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6 truths about money that are tripping you up

<i>— John D. Rockefeller</i><p>The irony of a strong financial life is that you don't really want it. You want what a strong financial life <i>represents</i>: options.<p>the ability to fail and try again someday<br>• more time, to be spent in personally meaningful ways<br>• stronger choices for our loved ones, e.g. schools and …

Use this simple chart to save an extra $1,000 this year

If someone asked you to save $1,000 right now, could you do it? How would it make you feel? What would you cut back on? (Or would you need to go out and find a new hustle??)<p>$1,000 is a lot of money no matter what position you're in. And if someone told me to save it on the spot I'd probably first …

Here's a Better Way to Calculate the True Rent vs. Buy Costs

In my last commentary, I wrote about the misleading math behind the rent vs. buy calculation. My main point was that focusing on the direct, total …

Never pay full price: A monthly guide to the best time to buy TVs, cars, furniture and more, on sale

Ever get caught in a rain storm, and felt forced to buy one of those excessively priced umbrellas from a seller who seemed appear <i>just</i> at the right …

How To Invest With Just $5

Imagine that you have never invested before in the stock market. How much money do you need to start investing?<p>$100? $1,000? More?<p>If you ask Brandon Krieg, co-founder and CEO of Stash, he’ll tell you definitively that it’s $5.<p>Yes, $5.<p>More on that in a minute.<p><b>What Is Stash?</b><p>Stash is a new type of …

Investing

As Ontario's salary freeze ends, big raises get chilly reception

Managers and top executives in the Ontario public sector haven't had a raise in five years, but with a salary freeze about to be lifted, they're …

Canada

Claim This Deduction for Your Small Business to Avoid Leaving Money on the Table This Tax Season

One expert says there's a big way to save your business money, but some small-business owners refuse to take it.<p>It's that time of the year, and we wouldn't blame you if you tensed up knowing that tax season has arrived, because for some small business owners, it can be a daunting few months.<p>But the …

Small Business

Meet The Startups Helping Broke-Ass Millennials Invest Their Couch Pennies

Companies like Stash and WiseBanyan are growing fast. Will their success be their own undoing?<p>If you’re a first-time investor with, say, $15,000 in savings, you have plenty of options these days. Newfangled robo-advisers like Betterment and Wealthfront will happily take your money, as will …

Home Ownership

These affordable leather dress shoes are a game-changer

Spring is in the air, which also means wedding season is nigh.<p>There's much for dudes to think about, from suit fit to accessories. Cost can add up …

7 Secrets to Becoming Wealthy in Your 20s and 30s

We all wish we could be wealthy. For most of us, it’s a far-off dream that someday, eventually, we might be able to turn ourselves into self-made …

Personal Finance

13 Things All Cat Owners Know To Be True

Ah, the trials and tribulations of owning a cat.

“Get them to say no”: Expert lessons in influence from the most persuasive professions on earth

“You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.” Russian playwright Anton Chekov might have been right that we can’t go it alone, but we’re also right to be skeptical of others.<p>The great skills required of a con artist, politician, or salesperson are also the skills of great …

Body Language

BMW i8 Designer, Other Key Execs Join Unknown Chinese Electric Car Startup

The core of BMW's i division has taken jobs with Chinese-based Future Mobility Corp.<p>Benoit Jacob's name is attached to one of the most striking car designs you can buy today, the paradigm-shifting BMW i8. But recent reports suggest that Jacob and two of his BMW i division colleagues are jumping …

Electric Vehicles

This City Near Detroit Might Be the 'Worst Place on Earth'

Maybe it's time to retire the "earth's rectum" label. But probably not.<p>As a relatively recent Ontario transplant, my working knowledge of Windsor is limited.<p>What I knew about the border town, upon embarking on this mission to discover why people live there, was that Stephen Colbert dubbed it the …

Stephen Colbert

How Volvo Stole Energy From Other Cars on a California Highway to Power This SUV

Volvo's new XC90 T8 hybrid is more than just a potential getaway car. It's a twin-engine thief that steals power from other vehicles.<p>At least, that's …

Advertising Industry

Why do humans like to get drunk? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Alcohol is a very simple molecule with incredibly complex effects. Although I already knew a bit about the neurobiology of alcohol, I just spent an …

Luxurious and Sculptural Designs Change the Look of the Average Chair

Whether they’re stripping the furniture piece to its barest features or creating a decadent version made of gold, these makers explore what happens when you re-design the chair.<p>Making a chair may not seem like a particularly creative task. Most designers use the basic, centuries-old model: a …

If you want to be more successful, stop networking

The biggest reason why connecting with people benefits you is simple: It allows you to extend your reach further, which in turn allows your ideas to make a much bigger impact.<p>The result is that you achieve your goals a lot faster with a few key friends to help you out than if it is just you, …

The 10 Richest People of All Time

A comparison of wealth across history<p>Who had more money, John D. Rockefeller or Genghis Khan? It’s a simple question with a very difficult …

Income Inequality

100 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter, Better, and Wiser

Listen to these 100 podcasts and you will become wiser, smarter, and better at business and life.<p>Podcasting is a great way to learn and be inspired. It's a new use of technology that hearkens back to the original social medium, storytelling.<p>If you have an interest in entrepreneurship, tech, …

Entrepreneurship

Cuban Cigars? Not Yet. Till Then, Smoke These

Even though the embargo against Cuba has been lightened — you can now legally bring $100 worth of tasty Havanas back to the States — it doesn’t mean …

The 21st-century gold rush where people work in 19th-century conditions

Sowerda, Sudan<p>It’s a little before 7am on a bright, airless August morning, and already Abdullah Idriss Isaac has been hard at work for hours.<p>Swishing his aluminum pan back and forth through a waist-deep pool of brackish water, he wearily scrutinizes its contents for glimmers of gold. With the sun …

Africa

LinkedIn and Evernote investor explains how 'ignoring everybody' made him launch a new startup

How do you go from 0 to 1? What happens before the startup even comes into the picture?<p>I have invested as an angel in about 50 startups. It's been quite successful. I could just keep doing this. Oh and some paragliding and kite-surfing when I don't meet great entrepreneurs. I could also become a …

Solar Decathlon 2013: Team Alberta Designs Modular Home for Remote Locations

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Borealis, Team Alberta’s entry to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, addresses the …