Posts tagged money

The numbers shown here include mortgages, although one in three Americans has debt in collections. 

The numbers shown here include mortgages, although one in three Americans has debt in collections

Facebook shares open above $38

This hasn’t happened in the year-plus since the IPO.

Powerball winner Gloria Mackenzie, 84, of Zephyrhills, Fla., will take home $278.2 million after taxes. We’ve got some ideas for how she could spend the dough.

What would you do with the cash?

Highlights from our analysis of CEO pay

  • CEOs scored an 8% pay increase in 2012, taking the median to $9.7 million, for the biggest increase in two years.
  • Of the universe of CEO pay packages we examined, 16 weighed in the mega-payout range of $20 million or more, and an additional 63 surpassed $10 million. 
  • Just three CEOs, Walter Robb and John Mackey, co-CEOs of Whole Foods Market, along with Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, came in with pay packages of less than $2 million.
  • The biggest payday went to Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney. Iger pulled in more than $37 million, including $17.3 million in stock and options awards and a bonus of more than $16 million.

Find the full analysis and CEO pay data here: http://usat.ly/16idF7L

What you could buy with the new Starbucks Metal Card

A new “super premium” Starbucks card costs $450 and is made of metal; only 5,000 will be sold on Gilt.com. Here’s what it could get you:

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While most Americans worry about gas and heating oil prices, water rates have surged in the past dozen years, according to our analysis of 100 municipalities. Prices at least doubled in more than a quarter of the locations and even tripled in a few.

The top graphic here shows the highest increases in water rates across the country, while the bottom graphic compares water cost increases against other utilities.

Find our how your city stacks up: http://usat.ly/V5XWUN

Food (cake?) for thought, on wedding numbers stacking up.

Food (cake?) for thought, on wedding numbers stacking up.