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  • 6 Things to Know About Mark Zuckerberg's Manifesto U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 4:09 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerberg has a lot to say. On Thursday, Facebook (ticker: FB) founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a 5,700-word treatise on what he sees as a new level of globalization in today's world, made possible by social media networks like Facebook, which now boasts nearly 2 billion members. Zuckerberg's manifesto, as …

  • What You Need to Know About Taking Out Any Cash Advance U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 2:31 PM EST

    Instead of, say, paying for groceries or a book with your credit card and later paying back your credit card, you're borrowing cash from your credit card and later paying it back. In any case, all cash advances involve money being advanced to you that you will have to pay back, probably fairly quickly -- usually with a …

  • 8 Reasons to Work in Retirement U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 12:46 PM EST

    Some people work in retirement because they need the money to pay their bills. The majority of working retirees (62 percent) say staying mentally active is a major reason they continue to work, Merrill Lynch found. Most jobs require you to get dressed and commute to the office, and some positions come with additional …

  • Is Buying a Home Through a Short Sale Ever a Good Idea? U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 12:13 PM EST

    If you've encountered this already, it may seem like the right time to look at a distressed property -- a home facing foreclosure or one that has already been foreclosed on -- to find a price point better suited to your budget. A short sale occurs when there is more debt on a home than the property itself is worth. If …

  • 5 Smart Ways to Use Your Home Equity U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 11:03 AM EST

    Home equity loans allow you to use your home equity to finance other expenses. "The thing I like about home equity is that it can let a person live out their dreams," says Vince Liuzzi, executive vice president and chief banking officer for DNB First. "It's very important to have a committed, disciplined approach to what …

  • 5 Private Island Getaways That You Can Afford U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 11:00 AM EST

    If winter fatigue has set in, fret not: There's still time to escape to a secluded tropical isle for an impromptu weekend getaway. Pulau Macan has beautiful coral seascapes and is located in the world's biggest archipelago, about 45 miles north of Jakarta in the Java Sea. Snorkeling is a popular pastime here, in addition …

  • Defense Contractor Stocks in a Trump Administration U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 10:54 AM EST

    President Donald Trump's push for more military spending bodes well for defense contractors, but it's unknown which names in the space are most likely to benefit. The bullish point of view is that Trump's call for more troops, new ships and new planes will increase defense spending. "President Trump will end the defense …

  • The World's 7 Biggest Parties and Festivals (And How to Attend Them) U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 10:41 AM EST

    New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration includes a well-rounded mix of parties, parades and events. This year's Mardi Gras celebration will take place on Feb. 28, and you can expect plenty of fanfare before and after the monumental day. The Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter is a smart accommodation option for enjoying …

  • 7 Tax Breaks Every Parent Should Know About U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 10:33 AM EST

    "There are a multitude of tax breaks for parents," says Lisa Greene-Lewis, a CPA, tax expert for TurboTax and U.S. News contributor. If your child is old enough to file her own tax return, she can't take a personal exemption if you claim her as a dependent. When you're filling out your tax return, each household member …

  • The Top Presidents Day Sales for 2017 U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 10:20 AM EST

    Stores have already begun doling out circulars and hanging Presidents Day sale signs. Following a generations-old tradition, retailers are launching come-but-once-a-year deals on apparel, home goods, appliances, ...

  • 3 Hot Southern Cities to Visit in 2017 U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 9:55 AM EST

    Plan the ultimate Southern adventure in these edgy and dynamic hot spots. Southern cities such as New Orleans and Charleston, South Carolina, have long been on the radar of travel insiders. Here are tips to plan your visit to these exciting cities this year.

  • 10 Important Investments Before Having a Baby U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 3:25 PM EST

    Here are some investing strategies to make raising -- and saving for a child -- easier. "It's a great way to pay for child care with pre-tax dollars that can save you, depending on your income, anywhere from 15 to 50 percent," says Chantel Bonneau, wealth management advisor for Northwestern Mutual in Los Angeles. Having …

  • CEOs Struggle to Navigate the Trump Era U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 11:56 AM EST

    CEOs across the country, from Under Armour (ticker: UA, UAA) CEO Kevin Plank to Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, are having difficulty navigating the political climate amid potentially conflicting business interests. Plank referred to President Donald Trump as a "real asset for the country" in a CNBC interview Feb. 7, …

  • Say What? Decoding Ubiquitous Financial Jargon U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 11:28 AM EST

    "Deleverage" ... "Fixed income" ... "Tax-loss harvesting." What the heck is your advisor even talking about when he uses these terms? U.S. News tapped certified financial planners to round up their least favorite financial jargon -- and to translate what your financial professional is actually saying. "Asset allocation." …

  • Your 8-Step Checklist for Retiring Abroad U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 11:07 AM EST

    Not everyone wants to spend their retirement in a recreational vehicle or in Florida. Whether it's for financial or lifestyle considerations, living overseas can be an appealing proposition for retirees. Greg Ghodsi, managing director of investments at 360 Wealth Management Group of Raymond James in Tampa, Florida, says …

  • When and How to Hand Out Your Business Card U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 10:58 AM EST

    If you don't have one to give out, you may simply ask for theirs and assure them you'll follow up with an email with your contact information. Just the process of handing out business cards creates a lot of awkward exchanges. Here are some things to think about before you hand out your business card.

  • Top U.S. Markets to Buy and Hold Real Estate U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 10:41 AM EST

    As often happens during an economic cycle, the dynamics of the real estate market have changed once again. Investors looking to buy at the bottom of the market in order to generate the highest returns on their investments when they sell the property have already missed the boat due to increased competition. Real estate …

  • Buy These 4 Items During the Post-Valentine's Day Sales U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 10:18 AM EST

    Valentine's Day has come and gone, but the serious deals on romantic wares can make a difference on your wallet for months afterward. Gift wrap: Wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbons and bows merchandised for Valentine's Day will be on significant discount in the days following the holiday as stores try to clear the shelves. …

  • What to Expect From Hotel Loyalty Programs in 2017 U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 9:56 AM EST

    Imagine a hotel experience as personalized as your movie recommendations on Netflix or product picks on Amazon.com. Experts say this is the year of customization for hotel loyalty programs. Loyalty program members can expect to have more flexibility, earning opportunities, options for redeeming points and personalization …

  • 8 Tips for Planning a Volunteer Vacation U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 9:45 AM EST

    Volunteer vacations have grown in popularity over the past several decades. While some volunteer vacations are designed for young people and families, there are many that are well-suited for retirees. There are several benefits to a volunteer vacation.

  • Estate Planning Is Important for People Without Children U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 9:26 AM EST

    For people who have children, state laws generally designate belongings to go to a spouse or kids if there's no will, says Patrick Simasko of Simasko Law, an attorney who specializes in elder law and estate planning in Mount Clemens, Michigan. While the surviving spouse usually inherits all the married couple's assets, …

  • 5 Las Vegas Real Estate Agents Who Can Sell Your Home Fast U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 9:00 AM EST

    After taking a hit during the recession, the Las Vegas real estate market seems to be on an upswing. The Las Vegas real estate agents below are among those who sold the most homes in the shortest time over the past year, according to Agent Explore, a real estate technology company (and a U.S. News partner). Mary Baca, …

  • 11 Popular Home Updates That Are Worth the Cost U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 2:04 PM EST

    When you're making renovations to a home, how do you know what's a solid investment? Before you jump into do-it-yourself renovations, weigh the cost of each improvement against the potential return on investment as it compares to other homes in your neighborhood. McGillivray cites a survey released in February from Owners.com, …

  • 8 Tax Tips for People With Disabilities (and Their Caregivers) U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 1:02 PM EST

    ABLE Account contributions do not qualify for a federal tax credit or deduction, but some states, including Iowa, Michigan and Nebraska, offer state tax benefits for contributing. For instance, the state of Iowa allows individual taxpayers in that state to deduct up to $3,239 of their contributions to an Iowa ABLE Account …

  • 10 Ways to Buy Industrial Stocks U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 11:02 AM EST

    ETFs for building long-term wealth. Industrial stocks have been the toast of Wall Street since President Donald Trump's election. People have bought up industrials broadly on hopes of big infrastructure ...

  • Brand Yourself for Career Stability U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 10:59 AM EST

    Within your niche, your name could one day be as well-known as Coke or Pepsi. Can you rebrand yourself or upgrade your personal brand? Try answering these three questions to fine-tune your personal brand.

  • 7 Habits of Highly Successful Savers U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 10:44 AM EST

    According to a 2016 study conducted by GOBankingRates, more than two-thirds of Americans have less than $1,000 saved, with 34 percent admitting to having absolutely no money in their savings account. Piggybacking on the ingenuity of Stephen Covey, author of "7 Habits of Highly Effective People," here are seven habits of …

  • 4 Ways to Turn Your Anxiety Into Action U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 10:27 AM EST

    Despite all the shock and awe, the financial markets have found their way to new highs, and certain industry groups that had been laggards over the past few years have now emerged as leaders. Here are four simple ways you can turn anxiety into constructive action with your investments. Don't make course corrections until …

  • Warren Buffett Sells Millions in Wal-Mart Stores Inc Stock (WMT) U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 10:25 AM EST

    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRK.A, BRK.B) shed $900 million in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT) stock, reports Business Insider, echoing larger issues the retail industry is facing against fierce competition like Amazon.com (AMZN). The billionaire investor retains practically zero shares in the legacy retailer …

  • Which Are Better: Fixed-Rate Mortgages or ARMs? U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 10:24 AM EST

    After all, with these great fixed deals offered everywhere, why risk a future rate increase with an adjustable-rate loan? In fact, fixed-rate mortgages account for the vast majority of new mortgages issued -- more than 93 percent in the most recent weekly survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The average rate on …

  • 6 Tips for Managing Money With Your Significant Other U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 10:06 AM EST

    Whether we don't have enough of it or don't know how to look after what we do have, it seems like many of us have difficult relationships with money. The money talk is rarely something couples look forward to, but it's vital to both healthy relationships and healthy finances. Fortunately, like so much else in our relationships, …

  • Trump's Tax Reforms May Be Another Reason to Avoid Municipal Bonds U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 9:36 AM EST

    The new administration seems firmly committed to slashing individual tax rates. Interest income from muni bonds is usually exempt from federal taxes and in many cases from state income taxes, also. Such bonds typically have a lower yield than taxable bonds of an equivalent quality and duration.

  • 6 Tours First-Time Chicago Visitors Should Experience - Locals' Picks U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 9:00 AM EST

    Water has shaped Chicago since its frontier beginnings when, in 1803, Fort Dearborn first stood at the confluence of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, now Michigan Avenue. Today, scenic boat tours cruising the lakefront and river give visitors essential insight into the city's identity. "Seasonal Chicago River architecture …

  • 5 Unexpected Monuments to Celebrate African American History U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 11:15 AM EST

    The Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture in the District of Columbia, which features unique exhibitions honoring significant moments and figures in African American history, including a lace shawl given by Queen Victoria to abolitionist Harriet Tubman, is an ideal place to start your …

  • How to Approach 4 Awkward Financial Talks With Your Partner U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 11:04 AM EST

    Or maybe this is really serious, and you think it's finally time to share the news that you owe a lot of credit card debt or back taxes. Do not talk to one another in the heat of the moment," says Gretchen Kubacky, a health psychologist based in Los Angeles. Maybe he or she bought an expensive gym membership without consulting …

  • How to Assess Your Relationship With Your Job U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 10:58 AM EST

    Cupid is in the air: As Valentine's Day is upon us and heart-shaped candy boxes and flowers are exchanging hands left and right, there's one relationship you might want to examine a little more closely: the one between you and your job. Interestingly enough, in a recent poll from Monster that asked how respondents would …

  • Put Real Estate or Gold in Your Retirement Account U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 10:54 AM EST

    Do you have a hankering to diversify beyond the typical stock, bond and exchange traded-fund holdings that generally comprise the bulk of one's retirement investments? For the more entrepreneurial minded and adventuresome investor, the self-directed individual retirement account is an option that anyone can use to invest …

  • 5 Things to Consider When Choosing the Neighborhood That's Right for You U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 10:51 AM EST

    Location, Location, Location -- it may seem like a cliche phrase you'd see in a real estate advertisement. When you're house hunting, location is one of the most significant choices you'll make. Here are a few important points that you should keep in mind when scouting out different neighborhoods.

  • 12 Simple, Free Ways to Say 'I Love You' on Valentine's Day U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 10:50 AM EST

    Here are 12 terrific tactics for letting your partner know that you love them without buying something expensive in a moment of panic. What matters is that it's honest, shows your own heart and shows that you're paying attention to your partner. Go home before your partner does and take care of some of their household …

  • How to Plan an Affordable Romantic Weekend Getaway in Paris U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 10:38 AM EST

    Typically, the priciest part of a trip to Paris is the journey across the pond. Google Flights currently shows round-trip flights from major New York City airports to Paris for under $700 in March and round-trip routes from top Washington District of Columbia airports for less than $800.

  • What to Do if Recruiters Don't Have Time to Read Your Cover Letter U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 10:20 AM EST

    All that's left is to personalize your pitch with a stellar cover letter. According to a 2016 Jobvite survey, about one-quarter of recruiters say a cover letter is not important when reviewing applications. The extinction of the cover letter might not be a major loss, but it does mean you've got to get a bit more innovative …

  • Should You Pay Your Taxes With a Credit Card? U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 10:18 AM EST

    You may be surprised to learn that paying with a credit card has been an option since 1999. While fees and potential interest charges generally make credit card payments one of the less attractive options, there are some instances when paying with a credit card can make sense. There are two main reasons to avoid using …

  • Is Apple Inc. (AAPL) Stock Really Worth $150? U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 10:07 AM EST

    Goldman Sachs (ticker: GS) gave Apple Inc. ( AAPL) shareholders an early Valentine's Day present on Monday, raising its price target to from $133 to $150 per share. The question is: How realistic is Goldman's $150 price target? Apple is coming off a blowout quarter, one that beat nearly all analyst expectations and sent …

  • 6 Ways to Age Well and Save Money Doing It U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 9:58 AM EST

    Health care costs can snowball as a person ages, and the added stress of those big bills can further tax one's health. "What you want to do as you get older is both be healthy and have a healthy bank account," says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, who co-authored the forthcoming book …

  • 4 Reasons Portugal is Europe's Retirement Haven U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 9:48 AM EST

    Portugal's Algarve coast qualifies as an ideal place to consider reinventing your life abroad in retirement. The Algarve can be an attractive choice for single women who are making a move overseas alone. The big and long-established expat community is welcoming and supportive, and this is one of the safest spots in Europe …

  • 5 Top Places to Enjoy a Slice of New York City Pizza - Locals' Picks U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 9:45 AM EST

    New Yorkers are passionate about pizza, but where to grab the perfect slice is up for debate. Part of the reason could be that New York establishments serve up so much variety, from wood-fired to coal-fired and Neapolitan-style to Sicilian, that it's hard to choose. "People here have different perceptions of what New …

  • How to Save Money By Ditching Your Car U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 9:41 AM EST

    Chris Balish hasn't owned a car since 2005. Balish, who was living in St. Louis at the time, figured out how to get to work on public transit and bicycle. Today, Balish lives in Los Angeles and maintains his car-free lifestyle.

  • 5 Signs You've Found the Right Austin Real Estate Agent U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 9:00 AM EST

    Due to the large number of agents in Austin, Texas, it can be difficult to know whom to trust with one of your largest financial transactions. How can you tell during an initial interview whether an agent is well-qualified and the right fit for what you're looking for? "You should always look at the hard data and what …

  • How to Solve Income Inequality U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 9:00 AM EST

    Consider this shocking statistic on income inequality: The eight richest men on earth control as much wealth as half of the global population, or the poorest 3.6 billion people. This increasingly gratuitous income inequality gap is contributing to global poverty, health crises, crime and the slow death of class mobility, …

  • The Rise of the Financial Sector and Where to Invest After the Election U.S.News & World Report - Tue, Feb 14, 2017 6:00 AM EST

    Of the 10 broad sectors of the U.S. stock market, the financial sector has benefited the most since the election, advancing 14.3 percent versus 6.7 percent for the Standard & Poor's 500 index. While banks (retail, wholesale and investment banking) comprise 71 percent of this sector, insurance, brokerage and asset management …

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