For the hundreds of thousands of Americans struggling financially, this year is one we can't wait to bid farewell.
Last January, analysts predicted the economic tailspin that began late in 2008 would leave 2009 in the worst decline since the Great Depression. As monthly jobless claims continued to swell and consumer confidence plunged, those dreary forecasts were unfortunately right on the mark.
Adding to the gloomy forecast was a ballooning trillion-dollar national debt, more government bailouts, and increased deficit spending. While the latest reports indicate the economy may be looking like it is nearing the end of the tunnel, economists are mixed on how long it will take to fully recover.
With these economic difficulties in full view, CBN News has offered throughout this year economic insight and expert advise on your money to help you in these financially challenging times.
Here are the highlights:
Is America Committing Suicide by Deficit?
Great Financial Tips:
What You Can Do if You Lose Your Job; How You Can Start Spending Smart; Managing Your Money in Hard Times; Foreclosure at Your Door? Stop! There's Help; How to Win When You Lose Your Job; Managing Your Money in Hard Times; How You Can Start Spending Smart
Ramsey: Saving Your Money and Your Marriage; Money Expert Dave Ramsey: Escaping College Debt;
Money Minute: Money 101; Money Minute: Simplify Your Budget; Money Minute: Retirement Tips; Money Minute: How to Survive a Crisis
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