An unexpected opportunity

Money | Rediscovering the spirit of generosity
by Joel Belz
Posted 10/25/17, 04:56 pm

I’m so embarrassed. It was a basic principle of Christian stewardship—and I almost missed it! And as I’ve checked around, I sense others may be missing it as well.

To make the point, I have to tell you candidly that I’m a few years older than my wife, Carol. Which means that I became eligible for Social Security benefits a few years before she did.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rogelio V. Solis (file)

Wells Fargo announced Thursday its fake bank account scandal is much worse than first disclosed. Investigators say bank employees opened 3.5 million accounts without customers’ knowledge, up from the 2.1 million initially discovered. The bank thought the scandal began in 2011 but quickly realized it stretched as far back as 2009. Wells Fargo employees opened the accounts under pressure from managers to meet aggressive sales targets.

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Is cash an endangered species?

Money | The world is abandoning paper money, but many on the margins rely on it
by Emily Belz
Posted 7/20/17, 02:30 pm

BALTIMORE—After the fifth robbery at gunpoint of Park Cafe & Coffee Bar in a few months, owner David Hart decided something had to change. He was trying to keep his young coffee shop afloat in one of the few economically thriving Baltimore neighborhoods, Bolton Hill. It was a welcoming café, with delicious espressos, minimalist white counters, exposed brick walls, and a restored garage door that opened onto a porch on the street. The proximity to the street created an easy getaway for thieves.

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