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The Beginner's Guide to Index Funds

Everything you need to know to start investing in index funds.<p>In Warren Buffett's 2016 letter to <b>Berkshire Hathaway</b> shareholders he wrote, "If a …

Investing

Bill Gates says read this book if you want to be a better manager

Billionaire — and bookworm — Bill Gates has announced his latest reading recommendation, and it's based on the principals of the man who first taught …

Self-improvement

I grew my net worth by over $100,000 in 2 years. Here are 4 steps you can take today to do the same.

Two years ago, almost to the day, I started my blog with a daring goal.<p>Not only was I going to talk about money, a subject that most surveys indicate is more taboo than sex, but in true obsessed-money-blogger fashion, I was going to publish my net worth every single month. Down to the cent. For the …

Personal Finance

Buy one rental property a year to help build your wealth

To make a rental property purchase successful, owners must find a bargain — paying no more than 80 percent of the home’s value when factoring in purchase price, closing costs and renovations. But what happens when an owner wants to own multiple rental properties? How does someone go about acquiring …

Real Estate

Dwane Casey, NBA Coach of the Year, Was Fired. His Response Is a Genius Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

Dwane Casey just role-modeled high-level emotional intelligence. His response to his firing will inspire you to up your game, too.<p>As the great Norm Peterson of <i>Cheers</i> fame once said, "It's a dog-eat-dog world and I'm wearing Milk-Bone underwear." That's how Dwane Casey must have felt last week.<p>In a …

Toronto

Experts Say This $45 Bottle of Bourbon Is the Best in the World

The panel behind the World Whiskies Awards — made up of 17 whiskey reviewers, bartenders, spirit industry professionals and former distillers — …

Spices

How to Hook Your Audience Within the First 60 Seconds

Start with the power your audience craves.<p>How you open and close your presentation decides everything.<p>Nothing matters more for effectiveness.<p>The internet is full of great ideas for how to open and how to close speeches. You'll be ahead of most speakers if you can just avoid the most common …

Pitching an Investor? This Is Exactly How Many Slides You Should Have in Your Pitch Deck

A killer investor presentation only needs to convey these key things.<p>When I sit down with new startup founders, most ask me about one thing: raising money.<p>This is smart of them, because, as I've stated previously, fundraising needs to be one of the core competencies of any young company. Yet for …

Want to Be a Great Leader? The Smartest Ones Start by Doing These 4 Rare Things

If you want your employees to respect you and give you exceptional performance, adopt these four behaviors of the best leaders.<p>Do you work for a boss who has been defined as a "driver?" You know, he or she "drives performance" and "drives results." Maybe even, "drives people?" (maybe into the …

What Is the Purpose of Business?

Photo: I. Rimanoczy<p>One well-known economic theory teaches that the purpose of business is maximizing profit for the shareholders. This concept was developed by economist Milton Friedman, from the Chicago School of Economics, and was published in the New York Times in 1970. The 1976 winner of the …

Doing This 1 Thing Will Make You Fail Every Job Interview

A simple equation can help you do better in an interview.<p>One of the most popular techniques in interviewing today is the the use of behavioral questioning. It's when the interviewer asks you a series of open-ended questions designed to force you to give a detailed answer. The theory is that through …

25 words you should use on your resume if you want to get more interviews

When it comes to making hiring decisions, including "team player language" on your resume makes it less likely you'll get an offer.<p>So, how do you write a great resume that uses language that will get you hired?<p>A lot of well-meaning people will suggest you should use "action verbs." But that's fast …

Language

Should I move my retirement savings out of the market?

<i>I'm well into retirement age, although still working, and have my nest egg of about $500,000 invested entirely stocks. But I'm getting worried about the future of the economy and the market. Should I transfer everything to a safer investment?--J.L.</i><p>I think you're absolutely right to question whether …

Retirement

This Study of 400,000 People Reveals the 1 Reason Employees Work Harder (and It's Not Pay or Benefits or Culture Decks) | Inc.com

Forget slogans and posters. Forget mission statements. Forget culture decks. A survey of over 400,000 people across the U.S. found that when employees believe promotions are managed effectively, they are more than <b>two</b> times as likely to give extra effort at work -- and to plan for having a long-term …

Employee Engagement

The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine

GARPENBERG, Sweden — From inside the control room carved into the rock more than half a mile underground, Mika Persson can see the robots on the march, supposedly coming for his job here at the New Boliden mine.<p>He’s fine with it.<p>Sweden’s famously generous social welfare system makes this a place …

Pew Research Center

This Acclaimed Harvard Professor Shows The Unintended Impact Of Achievement On Personal Happiness | Inc.com

The end of year holiday slow down is often an opportunity to reflect on what you achieved during the year. It is also often a time to plan for what you want to achieve next year. Many of us spend a significant amount of time thinking about how to achieve things.<p>From a work-life balance perspective, …

Innovation

1 Non-Verbal Communication Hack Will Make or Break Your Presentation | Inc.com

I truly believe there is one non-verbal communication type that has the most powerful impact--it's called paralanguage. Paralanguage does not have anything to do with body language. Paralanguage is how you speak: The rate, tone/pitch, and volume/inflection of your speech, and of course, the dreaded …

Public Speaking

WMR arquitectos designs hotel surazo in chile for surfers

<b>located in matanzas beach in chile, hotel surazo by WMR arquitectos has been designed specifically for surfers and windsurfers.</b> with a green …

Architecture

Why Design Thinking is the Future of Management

Why companies and leaders should reconsider their current philosophy of project management and why they cannot afford to ignore the value of Design …

The Best Way to Create an Unforgettable Origin Story for Your Company (It Starts With Just 1 Sentence) | Inc.com

It was 1975 and a couple of friends sat in a garage, building computers that would be the first computers in a long line produced by a multi-billion dollar company. Can you name the company? Of course you can. It's Apple.<p>Or do you recognize this story: From the cramped space of his college dorm …

Customers

Belief in our moral superiority is the most irrational self-enhancing bias of all

<i>By</i> Emma YoungMost of us believe we are smarter, harder-working and better at driving than average. Clearly we can’t all be right. When it comes to …

Psychology

79 Airbnbs That Will Blow Your Mind (Not Your Budget)

There are holiday rentals, and then there are holiday rentals so unique, they’ll make you laugh and squeal with excitement. And, while Airbnb has …

Travel

You Have 10 Years Left To Retire: John And Lisa Retirement Series - Part 2

Previously, we had presented a retirement planning case study on our hypothetical couple - John and Lisa – who had 10 years left to retire.<p>We will …

The EK7000 is a 4K action cam as good as a $400 GoPro Hero5, but it only costs $73

If you’ve been toying with the idea of picking up a GoPro Hero5 Black but the sky-high price tag is causing you to balk, you’re about to be very …

Epson’s short throw laser projector is for anyone that wants a giant screen without the bulk

Hope you like 1080p?<p>Epson has today announced a new short throw laser projector capable of producing a 10-foot display when placed just inches from the wall. Sadly, in the age of 4K, the Home Cinema LS100 is limited to a 1080p resolution unlike Sony’s 4K short throw monstrosity. But the Epson buys …

Gear & Gadgets

Is this YouTube video the best investing class on the internet?

Financial whiz Bill Ackman’s YouTube presentation, “Everything you need to know about finance and investing in under an hour,” turns five years old …

The Most Important IRA Chart You'll Ever See

If you will count on an IRA for income in retirement, you need to know how much money it will take to generate it. The simple chart in this article …

This Millionaire CEO Chooses To Wear a Fitbit Over a Rolex and for Really Interesting Reasons

Ever see Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk or Steve Jobs wearing a Rolex these days? If you pay attention when these guys speak, you'll notice they all wear smart watches. More and more CEOs are ditching their fancy watches for smart watches.<p>Now, before I begin telling you a story with a powerful …

How Interactive Photo-Printing Backpacks Raised Awareness for a Children's Cancer Foundation

NEW YORK Technology that curates social-media photos based on a hashtag and allows people to print them isn’t new, but recently, two New York-based …