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10 Tips To Make Sure Tax Savings Go To You, Not Wall Street

Before you put your money in a special tax favored account for college or retirement, make sure your tax savings won’t be stolen away by excess fees—and be ready to walk away from a tax break if they will. Those are two of the tough lessons to be drawn from a new study of 529 state college savings …

The Future of Marketing Has Little To Do With Marketing

While I don’t always have the ability to say yes to writing forewords, I do find time now and then to do so. One of the conditions however is that …

Six Classes Your Employer Wishes You Could Take

School is back amid growing controversy and cynicism. The quality, validity and economic value of college degrees and MBAs have rarely been under such sustained assault. Employability of graduates has never been so dismal. Machines are clearly getting smarter at many of the things people …

Should MBAs Learn to Code?

<i>This post was originally published on the author’s blog. It has been edited slightly.</i><p>“Should I learn to code?”<p>MBAs who lack programming skills often ask this question when they pursue careers in technology companies.<p>Bloggers like Yipit co-founder Vin Vacanti have shared views on the payoff from …

Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader

Whether we’re looking at business or politics, sports or entertainment, it’s clear we live in an era of self-celebration. Fame is equated with success, and being self-referential has become the norm. As a result we are encouraged to pump ourselves full of alarming self-confidence. Bluster and the …

It Takes Purpose to Become a Billionaire

What do billionaires have in common? What is it that they do better than anyone else? Why do we admire them, or their companies’ products and services, so much?<p>I’ve spent some time trying to identify common traits in the <i>Forbes</i> list of billionaires and other similar lists of the world’s wealthiest. …

Best Money Tips: Save Money on Pet Expenses

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving money on pet expenses, cutting the cable cord, and …

How To Conquer Email Distractions At Work

<i>The following is adapted from the new bookManage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind.</i><p>Since yesterday, I’ve received 86 email messages, many of which require a time-consuming response. Only four of the messages directly concern the primary responsibility …

Are You A Planner Or Spontaneous? When And Where Each Personality Type Thrives At Work

Unlike chronic planners, spontaneous workers value the freedom in their days. But in the business world, some semblance of structure needs to be maintained for a good (and timely) product. So which one are you?<p>I’m a planner. I schedule tasks for exact times–work on this article at 10 a.m. on …

A Definitive Guide To Making Better (And Better Informed) Decisions

Eggs or fruit for breakfast? Sell or stay independent? Pants or no pants? Decisions, decisions: They’re everywhere. Worry not, this guide’s here to help.<p>All day, every day, we are faced with an onslaught of decisions both small and large. It’s hard work. Naturally, we often seek help to quell the …

5 Ways to Be a Badass Leader, James Bond Style

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Thanks to the James Bond franchise, we've all daydreamed about what it might be like to be an international man or woman of mystery. The suits. The swagger. The sweet ride.<p>Although you probably won't be able to build your tradecraft chops …

Easy Tips for Writing Better Tweets (Infographic)

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>If you're a regular Twitter user, you probably think you know what a good tweet looks like.<p>A good tweet should have a catchy headline, shortened link, hashtags and fewer than 140 characters. Yes, I know you know.<p>But an infographic from NeoMobile.com offers …

Did You Learn More Lasting Career Lessons In School Or At The Office?

We asked, and you shared your experiences.<p>Last week, <i>Fast Company’</i>s Drake Baer explored a question of concern for many recent college graduates and working professionals alike:<p><b>Can education get in the way of being able to learn?</b><p>Baer explores what he calls “differentiation”–effectively saying that if …

3 Ways to Set Goals You'll Actually Achieve

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article previously ran on Sept. 10, 2013.</i><p>Much of 2013 has already passed. Are you happy with what you have accomplished over the last several months? What goals still have to be completed? Can you identify a new goal you have now …

Infrastructure Rebound Boosts China Thanks To Record-Breaking Shadow Bank Lending

China might not be painting its economy with monetary stimulus, but its age old trick of pumping money into infrastructure projects is keeping a hard landing far far at bay.<p>Total social financing rose in August to 1.57 trillion yuan (about $168 billion) following steep declines in the previous …