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11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

6 Premium Apartment Amenities Worth the Extra Cost

If you’re shopping for an apartment, you’re likely to come across a lot of amenities that simply aren’t worth the price. Really, how often are you likely to use the sauna, and who wants to use a wobbly pool table with bent cue sticks? But some amenities really are worth the cost – here are the top …

According To Many Famous Investors, U.S. Stocks Are In A Bubble

If you ask Warren Buffett, Marc Faber, Bob Doll, Carl Icahn, and a host of others if the U.S. stock market is in a bubble, you’re likely to get answers that lean toward, “Yes.” Most of us have heard of financial bubbles. However, have you noticed they have been occurring with greater frequency? …

Get Financially Fit: 4 Money Musts Before Listing Your Home

If you’re planning to sell your home, chances are good that you’re seeking a lifestyle level-up: you want to bring your home’s size, shape, features, location, maintenance and financial obligations into better alignment with your life – or your future. Making sure that you execute a home sale that …

How Technology Killed Recruiting

I turned 54 a couple of weeks ago. That makes me more than old enough to remember the frenzy to automate virtually every business process in the nineteen-eighties and -nineties. What cracks me up thinking about those days is the mantra, repeated a hundred times a day: “Garbage in, garbage out.” …

8 Steps For Successful Entrepreneurs

Starting a business involves financial risks as well as rewards. And running a business means balancing multiple priorities—from delivering products and services to building revenue to maintaining customer and employee relationships.<p>“As busy as they are running their company, business owners have …

How To Get Hired As A Speaker In 2014

Most speakers who market their services are going about it in the wrong way. Start from the idea that the fee-paying world is overloaded with information, marketing claims, ideas, cute kitten videos, and a thousand demands on everyone’s time from family, friends, co-workers and people asking for …

3 Volunteer Opportunities That Will Seriously Boost Your Career

People are buzzing about volunteering these days, and with good reason: Studies have shown that volunteering strengthens communities, is good for your health—and can even help you land a job.<p>However, if you are a busy professional, it can be challenging to find an opportunity that allows you to …

7 Unconventional Behaviors Of Inspiring Leaders

There are very few great managers. And even fewer great leaders. Making your team happy by displaying behaviors that are expected from you as a manager is hard. But it is even harder to inspire people to follow you, especially if you don’t have direct authority over them.<p>Leaders are not always …

30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2014

There has never been a more inspired generation of young Africans. These builders, innovators and risk takers are fervent in their resolve to transform the continent. They are solving critical socio-economic problems, exporting African culture to the world, creating job opportunities for Africans, …

8 Mistakes That Cripple Corporate Innovators' Well-Meaning Efforts

Large companies that want to out-innovate both existing and start-up competitors before they themselves get disrupted must undertake a systematic innovation process of thinking big, starting small and learning fast. That’s the conclusion that Paul Carroll and I reached after studying thousands of …

What's Working Now: Seven Top Ranked Funds To Buy

2013 was a super year for stocks with big returns and below average drawdowns. Most U.S. indices hit new highs in 2013. The small-cap Russell 2000 gained 38.8% and the NASDAQ Composite 38.3%, outpacing the S&P 500, 32.4%, and the DJIA, 26.5%.<p>It was the best calendar-year performance for the S&P 500 …

Here's The Real Reason Markets Are Diving

Stocks are falling because of brewing troubles in emerging markets. And those troubles are the result of economic ignorance: too many central bankers don’t know how to defend their currencies, which are under attack. If they don’t get their act together, we could have another big financial crisis …

Essential Rules Of Paying For College

For parents of a high school senior, the day that the last college application is turned in can feel like the day peace is restored in the household: no more nagging to finish those essays, no more anxiety over standardized tests, and best of all, no more frantic 11th-hour proofreading before a …

A New Way to Trade On Inside Information Legally: Tweet It First

Hedge funds have felt the full force of the U.S. government’s crackdown on insider trading. Perhaps they should learn from those who are legally getting away with receiving and passing on inside, confidential information leaked from publicly traded companies every day: Journalists.<p>Journalists, …

Best honeymoon destinations for 2014

This is the time to shoot for the moon: travel further, stay longer, eat more and bring home a lifetime’s worth of romantic memories.<p>Hot air balloons take off in the early morning light over Göreme town in Cappadocia. Image by Christopher Pillitz / The Image Bank / Getty Images.<p>Cappadocia, …

Is it March Yet?! What an Apple iWatch Might Actually Look Like…

Another day, another Apple leak (hey, iOS in the Car!) AND another Apple mock-up. Today’s comes from interface designer Todd Hamilton and it has our wrists aching for the real deal. Especially if that real deal looks and works… well, exactly like this mock.<p>Appleholics have been on the edge of their …

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LeBron James' Endorsements Breakdown: By The Numbers

LeBron James has come a long way in the public eye since his 2010 TV special announcing his move to South Beach. He won a second NBA title in June; his jersey is the NBA’s best seller; and he nabbed Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year honor for 2012 after winning a third MVP Award and …

Why Real Fans Can't Go To The Super Bowl

In a New York Times article earlier this week, CBS's Jim Nantz said that the Super Bowl "takes on the atmosphere of a game being played on a Hollywood soundstage."<p>The crowd is overwhelmingly corporate, or at least neutral, which kills any buzz in the stadium. As a live experience, the biggest …

Don't Be Your Own Worst Financial Enemy: 10 Money Excuses To Kick To The Curb In 2014

We all know when we do it.<p>We buy a little something more expensive than we can afford. We know we should save for retirement, but haven’t contributed to our IRA. We let inertia take hold and keep putting off getting that will drawn up. And then, we rationalize these actions to ourselves.<p>“Well, it …

10 easy ways to make money in 2014

You’ve heard it before: Resolutions are for quitters. So don’t burden yourself with a list of useless declarations about not spending money in …

Social entrepreneurs: new year resolutions for 2014

To welcome in 2014, we asked a variety of social entrepreneurs their social resolutions for the year ahead.<p>We had a diverse group of answers, these included: ambitious pitching, "I am going to start contacting potential clients who are out of our league, being a bit more cheeky and brazen in our …

15 Underrated Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Use

Whether you have a tech question or a fashion concern, there's probably an existing app that can help you out.<p>But frankly, with all the apps out …

4 Things Most Successful Entrepreneurs Have in Common

Starting a business is always risky, and success is never guaranteed. Yet, entrepreneurs thrive every day. Although there is no one-size-fits-all …

Five tips for becoming a social entrepreneur in 2014

What's great about this generation is the strong belief that business can and should be done differently. We've lived through decades of business models that were profitable, but too often at the expense of quality or compassion. What folks such as Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes, and the …

We Are All Entrepreneurs: It's A Mindset, Not A Business Model

My bet is that if you ask anyone on the street to describe the term “entrepreneur,” they will tell you that it is someone who starts a business. If you ask them to describe some characteristics of an entrepreneur, they will throw out terms like “visionary,” “leader,” and, possibly, “hero;” they …