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Feb 26, 2015

The silent struggle of seniors with debt

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Wanda Simpson reached retirement a couple of years ago, the Cleveland mom had an unwelcome companion: Around $25,000 in debt.

Despite a longtime job as a municipal administrator, Simpson wrestled with a combination of a second mortgage and credit-card bills that she racked up thanks to health problems and a generous tendency to help out family members.

Feb 25, 2015
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A New York agenda with Hootsuite’s night owl

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Ryan Holmes. REUTERS/Handout

Ryan Holmes, chief executive officer of Hootsuite, may have grown up on a farm without electricity, but this 40-year-old Canadian went on to found a social media management tool with over 11 million users.

When Holmes travels from his home base of Vancouver, it’s New York City that captures his imagination. Forget the stuffy midtown mentality of the business world, though. Holmes prefers to do his work downtown while rubbing elbows with the hipster crowd.

Feb 10, 2015

Why Canada’s snowbirds are under U.S. scrutiny

NEW YORK, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Canadians who normally head
south of their border for warmer weather are keeping closer
track of their time in the United States because if they stay
too long, they could lose their Canadian health benefits and
might owe U.S. income tax.

Just last year, the two countries implemented an agreement
to scan passports and share the information, meaning that -
unlike past years – America’s tax authorities now know exactly
how long snowbirds are spending in warmer climes like Florida,
California and Arizona.

Feb 6, 2015

Perk up your home price: Live near a coffee shop

NEW YORK, Feb 6 (Reuters) – When searching for a new home,
buyers usually consider the usual suspects: square footage,
number of bedrooms, amount of sunlight.

Vanessa Pappas had another factor in mind as well: coffee
shop proximity.

When Pappas and partner C.C. Hirsch recently closed on a
three-bedroom property in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, it didn’t
hurt that her favorite macchiato place was only a half-block
away.

Feb 5, 2015

Top chefs got their start chopping and washing

NEW YORK, Feb 5 (Reuters) – If there’s one thing Reuters has
learned from a year of asking celebrities about their first gigs
ever, it is that you never forget your first job. No matter how
famous or powerful they have become, America’s foremost
achievers all remember that very first moment of bringing home a
paycheck.

This month, to coincide with the monthly jobs report, we
talked to the celebrity chefs who have taken over our airwaves.
Before they started creating gourmet meals, they began at the
bottom just like the rest of us.

Jan 28, 2015

Super Bill: Weighing the cost of a Super Bowl trip

NEW YORK, Jan 28 (Reuters) – How much is it worth to watch
the Super Bowl in person?

That is the question thousands of American football fans
have been wrestling with the last few weeks. Do you take a
once-in-a-lifetime plunge and spend perhaps tens of thousands of
dollars to get yourself to Glendale, Arizona, to watch the
Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots?

Jan 20, 2015

What to do when a midlife crisis is a major splurge

NEW YORK, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Say the words ‘Midlife Crisis’,
and most people think of cringe-worthy scenes like graying men
squiring around much-younger paramours in zippy sports cars.

Matt Welch went in a more wholesome direction: Baseball
cards.

Specifically, the 46-year-old editor-in-chief of Reason
magazine set out to collect every Topps-brand baseball card ever
printed of his beloved Angels. It took roughly five years and
$1,000, but this past New Year’s Eve, the final two cards came
in the mail.

Jan 13, 2015

How to avoid the high price of social media envy

NEW YORK, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Gabriela Bustelo could not
handle Facebook anymore.

The 52-year-old journalist for a London-based news agency
wrote for Spanish Vogue for six years. Naturally, many in her
social-media circles worked in the high-flying fashion industry.
Whenever Bustelo logged on to Facebook, she was
confronted with an array of five-star images: Luxury vacations,
designer clothes, Michelin-starred restaurants.

Dec 19, 2014

How to win friends and family while regifting

NEW YORK (Reuters) – There are plenty of delicate subjects during the holiday season, but one of the touchiest could be regifting.

Plenty of us do it, but avoid talking about it for fear of offending friends and family.

Dec 15, 2014

Investing winners feel cocky at end of 2014

By Chris Taylor

NEW YORK(Reuters) – For investors in 2014, it was hard not to feel like winners.

The S&P 500 is up 10 percent on the year, and existing-home sales just enjoyed a 32nd month of year-over-year price gains, according to the National Association of Realtors. It’s almost fair to believe that a monkey, throwing darts at different asset classes, would have assembled a decent portfolio.

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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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