Posts filed under “Taxes and Policy”

What Are You Doing with Your Stimulus Check?

Stimulus_check Lifehacker has a poll asking people "What Are You Doing with Your Stimulus Check?"

Over 60% said they are either saving it all, or using it to pay down bills/debt:

Spending on essentials.   5.6%
Frivolous shopping spree! 12.6%
Saving it all.  23.8%
Paying bills or debt.  37.0%
A little of everything.   21.0%

Two caveats to this: As we have seen in so many surveys, what people say they plan on doing, and then what they actually do, are often  two very different things.

Secondly, we don’t know the demographics of Lifehacker readers — geeks? middle class? higher educated? — and they might skew differently than the nation as a whole.

Regardless, its an interesting data set.


See also: My check? It’s going to pay off bills   

Category: Consumer Spending, Economy, Taxes and Policy

Withholding Tax Update: 23-Month Low

We have previously reviewed the Uncle Sam’s withholding tax data as a read into the overall health of the economy. The most recent data point (March 13) shows W/H tax reaching a 23 month low. But we don’t like to rely on any single data point, especially one from a volatile series.  Instead, look at…Read More

Category: Economy, Taxes and Policy, Wages & Income

Feds Expand Mortage Fraud Investigation

Category: Legal, Real Estate, Taxes and Policy

Stimulus Check

Category: Economy, Taxes and Policy

Many States Are “In Recession”

Category: Economy, Taxes and Policy

Trimtabs Continues to Abuse Withholding Data

Category: Data Analysis, Economy, Taxes and Policy

Disappearing Economic Indicators

Category: Data Analysis, Employment, Psychology, Taxes and Policy, Wages & Income

Quote of the Day: Uptick Rule

Category: Markets, Taxes and Policy, Trading

Jubak on the Paulson Plan

Category: Markets, Taxes and Policy

Hank Paulson’s Cognitive Dissonance

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Psychology, Taxes and Policy