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15 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter about business

If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands but don't feel great about spending it binging the latest TV drama, we've got you covered.<p>Over on Netflix, there's a veritable treasure trove of business-related documentaries that are both educational and entertaining. You can learn about …

Going green can add value to your home

What is going “green” worth in Washington home real estate? If you rehab a house to exacting energy and environmental standards, or install a solar-panel array on your roof, does your house command more when you sell?<p>If you seal up all the energy-leaking areas in your house, install a highly …

Real Estate

How This Guy Grew a Company to 7 Figures in 2 Years | Inc.com

Starting a company is challenging. Coming up with a winning idea, sourcing capital, registering the company, getting official papers, hiring staff, developing a marketing plan and acquiring client are all tough heights to scale. This venture requires a lot of hard work, and many end up in failure. …

Michael Jordan

5 Basic Tips for Investing in Real Estate

If you're just beginning to invest in real estate, you'll find that there's a lot to learn. Real estate investing is more complicated than investing in stocks because of the financial, legal, and extensive due diligence requirements involved. That's why it's a good idea to give yourself a solid …

6 Nuggets of Financial Wisdom I Wish I'd Learned in School (But Didn't)

Financial literacy 101 should be a required class.<p>As I reflect back on my years in high school and even college, one thing has become readily …

You Don't Need to Be a Millionaire to Use These 10 Passive Income Strategies

Gain more financial freedom this year by taking advantage of these passive income ideas.<p>It's easy for millionaires to find passive income strategies that turn a profit, from commercial real estate investing to angel investing in a hot new technology startup. But what about the rest of us--those of …

3 Foolproof Ways to Build Wealth in Your 40s

Building wealth takes time. Your approach will depend in part on the stage of life you’re in. The way you handle your money as a 40-something is likely a bit different than the way you managed your finances in your 20s and your 30s. If retiring rich is your ultimate goal, here are three ways to …

Retirement

This New Gadget Prevents Your House From Burning Down

If the Talking Heads were to re-record their 1983 hit single, "Burning Down the House," they would need to update the lyrics to "The house never …

How Landlords Grow Rich In Their Sleep: The Guide To Getting Started With Student Rental Property Investment | Trading Mates | Sharing Financial Freedom

Want to know how you can make more money with a rental property?<p>How Landlords Grow Rich In Their Sleep: The Guide To Getting Started With Student …

Unsure what money to save and what to invest? Here’s the answer.

Often when people ask me a personal finance question, they feel embarrassed.<p>They start with, “I know this is a stupid question but . . . ”<p>I’d be lying if I said I’m not alarmed when people ask about financial matters so basic that to not know is frightening.<p>One woman, who was putting money into her …

Personal Finance

8 Smart Ways to Boost Your Home Value

A modern kitchen and open floor plan can turn your family home into a hot property.<p>When Alec and Jennifer Harmes spent $264,900 for their first home …

What I Wish I'd Known About Blogging Before I Started My Business

When I look back at my early days of blogging—or rather, “article marketing,” because when I started there were no blogs—I have to laugh at my naïveté. But hey: none of us knew what we were doing with content 10 years ago. We’ve learned and perfected our craft along the way. Still, if I could give …

Entrepreneurship

These luxury RVs are like five-star hotels on wheels

Dining Rooms

How I Tripled My Savings In 3 Months

Let me tell you the embarrassing truth about my first savings account. I was 24, and working at a bar in New York. When I came home from a shift, I …

Simple ways to save big money on a smartphone and cellular plan

Buying a new smartphone or cellular plan is a major headache, with smartphones released monthly and carriers continually adjusting their plans to entice consumers. You could spend a solid week visiting every carrier website looking at plans, working out costs, doing phone comparisons and hunting …

Forever renters: when the home ownership dream fades

An increasing number of people who are making the lifestyle choice to become tenants, rather than buy their own house.<p>Buying a home is considered a milestone in life. Cards pour through the letter box, a house warming is expected and new neighbours pop in with arbitrary gifts to congratulate you on …

Fundamentals could resurface after wrenching sell-off

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dramatic sell-off on Wall Street through most of the past two weeks could signal a capitulation-type blowout, giving fundamentals the upper hand for the next week.<p>The current slide in stock prices, which on Friday briefly dragged the S&P 500 to levels not seen in more than …

The Government Can’t Save the Middle Class

Economic input has increased, but the median household income continues to fall? It has been eight years since the economy collapsed and while the …

10 unique hotels to stay at before you die

From ice manors in Sweden to al fresco wooden lodges in Botswana to hanging pods in Peru, some hotels can make your trip unforgettable.<p>Here are the ones you need to visit during your lifetime.

A dollar-driven investment opportunity came and went in a flash

<i>Robert Kavcic is vice-president and senior economist at BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.</i><p>Canadians have been transfixed by the decline in the value of their dollar, which posted its second-worst year on record in 2015. The start of this year has provided no relief, with the currency dipping below 70 cents …

A psychologist interviewed a bunch of murderers and learned 5 surprising things about what drives people to kill

<i>Who could do something like this? Who is truly that evil?</i><p>Forensic psychologist James Garbarino might have some answers.<p>Earlier this year, the Loyola University psychologist published a book tying these experiences together, entitled "Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My Twenty Years as a …

How Millionaires Protect Their Wealth (And What You Can Learn from Them)

You've probably heard this expression before: <b>"Don't put all of your eggs in one basket."</b><p>When most people use the phrase, they're talking about relying too heavily on one person, plan or system.<p>Say there's only one person in your family who knows how to deactivate your home's alarm system. That's …

What's Hot in Franchising? The Big Takeaways From Our Franchise 500 Ranking.

This story appears in the January 2016 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>From year to year, the Franchise 500® has mirrored business and societal trends throughout the U.S., Canada and beyond. New franchise categories rise up -- sometimes suddenly -- while familiar brands sometimes lose a little …

83 Egg Recipes That We Always Crave

83 egg recipes is a lot of egg recipes. But is it enough?<p>Shockingly enough, Americans once ate twice as many eggs as they do today. Bring back the glory days with these 83 egg recipes, prepared every way you could imagine (baked! fried! poached! more!).

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Teeny house, big lie: Why so many proponents of the tiny-house movement have decided to upsize

As we were packing up our cottage last summer, my 14-year-old casually observed: "It's good we're leaving, while we still like each other."<p>For 10 weeks of the year, my husband and I, along with our two sons, live blissfully in Nova Scotia in a two-room A-frame that measures roughly 320 square feet, …

Mom's Spot-On Comics Show New Parenthood In All Its Chaotic Glory

The good, the bad and the ugly.<p>As the mother of a toddler, Argentinian illustrator Natalia Sabransky knows the ups and downs of parenting all too well.<p>The artist records her day-to-day experiences with her 2-year-old son Santiago in a series of hilarious comics named "Mamá Ilustrada," or as she's …

Parenting

When It Comes To Investing, This Is The Year To Finally Lose It

It happens every year around now. My wife reminds me of a promise I made a few years ago that has haunted me ever since. I joined a nearby health club along with a friend from work after we saw we were getting “fluffy,” and we decided to swim daily before work to hold each other accountable. I told …

Investing

6 of the Smartest Things You Can Do With Your Money in 2016

For Americans, money is one of the leading causes of stress. It’s no wonder then, that better improving our financial habits is a top resolution for …