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Apr 4, 2014

Noble beginnings: The first jobs of Nobel Prize winners

NEW YORK (Reuters) – We all start somewhere.

Reuters has proven this edict since last August, when we started asking some of America’s greatest achievers about the first jobs they had. We have talked to chief executives of billion-dollar companies, beloved authors, TV personalities and tech gurus.

But then we figured: Let’s talk to an even more elite club. And you can’t get much more exclusive than those who have reached the absolute pinnacle of human achievement: the Nobel Prize.

Apr 3, 2014

Single people face multiple challenges in retirement

NEW YORK, April 3 (Reuters) – For years, Joanne Condon
tossed and turned at night with the same thoughts running
through her head.

What if her retirement savings just were not enough? What if
that day finally came, when her bank accounts ran dry?

Mar 27, 2014

The Last Taboo: Why nobody talks about money

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Everyone knows there are a few hot-button topics that can make any conversation go nuclear.

Religion. Health. Politics. Death.

But when it comes to the most difficult conversation you can possibly have, a new survey from Wells Fargo & Co found one clear winner: money.

Mar 25, 2014

Your money: A new ‘university’ aims to boost financial literacy, and investing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – If there is one thing that gives brokerage executives the cold sweats at night, it is the attitude of younger Americans toward the stock market.

A startling 44 percent, for instance, think plain old savings accounts are the best way to save for one’s golden years, according to the Generation Z and Money Survey, put out last year by online brokerage TD Ameritrade.

Mar 25, 2014

A new ‘university’ aims to boost financial literacy, and investing

NEW YORK, March 25 (Reuters) – If there is one thing that
gives brokerage executives the cold sweats at night, it is the
attitude of younger Americans toward the stock market.

A startling 44 percent, for instance, think plain old
savings accounts are the best way to save for one’s golden
years, according to the Generation Z and Money Survey, put out
last year by online brokerage TD Ameritrade.

Mar 21, 2014

How winning funds bank on dividends

NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) – The honeymoon for dividend
stocks is over.

These stocks outperformed strongly for years, following the
investor-rattling financial bust of 2008.

But since the end of 2013, the returns of dividend stocks,
including stodgier sectors like utilities, have been lagging the
broader market, and investors have started to take notice.

Mar 21, 2014

The moving target of target-date funds

NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) – If there has been a
grand-slam home run among investment products in recent years,
it is the target-date retirement fund.

A one-stop shopping choice for many retail investors,
target-date funds allow an investor to pick a retirement date -
say 2030 or so – and the mix of underlying investments is
adjusted over time to support that goal.

Mar 21, 2014

Where to find winners (and losers) in foreign stocks

NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) – If you think picking stocks
in a single country is tricky, imagine if your job is to find
winners and avoid losers around the world.

You’d have a big menu to select from, but that could also be
a major drawback. Chaos in the Ukraine? Riots in Thailand? You
need to be on top of how it will affect portfolios.

Mar 7, 2014

The first job play-book; authors talk about work

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It doesn’t matter how famous, or how important or how rich the person is – virtually everyone likes to stroll down memory lane and reminisce about their first job, which was usually very menial and extremely low-paid.

Since last August, to coincide with the nation’s monthly employment report, Reuters has been interviewing a host of prominent achievers on the subject. We have chatted with business titans, tech visionaries and some of the world’s leading humanitarians.

Feb 21, 2014

Financial advice for the end of the world

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Investors have no shortage of things to fret about these days. An aggressive stock slump, emerging markets in turmoil, an agonizingly slow jobs recovery.

But what if things really hit the fan?

As in, a total financial system breakdown? Or runaway inflation, on the heels of money printing by the Federal Reserve? Or some unforeseen black swan, like overwhelming natural disasters or armed conflict?

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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, CNBC.com, 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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