Erika Hauptman

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Are You A Performance Taker Or Seeker?

There are two categories of investors in this world: performance takers and performance seekers. A performance taker is satisfied with earning a fair share of the market’s return and weathering the risk that comes with it. A performance seeker wants more return and less risk, and pays for it in …

7 Ways To Match Your First Dream Home To Your Budget

You are ready to buy your first home. Congrats!<p>Although you haven’t found it yet, in your mind, it’s perfect! Open floor plan, granite countertops, a walk-in closet … the works!<p>Not to burst your bubble, but let’s take a step back. You are buying your very first home. It may be great, but chances …

The Prudent Speculator's Nine-Month Review

While the historically worst performing month of the year enjoyed solid gains in 2012 and 2013, Billie Joe Armstrong and his band <i>Green Day</i> summed up our thoughts this time around with their song, “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” Indeed, though the respective losses of only 1.4% and 2.1% on the …

Think Rich: 6 Money Mistakes Millionaires Don't Make

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>Income inequality. One percenters. The wealth gap.<p>Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately—or you avoid network news like the plague—you’re probably pretty familiar with these terms … and the implication that true wealth in America is too exclusive …

There's Only One Thing Certain About Market Uncertainty

You sit down to breakfast, open the web page or your newspaper and the headline hits you right smack between the eyes: “Market Falls on _________ Uncertainty.” You can fill in the blank:<p>Global Concerns<p>Federal Reserve Meeting<p>Employment Report<p>Congressional Gridlock<p>The possibilities are endless, but …

Ready For A Financial Power Trip? 4 Take-Control Tips For Your Money

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>There are many parts of our lives where self-help gurus urge us to feel empowered: our careers. Our relationships. Our workouts.<p>But there’s one key thing that’s often missing from the list: our money.<p>And Americans could certainly use some help feeling less …

Roth Road To Riches

In 2012 FORBES highlighted a backdoor method for high-income folks to move money into Roth IRAs, where it can grow tax free for retirement. While couples with more than $190,000 in adjusted gross income can’t contribute to Roth IRAs directly, they can put the maximum annual IRA contribution of …

Aftertax 401(k) Rollovers, Advanced Version

In the current issue of Forbes in <i>Roth Road To Riches</i> I profile Wayne Grunewald, a retired corporate controller at SWM, who just moved $180,000 in aftertax 401(k) money to a Roth IRA, where it will grow taxfree as opposed to tax-deferred.<p>Whether you could make this move – and exactly how — was one …

Take This Investing IQ Quiz To See What You Know

<i>(This article previously appeared on RealDealRetirement.com.)</i><p>It’s been easy to score big gains in stocks the past few years. But if the recent turmoil in the market continues, you’re going to need more than luck to succeed.<p>When the market delivers outsize performance, as it has in recent years, …

Secrets Of A Frustration-Free Customer Service Experience

Are you driving your customers crazy with a clunky customer experience and antiquated approach to customer service? Here are three ways to combat this, ideas I suggest as a customer experience and customer service consultant to my clients when they sense growing frustration levels among their …

The 9 Habits of People Who Never Have to Clean Their Homes

A maid isn't needed, just some better habits.<p><b>1. They put away their clothes every night.</b>When you're changing into your pajamas, it might be tempting to just toss your clothes on a chair or even on the floor, but don't fall prey to that lazy trap. It takes a couple of seconds to put them in your …

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Here's Why The Best Investors Ignore Market Crashes

In October 1987 the markets crashed. The New York Times headline called it “Bedlam on Wall St.” The Times of London called it “Wall Street’s blackest hours”. Trading volumes nearly doubled past records as investors stampeded for the exit. Stocks lost almost a quarter of their value after just 7 …

The Irony of Intelligence

by Brian Luster and Steven Abernathy<p><i>“If you’ve been in the game 30 minutes and you don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.”</i>—Warren Buffett<p>Can one person rise to the very top of his or her game in more than one area of life? Exploring various interests to enhance our personal development is …

14 Most Powerful Fashion Families

Blame it on good DNAthese are the fashion empires that keep it in the family.<p>Blame it on good DNA—these are the fashion empires that keep it in the family.

LVMH shakes up watches and jewellery product-mix and strategy | Financial Times

When it comes to managing its brands, France’s LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton likes to take a laisser-faire approach. Autonomy and independence …

MBA students make steps into the fashion industry | Financial Times

As the catwalks in Milan, London, Paris and New York are put away until next season, London-based designers are discovering another audience with an …

Are we in a fintech bubble?

The financial technology sector is not just hot, it’s smoking hot.<p>Last year global private fintech companies raised nearly $3 billion, that’s more than triple the $930 million invested into fintech companies in 2008. There’s some speculation that we’re in a bubble and fintech companies are being …

9 Ways to Show More Confidence in Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many entrepreneurs share specific qualities that are vital for starting and growing a business. They are passionate, resilient, focused on opportunities and comfortable with risks. But the quality that might have the most influence over …

The best and worst sectors going into earnings season

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Third-quarter earnings season ramps up this week, and based on some initial metrics, tech, financials, and health care …

How A Trillion-Dollar Market Remains Hidden In Plain Sight

<i>Editor’s note: Charles Moldow is a general partner at Foundation Capital and an investor in Lending Club, Motif Investing, AdRoll, DogVacay, Lending Home and OnDeck.</i><p>Remember the hidden cash craze? Someone was hiding money all over cities, leaving people to find it on their own. It got a lot of …

Fortune 5: The most powerful economic empires of all time

You hear quite a lot these days about America’s decline.<p>It’s perhaps inevitable that Americans are worried about their place in the world, after …

7 Ways to Make Your Reputation Indestructible

It seems that every time a new product comes to market, the hype is short-lived before consumers shift their gaze to the next emerging technology making headlines.<p>Using bleeding-edge marketing techniques to tout your latest product will likely get you the short win, but the companies that survive …

A Light Bulb Shows How Solar And Wind Beat Coal

What would you rather do: burn 714 pounds of coal or put up 100 square meters of solar power?<p>Good Magazine performed an interesting experiment which underscores the benefits of renewables while simultaneously showing off the shortcomings of coal, nuclear and natural gas. It calculated how much …

Unemployment rates fall for least educated

A better labor market is benefiting more Americans, including those with less education.<p>September's unemployment rate fell from 6.1% to 5.9%, slipping under 6% for the first time since 2008. Those with only, or less than, a high school diploma saw even sharper declines.<p>Unemployment sunk from 6.2% …

The Weekend Is Over, And Gold Is Falling

There goes gold.<p>As markets whirr back to life to start the week, gold is falling again.<p>It's been really weak of late, as a strengthening economy and strenghtening dollar have taken the wind out of the gold story big time.<p>It's now below $1190/oz.

TMZ tackles TV with new sports show

By leading the way with coverage of the Donald Sterling and Ray Rice scandals, TMZ has bolstered its sports brand. And now it's coming to television.<p>The cable channel Reelz announced Wednesday that it has picked up "TMZ Hollywood Sports" for the channel's prime time lineup.<p>The weekday sports show …

World Bank trims China, East Asia 2014-2016 growth forecasts

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The World Bank cut its 2014-2016 growth forecasts for developing East Asia, noting that China was likely to slow due to policies aimed at putting the economy on a more sustainable footing, and it also cautioned of capital-flight risks to Indonesia.<p>Vendors sit outside a shop …