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Jan 10, 2014

Your Money-The value of shoveling snow and other first-job lessons

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.

Jan 6, 2014

Financial advice for a younger you

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.

Dec 17, 2013

New ETF offers the cream of the dividend crop

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.

Dec 13, 2013

Marathon Man: The real cost of running races

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.

Dec 11, 2013

The financial realities of living with an addict

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.

Dec 6, 2013

Coder, caretaker, programmer: first jobs of U.S. entrepreneurs

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.

Nov 27, 2013

Potential toy shortage could dampen holiday fun

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.

Nov 22, 2013

Generational smackdown! Who is best at retirement saving?

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?

Oct 29, 2013

How to beat office collection overload

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.

Oct 22, 2013

They had to start somewhere: First jobs of media stars

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.

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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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