woke up today the financial turmoil the day had in store?  Aren’t you getting tired of days like these, I know I am. How Does it Effect Your Investments? Amidst the craziness, US News […]

FNBO Direct Online Savings Account – Another Option for a High Yield Savings Bank Account

September 14, 2008

FNBO Direct offers an online banking account with competitive rates and is one of the options I’m considering in my search for opening an online savings account. We currently have all of our cash reserves with ING Direct and I’m looking to move some of it to another bank that offers better rates. First National […]

401k Rollovers – Transferring Your Retirement Investments When Changing Jobs

September 12, 2008

Rolling over your 401k into an IRA is one of the key financial steps when you take a new job. A job change can be one of the most frustrating and overwhelming times of your life; but it can also be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times of your life! Transferring your retirement […]

Money and Your Job – Considering Finances & Benefits in Your Job Search

September 11, 2008

As I was looking for a new job I was reminded of how many key personal finance concerns are tied to our employers.  Of course it’s not just how much you’re paid but also things like health insurance, retirement savings, and even life insurance or disability insurance coverage. Career Finances The financial intricacies of finding […]

How To Determine Expenses Associated With a Job Change

September 10, 2008

So, you’re ready to take the plunge, and change jobs. Some of you will not only change jobs this year, you’ll change careers. But with every change comes an added expense. Changing jobs can change your life, but it can also hurt your wallet at the same time. Switching Jobs On a personal level, I […]

Two Weeks Notice – The Art of Quitting Your Job Gracefully

September 9, 2008

Quitting your job can be quite a liberating experience.  The weight of “all things crappy” in your job is lifted off your shoulders and you feel as though you can finally breath again.  Yet, no matter how bad your job seems at the time you leave, it’s wise to quit your job gracefully and not […]

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