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Jan 22, 2014
Jan 22, 2014

Help from a personal assistant can be a half world away

NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than 2,200 miles separate New York City architect Alfredo Munoz from his personal assistant, Karen Cohen, who is based in Panama.

They’ve never so much as shaken hands, and yet he trusts her with everything: his credit card numbers, his worldwide travel, his research. She schedules his business appointments in Spain, India and the U.S. She also buys flowers for his family and friends. (She has even screened a few online dates for him, too).

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Aug 26, 2013

Back-to-school math for parents: What’s an A worth?

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Parents, here is an assignment
for you as the kids head back to school: Are you going to pay
your children to do homework and get good grades?

Some parents find their kids respond to rewards, and see few
disadvantages. Others see too many downsides. “It’s a slippery
slope,” says Susan Beacham, owner of Money Savvy Generation, a
Lake Bluff, Illinois, company that creates financial literacy
tools and books for children. She has only rarely offered
tangible rewards to her daughters, now 19 and 20, for their
successes. (Both children are in college, at the University of
Illinois and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Beacham says
they are getting excellent grades.)

    • About Lou

      "Lou Carlozo most recently served as the managing editor at WalletPop.com, AOL's personal finance website. He also wrote and created "The Recession Diaries" column at the Chicago Tribune, where he served as an editor and staff writer for 16 years. The author of a journalism textbook and an adjunct professor at National-Louis University, Carlozo is the lead popular music critic for Christian Century magazine, a contributor to Downbeat magazine and also writes the "Green Dad" column for DealNews.com. The opinions expressed are his own."
      Joined Reuters:
      Bob Briner Impact Award, Biola University, 2007
      Chicago Tribune Innovator Award, 2005
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