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Mar 21, 2014

The moving target of target-date funds

NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) – If there has been a
grand-slam home run among investment products in recent years,
it is the target-date retirement fund.

A one-stop shopping choice for many retail investors,
target-date funds allow an investor to pick a retirement date -
say 2030 or so – and the mix of underlying investments is
adjusted over time to support that goal.

Mar 21, 2014

Where to find winners (and losers) in foreign stocks

NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) – If you think picking stocks
in a single country is tricky, imagine if your job is to find
winners and avoid losers around the world.

You’d have a big menu to select from, but that could also be
a major drawback. Chaos in the Ukraine? Riots in Thailand? You
need to be on top of how it will affect portfolios.

Mar 7, 2014

The first job play-book; authors talk about work

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.

Feb 21, 2014

Financial advice for the end of the world

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?

Feb 11, 2014

After 20 years, Siegel’s new ‘Stocks for the Long Run’

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.

Feb 7, 2014

How volunteering can take you to the corner office

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.

Feb 3, 2014

Why U.S. kids are pocketing more allowance

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.”

Jan 29, 2014

What if retirement security is not about the money?

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.

Jan 27, 2014

Many renters just say no to buying homes

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.”

Jan 21, 2014

A ‘sandwich generation’ twist: retirees helping adult kids

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
stunning.

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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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