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.
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?
NEW YORK (Reuters) – There are countless thousands of investing books out there, but precious few that could be considered true classics.
Some of the obvious titles include Benjamin Graham’s “The Intelligent Investor,” of course, one of the bibles of value investing and a favorite of gurus like Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett. Maybe books like Burton Malkiel’s “A Random Walk Down Wall Street,” or “Beating the Street” by former Fidelity Magellan manager Peter Lynch should also be included on the syllabus.
NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Think of successful people, and
the mind usually defaults to areas of personal achievement. A
Wall Street CEO, maybe, or a hotshot lawyer, or a billionaire
founder of a tech startup.
But what if we defined success in different terms — say,
having touched the most people’s lives in their time of greatest
need? By that standard, the people below might be some of the
most successful people in the history of the planet.
NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Dan Zevin has been hearing a lot
of reports lately about allowance inflation. His source: his
10-year-old son Leo.
“The numbers are definitely going up,” says the 49-year-old
humorist and author of the Thurber Prize-winning “Dan Gets a
Minivan”. “And the only thing that matters to your kid is what
Richie Rich’s parents are giving down the street.”
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pop quiz: What would it take for you to have true retirement security?
Odds are you just thought of a number – $500,000, maybe, or $1 million, or $5 million.
NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) – With a wife and a 10-year-old
daughter, Matthew Amster-Burton appears to be one of the
likelier people to buy a house, but the Seattle food writer says
he has no interest in doing so.
“It does feel weird sometimes, because it’s supposed to be
the grown-up thing to do,” says Amster-Burton, 38. ” … But
it’s really not my goal, and it does seem like I’m swimming
against the tide sometimes.”
NEW YORK, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Think of it as “Failure to
Launch: The Sequel.”
When the Pew Research Center, a Washington-based think tank,
released a 2013 report on the “sandwich generation” – those in
their 40s and 50s who are often squeezed between caring for
their kids and their elderly parents as well – the numbers were
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ask self-employed workers about retirement savings, and a shocking number give exactly the same answer: “What retirement savings?”
The potential consequences are scary not only for them – the nation’s growing ranks of entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants and contractors – but also for the United States as a whole. With more and more people without regular jobs and the benefits that come with them, the nation faces a retirement time bomb.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Since last August, Reuters has been asking the nation’s top achievers about the first gigs that helped launch their careers. And if any common thread has emerged, it’s that you never can tell where superstars are going to come from.
Some first jobs were impressively academic, like Hearsay Social’s Clara Shih’s position at a national particle accelerator lab. Some have been more real-world training grounds, like social media king Gary Vaynerchuk’s experience selling baseball cards by renting tables at card shows.