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Buying A Home Is Now 38% Cheaper Than Renting

Is renting or buying a better financial bet? Every six months, Trulia’s chief economist Jed Kolko runs the numbers to answer that question and help you stay on top of the trends. So what does Trulia’s Winter 2014 Rent vs. Buy Report tell us? Although the gap between renting and buying is narrowing …

The Minimum Wage Exploits The 99 Percent, And Protects The 1 Percent

President Obama’s push to impose a $10.10 minimum wage on employers has generated all manner of commentary about the implications of such a rule. Most has focused on how many or how few jobs will be lost thanks to legislation of this kind.<p>About the potential job loss, to pile on about it would be …

Using Retirement Accounts to Save Your First Million

“What?!?!” I exclaimed. My long-time friend called me one day asking if she should sign up for her company’s 401(k) plan. With an awesome 6% match, …

3 Free Money + Investing Resources

Free Investing Resources<p>Free-2 Wealth Building Gifts<p><b>Choose 1 or both.</b><p>1. How We Grew Our Retirement Fund 538% + Bonus: 14 Investing Rules for Wealth …

For home budgeting, try the '25 percent' strategy

For most people, balancing personal budgets is a tedious and time-consuming process. These days, though, the task has become even more challenging.<p>According to the Federal Reserve, average household debt in the U.S. increased 5.25 percent during the quarter ending Sept. 30, which isn’t surprising …

5 Strange Success Strategies

Unorthodox—but proven—ways to boost productivity<p>Pay attention, managers: Group the Johns with the Jennifers. The quality of a team’s work improves if its members share the same initials, suggests a new study from the University of Wisconsin.<p>Your name forms a big part of your “self-concept.” And so …

40 Financial Planning Life Lessons

Spend less than you make.<p>Save at least 50% of your income.<p>Don’t buy brand new products if you don’t have to. Buy brand new products only if the cost …

Why Improving The Customer Experience Matters: A Love Story

We said last time that the smartest companies are now working hard to manage their customers’ experiences with their products and services in order to delight and retain them.<p>So how do you do it?<p>A successful customer experience cycle looks like this:<p><b>Connect and Attract</b><br>This is your chance to …

10 Financial Commandments for Your 20s

Tend to these tasks now to achieve your financial independence later.<p>Thou shalt not be financially lost forever. It just may feel that way when …

Personal Finance

The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations

When it comes to the future of work and collaboration I’ve worked with and researched hundreds of companies. Collaboration is indeed a top priority for many business leaders but knowing what makes organizations successful can be a tricky thing. After all no two companies are like and their …

Why You Need a Roth IRA

With this indispensable savings tool, your money grows tax-free, you can invest in almost anything and you get several cool perks.<p>One of the smartest …

Retirement

Building The Brand Of A Rich Dad

Robert Kiyosaki knows how to build a brand.<p>Indeed, the investor and financial literacy guru is known best for the Rich Dad Poor Dad brand he has carefully crafted and built into a series of seminars, games, and books. In fact, his <i>Rich Dad Poor Dad</i>, <i>Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant</i>, and <i>Rich Dad’s Guide</i> …

7 Productivity Apps To Help You Get It All Done -- Fast

When it comes to productivity, technology is a double-edged sword. For every technological time-saver, there's a new distraction that sweeps in to steal the precious time you just saved. Unfortunately, our smartphones may be doing as much harm as good: A recent British survey estimated that we …

5 Qualities That Every Good Boss Should Have

It’s not easy being a leader.<p>It also doesn’t help that most advice about leadership is given by, well, let’s be honest, leaders. Instead of having CEOs and executives talk about what makes themselves great, we thought we thought it’d be nice to open up the floor to all voices–so we put out a simple …

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Entrepreneurship

5 Transitions Great Leaders Make That Average Leaders Don't

The secret to leadership is there aren’t any real secrets. The best leaders have simply gone to school on improving their tradecraft. While the capabilities possessed by the best leaders might seem otherworldly to many, they are merely the outcome of hard work, experience, perspective, and yes, a …

Open Up and Lead

This week we found out that the federal government tracks every phone call we make. On the one hand, it’s unsettling. On the other, if it helps stop terrorist attacks, it may be worth it. In some ways what was most disturbing about the revelation was its secrecy. Our instinctive response is …

Hearst Magazines

Eileen Fisher: How to Get Your Employees Invested

Fashion entrepreneur Eileen Fisher says with one simple tip, you can make your team feel like more engaged with their work.<p><i>"When you're part of figuring something out, you have much more invested in it."-- Eileen Fisher</i><p>People feel like they are co-creating when they're in a circle together. They …

Native Americans

Why CEOs Don't Focus On People - Even If They Say It's Important

I often lament the state of people management and leadership in the world today, and note how important it is to the future of business for executives to be better at leading and managing. And you may have heard me opine that poor management and leadership are a key factor in both the exodus of top …

Corporate Culture: the Biggest Asset Not on the Balance Sheet

The balance sheet for any company will list all kinds of assets and liabilities, except company culture. There should be a way to account for this, …

Corporate Culture

Open-plan offices make employees less productive, less happy, and more likely to get sick

A well-designed office is a happy office. As facilities managers strive to save space and cash, they’re reshuffling desks and fiddling with temperature gauges. All of which has an impact on workers’ performance. Open-plan offices may make some kinds of collaboration easier, but are they more …

The Workplace

Hardest Leadership Skill You'll Ever Learn

Here's a lesson you won't learn on the fly. It takes practice and a real control of your ego. Check it out.<p>Any great leader faces a multitude of challenges every day. Whether it's communicating strategy, helping people through change, holding on to excellence in the face of compromise, or just …

Leadership

5 Inspirational Books to Drive Success

Running a social media company, I literally can’t go a day without my laptop or iPhone. But while 140-character tweets and the latest viral blog post …

Customer Service