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12 things no one should ever do with their money

Surely the list of things you should never do with your money is longer than these 12 recommendations. But you have to start somewhere.<p>To give you some guidance, we asked financial experts to share their take on how to protect your financial security and avoid getting snookered.

Personal Finance

The 20 most generous people in the world

Pioneering American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie once set the standard for giving back: "No man can become rich without himself enriching others," he said. "The man who dies rich dies disgraced."<p>Scores of the world's wealthiest people have taken to his philosophy, donating their riches to …

Bill Gates

Research Says Most Entrepreneurs Have This Surprising Thing In Common (I'm Concerned You Won't Like It)

Creativity, resourcefulness, and leadership are important--but another characteristic gives many successful entrepreneurs a huge advantage.<p>Quiz time. What's the most important characteristic of a majority of successful entrepreneurs? Is it:<p><i>High appetite for risk?</i><i>Great ideas?</i><i>Creative</i> …

Entrepreneurship

How rich people raise rich kids

But, recently, there have been suggestions that the birth lottery's outcomes can be manipulated even after the fluttering ping-pong balls of inequality have been drawn.<p>What appears to matter — a lot — is environment, and that's something that can be controlled. For example, one study out of Harvard …

A man who retired comfortably at age 30 explains how much money he had to save

That was in 2005, right before Mr. Money Mustache's 31st birthday.<p>"This was achieved not through luck or amazing skill," he emphasized to Farnoosh Torabi on episode 38 of " So Money ," her personal finance podcast. "But simply by living a lifestyle about 50% less expensive than most of our peers …

Personal Finance

Mr. Money Mustache

6 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Successfully Brand Themselves

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over the last few years, personal branding has gone on from being an additional responsibility to one of the top priorities in marketing a business.<p>Over the last few years, branding has gone on from being an additional responsibility to …

Entrepreneurship

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

In his fourth book, " American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America ," award-winning author Colin Woodard identifies 11 distinct cultures that have historically divided the US.<p>"The country has been arguing about a lot of fundamental things lately including state …

New York City

78 years ago, a journalist who studied 500 millionaires realized something about friendships that's still relevant today

In addition to outlining the "secret" to building wealth in 13 principles , he revealed 30 " major causes of failure " that hold many of us back from getting rich, one of them being associating with the wrong crowd.<p>"Men take on the nature and the habits and the power of thought of those with who …

Self-improvement

This Android app adds one simple feature I wish I could have on my iPhone

Because of the open nature of Google’s Android operating system, it’s open season for third-party developers. They can go places iOS developers can’t …

7 Things Successful People Do On Weekends

Watch the 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' trailer revealed at Comic-Con

The "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" trailer revealed Saturday during the Warner Bros. Hall H presentation at Comic-Con is here, and it gives fans an extended look at the repercussions Superman faces after his actions in "Man of Steel."<p>"Nobody cares about Clark Kent taking on the Batman," …

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11 things the rest of the world does so much better than America

When it comes to food waste, vacation time and student loans, the U.S. is anything but a beacon for the free world<p>Larry Schwartz<p>July 10, 2015 9:15am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>America! Land of the free, home of the brave, and the greatest country on the face of the planet, …

EPA

Apple's strange new ad campaign: 'If it's not an iPhone it's not an iPhone'

Apple released two new iPhone ads on Thursday, which are a break from its recent storytelling style. Prior to this campaign, Apple's more recent ads showed how different functions of the smartphone actually help people get more out of their lives , or do their jobs better , or get closer to their …

iPhone

Greece proposes tax hikes, spending cuts, pension reforms

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece has submitted a 13-page set of proposals to its European creditors that is intended to act as a foundation to free up a new …

Taxes

China is allowing its massive pension fund to buy stocks to support the shaky market

According to a report from Bloomberg policymakers "will allow its basic endowment pension fund to invest in stock markets, according to draft regulations posted on the Ministry of Finance's website".<p>The fund also will be allowed to invest in domestic bonds, stock funds, private equities, …

Stock Markets

Startup founder claims $2.8 billion startup Slack is misleading people about its free 'unlimited' plan

For example, on its pricing page, it says, "Slack is free to use for as long as you want, and with an unlimited number of people."<p>But Quincy Larson, founder of an open source code learning community called Free Code Camp, uncovered a hidden user limit for free users that Slack does not clearly …

Wal-Mart accused of using charity to defuse its opposition

In the complaint, dated Monday and addressed to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, the group claims the Walmart Foundation made donations to ease public opposition as it sought to expand in key markets like Los Angeles and New York.<p>Wal-Mart spokesman Kevin Gardner said the company takes IRS …

Walmart

IRS Announces Effort To Fight Fraudulent Tax Returns

The Internal Revenue Service, hoping to reduce the number of fraudulent tax returns filed each year, says it's partnering with several tax preparation and software firms in an effort to protect taxpayers.<p>The initiative, announced by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, will include steps the IRS …

5 Google Apps for Reflection

We reflect often. It's a critical part of the learning process. But what makes some reflections more useful than others is the ability to revisit …

Apps

The Worst-Kept Secret About QuickBooks Online

Once upon a time, not very long ago, it was a different experience buying software. Take QuickBooks, the popular small business accounting system, for example.<p>Back in the day, you would go to the office supply store, or order the software online and it would be delivered to you in a box. You would …

These are the 7 coldest housing markets in the world

But the boom is not being felt everywhere.<p>According to the Global Property Guide for the first quarter of 2015, home prices rose in 25 of the 38 housing markets worldwide in which inflation-adjusted statistics are available.<p>And so while there were only a few losers, here is a list of the seven …

Housing Market

Young & Entrepreneurial: Ivy League Dropouts and Glints Founders Are Building the Linkedin for Youth

<i>Young & Entrepreneurial is a series of articles where I've decided to interview and write about young individuals disrupting the world. By sharing the stories of these individuals, I hope to inspire youth from all over the world to follow their passions, to take the road less traveled and to</i> …

QuickBooks Workhub Helps Accountants and Small Biz Owners Streamline Management

For many business owners, managing the backend of a business is often as much work as providing their own services and products. Simply streamlining …

The Problem With The Color Blue

Blue may seem like a safe bet for a brand’s identity. The data suggests otherwise.<p>In brand design, the color blue is everywhere. Roughly 60% of Fortune 500 companies feature dominantly blue brand identities. Nearly half of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams sport a blue signature color. The “Big …

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