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U.S. Financial Diaries Household Profiles

Research Report December 3, 2014

Meet 10 of the more than 230 families whose financial lives were part of the U.S. Financial Diaries study. These profiles illustrate recurring themes: income volatility, unplanned expenses, creative ways to save and invest, and surprising money management strategies.

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Newsroom

Tech Figures Join to Fund Change.org Petition Site

Article December 8, 2014

In a twist on how Silicon Valley companies are financed, several technology luminaries have banded together to effectively do the work of a traditional venture capital firm.

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From the Blog

An Uncertain Future: A Close-up of the Financial Lives of Working Americans

December 11, 2014

I recently visited the FDR memorial in Washington D.C. and had the opportunity to view some of the great president’s remarks etched on the marble walls of the monument.

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SPOTLIGHT

Open
Up?

OUR TAKE

What's In A Name?

By Laura Bacon

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DISCUSSION

Alice Casey @cased

@gushosein pinpointing tensions and tradeoffs in big data, open data & personal data. Lots of questions on governance unanswered. #openup14

Carly Nyst @carlynyst

RT @carlynyst: What Snowden has shown us: @arusbridger maps myriad of issues from privacy to oversight to digital economy #OpenUp14

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