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Here's How to Calculate Your Required Minimum Distribution From a Traditional IRA or 401(k)

Image source: Getty Images.<p>The United States may have the highest GDP of any country on the planet, and Americans may enjoy an above-average standard of living, but that doesn't mean we have the best financial habits.<p>According to St. Louis Federal Reserve, the U.S. personal household savings rate …

Decision Hacks: The Neuroscience of Making Smarter Choices

Have you ever walked out of a store with a shiny new gadget and wondered, “Why did I buy this? I can’t afford it. I don’t need it. What made me buy …

Gratitude Physically Changes Your Brain, New Study Says

New research reveals the biology of why gratitude is such a powerful happiness booster.<p>Fad diets aside, we all know the basic formula for greater physical health -- eat less junk and exercise more. The same can be said for greater happiness. Sure, mental health is hugely complex, but the research …

Happiness

Amazon is moving into the $350 billion freight shipping business

The registration is the latest indication that Amazon plans to expand its logistics reach to cut costs for its retail business and potentially provide third-party logistics services to other industries.<p>Its new status as a freight forwarder, or "non-vessel operating common carrier," gives Amazon, …

This Study Will Make You Happy You’re So Emotional

There are lots of reasons not to bottle up your emotions. The general consensus is that you’re happier, healthier and have better relationships when you let those feelings out. And now a new study says you can add one more benefit to the list: Your work will be better if you use it to express your …

Creativity

The 4 Best Metrics to Track to Successfully Scale Your Ecommerce Company

<i>This post originally appeared on the Do It Better blog.</i><p>Tracking is trendy right now. Just look at the FitBits, the Apple Watch, and all other wearables out there that allow you to monitor your fitness. People love them.<p>Why?<p>By analyzing every movement you make, these wearables make it easy for you …

What Big E-commerce Retailers Can Teach Us About Improving Conversion Rates

If you want to learn a thing or two about conversion rate optimization (CRO), there are a few surefire ways to do it. You can teach yourself, you can hire an expensive consulting firm, you can learn by trial and error, or you can read about it online.<p>Personally, I think these are <i>all</i> good approaches.<p>…

Stew Science: How to Choose the Best Cuts for Beef Stew

I pity the fool who brings fists to a knife fight, knives to a gunfight, and guns to nuclear Armageddon. Similarly, I'll never understand the person who brings lean beef to the stew pot. And that's where the question arises: What <i>is</i> the best cut of beef for beef stew?<p>Let's take a step back so I can …

A founder who's taking on Amazon explains why it makes total sense for his 6-month-old startup to spend $20 million per month on advertising

<i>Jet.com co-founder Marc Lore is no stranger to Amazon. He was an Amazon executive after he sold his company Quidsi—known for brands Diapers.com and Soap.com—to Amazon. At Business Insider's IGNITION 2015 conference, Lore sat down with deputy editor Alyson Shontell.</i><p><b>Alyson Shontell:</b> The big promise …

The Evolution Of eCommerce

In the last twenty years, e-commerce has entirely revolutionized retail. It went from being an essentially non-existent business model to becoming a potential threat to the traditional mall as we know it. Jeff Bezos shipped Amazon’s first ever online book sale in 1995, and we consumers have never …