Stable U.S. Economy

Stable U.S. Economy Likely to Hold till Election Day 2020

Stable U.S. economy is the word of the day. Barring unforeseen events like a global coronavirus plague, a Mid-East war, a successful impeachment or another shortage of Popeye’s chicken sandwiches, it appears the economy will continue to chug along at a heathy pace through the 2020 elections. Stable, or slightly increased, consumer confidence is the…

Robert McKinley Professor Cardworthy

Robert McKinley Resurrects Professor Cardworthy

Professor Cardworthy, the “Money Explainer” of all things financial, was resurrected by Senior Payments Analyst Robert McKinley, reprising his role first developed in 2007 as the actor in a series of 50 “Cardworthy” YouTube consumer instructional videos. The 2007 project was shelved while Mr. McKinley was in a cancer battle and later placed on hold…

Home Sharing Hotels

Home Sharing, Hotels Maternity & Financial Goals

Home sharing is becoming more expensive than a hotel stay as greedy homeowners slip in exorbitant cleaning fees and service fees. At the same hotels are migrating to the gig economy for cleaning services an apps for room service from local restaurants, according to Bankcenter and CardBuzz. Senior Analyst Robert McKinley for CardTrak says as…

Free Tax Filings

Free Tax Filings, Terrible Tariffs & Home Prices Dip

Free tax filings were not widely known among low-to-medium income taxpayers as some commercial tax preparation services did their level best to hide them until the IRS got pissed. Trump’s trade war has made every American a loser to some degree, small to big, but nonetheless, losers. Despite demand for housing and low rate mortgages,…

Consumer Confidence

Consumer Confidence Key to Recession & Payments

Consumer confidence may be beginning to show some cracks as recent surveys and monthly data confirm. Affecting about two-thirds of economy, the fog will clear following the release of fourth-quarter payments-related reports this month. The overall consumer confidence trend for 2019 has been downward, except for high income households ostensibly benefiting from a record setting…