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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.

Sep 10, 2015

How much does it cost to raise a prodigy?

NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) – For parents who dream their
child will become a prodigy and stun the world with their
brilliance, Chloe Hui has a message for you: Be careful what you
wish for.

Her son, pianist Marc Yu, now 16, gave his first orchestral
concert at 6 years old. He has since played venues like London’s
Royal Albert Hall, Beijing’s Central Conservatory and New York
City’s Carnegie Hall in a duet with superstar Lang Lang.

Sep 3, 2015

Circus roadie, ice-cream scooper: The first jobs of famous couples

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Before they found fame, or found each other, what did celebrity couples like Dr Phil and Robin McGraw do in their first jobs?

In the latest in Reuters’ monthly ‘First Jobs’ series, we talked to couples who work as TV personalities, actors, models or authors about their first gigs and found their starts were often humble.

Sep 1, 2015

Three ways to avoid guilt over taking a vacation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – By all accounts, Iceland is one of the most magical places on Earth: A landscape of soaring glaciers, lava fields, steaming hot springs and black-sand beaches.

And Mina Black could not focus on any of it.

The 36-year-old financial planner from New York took a trip there this summer with her husband and new daughter. But for some reason, she was wracked with guilt about everything she needed to be doing back home: Contacting clients and prospects, putting together new workshops – even just doing regular chores around the house.

Aug 25, 2015

The dharma of dollars: What Buddhism says about money and meaning

NEW YORK, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Buddhism, which holds that
wealth is temporary and no path to happiness, might not sound
like the best source for money wisdom.

Not so, says Ethan Nichtern, the prominent Buddhist teacher,
who has written a new book, “The Road Home,” on self-awareness
and spiritual seeking.

Aug 24, 2015

How to stop sneaky ‘gray charges’ on credit card bills

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hey, remember that newsletter that let you sign up for a free trial?

Didn’t think so.

How about that old domain name you registered, or your kid’s gaming membership, or the magazine subscription that was initially offered as a freebie. Forgot about those too, didn’t you?

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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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