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Michelle Singletary

business columnist

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Singletary: Working from home often gets a bad rap

By Michelle Singletary August 20, 2014 6 a.m.

When I think of the controversy over telecommuting at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, I'm reminded of a line from "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan": "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."

Singletary: A tax-debt scheme shut down

By Michelle Singletary August 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Congratulations to the Federal Trade Commission for its latest action that resulted in the closing of a company that was taking advantage of consumers looking for relief from their tax debts.

Singletary: First comes money talk, then comes marriage

By Michelle Singletary August 13, 2014 6 a.m.

There are times when you're right, but you wish you weren't. This is one of those times.

Singletary: Book club pick looks at money, marriage

By Michelle Singletary August 6, 2014 6 a.m.

I'd like to make a confession.

Singletary: Investment fraudsters prey on the elderly

By Michelle Singletary August 1, 2014 6 a.m.

The fallout from the Great Recession plus continued job insecurity and a seesaw stock market all have contributed to people's fears that their money won't last. And this makes them vulnerable to investment scams promising better returns.

Singletary: Physical and fiscal health are connected

By Michelle Singletary July 30, 2014 6 a.m.

I didn't think you could sweat in a swimming pool.

Singletary: New plan on student loans helps repayment

By Michelle Singletary July 25, 2014 6 a.m.

I volunteer at a correctional institution for women. During one financial literacy class, I was struck by something that was disturbing two inmates who were scheduled to be released within the next two years.

Singletary: A sure-fire way to pay off student loan debt

By Michelle Singletary July 23, 2014 6 a.m.

I was teaching about the dangers of debt at my church recently when a new college graduate asked me the same question many do these days.

Singletary: No easy way to get out of debt

By Michelle Singletary July 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Many people who are deeply in debt are desperate for a quick fix. They ask: What can I do to get out of debt?

Singletary: A feud that begins with no support

By Michelle Singletary July 16, 2014 6 a.m.

I've periodically invited readers to write me about family feuds that involve their personal finances.

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