Saturday, February 13, 2010

One Borrower: $555,000 in Student Loans

In today's paper, I write about Michelle Bisutti, a doctor with $555,000 in student loans.

This story at times felt like an unintenional follow up to this story about student loans I wrote back in 2008.

Thanks to all of those who took the time to write in and talk with me about their experiences. With this story, like so many others, I would be completely lost without readers, experts who answer our calls.

Also, the personal finance team last week launched a brand spankin-new section in Saturday's paper, the Weekend Investor. (That's where this story ran.) You can see it updated online here every Sat morn. Or follow the personal finance groups tweets @wsjpersfinance.

Update: I blog over at the Juggle about the ripple effects of student debt. (Also, see recent devaluing a degree story.)

Friday, February 12, 2010

How the Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth (and Save You Money)

Anytime technology and finance intersect, I get nervous/excited.

So should consumers, because there's a silver lining. We've had recessions before, but never ones where it was so easy to get the internet to make sense of the fine print. That could mean skimming the fat off billions of dollars we collectively pay in fees to financial institutions every year.

Read about the sites, their founders and how they work over on the WSJ's tech blog, Digits.

Friday, February 05, 2010

The Shame of Texting

I humbly submit my WSJ reporter quote of the day:

"We once got a picture of a naked old woman." -Lauren Leto, co-founder of

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

How Much Is Your College Degree Really Worth?

In today's WSJ, we examine all the fuzzy math behind those expected lifetime earnings estimates.