NEW YORK, Jan 10 (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.
6 (Reuters) – If there is one
incontrovertible truth in life, it is this: Our younger selves
are really dumb. Sometimes extraordinarily so.
Especially when it comes to finances. We load up that credit
card and we put off saving because we think that one day we will
come into vast riches and everything will turn out just fine.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – There are investors who couldn’t care less about dividends, and there are those who love them with an unbridled passion. Count Steve Weiss among the latter.
The New York City public-relations rep first got a taste for dividends while working for publisher McGraw-Hill (now McGraw Hill Financial) in the late 1990s. Not only did the company pay a decent yield (topping 4 percent at the start of 1997, for example), it was a so-called ‘Dividend Aristocrat’ – one of those few companies that has raised its dividend every single year for at least the past 25 years.
NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) – It was around Mile 25 of the
Brooklyn Marathon that it hit me.
I’m not talking about The Wall — although that definitely
hit me, too, during the cold and drizzly morning of Nov. 17.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – For David Sheff, there is nothing worse than the sheer terror of witnessing your own child slip away into a life of drug abuse.
The San Francisco writer felt helpless as his son Nic became addicted to substances like methamphetamine and heroin over the course of a decade, beginning in 1997 when Nic was around 15.
6 (Reuters) – What was your first job
At Reuters we have been asking prominent Americans that very
question, to coincide with the nation’s monthly jobs reports.
The results have been both surprising and revealing.
There have been family affairs: media personality Tavis
Smiley worked for his dad, cleaning buildings around an Air
Force base in Bunker Hill, Indiana, late into the night.
By Chris Taylor
(Reuters) – Marine Putman got a taste of holiday craziness a tad early this year. Like, back in the first week of September.
That’s when her 8-year-old daughter asked for a Rainbow Loom for Christmas. It was also when Putman learned that the toy, which is used to make rubber-band bracelets, was already out of stock in local stores.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The stereotype of American millennials is not pretty: Hanging out in basements, sponging off mom and dad, not making much money to speak of, and not really sure of what to do with it, when they do get it.
But what if – as evidence suggests – that stereotype were all wrong? What if 20-somethings and 30-somethings are actually off to a pretty good start in retirement planning – and might turn out to be the savviest savers of all?
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lance Cothern remembers when he finally hit the tipping point with office fundraisers.
It was just last year, and the Florida panhandle manufacturing company where he worked had become a hot bed of collections activities. Then the firm passed around cards offering to skim a percentage of every paycheck for a particular charity.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Reuters asked some of the nation’s finance gurus about their first jobs, we were taken aback by their down-to-earth answers.
Vanguard Group co-founder Jack Bogle? A pinsetter in a bowling alley. Abby Cohen, the famed strategist at Goldman Sachs? A mail sorter at New York’s Kennedy Airport.