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The so-called prepper community has a long list of concerns—and for quite some time Ebola has been near the top of it. Experts, though, are split on whether the confirmation that the disease has entered the U.S. will spur a rush in equipment sales. Even as awareness of doomsdayers grows thanks to a reality series …

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Anyone who has ever set out to hire a financial advisor knows what a difficult task it can be. There are hundreds of thousands of individuals in the U.S. claiming to be some flavor of “financial advisor,” but the qualifications of this diverse group vary widely—and the difference is not always apparent at first glance. …

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When ETFs first started appearing in 401(k) plans, I was skeptical. At the time, the whole effort seemed to be more hype than substance. Although ETFs offered fees lower than those of most actively managed mutual funds, their costs were comparable to similar low-cost index mutual funds—after all the implicit and explicit fees required to …

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You know you’ve been thinking about it, especially with the S&P 500 cruising past 2,000 and the bull market now six years running: Is it time to sell some stocks and get out ahead of a “market top”? Here’s the problem: Most information about investing that I’ve read during my career is more instructional about investing in …

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When you need cash—not the 50 bucks you get from an ATM to tide you over for the day but, rather, $5,000 or $10,000 to handle an emergency—what asset or resource will you tap into to get it? Historically, the answer to that question was a home-equity loan. This was the normal course of action, …

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Many parents have come to understand from the day their children are born that college is both necessary and very expensive. While it’s assumed that a 529 college savings plan is the best way to save for that education, there are other options to be explored. To be clear, 529 plans allow parents—and anyone else …

Market moving advice from Delivering Alpha

Market moving news typically comes out of the annual Delivering Alpha conference hosted by CNBC and Institutional Investor and this year proved to be no different. Tyler Mathisen was there with a look at who attended and what was said.

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Thought getting into elite colleges or high schools is difficult? A new test from educational services company ERB will be used for the first time by some of New York City’s top kindergartens this year, but some experts are worried that it may be too difficult, according to DNAinfo New York. Read More South Korea’s millionaire tutors …

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One of my colleagues was seething about her recent experience with a large home-improvement retailer. “We’re in the middle of remodeling our kitchen,” she fumed, “but the whole project is stalled because nobody can get into one guy’s computer!” Apparently, her project manager was the only person familiar with the job — and he was …

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One sign the national recovery may finally be taking hold is what is happening in states hit hard by the Great Recession. Take Georgia, for example. Unemployment is still above the national average, coming in at 7.2 percent in May. But the state is adding jobs faster than most of the country, helping Georgia to …

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There seems to be some debate about whether it’s best to hold stocks and other equities inside a qualified retirement plan or outside the plan. For most people, building an equity portfolio outside the restrictions of a retirement plan makes sense. Consider the person I was advising this week: John recently sold a piece of …

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Most investors know their financial advisors take a percentage for managing their portfolios, but they probably didn’t know the mutual fund industry is also giving these advisors commission for pushing specific equity mutual funds, unbeknownst to investors. I’m not talking about front-end load fees. I’m referring to commissions and bonuses that financial planners get after they put …

Sherri Heckenast, owner and promoter of Team Demolition with Marcus Lemonis, of CNBC’s ‘The Profit’
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Sherri Heckenast, owner and promoter of Team Demolition with Marcus Lemonis, of CNBC’s ‘The Profit’

When Sherri Heckenast bought Team Demolition in 2008, she had grand dreams of turning the Joliet, Illinois, derby series into a motorsports behemoth. “My vision was to get it to the highest level we could,” she said. Think Monster Jam, and you’re on the right track. Six years later, each race draws 10,000 adrenaline junkies …

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One of my coaching clients could easily serve as the poster boy for remote management. In addition to having an on-site group in Atlanta, “Jeff” supervises engineers in California, Mexico and India. Managing people across a 13-hour time zone span not only creates long days, but also poses tremendous communication challenges. After his promotion, Jeff …

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What happens to your digital assets when you’re no longer around to manage them? Left without a game plan, a lifetime’s worth of online files and accounts becomes inaccessible, creating incredible stress for already bereaved family and loved ones who are left to settle an estate. Email accounts, digital purchases, bank and brokerage accounts, social …