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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

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.

Dec 5, 2014

These are the breaks: First jobs of hip-hop stars

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) – What was your first job ever?

That’s the question Reuters has been asking top achievers
every month for more than a year now. From CEOs to Nobel Prize
winners, from baseball legends to world-famous authors, everyone
has a memorable story to tell about their first gig.

Another archetype with incredible first-job stories to tell:
music-industry superstars. Their imprint on the culture extends
far beyond singles and albums, as they often build business
empires along the way to stardom.

Dec 4, 2014

The holiday spirit of giving: helping kids get it

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Ah, the holidays. The season for
time-honored traditions like decorating the tree, lighting the
menorah, wrapping gifts … and wondering whether you have
raised the most selfish kid in the world.

Almost every parent has felt this at one time or another, as
toddlers and teens obsess over accumulating more and more
holiday stuff. Robin Gorman Newman is no different.

Nov 24, 2014

Checkout Charity: Get ready for the cash register ambush

NEW YORK, Nov 24 (Reuters) – First, Samantha Kemp-Jackson
started noticing something unusual at the local grocery store.

Then it started happening to the Toronto mom of four at the
department store. Then the liquor store. Then, pretty much
everywhere else.

Nov 18, 2014

Motivational coach Tony Robbins transforms into money guru

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It might seem odd taking serious financial advice from someone long associated with infomercials and fire walks.

Which perhaps is why Tony Robbins, one of America’s foremost motivational gurus and performance coaches, has loaded his new book “Money: Master The Game” with interviews from people like Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, investor Carl Icahn, Yale University endowment guru David Swensen, Vanguard Group founder Jack Bogle and hedge-fund manager Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates.

Nov 12, 2014

Is outliving your savings a fate worse than death?

NEW YORK, Nov 12 (Reuters) – When faced with the prospect of
outliving their money, most people might toss and turn at night
or obsess about where to slash their budgets.

Others have a more extreme reaction: wishing for early

“I can always put a bag over my head when the money runs
out” was what Jeannine Hines’ husband told her when she asked
what he planned to do if their cash ran out before they died.

Nov 7, 2014

Their first jobs: when baseball legends were just kids at work

NEW YORK, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Before they adorned our
childhood walls as baseball heroes, they were just regular Joes.

For more than a year Reuters has been talking to prominent
Americans about the first jobs they ever had, and how those gigs
shaped their future success. This month, to coincide with the
thrilling and just-completed World Series, we were lucky enough
to chat with a few immortals of the baseball diamond.

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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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