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The SEC is looking to make it easier for any company to test the IPO waters

Under the leadership of its newest chairman, Jay Clayton, the SEC has for the last two years made it clear that it wants more companies to go public already.<p>A new proposal, revealed today, may get it closer to that objective. Specifically, the agency has proposed giving any company that’s exploring …

Technology

The Greatest Investor You’ve Never Heard Of: An Optometrist Who Beat The Odds To Become A Billionaire

<b>It’s 9 p.m. on the last Saturday night</b> of the 2018 Art Basel in Miami Beach. On the first floor of the palatial Versace mansion, the well-dressed and well-Botoxed are dancing to remixes of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and posing for Instagram by the mosaic-tiled emerald pool.<p>Upstairs, in a VIP room …

University of Florida

6 Ways Top CEOs Beat Procrastination

Once begun, half done.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Humans have a tendency to procrastinate because our minds naturally like to be in a relaxed state. Sometimes it’s hard to get going, or we have trouble focusing and find ourselves putting off an unpleasant or …

Business Strategy

10 unmissable new books to help you start a creative small business

In association with<p>Looking to start a creative small business, or already running one and trying to improve it? There's no need to waste time and …

Entrepreneurship

Berkshire’s Charlie Munger has a very blunt response to those ‘driving rich people away’ as Amazon scraps HQ2

‘It’s been serious. Driving the rich people out is pretty dumb if you’re a state or a city.’<p>That is the famously plain-spoken Charlie Munger, …

Charlie Munger

Growing a Multi-Million Dollar Business with a DIY Social Strategy

One of the biggest complaints about social media marketing and advertising is lackluster ROI, or at least difficulty in accurately measuring or attributing social ROI. While intelligently architected multi-channel digital campaigns have gotten much better at uncovering and reporting value and clear …

Social Media

NYC's tech reputation after Amazon

Amazon's withdrawal from New York City could be a big blow to the city's momentum in the tech industry (Source: TicToc)

Tech Industry

Charlie Munger: Teaching young people to actively trade stocks is like starting them on heroin

Warren Buffett's longtime business partner Charlie Munger is not a fan of active investment management and thinks it could harm inexperienced …

ETFs

Everyone Wants To Beat Up Scout, Amazon’s Adorable New Delivery Robot

Technology can save, extend, and help the lives of millions of people around the world. But not every advance in technology is well-received by the masses. Take Google Glass those, goofy-looking glasses that gave you a HUD and could take photos and video. The technology was a breakthrough, and …

Technology

15 tax deductions to remember if you are self-employed

Make Your Federal Taxes Work for You, Not for Uncle Sam<p>As a self-employed person, you probably watched the development of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act …

Taxes

Dow jumps 280 points, set to end week with a flourish as U.S.-China talks show progress

U.S. stock indexes on Friday rose sharply higher as investors focused on continued progress in trade negotiations between China and the U.S. in the …

China-United States Relations

How Amazon scrapped its plans for a New York headquarters

(Reuters) - More than a year of work to bring Amazon.com Inc's headquarters and tens of thousands of jobs to New York City ended on Thursday with a couple of phone calls.<p>Jay Carney, the company's top policy executive, told New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that the world's biggest online retailer …

Technology

Amazon Will Pay a Whopping $0 in Federal Taxes on $11.2 Billion Profits

Those wondering how many zeros Amazon, which is valued at nearly $800 billion, has to pay in federal taxes might be surprised to learn that its check …

Liberal View

US retail sales post biggest drop in 9 years in December

WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales recorded their biggest drop in more than nine years in December as receipts fell across the board, suggesting a sharp slowdown in economic activity at the end of 2018.<p>The Commerce Department said on Thursday retail sales tumbled 1.2 percent, the …

Retail

Bill Gates says socialism has “worked extremely poorly” (Quartz Membership)

Quartz MembershipFeb 12, 2019<p>Bill Gates says socialist approaches have historically "worked extremely poorly" when compared to capitalistic market economies. Asked in a recent interview with Quartz about some American young people's rejection of capitalism in favor of socialism, Gates said: The …

Bill Gates

This Dirt-Cheap Bank Is Forbes' Best Bank in America 2 Years in a Row

You may want to learn about this under-the-radar bank stock.<p>The banking industry is often thought of as highly competitive, with little …

Profit

Never enough money? These 7 questions will help you make smarter spending decisions

It requires a different physiological state, and it takes discipline and careful cultivation to get there. But it’s worth the effort.<p>Natalie can’t …

Happiness

8 companies offering work-from-home jobs that don't require a college degree

In an effort to secure the best talent on the market, more and more companies are expanding their applicant pool to include professionals without a …

College & University

9 Stocks That Pass the Warren Buffett Buy Test | Stock Market News | US News

, Contributor<p><b>Wayne Duggan</b> has been a U.S. News & World Report contributor since 2016. He is an expert at the... Read more<b>Wayne Duggan</b> has been a U.S. …

Stock Markets

Stocks try to round out 2018 with a gain

<b>New York (CNN Business) —</b> 2018 was a record-setting year for stocks, but it's one investors would rather forget.<p>The Dow fell 5.6%. The S&P 500 was down 6.2% and the Nasdaq fell 4%. It was the worst year for stocks since 2008 and only the second year the Dow and S&P 500 fell in the past decade. (The …

The CEO behind 'Fortnite' is now worth over $7 billion

The man in charge of the company that makes "Fortnite" is now worth over $7 billion.<p>Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney is No. 194 on this year's list of the world's 500 richest people, published annually by Bloomberg. Sweeney isn't confirming the number himself; it's based on his presumed sale of Epic …

7 people you never realized were early investors in Uber

If Uber goes public as planned in 2019, nine years and billions of dollars worth of investments will be returned to investors smart enough — or lucky enough — to have made a bet on the company's success.<p>But some of those investors are luckier than others.<p>Investors in its most recent round, a $1.25 …

This Simple Stock Screen Beat the Dow in 2018

This popular strategy could be making a comeback -- especially given how well it's done despite one huge weight dragging it down.<p>2018 has been one of …

The CEO who took over Burger King at age 32 learned that any major problem at work usually boils down to one of 3 reasons

When he was 29 years old, Daniel Schwartz went from managing a single person at the investment firm 3G Capital to becoming the chief financial officer of Burger King. A few years later, he was CEO of the brand, and then that role soon turned to CEO of a fast food conglomerate, Restaurant Brands …

Holiday retail sales are strongest in years: Report

Holiday sales increased for U.S. retailers at the best pace in six years, according to early data.<p>Total U.S. retail sales, excluding automobiles, rose 5.1% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 from a year earlier, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks both online and in-store spending with all …

Apple stock falls to $155, entering a ‘death cross’

I didn’t know what a “death cross” was when it comes to stocks, but it certainly doesn’t sound like the kind of thing investors clink glasses to celebrate.<p>In fact, it’s the point at which a stock’s 50-day moving average crosses below its 200-day moving average. It can reportedly be an accurate …

Amazon's gamble on Whole Foods might not pay off

Amazon’s foray into the grocery world last year with its $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods might not be paying off.<p>According to Bloomberg, the world’s biggest online retailer has continued to struggle in the $840 billion-grocery market, despite its acquisition in August 2017 of the upscale food …

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Sheer brilliance? While O’Connor is very smart indeed, he credits his success to applying Thomas Edison’s famous saying that “genius is one percent …

How This Entrepreneur Sold His Startup For $1.1 Billion By Following This One Simple Rule

What are the keys to incredible scale and launching a venture that has real potential today?<p>Kevin O’Connor is one of those entrepreneurs and investors who is really in the top 0.5% of business experts who has not only created a billion dollar venture, but has been involved with more than one.<p>I had …