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5 Small Workspace Changes That Will Make You More Productive

It’s two o’clock in the afternoon and your mind has gone blank. Your fingers hover over the keys as you struggle to capture your last thought. You can’t think of an immediate reason for your lag in productivity, but you suddenly feel distracted and restless.<p>Often when we feel tired or blocked, our …

4 Quality Stocks With High Cash Returns

<b>Simon Fennell, Co-Manager, William Blair International Growth Fund</b><p><b>Simon Fennell:</b> The approach of the International Growth Fund is to look for the best companies we can find with a focus on quality. What we mean by quality is a heavy emphasis on cash return on invested capital, which we believe is …

Work Until You Die? More Middle Class Americans Say They Can Never Retire

Forget pushing retirement off a few years. A growing number of Americans believe they’ll be working until death.<p>An alarming 37% of middle class Americans believe they’ll work until they’re too sick or until they die.<p>Another 34% believes retirement will come at the ripe age of 80. Just two years ago …

Newly-Minted Billionaire Is Spinning eBay Scraps Into Gold

Michael Rubin is lucky. And he’s also damned good. Lucky, because eBay approached him last year with a $2.4 billion offer to buy his moneylosing GSI Commerce–which provides Web design, customer service and shipping to big-brand retailers–a 51% premium over the share price. Damned, because Rubin has …

How To Add 6% Income To Your Portfolio Without Sacrificing Growth

Until the last year or so, I haven’t been a fan of preferred stocks, unless they were convertible or had a good chance of being redeemed with a capital gain. Yields available on well-chosen common stocks, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and master limited partnerships (MLPs) were high enough …

Tumi Stock Not Worth The Baggage

Not all luxury brands are created equal. <b>Tumi Holdings</b> (TUMI)–which operates 200 stores globally and sells premium travel and business products including totes, handbags and luggage–lowered full-year earnings and sales guidance in August.<p>On Aug. 7, Tumi reported second quarter results and missed the …