Tom LaFrancois

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When power corrupts: 16 of the biggest political scandals of the last 50 years | Washington Week

Before email controversies, Benghazi, and lewd photos, scandals had always been part of American political history. The political game often involves …

3 great reasons to take Social Security benefits at 62

Social Security is a primary source of retirement income for tens of millions of Americans, and financial planners urge people to take maximum advantage of the Social Security benefits they've earned. For many planners, that means advising their clients to wait beyond the early claiming age of 62 …

Home Prices, Flippers Boost Renovation Businesses

As the busy spring season heats up, home flippers and rising real-estate prices are building a solid foundation for renovation businesses.<p>Home values have steadily climbed higher over the last year. According to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, prices across the country gained 5.3% in …

Legendary hedge fund manager Jim Simons made $1.7 billion last year ― here's how he went from the NSA to Wall Street

Jim Simons, the investor who founded the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies, made $1.7 billion last year, according to Institutional Investor.<p>Simons ranked second on the publication's annual hedge fund rich list, behind Citadel CEO Kenneth Griffin.<p>Simons is the only manager to make the list all 15 …

Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Fixer Upper

Set aside money for a house repair fund.<p>So you’re pre-approved for a mortgage, and suddenly a home matching your criteria appears on the market. Then …

Lockheed Martin makes major STEM push to inspire young space innovators

Lockheed Martin wants to inspire the next generation of American space innovators with a major Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education project.<p>Launched last month, Generation Beyond aims to bring the science of space into homes and classrooms. Geared toward middle school students, …

10 legit ways to make your wife happy every day

You've probably heard that a happy wife equals a happy life. So what can you do each day to make sure your wife — and your life — is happy? Here are …

Yes, you should write a fucking business plan.

Just because you’re a startup, doesn’t mean you won’t need it.<p>I know business plans aren’t in vogue. They’re not popular. Many of the startups that I …

11 strategies to earn more, according to self-made millionaires

Saving is a critical component of growing your wealth.<p>That being said, you can't neglect <i>earning,</i> which is what the wealthiest, most successful people choose to focus on.<p>"The masses are so focused on clipping coupons and living frugally they miss major opportunities," self-made millionaire Steve …

The Guide: Boston Harbor Islands

Now that the ferries have started running, it’s time to map out your game plan for a mini ocean voyage. Here’s how to get the biggest bang for your …

Boston

Keller @ Large: Must-Have Skills For 18-Year-Olds

BOSTON (CBS) – What skills should every 18-year-old have by the time you turn them loose on the world?<p>Former Stanford Dean Julie Lythcott-Haims came …

Want to intern at a Wall Street bank? Here's the first thing they'll look for on your résumé

In 2015, Goldman Sachs had 59,000 applicants for roughly 2,900 summer intern positions.<p>So if you're going to drop your résumé in a stack with thousands of others, you want it to look good.<p>We spoke with a former analyst at a bulge-bracket bank who has been through the process both as an applicant …

Wall Street

10 Things Successful Project Managers Never Tolerate

Project managers are not just managers. They’re leaders. Project managers shape and influence their project culture for good or bad.<p>Tolerance can be …

The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday

Ever find that it’s noon and you haven’t accomplished anything on your to-do list? Get a productive jump-start on the day with these tasks.<p>I recently got to work an hour early. I had one goal in mind: world-domination, early-morning productivity. I made coffee, opened my email inbox, and the next …

A 22-year veteran of Microsoft HR describes the best and worst advice she ever received

<b>L. V. Anderson: Did you get any advice when you were growing up that stuck with you?</b><p>Bridgett Paradise: Some of the best advice I got was from my dad, who was in a nontraditional profession. I grew up in Southern Virginia, and he had the equivalent of an eighth-grade education. His rule of thumb is: …

New England Craft Breweries: Map of Every Massachusetts Brewery

Here’s a dizzying stat: Right now, there are two craft breweries opening somewhere across the U.S. … every single day.<p>Sure, America is massive. But …

1979 Toyota Celica Supra 5-Speed

This 1979 Toyota Celica Supra was purchased new in Wyoming by the seller’s grandfather and has remained in the family since. With 104k miles, the car …

The best American craft beers to crack open for the Superbowl

Like Thanksgiving, Baby Showers and Black Friday, the Super Bowl is an American custom that tends to polarise opinion over here.<p>A baffling version of British bulldog played by grunting, grappling leviathans in skin-tight leggings, shoulder pads, eye make-up and shiny helmets that goes on for hours. …

Boomer retirement planning: A nine-step guide to ease your mind

Here's an investing tip for baby boomers that pays dividends. Spend 90 minutes or so using these online resources and feel better about your retirement. Presented here is a nine-step process that will take you through 20 or so online calculators, worksheets, databases and other tools. The goal is …

Retirement

Here's the leadership strategy Nike's CEO uses to make employees smarter

Fortune quoted Andy Campion, Nike's chief financial officer: "What's fascinating about [Parker's] use of questions is that it leaves other leaders empowered to find the answers themselves and act on them."<p>That observation closely mirrors those that other Nike employees have made in the past.<p>A 2009 …

Employment

Opinion: Stock-market timing model: Go 100% cash

When Mebane Faber talks, people listen.<p>The chief investment officer of Cambria Investments is a highly regarded independent thinker. He’s among the …

These 12 Interviewing Tips Reveal Management Potential

The best managers are rarely the best techies or subject matter experts. Instead, they make the best techies and subject matter experts even better.<p>Too many people who get promoted into management come up short. These people are then hired into other companies since they have management experience. …