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People who have a financial shock are at greater risk of depression and a raft of other physical and mental health issues. Ethan Sykes/Unsplash

Losing wealth, health and life: how financial loss can have catastrophic effects

Unaffordable home loans, poor financial advice and unmanageable consumer credit may have serious consequences for many Australians, beyond bankruptcy and debt. Here's what the research says.
Although measures of teen and adult happiness dropped during the high unemployment rates of the Great Recession, it didn’t rebound when the economy started to improve. ASDF_MEDIA/Shutterstock.com

What might explain the unhappiness epidemic?

Changes in how we're spending our free time is a likely culprit.
The view from Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. Cropped from nicholas_t/flickr

Where is ‘rural America,’ and what does it look like?

'Rural America' is a deceptively simple term for a remarkably diverse collection of places. Understanding – and improving – these parts of the country is critical for all Americans.
What does the progress of black students look like? Jason Reed/Reuters

Are all black students falling behind?

Statistics on black student graduation rates don't reveal the complete picture: at highly selective colleges and universities, black student graduation rates range from 88 percent to 96 percent.
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.

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