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Your Money: Is LinkedIn Premium worth it?

CHICAGO (Reuters) – For job seekers and employers alike, LinkedIn provides a valuable service. While many features are free, the professional social networking website dangles an array of additional tools – for a price. But for those on a budget, is a LinkedIn Premium account worth the money?

The answer depends on how you use LinkedIn, which has more than 160 million members. For recruiters or those in cold-call sales, LinkedIn Premium’s access to potential clients is a boon. But many job seekers may want to save their cash for printing resumes.

Jun 14, 2012

Is LinkedIn Premium worth it?

CHICAGO, June 14 (Reuters) – For job seekers and employers
alike, LinkedIn provides a valuable service. While many features
are free, the professional social networking website dangles an
array of additional tools – for a price. But for those on a
budget, is a LinkedIn Premium account worth the money?

The answer depends on how you use LinkedIn, which has more
than 160 million members. For recruiters or those in cold-call
sales, LinkedIn Premium’s access to potential clients is a boon.
But many job seekers may want to save their cash for printing
resumes.

Jun 14, 2012

Your Money: At the crossroads of the vintage guitar market

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Collectors and guitar fans have been whipsawed by the Elvis-pelvis gyrations of the vintage guitar market. Now they’re at a crossroads – is it time to pick up that choice instrument?

Prices for prized guitars soared in the early 2000s as speculators jumped in, then the market plummeted by as much as 30 percent by the end of the decade.

Jun 14, 2012

At the crossroads of the vintage guitar market

CHICAGO, June 14 (Reuters) – Collectors and guitar fans have
been whipsawed by the Elvis-pelvis gyrations of the vintage
guitar market. Now they’re at a crossroads – is it time to pick
up that choice instrument?

Prices for prized guitars soared in the early 2000s as
speculators jumped in, then the market plummeted by as much as
30 percent by the end of the decade.

May 23, 2012

Will investors take to crowdfunding?

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Artists are not renowned for financial savvy, but their success in raising money on the Internet through donations to crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo could lead the way for a new class of investing. Soon investors will be able to pile money into startups through such sites with the hope of getting more than a lousy t-shirt in return.

Before April 5, U.S. regulators only allowed donation-based crowdfunding projects, which raise money from the general public via the Web.

May 23, 2012

YOUR MONEY: Will investors take to crowdfunding?

CHICAGO, May 23 (Reuters) – Artists are not renowned for
financial savvy, but their success in raising money on the
Internet through donations to crowdfunding websites like
Kickstarter and Indiegogo could lead the way for a new class of
investing. Soon investors will be able to pile money into
startups through such sites with the hope of getting more than a
lousy t-shirt in return.

Before April 5, U.S. regulators only allowed donation-based
crowdfunding projects, which raise money from the general public
via the Web.

May 18, 2012

Collectors don’t like Facebook memorabilia

CHICAGO, May 18 (Reuters) – Mark Zuckerberg may be worth an
estimated $19 billion, thanks to Facebook’s initial
public offering. But on eBay, he’s worth exactly $375 -
that is, if you choose to purchase a “Mark Zuckerberg Poking
Inventor Action Figure.”

Zuck’s mini-me stands seven inches tall with light brown,
curly hair and a doll-sized pair of his trademark Adidas
sandals. It’s one of only 300 made and the seller is hyping it
as “Just in time for the Facebook IPO.”

May 14, 2012

As commuter marriages soar, so do costs

CHICAGO (Reuters) – When Maria Echevarria was considering a job offer as a publicist in midtown Manhattan – more than 900 miles away from her family home in Orlando, Florida – she knew it would be a hard sell to her spouse. Though they’d been happily married more than 20 years, they’d never lived apart. But like any PR maven, she says: “I pitched my story to him.”

Three months turned into three years, with Echevarria, now 53, spending three weeks a month in New York, and telecommuting the remaining time from Florida. She’s one of the many millions of people in a commuter marriage, where spouses live apart for reasons other than legal separation.

    • 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."
      Hometown:
      Chicago
      Joined Reuters:
      2011
      Languages:
      French
      Awards:
      Bob Briner Impact Award, Biola University, 2007
      Chicago Tribune Innovator Award, 2005
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