Bruce Watson

Where Money Meets Monsters

Forget vampires and werewolves: the scariest thing in the world is an empty bank account! Take a peek at some of the economic horrors underlying your favorite scary movies.

The Huge Costs of Student Loan Debt

Student debt in the U.S. exceeds $1 trillion. That doesn't just spell trouble for graduates--it has serious consequences for all of us. DailyFinance's Bruce Watson explains.

It's International Women's Day: How Does the U.S. Wage Gap Compare?

Happy International Women's Day, America: Overall, your women are doing pretty well. But when it comes to wage equality -- how much women earn compared to men -- the land of the free and the home of the brave ranks a startling 61st worldwide, behind nations like Madagascar, Cambodia and Guyana.

What Yahoo's 'No Remote Work' Policy Will Cost Its Employees?

With Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer mandating that all her employees start working in the office, many of Yahoo's former telecommuters will be hit with significant new expenses -- especially those who are parents. We've done some back-of-the-envelope calculations to see how much of a hit they'll take.

Viral Video Explains the Huge Gap Between the Rich and You

Considering the sort of things that usually go viral on YouTube, you might not expect a six-minute video titled "Wealth Inequality in America," to make the grade. But its powerful snapshot of the American economic landscape is grabbing attention in a way that years of pontificating pundits haven't been able to.

Obama's SOTU Economic Pitch: This Time, It's Personal

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama turned that old feminist rallying cry that "the personal is political" on its ear with a long list of proposals that argued that the personal is economic -- and the economic is political.

Build Your Emergency Savings: 25 Ways to Make Extra Money

It's a personal finance rule of thumb: Have enough of an emergency savings cushion that you could get by without income for 3 months. But in this economy, who can save that much? You can -- and we've got 25 ways to help you find the extra cash to make it happen.

Tainted Tuna: Why Food Poisoning from Fish Is No Fluke

When it comes to eating healthily, fish has a great reputation. But recent studies show that mislabeling, food poisoning, overuse of antibiotics and a host of other factors may be transforming fish into the most dangerous thing on the menu.

These Are Most and Least Charitable States - but Why?

Earlier this month, Mint.com published a map of the most and least generous states when it comes to charity. Since then, personal finance writers have struggled to find a pattern to explain why some states give so much more to the less fortunate than others.

A Modest Gun Control Proposal: Use the Whole 2nd Amendment

Both President Obama's four-part gun control plan and the NRA's proposal to put armed guards in schools have severe shortcomings. To develop a third, better alternative, one might consider looking back to the specific wording of the Second Amendment.

NRA Puts Its Mouth Where Its Money Is With Ad Targeting Obama Kids

The NRA's latest PR push for the idea that the cure for gun violence is more guns is an ad that calls out President Obama's "hypocrisy" for having armed guards protect his kids -- but not yours. And if that seems a bit disingenuous to you, remember: They have a lot of money riding on this fight.

Gun Maker Claims BofA Withheld Money Over Online Weapon Sales

In the wake of December's Sandy Hook school shootings, the debate over America's gun policy has come to a full boil. And, according to American Spirit Arms, an Arizona gun manufacturer, it has even caused one of the country's biggest banks to take matters into its own hands.

New Year, New You: 6 Low-Cost Aids for Your Fitness Program

If you're looking for some assistance on your journey to better health -- inexpensive assistance, of course, because so many of us have resolved to get our finances in shape, too -- here are a few smart, low-cost items that can help you get on track to a new body in the new year!

Night of the Living Debt Ceiling: The Fiscal Horror That Is to Come

Last week's fiscal cliff deal did much to resolve the dark specter of economic uncertainty in America. However, it was only the first of three fiscal crises set to hit before March. Next on deck, another sequestration battle; and then the biggie: "Debt Ceiling 2: The Tea Party Strikes Back."