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Mar 20, 2015

What the Superdollar means for summer travel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jane McManus can hardly believe her luck. The New York-based sportswriter for is planning a summer vacation with her family in Ireland.

Following the strength of the U.S. dollar, McManus upgraded their travel plans, reserving a swankier hotel room in Dublin and booking a couple of days at an actual 13th-century castle. The overall cost will be about 30 percent less than last summer’s vacation to Italy when the dollar was much weaker, McManus estimates.

Mar 10, 2015

Six ways to bring sanity to your March Madness picks

NEW YORK, March 10 (Reuters) – You would have to be crazy to
think you can master the betting process for the NCAA’s annual
college basketball tournament. That’s part of why it’s called
March Madness.

The odds of picking all the winners among the 68 teams in
this year’s men’s tournament is an insane 1 in 9.2 quintillion,
according to a DePaul University math professor. That is roughly
equivalent to winning the Mega Millions lottery jackpot twice in
a row.

Mar 5, 2015

Field of dreams: Championship coaches tell of small-town starts

NEW YORK, March 5 (Reuters) – It doesn’t matter if you are
Michael Jordan, Peyton Manning or any other of the all-time
sports greats: Even the most talented people on the planet need
a coach.

With that in mind, Reuters talked to four great coaches –
Tony La Russa, Nick Saban, Lou Holtz and Scotty Bowman – about
their first jobs and the path that led them to their legendary
careers in hockey, baseball and football. It’s part of our
series to accompany the nation’s monthly jobs reports

Mar 2, 2015

London calling: A burger guy on its sizzling spots

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When it comes to hot restaurants and IPOs, it’s hard to get any hotter than Shake Shack. The high-end burger joint, now publicly traded, has locations from Dubai to Moscow. But London is especially close to the heart of Shake Shack’s CEO, Randy Garutti.

“London has always been one of my favorite cities in the world,” says Garutti, who is based in New York. “Whenever I get off the plane, I’m immediately comfortable.”

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


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

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

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?

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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,, 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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