The soon to be first grader said he knew he had to do something. He wrote a letter, and put together a special memory box for the firefighters and their families.

I wrote: for firefighters who died in wildfires, its a memory box from Abay, thank you for risking your life to save others, said Milner.

Milner and his mother then drove over to Fire Station 13 in NE Portland to deliver the gift.

This little boy walked up with his mother and he had a little box with him, said Portland Firefighter Kevin Dolphin. He said he had a gift to give us, because he had heard about the firefighters who passed away.

Little Abay handed over that box, and inside was a special firefighter...

Jack Abramoff, the disgraced and convicted former megalobbyist, knows a thing or two (or three) about the perils of money in politics. Having pleaded guilty to his central role in a wide-ranging payola scheme involving members of Congress, Abramoff served 3½ years in prison before becoming a crusader for reform.

It was a hard-won conversion from the dark side.

So Abramoff is a bit taken aback these days with billionaire Donald Trumps insistence that–having long used his money to influence politicians–he is now the presidential candidate least sullied by those same influences.

Au contraire, says Abramoff.

    Trump has touted his personal wealth as a credential on the campaign trail, bragging that he doesnt need donations from anyone and calling for an overhaul of the campaign finance system.

    Trump gave a hint Sunday that he may be changing his tone, saying, Certainly I would take contributions, I actually like the idea of investing in a campaign.

    But it has to be no strings attached. I dont want any strings attached, he said on CBS Face The Nation.

    But on Tuesday evening — just days after appearing at the New Jersey fundraiser — Trump railed against the lack of transparency in the system...

    (PRESS RELEASE) — The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), a US-based trade union, today sent a second communication to Wang Qishan, head of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), pointing the agency to financial enterprises with stated ties to the Macau junket operation “Neptune.”

    The financial companies, a Hong Kong-based firm called “Royal Bullion” and its wholly-owned subsidiary in Shenzhen, China named “Goldman Sachs (Shenzhen) Financial Leasing,” are controlled by family members of Cheung Chi Tai.

    Public records show that Mr. Cheung and his family have had multi-faceted...

    InfrasoftTech, a leading technology enabler specializing in digital solutions for the banking financial services sector with over 350 clients in 36 countries, today launched QRys (read as Curious). The new product simplifies contactless payments using QR codes and NFC enabling card-less payments with high security. This product provides one click card-less payments for purchases at e-tailing sites or retail outlets alike, hence keeping the control of payments authorization in the hands of the consumers (clients of the banks). QRys can also be used for card-less ATM cash withdrawals and related services.

    Additionally, with an aim to offer competitive edge to its customers, InfrasoftTech...

    Columbia, SC (WLTX) – An audit by the Legislative Audit Council found that the State Farmers Market needs to cultivate a plan to make more money. They say that the market cannot sustain itself if it continues with the status quo.

    The report notes the market has received $300,000 dollars a year from the general assembly to meet its operational needs since fiscal year 2013/14. Auditor Marcia Lindsay tells News 19, “Our comment to that was that they should have been capitalizing on other incomes, income streams other than going to the general assembly and asking for money.”

    The audit also found that almost 70 percent of the land was not being utilized, several...

    By Chen Jing

    Internet credit P2P (person to person) has become a regular army from a guerrilla at last. With the issuing of Guiding Opinions on Promoting the Healthy Development of the Internet Financial, P2P industry has had its own rules accordingly.

    Known by public as a kind of the most popular financial project, P2P has been beset with risks. According to a survey from a third party institute, as of July 21, the accumulative number of domestic P2P platforms has totaled as 2869, including 866 problem platforms, 276 running away or shut down platforms.

    Some insiders said that as relevant policies released, P2P risks will be great controlled, and the whole industry will...

    China Securities Finance Corporation and Central Huijin Investment, two state-owned financial enterprises, are now on the shareholders lists of 27 more listed companies, according to the state-enterprises announcements Thursday.

    Thirty listed companies Wednesday also said they were among the holdings of China Securities Finance and Central Huijin.

    The two state-owned enterprises have been charged with stabilizing Chinas volatile stock markets and seem to prefer the healthcare sector.

    That is because about half of the 27 listed companies are related to that sector. Analysts say that preference may have something to do with the sectors resistance to market volatility.

    Meanwhile,...

    With student debt at an all-time high, national nonprofit, ACCC provides students with ways to make smart financial decisions while in college.

    Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 24, 2015

    As the cost of college continues to rise, so has student loan debt – which has reached record highs. Creating a budget has become imperative for all college students in order to minimize their debt upon graduation. American Consumer Credit Counseling is offering five simple tips for students heading to college this Fall semester to help minimize student debt.

    College students are graduating with more student debt than ever before. In 2015, the average student debt per graduate was $35,000....

    One of the most interesting things Ive found over the years of writing about personal finance, charting my own financial progress and changes, and talking with countless readers is that personal finance is a lot like an onion. An onion? Yep, its all about layers.

    Picture: Nattanitphoto (Shutterstock)

    This post originally appeared on The Simple Dollar.

    Its like an onion in that its made up of a bunch of layers that arent really very transparent. You know whats underneath them on some level, but it takes time to really understand each level and incorporate it into your life.

    Here, Im going to summarize some of the layers of the onion so that you can get a good...