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Four Money Issues Couples Should Agree On

Money issues to agree on

SSpouses often harbor different opinions on a variety of subjects. From the style of clothes and haircuts they like on each other to the TV shows they watch every evening, marriage requires plenty of compromise. While frivolous things such as choosing between Monday Night Football and Dancing with the Stars might conjure up a minor squabble, when it comes to arguments over money, respective differences can lead to more than just mild disagreements. “Income and spending are at the heart of any partnership – family as well as business,” says Al Jacobs, an entrepreneur, real estate investor and author of …

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Six Ways To Reduce Stress And Anxiety In Your Financial Life

Personal Finances

Trading in your morning coffee run to Starbucks for the pot of coffee in the office is never fun, but when finances get tight that drive-thru stop might be one of the first things to go. But do you really need to give up the little things in life that make you happy? Al Zdenek, the author of the book Master Your Cash Flow: The Key To Grow And Retain Wealth, doesn’t think so. “It’s important to be able to hang onto those things you enjoy,” says Zdenek, the president, CEO and founder of Traust Sollus Wealth Management. “You should …

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Are Women Prepared For Life Alone As They Age?

Aging Woman

By Brittany Thomas The trends are clear – as women age the odds are they will be living alone, largely because of either divorce or widowhood. What may be less clear for many of them is whether they are prepared for that life alone – both emotionally and financially, says Susan L. Hickey, a financial professional at Your Own Retirement LLC. “Although both men and women could live three or four decades in retirement, it’s more likely for women because they have longer life expectancies,” Hickey says. “But they also often have less in savings, and smaller or no pensions, …

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Four Faces of Leadership and Being Visionary

Visionary Women

Behavioral Strategist Explains How Any Leader Can Responsibly Boost Their Visionary Side By Brittany Thomas WWhether it’s a presidential candidate, a corporate executive or an NFL coach, people admire a leader with vision. They like someone with a clear idea of where he or she is headed, and who knows how to motivate others to accomplish the goal. But as much as people might like to say someone is a “born visionary,” in truth, vision is something we develop, not something we arrive in the world with, says Rob-Jan de Jong, a behavioral strategist and author of “Anticipate: The Art …

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All Are Green and Most Are Bought (Politicians, that is)

Nancy Pelosi

16 Year Old Develops “App” that Tracks Politicians’ Financiers Look, we know politicians are corrupt but ever wonder exactly how much they stand to lose by not supporting their donors issues? From lobbyists to big corporations, politicians receive money from several different and often surprising sources, which in the end determines which issues they focus on, and which stances they end up taking. Healthcare, energy sources, funding for school and transportation, and tax laws are all in the hands of those who have the most money; the question is – who. That question is being answered and now we can …

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Three Ways A Woman Can Better Manage Her Money

Manage Money

By Erica L. McCain, LUTCF When it comes to buying power, women are steadily overcoming men. Throughout the next decade, women will control two-thirds of consumer wealth in the United States and will be the beneficiaries of the largest transference of wealth in our country’s history, according to Fleishman-Hillard Inc. The stats on a woman’s earning and buying power are pretty extensive; females are doing better in school than men, we’re earning more money than ever before and the business world has known about this trend for years, says Erica L. McCain, a veteran financial expert, LUTCF and founder of …

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The 12 Week Year, Does 12 Trump 52?

Why We’d Get a LOT More Done If We Switched to a 12 Week Year Most of us view the 365 day year as a natural execution cycle. There’s a fatal flaw in annualized thinking and here is six reasons why we’d be more motivated and productive if we redefined our year to just 12 weeks. Think back to the last significant goal you set for yourself, personal or professional. How long did you give yourself to reach it? Chances are you said something like this: “I’m going to lose 30 pounds this year,” or “I’m going to increase my …

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Facebook Or Face Time?

Why Business Relationships Take More Than Texting, Friending, and Online “Connecting” through Social Media Like Facebook. Technology has yielded some great communication tools, but Barefoot Wines founder Michael Houlihan says they are not relationship builders. Here, he shares seven reasons why the personal touch will always be more effective than pixels on a screen. It’s official: Email, texting, and social media are no longer just helpful supplemental business tools. They’ve taken over the whole game. Yes, technology has made many aspects of modern living more convenient and “connected,” but the pendulum has swung too far. Now, people are reluctant to do something as simple as picking up the phone, preferring to shoot off an email instead. And face-to-face meetings—well, they’re almost unheard of. This “technology takeover” is not without consequence, says Michael …

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