Bryan Schutte

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How to get the biggest Social Security check you can

Social Security represents a significant amount of income for retirees. In fact, it represents a little more than one-third (35.3%) of total income for the average retiree. For many people in America, Social Security may be their only income in retirement.<p>This MarketWatch and Learn story course …

Security

How to buy stocks

10 things you need to know to make money in the stock market<p>Stock tips spill from everywhere: on social media, on TV, at parties, in the gym. Email boxes are full of pitches for can’t-miss moneymakers to buy right now. Even your own scouting efforts spot stocks whose solid growth seems like solid …

Regulation

How to buy mutual funds

When choosing mutual funds, few aspects are within investors’ control. Future performance isn’t one of them. But expenses, risk, manager tenure and tax-efficiency are qualities that can be judged before you buy.<p>Experts say you need to look beyond just performance. You need to understand what will …

Mutual Funds

How to buy bonds

Bonds are typically seen as a lower-risk accessory to a stock portfolio, like a cardigan sweater tossed over a party dress. Yet bonds leave many investors scratching their heads: How much of an investment plan should be allocated to fixed income? Are bonds only for those nearing or in retirement? …

Interest Rates

Opinion: These smart trading clues reveal stocks’ next move

Signs now point to a short-term U.S. market top<p>One of the most important skills traders learn is how to decipher clues as to the market environment. Even if you are trading individual stocks, it is essential to be aware of the overall market. Such clues can help determine whether you should move to …

Financial markets

An ‘insane’ number of catalysts are poised to roil vulnerable markets this week

Apple (AAPL) and it’s ailing watch take center stage on the extremely crowded earnings schedule this week as the stock market continues to feast on a steady diet of new highs. We banged out another on Friday, and despite a rather tepid looking start in markets, more are likely on the way.<p>It’s quiet …

Markets

Fraud investigation ricochets through hedge fund known for ties to Jewish community

Platinum Partners has reported strong returns for years but now is liquidating<p>For his son’s bar mitzvah in 2008, hedge-fund manager Murray Huberfeld chartered a JetBlue plane and invited hundreds to an oceanfront party in Palm Beach, Fla. An Orthodox pop star known as the “Jewish Elvis” entertained …

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How To Make Your Kids Smarter: 10 Steps Backed By Science

I’ve explored the science behind what makes kids happier, what type of parenting works best and what makes for joyful families.<p>But <b>what makes children — from babies up through the teen years — smarter?</b><p>Here are 10 things science says can help:<p>1) Music Lessons<p>Plain and simple: <b>research show music</b> …

The World’s 10 Most Expensive Houses—and Who Owns Them

Feast your eyes on some of the priciest homes on the planet.<p>The owners of the world’s most luxurious houses can be a mysterious bunch. We all know who owns Buckingham Palace, but does anyone recognize the name Tim Blixseth? Or know the Indian billionaire who built a 27-story apartment building just …

Mukesh Ambani

The Ordinary Secret Behind Bill Gates’ Extraordinary Wealth

Economist Sam Wilkin explains why a billion-dollar idea wasn't enough<p>Economist Sam Wilkin explains why it takes more than a billion-dollar idea to become a billionaire.<p>Sam Wilkin, economist author of <i>Wealth Secrets of the One Percent</i>, explains to MONEY’s Kate Santichen that having a billion-dollar …

Bill Gates

5 Signs You Will Become a Millionaire

A million isn't what it used to be. But it's not bad, and here's how you get there.<p>A million bucks isn’t what it used to be. When your father, or maybe you, set that savings goal in 1980 it was like shooting for $3 million today. Still, millionaire status is nothing to sniff at—and new research …

Millennials

Is Sitting Killing Me?

By Alice Park | Sept. 2, 2014 <br>Illustration by Robin Davey for TIME<p>The War On Sitting<p><b>You’ve already heard that sitting is the new smoking. Now, scientists reveal exactly how it hurts the body—and novel ways to undo the damage (without clocking hours at the gym). You might want to stand up for …

7 Signs You’re Burned Out at Work

Plus: 7 ways to snap out of your funk<p>Mental burnout, coined in the 1970s to describe the psychological effects of relentless work stress, happens so subtly that you can easily confuse the symptoms for other negative forces, like a bad cold or a bad boss. You’d think you’d know — or at least <i>feel</i> — …

Burnout

How to Lose Weight: The Method That Works - Motto

It had nothing to do with diet or exercise<p>I had finally reached my breaking point. It was spring 2013, Easter Sunday to be exact, and I was tired, out of shape and perpetually uncomfortable. As a girl who always had a sunny disposition and grew up in a family of glass-half-full thinkers, I didn’t …

How to Actually Start Living Within Your Means

Step one: start slow.<p>We could all stand to be more frugal. After all, who doesn’t like to save money? But it isn’t always easy to curb our spending habits, and sometimes trying to find the best deal can feel like a chore. Unfortunately, entering the frugal lifestyle isn’t the easiest thing to do. …

Productivity

6 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

Ever feel like you’re just not getting enough done?<p><b>Know how many days per week you’re actually productive?</b><p><b>About 3:</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive).<p>We could all be …

11 Traits That Parents of Successful Kids Have in Common - Motto

It turns out that chores are pretty important<p>Good parents want their kids to stay out of trouble, do well in school and go on to do awesome things as adults.<p>And while there isn’t a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict …

'Rich and Pretty' Author Rumaan Alam on Writing About Women

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See Asia’s Largest Tulip Garden in Full Bloom

India Will Become the World’s Most Populous Country by 2022, the U.N. Says

That's much earlier than previously thought<p>India is on track to become the world’s most populous nation in less than a decade — or six years earlier than previously thought, according to the U.N.<p>With 1.38 billion people compared with India’s 1.31 billion, China is currently the world’s most …

Why Most People Quit Their Jobs

Feeling stuck?<p>We’ve all heard sad stories of people quitting jobs to get away from gruesome bosses, unreasonable work hours, or places with weird smells, but in truth, the reasons people quit are often less dramatic – and more positive – than those horror stories might lead us to believe. A recent …

Employment

Sanders Calls For Party Unity To Defeat ‘The Worst Republican Candidate I’ve Seen In My Lifetime’

Bernie Sanders appeared on three Sunday talk shows (and the day is still young) ahead of his Monday Democratic convention speech. We’ll pick though those appearances one by one here, but — in general — the Bern came out with all Vermont guns blazing. And these appearances all happened as the DNC …

Bernie Sanders

Behavior changes offer clues that dementia could be brewing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing — changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue.<p>Researchers on Sunday outlined a syndrome called "mild behavioral impairment" that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer's or other dementias, and …

Psychology

The world’s most expensive coffee is a nightmare for the animals who produce it

The most expensive coffee in the world can go for $100 a cup, but it comes with a hidden cost: the well-being of a forest-dwelling cat-like creature native to southeast Asia.<p>Even in the world of specialty coffees and nitro cold brews, civet coffee—also known by its Indonesian name, <i>kopi luwak</i>—is a …

Animals

Scientists have a fascinating theory to explain why smart people should spend less time with friends

If you're looking for an excuse to back out of a social engagement tonight — preferably one that's not, "I'd rather play Pokémon Go" — have we got the perfect line for you.<p>Ready?<p>"I'm just too intelligent."<p>Be sure to come with plenty of supporting evidence, namely an IQ score and the results of a …

Science

Heat wave to continue throughout the United States

A pool brings relief to New Yorkers enduring a heat wave in Queens’s Astoria neighborhood on Sunday. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)<p>WEATHER<p><b>Scorching heat to continue to sear U.S.</b><p>The heat wave gripping parts of the country including Philadelphia, where tens of thousands are descending upon the city for the …

Heat Wave

Get Used To These Extreme Summer Heat Waves

Unless we act fast to curb climate change, scorching heat will become commonplace, scientists say.<p>Sweltering heat waves like the ones plaguing the Midwest and Northeast in recent days will become typical summer weather if climate change continues its course, scientists warn.<p>Temperatures have been …

Heat Wave

Swathes Of The Great Barrier Reef Suffers 'Complete Ecosystem Collapse'

In parts of the reef, fish have vanished and corals have died en masse.<p>It’s been a wretched year for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure and one of the most complex natural ecosystems on Earth.<p>The area suffered the worst bleaching event ever, one that impacted over 90 …

Great Barrier Reef

Yahoo bought by Verizon for $4.83 billion

Yahoo's 22-year run as an independent company is over, marking the end of an era for one of the earliest web giants — and one of the few to maintain some level of relevance as the internet evolved.<p>Verizon acquired Yahoo's core business on Monday for $4.83 billion, the culmination of months of …

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