Secret meetings and snags: Everything you need to know about the EY split

The pending split at EY, one of the world’s largest accounting firms and firmly among the Big Four, is proving to be a much more complicated move that’s drawing out the timetable for negotiations, amid prickly internal discussions on finding the best deal for partners worldwide. The move, which would hive off consulting from audit … Read more

My boyfriend, 68, has almost no ‘mad money’ for fun activities and trips. He lives with his father, 95, and expects to inherit his house. Is it unreasonable to expect him to get a part-time job?

I am a 65-year-old retired woman with modest Social Security and annuity payments. I also own my own home and have savings. I’ve been seeing a 68-year-old retiree since just before the pandemic. He lives with his 95-year-old dad, who is in poor health (he can’t get around much, doesn’t drive, and is showing signs … Read more

‘I’m being taken advantage of by my own husband’: I pay all the bills and gave the down payment for our home, and all he does is buy stuff and contribute to his 401(k)

I’m being taken advantage of by my own husband. I have been married for almost 10 years. When my husband and I were first married, he convinced me to stop working after the first year or so, which I regret. A couple of years ago my mom died, leaving me a very small inheritance of … Read more

The wild, hair-raising ride of a 30-something investor who has battled NFT hackers and dodged the crypto crash: ‘My $25,000 ballooned to $63,000. I was like, “OMG, this is amazing.”’

Vinny Zane has a taste for life — and an appetite for risk. The 38-year-old teacher and father of a 2-year-old son on Brooklyn’s Coney Island got into crypto in 2017 with $4,000 worth of Bitcoin, and jumped into NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, last year.  “It was a learning curve for me,” he told MarketWatch. … Read more

Good news for home buyers? Fannie Mae chief economist says the U.S. housing market has finally turned a corner. Here’s why.

The inventory shortage, high prices and rising interest rates have finally bitten. Single-family home sales fell sharply by 16.6% in April to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 591,000, according to Census Bureau data released Tuesday. That was the slowest rate of sales since April 2020 during the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering … Read more

‘We do not plan on getting married’: I’m moving into my boyfriend’s home. He bought it a year ago and paid off 25% of his mortgage. How do I get a stake in his home that’s fair to both of us?

My boyfriend and I would like to move in together in the next year or so. He bought his house about a year ago, and he has paid off about 25% of it. We both would like for me to gradually become a partial owner. We do not plan on getting married. I do not … Read more

‘She has no ambition’: I make $100,000. I’m buying a home before the wedding. My fiancée earns $50,000 and has $20,000 in student debt. What’s a fair prenup?

I have been in my current relationship for almost three years. I’m a young woman, 41, have a great, stable career and make about $100,000 a year. I am ambitious and my prospects have me increasing my income by $10,000 every year. I have about $140,000 in savings, and no debt. I am close to … Read more

‘The graveyard shift is the most understaffed:’ I work as a waiter on the Las Vegas Strip. We are overworked, underpaid, and our drunk customers often don’t tip

Dear Quentin,  I currently work at a fast-casual restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip. I have worked at the company for three years. I work at the busiest outlet of this restaurant in the world. During the slow winter months, this restaurant makes an average of $130,000 a week. During the summer months, we make … Read more

The U.S. city where property taxes rose the most last year will likely surprise you

Today’s home buyers could be in for a shock when the tax man comes calling. In 2021, around $328 billion in property taxes were imposed on single-family homes across the country, according to a new report from real-estate analytics company Attom Data Solutions. Growth in property taxes decelerated last year, despite the run-up in property … Read more

Stocks for the Recession That May—or May Not—Be Coming

Text size Exelon stock offers a little bit of offense to go with its defense. Dreamstime The yield curve briefly inverted this past week—and that’s a recession signal that is either like Paul Revere’s ride or the boy who cried wolf. The good news: Investors don’t need to decide which just yet. The yield curve … Read more