The Fiscal Cliff: Are Your Money Safety Nets Ready?

Chairman Bernanke of the Federal Reserve and the Congressional Budget Office has warned of the fiscal cliff. Are you prepared for higher taxes, more unemployment, or a recession if the U.S. “falls over the cliff?” Prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. Understand the issues of the fiscal cliff and build your safety nets to protect your financial position now and into the future. More

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About Melissa Newton

Melissa Newton is recognized as a leading personal finance researcher, author, speaker, and Managing Editor of MoneyBasicsU, a personal finance online magazine. She is founder and president of Millcreek Media Group, Inc. (MMG, Inc.), a company which provides multi-media resources related to financial education. Her professional career in the banking industry introduced her path to financial literacy advocacy.

Melissa is a prolific writer authoring white papers, articles, and books on money matters. Some of her works include Look Smart, Be Smart: How to Create a New Image for a New Job, Princess or Pauper: Are Women Securing Their Financial Future?, Money Smart Kids for the 21st Century, The Fiscal Cliff: Are Your Money Safety Nets Ready?, 7 Simple Steps to a New Money You and 5 Reminders for Money Smart Living. Her paper Princess or Pauper continues to be well-received and is the most frequently downloaded document of all her work. Melissa is currently writing her next book of the same name, Princess or Pauper: Are Women Securing Their Financial Future?, which is anticipated to be released in 2015. She also writes on banking and financial literacy at MoneyBasicsU.

Melissa believes in the strength of partnerships in bringing the message of financial education to young people and adults alike. She has partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for its annual Money Smart Week initiative and serves on The Workplace Initiative Committee. She is a member of the Illinois JumpStart Coalition, a state partner with the JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy in Washington D.C., whose mission is to advance financial literacy among students pre-kindergarten through college. Melissa also serves on the Steering Committee for Pathway to Finance-Related Careers with Econ Illinois. Other collaborations have included Microsoft Corporation to teach money matters to students of a national association. She has utilized various financial literacy curriculums including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Money Smart for Young Adults and BancVue’s MoneyIsland, an online interactive gaming program for tweens.

Melissa serves as a Director with Citizens for American Manufacturing at, a not-for-profit organization supporting the message of the importance of the U.S. industrial base and its impact on the U.S. economy. Melissa has also been an active member of Toastmasters International over the years having served as president, and vice president/public relations and speech mentor at the community level. She achieved her certification in the Communication and Leadership Program and won numerous speech contests including first place in the International Speech Contest.

For relaxation, Melissa enjoys photography, painting, and piano. She also enjoys activities offered at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Morton Arboretum, and The Naper Settlement.

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