What experts say to do before, during and after filing for bankruptcy

Personal bankruptcy filings have fallen dramatically since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, but with interest rates rising and government relief waning, filing numbers will likely pick up through this year, say experts. “I’ve had more calls in the last few weeks than the previous six months,” said Charles Juntikka, a New York-based lawyer who … Read more

Indexes trade higher as investors react to Fed minutes

SINGAPORE – Asia-Pacific markets were mostly higher on Thursday as investors watch for market reaction to the latest Fed minutes. Japan’s Nikkei 225 gained 0.27%, and the Topix index rose 0.15%. In South Korea, the Kospi advanced 1.17% after closing more than 2% lower on Wednesday, and the Kosdaq climbed around 1%. Samsung Electronics shares … Read more

Fourth of July weekend marred by violent shootings across U.S.

This year’s Fourth of July weekend, a time when Americans gather for barbecues, parades and fireworks, was marred by violence, rattling a nation already on edge in the wake of multiple mass shootings. In the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, six people were killed and 38 others were injured when a gunman opened fire from … Read more

At least 6 killed at July Fourth parade near Chicago, gunman at large

HIGHLAND PARK, IL – JULY 04: First responders work the scene of a shooting at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois. Jim Vondruska | Getty Images News | Getty Images At least six people were killed and two-dozen were hospitalized after a rooftop gunman opened fire at a … Read more

China PMI data, stocks, currencies, oil

SINGAPORE – Chinese markets rose on Thursday as government data showed factory activity grew in June, but most other Asia-Pacific indexes fell. Mainland China’s markets traded higher. The Shanghai Composite advanced 0.37%, and the Shenzhen Component gained 1%. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was up 0.13%. Shares of artificial intelligence software company SenseTime … Read more

Should you keep paying during student-loan freeze? Experts weigh in

“Not a single person in this country has paid a dime on federal student loans since the president took office,” former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a recent press briefing, referring to the suspension of interest on the debt. In fact, some borrowers, like Lea Ceasrine, 28, have kept up their payments … Read more

Marching bands, mayor visits, traffic jams

Employees are welcomed back to work with breakfast in the cafeteria at the Chicago Google offices on April 05, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson | Getty Images Google brought employees back into the office after two years of remote work last week, and the occasion was met with everything from marching bands to visits … Read more

McDonald’s Russian shutdown will cost fast-food chain $50 million a month

A McDonald’s restaurant in St. Petersburg, Russia. Peter Kovalev | TASS | Getty Images McDonald’s expects that its Russian shutdown will cost the fast-food giant roughly $ 50 million a month until it reopens its restaurants there. The Chicago-based company announced Tuesday that it would temporarily shutter its Russian locations as Putin’s forces continue their … Read more