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Nov 4, 2015

The first jobs of four social entrepreneurs who changed the world

NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters) – What does it mean to be a

In the days of railroad barons and oil tycoons, it might
have meant amassing the most cash possible. These days, the idea
of true success has shifted towards the “social entrepreneur” –
those who can create thriving enterprises while bringing about
positive social change.

Everyone from Microsoft’s Bill Gates to Virgin’s Richard
Branson are deploying their business acumen to help the causes
that are most meaningful to them. We talked to a few of the
world’s top social entrepreneurs about how they got their start.

Oct 29, 2015

Doing the transgender math: The costs of transition

NEW YORK, Oct 29 (Reuters) – When Sara Davis Buechner began
her transition from man to woman, she knew there were going to
be emotional hurdles, like dealing with her family.

But there were financial costs, too. And she knew they were
going to be forbidding.

Oct 20, 2015

Five financial numbers you need to know

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Numbers matter in our finances, but some are more meaningful than others.

Just ask any lender: your hobbies or pleasant disposition do not figure in its loan decision. Numbers do.

Oct 19, 2015

How your credit score affects your love life

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the high-stakes arenas of love and money (or credit scores), building on the latter may well gird the relationship, as Alida Almonte found.

Reality hit when the 33-year old communications manager started to think about buying a home with her boyfriend Jason Giannini, and found that neither of them had pristine credit scores. Indeed, out of a maximum of 850, both scored in the less-than-stellar low 600s.

Oct 13, 2015

The guide to raising child stars

NEW YORK, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The first rule of parenting:
Everyone thinks their child is a superstar.

But if that actually is true, and you do have a unique
talent living under your roof, then watch out. You have to start
thinking about how to develop that talent, how to support their
career – and how to pay for it all.

Oct 6, 2015

Should the tooth fairy just vanish forever?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Claer Barrett, a London-based editor, filed her newspaper column a few weeks ago, it didn’t take long for her to realize she had hit a major nerve with its subject matter.

A dental nerve.

The personal finance editor for the Financial Times had proposed the unthinkable in a recent column: Killing off the tooth fairy.

Oct 1, 2015

U.S. political pundits’ careers began with paper routes, stocking shelves

NEW YORK, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Turn on your TV set and who
do you see?

These days, it is very likely a political pundit, weighing
in on the 2016 presidential campaign. They have become stars in
their own right.

But they were not always famous. We asked James Carville,
Chris Matthews, Clarence Page and Chuck Todd, a few of the
country’s leading political experts, about their first jobs.

Sep 29, 2015

Monopoly success strategies for real life

29 (Reuters) – With Monopoly just having
turned 80 this year, many real-life personal-finance lessons can
be learned from the classic money-loving board game, which is
now made in 47 languages and sold in 114 countries.

Brian Valentine, 30, the 8th-grade teacher from Washington,
D.C. who was the American representative and placed third at the
World Championships in Macau offers a few tips.

Sep 23, 2015

Debt-free college grads: How do they do it?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – By now, everyone knows the terrifying figures.

More than $1 trillion in total outstanding student debt across the United States. Almost seven in 10 college grads emerge owing money, with an average debt of $28,400 for the Class of 2013, according to the Institute for College Access and Success.

But flip that statistic on its head: three in 10 students are coming out of college with not a penny owed.

Sep 17, 2015

Fantasy camps capture hearts and dollars of retirees

NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Rey MorĂ© was on stage at
Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, playing the memorable opening of
The Who’s famous hit “Baba O’Riley,” when lead singer Roger
Daltrey looked over at him, and started screaming the opening

“Out here in the fields …”

Haven’t heard of MorĂ©? That’s because the former Motorola
executive, now 61, is just a regular Joe, but found
himself in the spotlight as a participant in Rock ‘n’ Roll
Fantasy Camp.

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      "Chris Taylor is an award-winning freelance writer in New York City. A former senior writer with SmartMoney, the Wall Street Journal's personal-finance magazine, he has been published in the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek,, Fortune, Money, and more. He has won journalism awards from the National Press Club, the Deadline Club, and the National Association of Real Estate Editors. The opinions expressed are his own."
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