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A new survey might be the first indication that economic woes are casting clouds over the push for climate action

34% of workers say they'd post how much money they make online - Gen Z and millennials are even more eager

Millennial homeowners finally outnumber renters. But they still aren't catching up to baby boomers

Americans are over the endless anxiety loop. Only the rich, remote workers, and Gen Zers really care about the banking crisis, according to The Harris Poll

How do Americans define wealth? The answer may surprise you

More American women are single than ever before - and it's costing them big money

Americans want weight loss drugs like Ozempic to be covered by insurance. Most of the time, they aren't.

Layoff anxiety is real - but you can still thrive during challenging times. Here's how

Millennials are more likely than other generations to support a cap on personal wealth

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Amidst economic uncertainty, new survey shows cautious optimism among small business owners for 2023

Women aren't investing at the same rate as men. Here's why it matters - and how the gap can be closed

Working Parents' Behavior Driven By Looming 2023 Recession

The unsung heroes of the American economy: Grandmothers

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Are grandmothers who provide childcare key in driving the US economy?

Don't tell Americans the economy is getting better - they're still worried about a recession, poll finds

Will Johnson in Seven

The high price of being single: 'It's all on one person'

Exclusive: Babysitting rates surged nearly 10% last year

Childcare is so expensive that educated women are dropping out of the workforce because they refuse to put more than 25% of their paycheck toward the cost

Go Ahead, Fire Me: Some Workers Welcome Losing Their Jobs

How To Succeed As a First-Time Entrepreneur

Will Johnson: Why Lightfoot - or almost anyone else - could win the mayoral election

Harris Poll: Chicagoans favor unions more than they support paying for public pensions

Should You Start A Side Hustle? 5 Ways To Ensure Success

42% of Americans say it’s up to local government to fix homelessness. Can they? [Grid/Harris Poll]

The In-Demand Freelance Skills Where Earnings Are Growing The Fastest

These are the 3 most promising side hustles of 2023: Delivery jobs ‘take way too much of your earnings,’ says expert

Survey Said: Ten Polls That Generated The Most Interest In 2022

Watch: Diving Into the Data Behind Health and Economic Inequities

Harris Poll: High cost of housing is making Chicago inhospitable

CFOs are worried about everything right now - but especially revenue and earnings growth

These are workers' biggest fears about 2023

Americans Cut Back on Spending With Inflation Hitting Holidays

The American Dream of homeownership is hanging on by a thread, and there are hardly any solutions in sight

The Home Improvement Projects Spring Sellers Should Tackle Now (And What To Skip)

Recent U.S. homebuyers are being hit with a massive wave of regret

Generation Z has a different view of retirement

U.S. News - Harris Poll: For People of Color, Economic Concerns Get Personal

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Americans value neighborhood independence, welcome more affordable housing construction

Hiring freezes instead of layoffs gain ground in the job market as recession fears grow

Employee Experience: The Critical Ingredient To Workplace Culture

Gen Z doesn't care as much about salary transparency as their boomer and millennial coworkers. Their cynicism is valid

It's Getting Harder To Switch Jobs As Labor Market Shows Cracks

Crypto Issues A Factor For 37% Of U.S. Voters, Study Finds

US Middle Class Is Doing Great - On Paper: Big Take Podcast

Once-in-a-Generation Wealth Boom Ends For America's Middle Class

The real story behind America's population bomb: Adults want their independence

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Personal independence behind declining birth rates

Despite Steady Consumer Spending, Inflation Will Change Media Landscape

Inflation or Recession: Americans Are Divided on Rate Hikes

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Eight in 10 US adults agree lowering cost of tuition is more important than forgiving student debt

Who wants to be a billionaire? 6 in 10 Americans strive to be mega-wealthy, report finds

Banks Should Worry About Inflation as Much as Jobs

Nervous about recession layoffs, employees are toning down remote work and higher pay demands

Will Johnson: Love Chicago? You are likely to give a thumbs-up to the plan for the city's casino

US Employees Say They're Losing The Upper Hand as Layoffs Mount

The economy is changing - and so is philanthropy

Thought Leadership: How Business Executives Can Close The Communications And Revenue Gap

Gen Z say they need the highest salary of all generations to feel 'financially healthy.' Here's what Americans think they need at every age

Here's the average salary Americans need to feel 'financially healthy' at every age

Consumers will pay more for American-made products, but inflation takes a toll: poll

Consumers want the consumer protections but not so keen about paying more for clean energy

Costly Mistake for Seniors: Survey Finds Older Homeowners Nearly Twice as Likely Not to Utilize Home Equity Loans

Despite their anger over high drug prices, Americans are giving pharma credit for helping contain Covid-19

Millennials are the reason you're paying sky-high prices for everything these days, investment strategist says

Gen Z, millennials feel they'll never be able to afford what they want in life

Prenups Aren't Just For Rich People Anymore

High Gas Prices Are Discouraging Americans From Buying Cars Right Now

Survey finds 81% of hourly workers have cut back because of high gas prices

Consumers changing eating, shopping habits as inflation pushes up prices

Inflation and Stock-Market Volatility Prompts Most Retirees to Alter Finances, Study Finds

What's fueling the growing EV interest among drivers

Americans now have an average of $9,000 less in savings than they did last year

'Not your parents' retirement': Boomers and Gen X redefine their golden years

Rising Longevity and the Desire to Live Well in Retirement Influence Americans' Priorities and Planning, Edward Jones and Age Wave Research Finds

Inside America's Davos: Where The Billionaire Elite Meet, Plot and Join Forces

The Saver's Credit: A Tax Credit To Promote Retirement Security

Tax increases push Chicagoans to their limit

Gas prices, inflation, make some want to work from home even as offices call workers back

Inflation Is Recasting Americans' Relationship With Money - and Each Other

Will Johnson: Survey of Americans about taxation reveals a lot of cynicism - and a willingness to cheat

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Summary: Taxes Unite Us

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Most Americans Feel Their Financial Situation Has Stayed Constant Despite Near Record Inflation

With inflation at a 40-year high, who feels better off today? They do

'I let money get in the way': Most recent job quitters have regrets or don't plan to stay in new role

The secret to getting workers off the sidelines

Pharma's 'superhero' image fades as inflation, Ukraine drown out the industry

Why Employers Should Fight For Employee Satisfaction During The Great Resignation

A new poll shows more consumers are thinking about trading crypto

Family Offices See Next Leaders Ceding Profit in Succession Rift

Invest in neighborhoods to jump-start pandemic recovery

Consumers in 2022 are Anxious, Uncertain and Stressed Out

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Parents Still Struggle to Save for College

The economics of entertainment: More investment in nightlife could help Chicago attract residents and businesses

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