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Oct 21, 2013

Cash Out: why some investors hold foreign currencies

NEW YORK, Oct 21 (Reuters) – You’ve heard of Doomsday
Preppers: folks who think cataclysmic events are on the way, and
who want to be prepared by stockpiling resources.

Now meet the Currency Preppers.

With government dysfunction on full display in Washington,
and the Federal Reserve continuing its policy of bond buying
known as quantitative easing, some investors are feeling highly
unsettled about the future of the U.S. dollar, which hit
eight-and-a-half month lows on Friday against the euro
and a basket of foreign currencies. So much so, they have
decided to hold some cash in foreign currencies.

Oct 8, 2013

Haggling 101: Six ways to get a deal on anything

NEW YORK, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Jeff Yeager likes to haggle. The
Washington, D.C., author is something of a virtuoso at this lost
art, with a deep playlist of tactics that he estimates saves him
10 percent to 15 percent a year on his spending.

“I try to negotiate on all sorts of things, every day,”
Yeager says. “And the vast majority of the time, it’s a very
positive interaction.”

Sep 30, 2013

Financial obsessives track every penny, every minute

NEW YORK, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Most of us can’t recall where
we spent every single dollar last Tuesday. But Corey Maass can.

He spent exactly $20 for a haircut, $20 for a dress shirt
and $15 for dinner. Maass knows that because every single day,
the Nashville-based software developer uploads all his spending
to a smartphone application he created just for that purpose.
His app, The Birdy (thebirdy.com) gives him instant readouts of
his spending without him having to connect to his bank or wait
for his credit card statements to upload.

Sep 24, 2013

Is it ever OK to lie about money?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lying to a spouse, or a parent, or a kid about one’s financial affairs? Terrible idea.

But there are absolutes, and then there is real life. Real life is messy sometimes, and confusing, and not always what you wanted.

Sep 12, 2013

Your Money: As you ‘like’ it: Investing in the social media age

NEW YORK (Reuters) – By now, we all know what social media is best for: Instagram shots of your delicious brunch, videos of cute kittens and a twerking Miley Cyrus.

But could your Facebook and Twitter streams also be a rich mine of potential stock ideas?

Sep 12, 2013

As you ‘like’ it: Investing in the social media age

NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) – By now, we all know what
social media is best for: Instagram shots of your delicious
brunch, videos of cute kittens and a twerking Miley Cyrus.

But could your Facebook and Twitter streams also be a rich
mine of potential stock ideas?

Sep 6, 2013

Financial gurus reminisce about first jobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When some veterans of American finance told Reuters about their first jobs, they never expected it to become an Internet meme.

But there is obviously something inspiring about the humble beginnings of successful people, because our article (here) rocketed around the Web with the #firstjob hashtag.

Sep 6, 2013

Financial gurus reminisce about first jobs (part 2)

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – When some veterans of American
finance told Reuters about their first jobs, they never expected
it to become an Internet meme.

But there is obviously something inspiring about the humble
beginnings of successful people, because our article ()
rocketed around the Web with the #firstjob hashtag.

Aug 30, 2013

Tooth Fairy inflation gone wild

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kelly Bird Pierre knew the world had changed when she heard what the Tooth Fairy was giving out these days.

The 39-year-old educator from South Orange, New Jersey used to get a quarter whenever she lost one of her own baby teeth. But when her daughter Oona and son Jacques went through the same phase, reports from their schoolyard buddies swiftly got back to her: $3, $5, even $10 a tooth.

Aug 27, 2013

Budding bulls and Buffetts: These teens dive into stocks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As any exasperated parent will tell you, most teenagers are obsessed with highly superficial fare: TV, clothing, trips to the mall or the latest smartphone app.

Rachel Fox isn’t most teenagers.

The 17-year-old actress made 338 stock trades last year, earning 30.4 percent gains and clobbering the S&P 500. She peppers her conversation with phrases like “covered calls,” “shorts” and “double tops.”

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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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