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Jun 19, 2014

How to launch a financially successful adult

NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) – It’s the secret fear of every
American parent: failure to launch.

What if, despite your best efforts, your adult kids just
aren’t able to sustain themselves financially?

Jun 9, 2014

How much would you spend to save your pet?

NEW YORK, June 9 (Reuters) – When Marion Asnes’ beloved cat,
Herman, was injured by a coyote, she had to make one of life’s
gut-wrenching decisions.

After the incident, Asnes and her husband, who live in
Westchester County, New York, raced to the vet to save their
pet. The bill for stitches, antibiotics and IV drips added up to
almost $2,000.

Jun 6, 2014

For these commencement speakers, first jobs taught people skills

NEW YORK, June 6 (Reuters) – It’s graduation season, and for
the newly minted members of the country’s workforce, it is a
supremely scary moment: Time to get that very first job out of
college.

As part of Reuters’ continuing series, which accompanies the
nation’s monthly jobs reports, we asked some of the country’s
top achievers about their first gigs.

May 27, 2014

Your commute is costing you more than you realize

NEW YORK, May 27 (Reuters) – Kay Phillips has been dreading
this moment for a very long time.

The 59-year-old from Elon, North Carolina, has often
wondered how much her commute cost her over the years. She
decided to sit down and tabulate it once and for all for
Reuters.

May 22, 2014

Factbox: Best places to retire, by the numbers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – So, you’re looking beyond just Florida or Arizona as a potential retirement landing spot. What exactly can you expect from some of the winning states on Bankrate.com’s list of Best Places to Retire?

Here’s a sampler:

SOUTH DAKOTA

Bankrate.com Ranking: 1

Avg. home value (Sioux Falls): $153,100

Avg. temp (July): 72.7

Avg. temp (January): 17.3

Dinner for two at Sioux Falls’ Minerva’s: $62-$120

Two prime tickets to Sioux Falls Canaries baseball game: $49

UTAH

Ranking: 3

Avg. home value (Salt Lake City): $233,200

Avg. temp (July): 72.6

Avg. temp (January): 25.9

Dinner for two at Salt Lake City’s Pago: $62-$120

Two prime tickets to Salt Lake Bees: $52

IOWA

Ranking: 9

Avg. home value (Des Moines): $152,700

Avg. temp (July): 73.7

Avg. temp (January): 19.1

Dinner for two at Des Moines’ Centro: $22-$60

Two prime tickets to Iowa Cubs: $24

VIRGINIA

Ranking: 10

Avg. home value (Richmond): $202,400

Avg. temp (July): 74.5

Avg. temp (January): 35.1

Dinner for two at Richmond’s Acacia: $62-$120

Two prime tickets to Richmond Flying Squirrels: $28

(The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)

(Editing by Lauren Young)

May 22, 2014

Best places to retire, by the numbers

NEW YORK, May 22 (Reuters) – So, you’re looking beyond just
Florida or Arizona as a potential retirement landing spot. What
exactly can you expect from some of the winning states on
Bankrate.com’s list of Best Places to Retire?

Here’s a sampler:

SOUTH DAKOTA

Bankrate.com Ranking: 1

Avg. home value (Sioux Falls): $153,100

Avg. temp (July): 72.7

Avg. temp (Jan.): 17.3

Dinner for two at Sioux Falls’ Minerva’s: $62-$120

Two prime tickets to Sioux Falls Canaries baseball game: $49

UTAH

Ranking: 3

Avg. home value (Salt Lake City): $233,200

Avg. temp (July): 72.6

Avg. temp (Jan.): 25.9

Dinner for two at Salt Lake City’s Pago: $62-$120

Two prime tickets to Salt Lake Bees: $52

IOWA

Ranking: 9

Avg. home value (Des Moines): $152,700

Avg. temp (July): 73.7

Avg. temp (Jan.): 19.1

Dinner for two at Des Moines’ Centro: $22-$60

Two prime tickets to Iowa Cubs: $24

VIRGINIA

Ranking: 10

Avg. home value (Richmond): $202,400

Avg. temp (July): 74.5

Avg. temp (Jan.): 35.1

Dinner for two at Richmond’s Acacia: $62-$120

Two prime tickets to Richmond Flying Squirrels: $28

(Editing by Lauren Young)

May 22, 2014

Move over, Florida! Remote locations lure retirees

NEW YORK, May 22 (Reuters) – If you had to guess where a
particular 78-year-old American retiree who plays bridge and has
three great-grandchildren lives, what would you say?

Odds are you guessed Florida, or maybe Arizona – two sunny
states that have long been popular with the senior set.

May 19, 2014

Grandparents race to the rescue of college funds

NEW YORK, May 19 (Reuters) – In an era of stagnant wages and
rising prices, Americans are expected not only to pay the daily
bills and save millions for retirement, but also put away
enough for college for their kids.

The only problem is that most people can’t afford to save
simultaneously on so many fronts.

Apr 29, 2014

Why it may be OK to bribe your kids

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As any exasperated parent will tell you, kids today are so plugged in and mature beyond their years that it is difficult to find a way to discipline them.

Do we punish them to bring about the behavior we are looking for? Threaten them? The response of many parents: Get out the wallet, and bribe away.

Apr 24, 2014

China Syndrome: Why more kids are learning Mandarin

NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) – If famed investor Jim Rogers
is known for one trait above all, it is for spotting themes
early — and betting on them big.

So when the co-founder of The Quantum Fund (with George
Soros) and author of “Adventure Capitalist” became a father, he
naturally thought of how best to give his daughters an
advantage.

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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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