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Maybe not, if you work on Wall Street. Reuters

Is the American Dream dead?

Falling homeownership rates, stagnant wages and diminishing retirement savings mean that for more and more Americans, the middle-class dream is slowly dying – if it's not already gone.
Treasury secretary John Fraser says if Australia were to permanently reduce net debt, it would have to achieve sustained structural budget improvements. Lukas Coch/AAP

Don’t be complacent about Australia’s top credit rating: Treasury secretary Fraser

Australia should not be complacent about maintaining its top credit rating, which depends on achieving budget repair and a more diverse economy, Treasury secretary John Fraser has said.
Easing your path to lending. Thomas Hawk

How to bump up your credit score

One day, your Facebook posts and Tweets might convince lenders to drop you some cash. Until then, here are five simple ways to help open up the bank vaults.
Retailers offer ‘rewards’ programs and loyalty cards that can trap customers into a debt cycle. Deborah James

Obligations, repayments and regulations: the debt conundrum in the global South

In the global South, where some argue that "everyone is now middle class", people are reluctant to acknowledge that they need to borrow money – and the stigma drives them to dodge their debts.

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