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Mar 15, 2013

Four stocks for the next three decades

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time for a pop quiz: If you had to pick one stock to buy and hold for the next 30 years, what would it be?

Okay, pencils down. Not so easy, is it? After all, when you are thinking about 2043, you are not just evaluating metrics such as current price-earnings ratios or 52-week trading ranges. You have to ponder whether a company is even going to exist in three decades’ time.

Mar 14, 2013

How to win your office March Madness pool

NEW YORK, March 14 (Reuters) – Need more people for your
office March Madness pool? Call Brad Carlin, he is looking to
enter one.

On second thought, don’t call him.

That’s because in his former NCAA basketball tournament
pool, the professor of biostatistics at the University of
Minnesota crushed his opponents three times in five years.
Carlin was so successful, in fact, that organizers shut down the
pool entirely.

Feb 19, 2013

Boomers face credit-card quandary as economic doldrums bite

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sandy Harsh never expected to find herself with $16,800 in credit-card debt and her retirement dreams drifting farther away.

Harsh, an IT professional from Tuscola, Illinois, is 62, around the age at which a lot of people start actively planning to retire to a white-sandy beach with a frozen margarita in hand.

Feb 8, 2013

The U.S. pet economy didn’t go to the dogs

NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) – It is almost time for Alvin’s
massage. After a rubdown, he is off for a personal grooming
session, to make sure he looks his best. Alvin is from Thailand
originally but recently has been hanging out in California, and
this weekend is jetting off to a hotel in New York City.

Alvin is a beagle.

Not just any beagle. Alvin is a champion of his breed, the
recipient of three Best in Show ribbons at dog shows around the
United States. His handler hopes he will compete for the overall
crown at New York City’s famed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show,
starting this Monday. But being a champion doesn’t come cheap.

Jan 31, 2013

Sibling rivalry: The Super Bowl of family finances

NEW YORK, Jan 31 (Reuters) – You might think that Sunday’s
Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and the San
Francisco 49ers, which pits brothers John and Jim Harbaugh
against one another as coaches, is all about the game.

But what happens on the field might be just the tip of the
iceberg for sibling rivalry. What about deep-seated issues like
who makes more money? Or who does mom really love best?

Jan 25, 2013

Friends and fundraising: How to tap social networks

NEW YORK, Jan 25 (Reuters) – When Doug Haslam gets on his
bike, it’s for personal as well as philanthropic reasons.

Of course, the 44-year-old social media consultant from
Newton, Massachusetts, derives intrinsic joy from riding his
Specialized Allez Sport.

Jan 18, 2013

Traveling for healthcare, but not that far

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For Jim Kucera, the pain was just getting worse. The salesman from New Hope, Minnesota, needed a hip replacement urgently, but the cost of treatment would also be painful: Lacking health insurance, he would have to pay out of pocket.

At first, Kucera looked abroad at countries like Israel and India, where he figured he could get the procedure done for about $30,000, a bargain compared with the $50,000 or more that American hospitals would likely charge.

Dec 18, 2012

Your money: Look before leaping at lower stock values

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time for some good news: Despite a big stock-market run-up, there are still bargains to be had.

That’s because the rising market has not yet translated into a major expansion of price-to-earnings ratios, a key metric for valuing companies.

Dec 13, 2012

Year-end moves for parents scared to save for college

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) – When Sharon Doyle thinks about
college savings for her two kids, the numbers are almost too big
to comprehend.

Doyle, 44, recently calculated expected college costs for
her three-year-old daughter. It worked out to be north of
$500,000 – a whopping figure for even the most well-heeled
Americans.

Dec 10, 2012

Your money: The Apple Tax – America’s costly obsession

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With the “fiscal cliff” looming, taxpayers are wringing their hands about all sorts of things. Income taxes might rise, dividends might get walloped, lifetime gift-tax exemptions might get slashed.

But when it comes to immediate impact on their wallets, maybe they should be thinking about something else entirely: The Apple tax.

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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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