Scam phone calls, emails and texts seem to be an everyday occurrence. But being fooled by scammers once taught a Memphis woman to be extra cautious when another scammer contacted her a year later.
Social distancing, sheltering in place... phrases that express the seriousness of our “new normal”. But one thing that hasn’t changed is that fraudsters and scammers will use COVID-19 as a means to get their hands on your money.
A Memphis woman reported to BBB this week that she had received an offer to be a secret shopper at Walmart. That in and of itself isn’t unusual. Employment scams ranked as the number one riskiest scam in BBB’s 2019 Risk Report and secret shopper job offers are quite common. However, this one…
The purpose of a special needs trust is to help a person living with a disability live a good quality of life while preserving personal assets. Who determines what a person’s quality of life is? When does someone know that a good quality of life is reached? How can a special needs trust bene…
By late March, more than 33 percent of the nation’s households had responded to the 2020 Census through the Internet or by telephone as a federal agency seeks to carry out its once a decade task to count the number of people who live in the United States and its territories.
Whether it is referred to as planned giving, gift planning or legacy giving, it is a method that allows people to make larger philanthropic gifts than they could make from ordinary income.
SRI (Socially Responsible Investing), Impact Investing, and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Investing belong to a growing category of investment choices that use traditional investing practices to responsibly impact society.
As director of planned giving for the University of Memphis, I am privileged to talk with people not just about their giving, but about why they give and how they want to be remembered.
Agent Orange is a herbicide used notoriously during the Vietnam War. From 1961 to after 1971, military members sprayed more than 20 million gallons of Agent Orange on trees and vegetation.
“What is your greatest retirement fear?” If you ask any group of retirees and pre-retirees this question, “outliving my money” will likely be one of the top answers. In fact, 51% of investors surveyed for a 2019 AIG retirement study ranked outliving their money as their top anxiety.
For many, the holiday season sparks the spirit of giving – not only among family and friends, but to those living in need and the organizations working to help them. If you’re committed to helping improve the lives of others in your community, it may mean thinking long-term.
The health care landscape in America is ever-changing and often confusing. It’s hard to know exactly what health insurance covers, eligibility requirements, how to access government subsidies and even when to pay penalties.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Department will award $157 million in airport infrastructure grants to 34 airports in 19 states, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the sixth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation Adminis…
The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South (BBB) is warning consumers about two local apartment complexes that have earned F ratings from BBB due to unanswered and unresolved complaints from their tenants. In addition to sending individual complaints to the companies, BBB sent each company …
Financial exploitation (FE) in older adults is the “illegal taking, misuse, or the concealment of funds, property or assets of a vulnerable elder,” according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, and poses a serious public health problem.
With Memphis City Council elections coming up in October, it is a good time to call on candidates to pledge to drop the unfair practice of declaring that actions of the council are not final until the minutes of a meeting are approved.
A Certificate of Deposit, commonly referred to as a CD, is a financial product that is offered by banks and credit unions, which makes them a secure and safe place to keep money that you aren’t planning to spend anytime soon. To initiate a CD, there is usually a minimum amount you need to deposit.
Shelby County had a better than usual growth in its property tax base this year, according to assessed value figures reported by Property Assessor Melvin Burgess’ office.
An in-depth investigative study by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) finds that fraudulent consumer goods are ubiquitous, difficult to tell apart from the legitimate products they are counterfeiting, and stem from a large network of organized criminals and credit card processing mechanisms th…
Weighted average daily attendance (ADA) numbers for this school year will again result in a shift in county funding from Shelby County Schools and other publicly funded schools in the county district to five of the six suburban school systems.
It is important to have a plan for your retirement, but where should you begin? The first step that you should take is to estimate the income that will be required to fund your retirement. However, it is not as easy as it sounds since retirement planning is not an actual science. Your needs …
The Instagram message seemed to come from an old classmate. But it wasn’t an old classmate at all. It was a scammer trying to get chummy in order to steal money from the Olive Branch woman she was targeting.
Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan, author of "Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy," talks about new funding models and other potential ways to help struggling local newspapers. "People have to be the answer to this," she says.
Helen Branswell, who covers infectious diseases for Stat News, says "there's just so much information coming at us at any one time, it is really hard to keep up." She says the press should keep emphasizing that "we can't wish this away." The virus "is just going to keep infecting people if w…
Brian Stelter quotes from the new book by President Trump's niece Mary, a clinical psychologist, who offers several possible explanations for the president's conduct. Tony Schwartz argues that "the press has abdicated a role that is absolutely critical right now" by tip-toeing around concern…
McClatchy, a family-owned newspaper chain, will soon be in the hands of a hedge fund, Chatham Asset Management. Margaret Sullivan says Chatham is the better of "two lousy options" because the other bidder has an uglier history of layoffs and cutbacks.
ABC's Jonathan Karl, head of the White House Correspondents' Association, says press briefings "have begun to look purely political." He says press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is using them "over and over again to undermine the press, not inform the press." He tells Brian Stelter "this has to…
There is a "Fox News pipeline," Nicole Hemmer says, "where people are elevated as a cause célèbre in Fox News and then pardoned by the president." In the case of Roger Stone, his prison sentence has been commuted by the president.
Tucker Carlson's top writer Blake Neff resigned after CNN's Oliver Darcy asked for comment about racist and sexist remarks he secretly posted in an online forum. "The ideology that he was spreading" has "a direct trace to what Tucker Carlson says on air," Darcy says. The writer was using the…
Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL is reopening after its closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, even as the state sees a surge in new cases. Disneyland in California still remains closed until further notice.
Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta, tells CNN's Poppy Harlow he thinks "it will take 2-3 years" for the airline industry to get to a new level of normal.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, will release financial results for the first quarter on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, after the stock market closes.
Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue praised President Trump during a White House appearance. Now prominent Hispanic voices like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Lin-Manuel Miranda are calling for a boycott of the brand.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian tells CNN's Harlow Poppy he thinks the federal government should require airline passengers to wear masks. He says masks are mandated on Delta flights and that passengers have been compliant.
Weekly jobless claims in Texas started to drop when bars and restaurants reopened, but like Covid-19 cases in the state, unemployment claims are on the rise again. CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich reports.
President Trump and his administration have refused to release his income tax returns. A Supreme Court ruling makes it unlikely they will be released in 2020.
RIDGELAND, Miss., July 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- News media representatives are invited to attend a virtual press briefing on Thursday, July 16 to announce the start of consumer and business pre-orders for C Spire's ultra-fast, fiber-based Gigabit speed internet and related services in Jasper and Trussville, Alabama.
Weekly jobless claims have been falling for more than three months since their peak in March, but another 1.3 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment aid last week. CNN's Christine Romans reports.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE: TMHC) ("TMHC") today announced that Taylor Morrison Communities, Inc. (the "Issuer") has priced its previously announced offering of senior notes due 2030 (the "Senior Notes"). The size of the notes offering was increased from $400.0 million to $500.0 million aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes. The Senior Notes will bear interest at a rate of 5.125% per annum, payable semi-annually in cash, in arrears, on each February 1 and August 1, beginning on February 1, 2021.
The 2020 Corvette Stringray is a turning point for one of America's most famous cars. In this model, the engine moves behind the driver for the first time -- and changes the entire driving experience in the process.
Nikola CEO Trevor Milton explains what makes his company different from Elon Musk's Tesla and why he believes hydrogen fuel cells are important for long-haul trucking.
David Bailin of Citi Private Bank talks strategy. Plus, Nikola founder Trevor Milton on why he's taking on Tesla with a hydrogen-powered electric pickup. And Greycroft's Alan Patricof discusses the outlook for venture capital and where he's putting his money.
PHOENIX, July 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Swanson, President of Paragon Mortgage announced that on June 26 Paragon arranged the refinancing of The Franciscan at Bear Creek Apartments in Euless, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
You finally made it through college and graduated with a degree, a new set of friends, great memories, and most likely a significant amount of student loan debt. How can you manage paying such a substantial debt on a starting salary (assuming you were fortunate enough to find a job at all)? It is not easy, but by following some simple rules, you can increase your chances of successful student loan repayment.
Consider the following dos and don'ts of managing your student loan:
1. Don't Splurge on Spending – It's tempting to take that first paycheck and splurge on some of the things you've always wanted and can now afford. Resist that urge and make it a priority to pay down debt. Devote at least the minimum payment amount to your student loan payments — and, if you can afford it, consider paying ahead to knock down th...
As health care workers assess Covid-19 patients' lungs, portable ultrasound technology could help increase efficiency and speed while reducing the risk of spreading the virus.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the unique challenges brought on by COVID-19, Taylor Morrison Home Corp. (NYSE: TMHC), the nation's fifth largest homebuilder, announced June 2020 net sales orders and average sales pace per community--the best sales month in the company's history.
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tells CNN Business' Donie O'Sullivan that Facebook has a long way to go in its effort to fight hate and discrimination on the platform.
PHOENIX, July 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- VEREIT, Inc. (NYSE: VER) ("VEREIT" or the "Company") announced that it expects to issue, jointly with its operating partnership, VEREIT Operating Partnership, L.P. (the "Operating Partnership"), its Second Quarter 2020 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q on Thursday, August 6, 2020.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed that Purple Heart veteran Sen. Tammy Duckworth is unpatriotic following her suggestion for a national dialogue about removing historical monuments.
Many brands are taking a stand against racism. But are their words enough? CNN's Chris James speaks to Jemele Hill about what responsibility corporations have and what can be done.
These Brooklyn brownstones have been renovated to passive house standards, which allows them to virtually eliminate heating bills and street noise. Baxt Ingui Architects tells us how.
TikTok is leaving Hong Kong, joining other big tech firms in expressing concern about operating in the Asian financial hub after China imposed a controversial national security law there. TikTok is owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance.
After withering pressure from lawmakers, the federal government released data on hundreds of thousands of borrowers from the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program -- the main relief vehicle for small and mid-size companies suffering from the pandemic lockdowns.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a Southern Thing (IAST), a popular media channel and lifestyle brand that celebrates the uniquely authentic Southern experience, is doing its part to support communities across the country during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis by hosting an online charity auction to benefit World Central Kitchen (WCK), which launches today.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In keeping with its commitment to ensuring telehealth continues to move forward as an option for risk adjustment and comprehensive health assessments (CHAs), Matrix Medical Network today announced it has become a Level 5 Member of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News' Laura Ingraham, the United States is considering a ban on Chinese social media apps over national security concerns.
A tell-all book by President Trump's niece Mary, a licensed clinical psychologist, will now be published on July 14, 2020. CNN's Brian Stelter reports.